Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru national park is rich in biodiversity despite being among the smaller parks in Kenya. Its best known for its birdlife and as a refuge for the White Rhino. The avian highlights are the Flamingoes and other birdlife found on the shores of Lake Nakuru.
The park is also a breeding point for the endangered White Rhinos species, and there is probably no better place in East Africa to observe the White Rhino. Nakuru offers excellent bird watching and game viewing with all the Big Five except the Elephant. Also inhabiting this park is the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, Waterbuck, gazelle and baboon. The park’s focal point is Lake Nakuru itself, whose shallow turquoise green waters are highly alkaline and support the concentration of the spirulina platensis.
While most of the productive area for a game drive is in the open flood plain south of the lake, the western forested belt of the park is an excellent area to view the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and elusive Leopards. In addition, a dozen white and black rhinos were introduced to Nakuru in the 1990s and have since bred to form a significant population of Rhinos. The white Rhino is particularly common in the southern floodplain.
Lake Nakuru is an important stronghold for the Rothschild Giraffe, a rare western race that has thrived since its introduction in the park. The Nakuru population is the second largest in the world after Murchison falls national park in Uganda and the largest in Kenya.
Why Visit Lake Nakuru National Park
- Outstanding birding with big flocks of pelicans and flamingos
- Spectacular Rift Valley scenery
- Good wildlife viewing
What to Do
- Game drive safaris
- Guided walking safaris
- An easy drive from Nairobi
- Scheduled and Charter flights from Nairobi.
Best Time to Visit
Year-round but avoid wet seasons (April and May)