Lake Nakuru National Park /Terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species
. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
Located 170km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley. The park (Ramsar site) supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
The vegetation is mainly wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
The normally water-covered surface of the lake occupies about a third of the park. The lake water supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its colour and which is the major food source for the flamingo.
Rocky hillsides on the Parks eastern perimeter are covered with Tarchonanthys scrub and a magnificent Euphobia candelabrum forest.
The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter 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.
The Naishi airstrip services the park for tourism and KWS activities.
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 The unique Rothschilds Giraffe, white rhinos, waterbuck etc.
View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
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
Where to stay
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Situated in the south eastern ecological niche of the park is the Lake Nakuru Lodge,
an oasis of comfort and excellent services with commanding views of the lesser Flamingo interspersed with the Greater Flamingo for which Lake Nakuru is justly famous. It is another world for the visitors, where one easily forgets the hustle and bustle of the city. The lodge blends in well with the surroundings and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environs, much to the fascination of the visitors. Activities: Game drives, horse rides, Bird watching
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park.
Activities; Sun downers: Watch the spectacular display of the sun going down over the lake as you enjoy a sundowner with bitings especially prepared for guests. Spa; Enjoy a pampering massage at the camp a truly luxurious way to end your day in the bush or simply to relax further. Game drives.
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru.
Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. Activities: Indoor games; board games, darts, table tennis and pool table. Cultural Performances, traditional dancing every evening at the Rift Valley Bar terrace, a guitarist at the restaurant and bar during and after dinner as well as animation activities for leisure. Nature Walks, the well trained naturalist will help you