Lake Nakuru is among Kenya’s finest national parks and is dominated by one of Rift Valley’s most beautiful lakes. The park lies 140 km north-west of Nairobi. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded, bushy grasslands and rocky escarpments. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds which at times give color and texture to the shoreline. Although rising water levels in 2014 forced the park’s famous flamingos to flee, a small number has returned, and the lake is now hauntingly surrounded by drowned trees.
The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including both the white and black rhinos, buffalos and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 500 species.
Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 500 species in total.
Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos, waterbuck etc.
Viewpoints: Lion hill, Baboon cliff, and Out of Africa
Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion Hill Ridge
Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.
Participate in the cycle with rhino event every September yearly.
Wildlife at the park
Includes Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, the rare long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, leopard, lion, rhino, waterbuck, impala, gazelle, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck, and golden cat.
Restocked mammals include lion, black and white rhino and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.
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Gazelles Eating Grass at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya | Photo by Lisa H on Unsplash
Special Campsites: Naishi, Chui, Rhino, Soysambu, Nyati, Nyuki and Reedbuck
Best time to visit
Animal viewing is generally good year-round, but avoid the peak of the rainy season, from March to May.
Stay outside the park and you’ll pay far less for accommodation, and won’t risk needing a permit for longer than 24 hours.
Getting there and around
Roads: The park has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Center. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Maasai Mara or Elmenteita.
There is no public transport from the town into the park – contact your accommodation for a transfer from the town, or rent a vehicle in Nakuru.
Getting Around: The park is accessible in a 2WD, though most visitors stay in the park and take hotel-run safaris. You’re able to explore the park alone, but guides are available for KSh2500 per four hours.
188 sq. Km
Check KWS Website for updated fees. You’ll need to pay KSh350 per car to bring your own vehicle into the park.