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Lake Nakuru NP - Kenya

Lake Nakuru is one of the soda lakes in the Rift Valley and this lake is one of the main features of the park. It attracts a huge amount of wildlife, including many water birds and migratory birds. Lake Nakuru NP offers excellent game viewing options.

The name Nakuru means ‘dusty place’ in the Maasai language. The lake and the surrounding woodlands and grassy areas are all protected in the Lake Nakuru NP, a small national park of only 188km2/116miles2.

It is home to a large number of black and white rhinos, as well as leopards, lions, and buffalo, giving you the chance to see 4 of the Big 5 in a small area.



Main attractions

Lake Nakuru NP is small but has a huge diversity of wildlife, including some rare and unusual species to look out for.

The main reason many people visit Lake Nakuru NP are:

  • The waterbirds that come to the lake, including many flamingos and pelicans
  • An abundance of wildlife
  • Admire a different type of giraffe in the wild, the Rothschild’s giraffe
  • Check out the views from one of the lookouts

Thousands of waterbirds visit Lake Nakuru, including migratory birds like flamingos and pelicans

Millions of flamingos used to flock to Lake Nakuru NP each year, but recently the lake’s water levels have risen dramatically and even some of its roads are now under water. Flamingos can still be seen at the edge of the lake even if not in the high numbers as there used to be. And of course many other animals coming down for a drink.

Lake Nakuru NP has an abundance of wildlife, including the big 4

If you are lucky you might see some of Lake Nakuru’s tree climbing lions. They sometimes escape the heat and find a cool breeze in the smaller trees, but are incredibly hard to spot when they are up a tree.

Lake Nakuru also offers a good chance to see rhino with both black and white species present and often coming down to the lake for a drink. The leopard is elusive, but is occasionally spotted in the more forested areas of the park. And the buffalo is usually easily found around the airstrip. But there are many more animals and birds to be seen in Lake Nakuru NP, all waiting for you to pay them a visit.

Visit one of very few locations where you can see the Rotschild’s giraffe in the wild

The national park is the only place in Kenya where you can see the Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild. They were always thought to be a subspecies of the giraffe, but are now believed to be a species in their own right. The biggest difference is the pattern on their skin, some say it is much prettier than the more common Masai giraffe.

Stunning views in Lake Nakuru NP from the viewpoints

The park has three excellent viewpoints, each giving an amazing bird’s eye view of the lake and the rest of the park. The best one is Out of Africa which is higher than the others, but has a steeper and rockier road to get to it. You can pack a picnic and admire the view whilst eating your lunch.

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • Once a year it is possible to ride a mountain bike through Lake Nakuru NP if you sign up for the Rift Valley Odyssey, a 3 or 5-day mountain bike ride through Kenya’s spectacular Rift Valley.
  • Lake Nakuru NP is protected as part of the Ramsar Convention on wetlands, around 450 species of birds have been spotted.
  • You can visit the waterfall in the south of the national park and stretch your legs at the campground located near it.

The closest airport is Nairobi Wilson

Flights from Nairobi Wilson (WIL)

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Flights To Nairobi Wilson (WIL)

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Zanzibar (ZNZ) to WIL 182 USD

Popular Activities

  1. Game drives
  2. Bird watching
  3. Camping
  4. Picnics at one of the viewpoints
  5. Photography

Depending on where you will be staying in Lake Nakuru NP your breakfast, lunch, and dinner will either be included in the stay at your lodge or, if you are camping or staying at one of the bandas, you will need to be totally self-sufficient and all food and water will need to be brought in.

All lodges will be able to cater for any dietary requirements.

There are various options to stay inside the park catering for all budgets, including hotels, luxury tented camps, bandas, and campgrounds where you have to bring everything yourself.

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