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Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Created in 1961, this park now covers 180 sq km and is one of the most visited reserves in Kenya after the Masai Mara. Like most of the other Rift Valley lakes, it is a shallow soda lake, abundant with the blue-green algae that draw the shorelines thousands, and sometimes millions, of flamingos. For a number of years, the water level decreased steadily until the lake was almost dry between the rains, forcing the huge flamingo population to seek pinker pastures elsewhere, mainly on Lake Bogoria.

The lake was restored to its former glory after the El Nino rains of 1997, and is currently around 3.5km deep - the deepest it has been for a decade. The flamingos are already starting to return in large numbers, but even without them Lake Nakuru has maintained its reputation as an ornithologosts paradise, with more than 400 species of bird found here.  These include spoon-bills, hornbills and various raptor species.

However, there is much more to the park than just a lake. Areas of grassland, bush, euphorbia and acacia forests and rocky cliffs support hundreds of species of bird and animal. Wathogs are common all over the park; right by the water you’ll come across waterbucks and buffaloes, while Thomson’s gazelles and reedbucks can be seen further into the bush - there’s even the occasional leopard. Around the cliffs you may catch sight of hyraxes and birds of prey amid the countless baboons. There’s a small herd of hippos that generally lives along the northern shore of the lake.

The park is surrounded by a high electric fence, which keeps in a small number of black rhinos and white rhinos that were introduced from private ranches some years ago. The southern end of the lake is the best place to see white rhinos grazing close to the water’s edge; the black rhinos, browsers by nature, are more difficult to spot.

Walking in the park is not permitted so you will either have to hitch a ride with other tourists, rent a vehicle or go on a tour. You can get out of your vehicle on the lakeshore and at certain viewpoints, but don’t drive too close to the water’s edge, as the mud is very soft.

Photos of Lake Nakuru National Park

 
White Rhinos, baby and mother
(photo by kigwa)
White Rhinos, baby and mother
 
Leopard in a tree at Lake Nakuru
(photo by saridder)
Leopard in a tree at Lake Nakuru
 
Pink Flamingos at the lake
(photo by maksid)
Pink Flamingos at the lake

Tours and Safaris to Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru
days from $509 per person
Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha
days from $725 per person
Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
days from $1,320 per person
Aberdare, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
days from $1,579 per person
Mount Kenya, Nakuru, Naivasha, Masai
days from $1,885 per person
Best of Kenya in One Week
days from $2,229 per person
Best of Kenya in Two Weeks
days from $3,669 per person
Kenya & Tanzania
days from $3,999 per person
Safari and Diani Beach Honeymoon
days from $4,619 per person
Bush and Beach
days from $2,229 per person

Hotels in (or near to) Lake Nakuru National Park

Lion Hill Lodge
Lake Nakuru
Loldia House
Lake Nakuru
Mbweha Camp
Lake Nakuru

Wildlife you can see in Lake Nakuru National Park

Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
Aardvark
Aardvark
African Hunting Dog
African Hunting Dog
Augur Buzzard
Augur Buzzard
Banded Mongoose
Banded Mongoose
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Black-and-white Colobus Monkey
Black-and-White Colobus Monkey
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crowned Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
Dikdik
Dik-dik
Duiker
Duiker
Eland
Eland
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Pink Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
Hamerkop
Hamerkop
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
Hyrax
Hyrax
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
Klpispringer
Klipspringer
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Masai Ostrich
Masai Ostrich
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Porcupine
Porcupine
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Rothschild's Giraffe
Rothschild's Giraffe
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Serval
Serval Cats
Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Sykes' Monkey
Sykes' Monkey
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Verreaux's Eagle
Verreaux's Eagle
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
White Rhino
White Rhino
White-breasted Cormorant
White-breasted Cormorant
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork
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