Lake Nakuru National Park

 

Giant Kingfisher Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is nestled along the shores of one of Kenya’s amazing Rift Valley lakes,

Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 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 and is easy to include in a safari featuring Aberdares National Park, Lakes Baringo and Bogoria, Maasai Mara and Samburu .

Lake Nakuru 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. 

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. 

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. 

This 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