Lake Nakuru National Park – “The Bird Watchers’ Paradise”
One of the most scenic parks at the heart of the rift valley with a very rich flamingo population, indeed the largest worldwide. The park covers an area of 188 KM2 and at an altitude of 1756 M. above sea level. Animals include the lion, leopard, black and white rhinos, giraffes. Spectacular views surround the lake with hills and cliffs, which are home to hundreds of baboons.
The lake is home to thousands of the lesser and greater flamingos and has several rivers and streams emptying into it. The saline waters of the lake offer a thriving atmosphere of blue-green algae (Spirulina platensis), which is the basic food for the lesser flamingos. Fish eating birds are also present which include the Cormorant, Great white pelicans and the African fish eagle.
By Road: Distance: 156 km Northwest of Nairobi on the main A104 Road. The main gate is 4km from Nakuru Town Centre.
By Air: Via the 12 km long ‘Naishi’ airstrip located in the southern part of the park.
*Lanet gate (links the Park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway)
*The Main Gate
SIZE / LOCATION
160 KM north-west of Nairobi
Temperature ranges from 20-300 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm
Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December
Entry is by Safari Card only. Safaricards may be loaded. Proof of identification will be required
Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
*The fabulous flamingo
*An ornithologist’s paradise with 450 species of birds
*Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary
*Waterfall : Malaika
*View –points: Lion hill, baboon cliffs and Out of Africa
*Hills :Enasoit , lion hill, honeymoon e.t.c
Thomson’s and Grant,s gazelle, the long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, leopard, lion, rhino, waterbuck. Impala, striped hyena,bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck, striped hyena,golden cat, black and white rhinos
Prolific birdlife features 450 species up to 1.5 million flamingos
WHERE TO STAY
*Lake Nakuru Lodge
*Sarova Lionhill Nakuru Lodge
*Flamingo Hill Tented Camp
*Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
*KWS Self – Catering
*Special campsites include Naishi,Rhino, Soysambu, Nyati, Chui, reedbuck
*Public campsites include Malaika and reedbuck
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks