Lake Nakuru National Park is 188 km2 in size. The Lake only covers up to about 40 km2. The Park is 164 kilometres from Nairobi city, which is about 2 hours drive. Lake Nakuru National Park is 4 km off Nakuru town. Lake Nakuru is the second accessible park after Nairobi National Park. Nakuru is an alkaline Rift Valley lake and a bird sanctuary. The park covers the lake and a land strip around the north, east and west and southern shores up to Makalia Falls. The vegetation in this park includes swamps, riverine forest, bush and acacia tree savannah where 450 bird species and 50 animalspecies live.
Animals in this park include: lions , leopards, Rothschild’s giraffes, black rhinos, elands, hyena, mongooses , African wild cats, civet cats, silver-backed jackals ,bat-eared foxes , Defassa waterbucks, ,impalas, buffalos, zebras, warthogs, dik-diks, duikers , klipspringers, bushbucks , reedbucks , hippo , rock hyrax, baboons, vervet monkeys , black and white colobus and Cheetahs
Bird species include: flamingoes , white pelicans, cormorants , African fish eagles, white winged black tern, avocet, black winged stilt, cattle egret, great white egret, ducks, hammerkop, yellow billed stork, sacred and Hadada ibis, Egyptian goose, blacksmith plover, sandpipers, grey heron, African spoonbill, African snipe, king fishers and African Jacana, ostrich, secretary bird, marabou stork, ground hornbill, Guinea fowls, starlings, ox pecker, bee eaters, fiscal shrike, Kori bustard, martial eagle, European roller, drongo, mourning dove, augur buzzard, yellow necked spurfowl and tawny eagle.
What to do
- Game Driving
- View from Baboon Cliff, Lion Hill
- Waterfalls: Makalia Falls
- Bird watching
- Community walks
- Forest walks
When to go
All year round
By air: Get a charter flight from Nairobi to Naishi airstrip in Lake Nakuru National Park
By Road: Dive from Nairobi 2 hours drive 164kms.
From Nyeri via Nyahururu to Lkae Nakuru, bordering the Aberdare Range its 170 km
From Kisumu at the Lake Victoria shore its116 km to Lake Nakuru National Park
From Naivasha on the main Nairobi road its 65 km