LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK KENYA

Overview

Named after its soda lake-Nakuru in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park-Kenya is located in the South of Nakuru County, near Nakuru town- fourth largest town in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu and the largest town in the Kenyan mid-west. Lake Nakuru National Park is about 164kms North of Nairobi in the Kenyan rift valley and is protected by the Kenya wildlife service, under the Ramsar Convention on wetlands. It is also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Nakuru in Kenya has a maximum depth of 1.83metres and minimum depth of 2.3m, surface elevation of 1,760m and the lake covers approximately 45km2.  It has no primary outflows; neither rivers nor cracks flowing out of lake Nakuru.

The word Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place” in the Kenya`s Maasai language.

Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya was established in 1961, in Nakuru County of Kenya. It started off small only surrounding the famous lake Nakuru and the surrounding mountainous vicinity, but has since been extended up to 188 km2 to include a large part of the savannahs.

Lake Nakuru in Kenya is crowded with lots of algae which attracts masses of flamingoes and other birds that famously line the shores looking for algae as their food.

Indeed “The Birders` Paradise”, lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya inhabits about 400 bird species along the lake shores and the surrounding area including millions of the famous millions of fuchsia pink flamingos, the African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and verreaux`s eagle among others.

Climate and Weather

The park is always misty and cool year in-year out. The altitude of the Aberdare dictates the climate despite its nearness to the equator.

In the rainy seasons from March to May and October to December, park roads become impassable.

How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya

The park opens at 7am. For those traveling from Nairobi, use the Naironi-Nakuru highway, drive slow and enjoy the scenery of the great Rift valley along the way!

From Nairobi, it is approximately a 30-minute drive to a picturesque overlook at 7200 feet (2200 meters) above sea level and from here you can get a spectacular view of the volcanoes Suswa and Longonot. You can have stopovers along the way and buy souvenirs from craft shops. Seeing the entire park could take you a full day, so plan to arrive around 9am unless you have more than a day in the area. It might take you few minutes to get your ticket and the vehicle checked.

The park has clear roads and most parts of the park can even be accessible by 2-wheel-drive vehicles. However, less-traveled parts and most viewpoint hills will require 4-wheel-drive. The park has three gates; the Main Gate and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and the less-used Nderit Gate.

For those who wish to fly, It’s about a 25-minute flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to the Naishi airstrip inside the park.

A diversity of tourist attractions and activities can be experienced while in Aberdare national park and they include;

Wild life safari in Aberdare National park

The Park inhabits a big number of big game, like lion, leopards, African elephant, giant forest hog, bushbuck, black rhino, giraffe, buffalo, stripped jackals, duikers, water buck, eland, crocodiles and many more.  The thick tropical rainforest hosts primates like Sykes, olive baboons, colobus monkeys among others. Some of the rare species available include golden cat, the bongo antelope, serval cats, and wild dogs.

Bird watching in Aberdare National park

Bird watching in Aberdare national park, is most ideal; be sure to see over 250 species of different birds like sparry hawks, eagles, sunbirds, plovers, Aberdare cisticola, goshawks, deckens hornbill, peacock and many others.

Mountain Climbing at Satima peak in Aberdare National park

Satima peak offers great sightseeing opportunities. This activity chains views of the great rift valley to the west with the amazing horizon view of Mount Kenya. Observe the surrounding lake Naivasha, Mt Kenya and Mt Kirimanjaro, lake Nakuru and the Daiga hills on a clear day while at the horizon. Satima peak is about 4001meters high and it can take about 2-3hours of hike. A morning trek to the top of Satima peak would be the most ideal.

Trout fishing in Aberdare National park

This is also another popular activity in the moorland`s in the ice-cold Guru Karuru and Chania Rivers within the park.

Other attractions worth visiting include the elephant hill, marked with several trails of the African elephant, the Twin hills, Table Mountains and the beautiful Thomson falls

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in Lake Nakuru National park-Kenya

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a 4* settled along the Lion Hill plateau overlooking the enormous flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Its site offers panoramic views of the lake and wildlife of the pretty Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Adjacent to the lodge is the Menengai Crater, Hyrax Hill and Museum for a vision into this area’s incredible history.

Flamingo Hill Tented Camp in Lake Nakuru National Park-Kenya

Flamingo Hill is a 4.5* tented camp and the first in Lake Nakuru National Park-Kenya. Visitors are welcomed with a glass of juice to refresh after the long journey, before being ushered to one of 25 tented camps.

Kivu Resort Near Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya

Accommodation includes African themed guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Kivu Resort caters for individuals, families, groups, customized business meetings and holidays, conferences, team building and social functions.

Lake Nakuru Flamingo Lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park-Kenya

Lake Nakuru Flamingo Lodge is located off the Nakuru-Nairobi highway, 140km from Nairobi and 10km from Nakuru. Settled within the grounds of the notorious Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, Lake Nakuru Lodge appears like a tiny village, with separate cottages built from stone and wood, all surrounded by lush foliage and tropical gardens.

Lakira Camp in Lake Nakuru National Park-Kenya

Lakira Camp Nakuru is discreetly tucked away amidst the acacias that border it, there are six, superbly luxurious tents offering the traveler a rich and immensely satisfying experience of the African bush. All tents have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water.

More About Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya also called “The Birders` Paradise”, is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of this shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink.

The number of flamingos on the lake varies with water and food conditions. However, the best vantage point is from Baboon Cliff. Also of interest is an area of 188 km (116 mi) around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect giraffes as well as both black and white rhinos.

Currently, Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya has about 50 eastern black rhinoceros, approximately 100 rare white rhinos, a number of Rothschild’s giraffes, Impalas, dik-diks, hippos, Burchell’s zebra, grants gazelles, and waterbucks. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is also home to large sized pythons that inhabit in the dense woodlands and can sometimes be seen crossing the roads or hanging on trees as well as predators like the east African lions, cheetahs and leopards.