Lake Nakuru National Park “The Bird Watchers’ Paradise”

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru national park majestically lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and is surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland. It is a place of great geographic importance and the park inherits the name from the soda lake itself – Lake Nakuru. Visitors here can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. The park is an ideal destination for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives.

Park Size

118 sq. Km

How to get there

The park has different gates and a number of roads that connect there. It can as well be accessed by air.

  • Roads: Driving 156 kilometers North West of Nairobi on the main A104 road, will lead you to the park on a smooth tarmac road. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, which is 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to access the park from the main Nairobi – Nakuru road at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Masai Mara or Elementaita.
  • Airstrips: The Naishi airstrip services the park for tourism and KWS activities.
  • Park Roads: The Park has adequate and well serviced motorable roads that make most parts of the park accessible.
  • Park Gates: The Park has three gates, Main Gate and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and the less used Nderit Gate.

Tourist Attractions

At the mention of Lake Nakuru, pink flamingoes come to the mind for many but that is not all the park has to offer. A visit to Lake Nakuru will expose you to exciting sights and a great deal of wildlife including;

  • Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total.
  • Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos, waterbuck etc.
  • View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
  • Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
  • Waterfalls: Makalia.
  • Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.
  • Cycle with rhino event every September yearly

Activities

Camping, Game viewing