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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National park is located in the central part of Kenya.  Further, it is on the floor of the Great Eastern Arm Rift Valley in the northwestern direction from Nairobi. This national park is characterized by woodlands as well as grasslands.  These act as habitat for the different wildlife species which are seen during game viewing experiences.  In addition, you should use luxurious Safari vehicle with rooftop in Lake Nakuru park. Kenya Wildlife Services Authority manages the park as well as other national parks  and is also in charge of the conservation of wildlife.

More so, Lake Nakuru park has beautiful scenery with attractions. For example;  Lake Nakuru which the national park is known for, the rift valley escarpment. The landscape of this national park also consists of steep rocky escarpments. And again it has plenty of Flamingo birds on Lake Nakuru and dense forests. Further, it has hills which act as viewpoints during game watching experiences at this destination. This national park is also strategically located at a short distance from Nairobi which is the capital city of Kenya. Lake Nakuru Park is also found close to Hells gate national park and Naivasha national park. Again making it worth visiting. Soysambu Conservancy is also found on the south-eastern boundary of the national park.

Entry Gates

Entry gates at this national park include the Nderit gate which is less used for entry. More so, Lanet gate or the main entrance gate which is located not far from Nakuru town. Park entry fees for tourists visiting Lake Nakuru Park are paid according to citizens, residents, and non-residents.

Forms of payment for park entry fees at Lake Nakuru Park include Mpesa, visa card.  As well as direct deposits to the Kenya Wildlife Services bank account at any of the gates used to access the national park.

Activities in Lake Nakuru Conservation Area

Activities which tourists can engage in during their safaris to this destination include the following;

  • Game drives are among the ways of experiencing Lake Nakuru Park. These drives provide wildlife viewing experiences close to the wildlife species such as the white rhinos, leopards, lions, giraffes, hippos, impalas, waterbucks among others. These game drives take place at different times of day which provides unique experiences during safaris at this destination.
  • Bird watching is another interesting activity that is carried out in Lake Nakuru park. This is because of the various bird species which can be seen in the different birding spots around the national park mostly for plenty of lesser flamingos and not found elsewhere in plenty apart from lake Nakuru
  • Hiking is another activity that takes place in Lake Nakuru conservation area and it takes place as tourists visit the viewpoints around the national park.

What to see on Your Safari holiday To lake Nakuru Park

Lake Nakuru park also has a number of attractions which include the following;

It is one of the attractions which this national park is famous for. This is because of the large numbers of lesser flamingos which are seen along the shores of this lake. The lake is a shallow soda lake that attracts the flamingos to its alkaline shores as they feed on red algae. Many other bird species are also seen at this lake. This makes it a good birding spot and a birders haven to experience both the native and migratory birds. The types of flamingos which are seen at this lake are lesser and greater flamingos which flock the lake with their pink color. These flamingos are seen from viewpoints around the national park. For example; baboon cliff and Lion hill.

  • Wildlife mammals

A variety can also is seen in Lake Nakuru park despite its smaller size compared to other national parks and reserves around Kenya. The wildlife species which can be seen include waterbucks, white rhinos, black rhinos which are seen in the woodlands, Rothschild giraffes, leopards, lions, cheetahs among others. Not far from Lake Nakuru is the fenced off sanctuary where some of the wildlife species such as giraffes and Rhinos are also seen. The fence around the sanctuary keeps poachers away as well as restricting the movement of the wildlife species.

  • Bird species

These Found .in Lake Nakuru park include both the migrant and native bird species such as the greater and lesser flamingos, African fish eagle, goliath heron, hammer kops, pied kingfishers, eagles, white pelicans, Hottentot teals, starlings, black winged lapwings, crab plovers, grey crowned cranes, African skimmer bird, yellow billed stork, saddle billed stork, among others


Lake Nakuru National Park-Umarella Voyage safaris
Flamingos of Lake Nakauru
  • Waterfalls in Lake Nakuru conservation area .

For example Makalia waterfalls which is located in the southern part of the national park is a good spot for hikes as well as picnics for tourists as they explore the beautiful scenery and surroundings at this destination.

  • Viewpoints within the national park provide good vantage spots to see the different wildlife species.  As well as other attractions within Lake Nakuru park. Some of the viewpoints include the baboon cliff, Makalia cliff among others.
  • Rivers

These provide water to Lake Nakuru include the Njoro River, Makalia River, and Enderit River.

Getting to Lake Nakuru Park

Lake Nakuru conservation area can be accessed by different means which include the following;

  • By road,

Lake Nakuru conservation area is accessed by driving from Nairobi to the entry gates of the national park such as the main gate which is located near Nakuru town or using the Lanet gate from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

  • By air/ flight,

Tourists can use Naishi airstrip which is found in the southern part of the national park.


The accommodation around Lake Nakuru  park are categorized into luxury accommodations, midrange accommodations, and budget accommodations as well as camping. The accommodation facilities around this national park include Sarova lion hill lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Lake Nakuru flamingo lodge, Merica hotel, Mbweha camp, Miali saba camp, Mirius guesthouse, Hotel waterbuck Nakuru among others.

Tourists can also opt for camping as an option of accommodation during their safaris and some of the campsites in Lake Nakuru park include the following; Naishi campsite, Rhino campsite, Soysambu campsite, Kambi nyuki campsite, Makalia campsite among others.  Experience the beautiful flamingos as well as a variety of wildlife during a safari to Lake Nakuru park as you explore its different attractions

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