Lake Nakuru National Park

 

 Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is located along the shores of one of Kenya’s startling Great Rift Valley lakes,

Lake Nakuru National Park was ctreated the year 1961.

It is a small park with a size of 188 km2and easily explored wildlife destination that will delight and surprise you at every turn.

Lake Nakuru is one the Ramsar sites in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park central location make it the perfect Kenyan wildlife destination for both locals and international visitors,.

It is just 2 hours by road from Nairobi, very convenient for weekend breaks  even for day bird watching tour. 

It is also the perfect overnight stop en-route to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and is easy to include in a safari featuring Aberdares National Park, Lakes Baringo and Bogoria, Maasai Mara ,Samburu National Reserve and Kakamega Forest .

Birdwatcher's  Haven 

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s primary bird watching destinations,more than 450 bird  species have been recorded, particularly favoured by large flocks of finicky  Lesser Flamingoes 

The park is also home to five globally threatened species of birds. 

Lake Nakuru terrestrial zones host  important populations of many mammal and bird species that are globally or regionally threatened.

It is home to over 100 species of migratory birds and support globally important populations of Black-Necked Grebe, African Spoonbill, Pied Avocet, Little Grebe, Yellow Billed Stork, Black Winged Stilt, Grey-Headed Gull and Gull Billed Tern.


Many northern migrants  birds arrive each year to over-winter and feed at the lake, which includes many species of waders, and Phalaropes, Ducks, Terns, Gulls, Raptors and different species of warblers .

The lake previously hosted over 1.5 million lesser Flamingos, but the vast majority these have sadly moved on to other Rift Valley lakes, especially Lake Bogoria as the algae levels in Lake Nakuru have dropped due to increase in water level which has reduced the salinity. 

Lake Nakuru

 You can still expect to see a quite a core population of both Greater and Lesser Flamingos at the lake.

Wildlife is also well represented, with the park acting as a breeding sanctuary for both black and white rhinos, tree climbing lions, and the ever-elusive Leopard which is regularly spotted resting in the Acacia trees in the forested areas near the lake’s shores.

Lake Nakuru National Park lies in elevation of 1754 m above sea level. 

The park also has many hills with established viewpoints from which the lake, the woodlands, and often times the herds of buffalo can be seen.

The Roads are motorable throughout the year, but it is advisable to use a four by four or strong car during the rainy season

Lake Nakuru makes a vital contribution to the conservation of the natural values within the Great Rift Valley, as a central part of the most important route of the African-Eurasian flyway system where billions of birds are found to travel from northern breeding grounds to African wintering places

Common Birds Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Common Ostrich

Knob billed DuckLake Nakuru

  • Southern Pochard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Cape Teal
  • Yellow billed Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Helmeted Guinefowl
  • Hildebrandt’s Francolin
  • Black –necked Grebe
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Nyanza Swift
  • Horus Swift
  • Spotted crake
  • Grey crowned Crane
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • African Snipe
  • Broad billed Sandpiper
  • African Skimmer
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • African Darter
  • Secretarybird

Martial EagleLake Nakuru

  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Pearl spotted Owlet
  • Verreaux’s Eagle
  • Blue-naped Mousebird
  • Red-throated Wryneck
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Lemon-rumped Tinkerbird
  • White-fronted Bee-eater
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Brubru
  • Grosbeak Weaver
  • African Firefinch
  • Grassland Pipit
  • Pectoral-patch Cisticola
  • Mosque Swallow
  • Brown Parisoma
  • Arrow-marked Babbler
  • Slender Starling
  • Violet-backed Starling