Lake Nakuru National Park

Large colonies of flamingos inhabit Lake Nakuru National Park, which is commonly known as “pink lake” It is one of Kenya’s finest national parks, situated along the Great rift valley and surrounded by rift valley escarpments. Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the northwestern section of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It is located along the excellent tarmac highway that leads to Uganda, Kenya’s neighboring country, 170 kilometers from Nairobi.

The park encompasses 188 square kilometers and was established in 1961 with the primary objective of preserving flamingos and the lake. The lake was named after the adjacent town of Nakuru, which in the local Masai language means “Dust.” Prior to its expansion, the park encompassed the adjacent volcanic mountains and expansive savannah areas surrounding Lake Nakuru. The elevation of Lake Nakuru national park is approximately 1,751 meters above sea level. Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya’s 23 national parks that are classified as premier parks.

The park’s primary attraction is a shallow alkaline lake that attracts tens of thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingos, earning it the nickname pink lake. The park is also home to four of the African Big Five, including the uncommon black and white rhinos. In addition to the Big Five, the park also contains lions, leopards, and buffaloes. Over 50 species of mammals, including zebras, African wild dogs, eland, and waterbuck, are permanent occupants of the park. The park is home to over 400 avian species, including great pelicans, flamingos, starlings, lovebirds, various dove species, and other endemic birds.

The national park at Lake Nakuru has been expanded to include the Soysambu Conservancy, a habitat for black and white rhinos. Congratulations to the Kenyan wildlife service, which has diligently collaborated with Masaai locals to protect black rhinoceros. In 2009, there were more than 25 black rhinos in the park of Nakuru alone, along with 70 white rhinos and hundreds of Rothschild’s giraffes.

The climate of Lake Nakuru national park

The park’s climate is relatively consistent throughout the year, neither excessively hot nor chilly. The climate in this region ranges from subhumid to semi-arid. Even though there are two rainy seasons per year, precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. Due to the park’s proximity to the Equator, which results in high temperatures during the day, the evenings are always cooler than the days. During early morning game excursions, warm clothing is required, whereas light clothing is required during the daytime.

The wet season is from March to May, with some precipitation in November, while the remaining months are arid. The ideal time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park is during the dry months, because animals congregate around water catchments.

How to get to Lake Nakuru national park

The park is accessible by both road and air from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily. The park is a three-hour journey from Nairobi’s capital via the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. With a halt at the Great rift valley view, the drive is more picturesque than flight. The government of Kenya has constructed well-paved roads that connect to the park, making it possible to reach all corners of the park with a two-wheel safari vehicle. If one does not wish to spend lengthy hours in a safari car, there is the option of flying. Wilson airport offers daily domestic flights to lake Nakuru national park. Additionally, the park is connected to other national park airfields in Kenya. The flight from Nairobi to Naishi aerodrome within Lake Nakuru National Park takes only 25 minutes.

Activities for Tourists in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park’s tourist activities vary from driving through the park to sitting on scenic ridge viewpoints and camping in the park’s savannahs. This park is one of those locations you go to for relaxation and rejuvenation, so the majority of its activities are designed to calm and rejuvenate your heart, mind, and spirit. In this article, we will describe the most important activities in the park that you shouldn’t neglect during your visit to this incredible park. These include, but are not limited to:

Game drives

The greatest wildlife experience can be had during a game drive in the park. Depending on the local tour operator you choose, you may be led by an experienced driver-guide. The game drive exposes you to the natural beauty of the park, where you can observe various species of African wildlife, including four of the five African “Big Five” (rare black and white rhinos, buffalo, lions, and leopards). Additional species include Giraffes, hyenas, African wild canines, and others.

Birding

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to over 450 bird species, including the famous flamingos, making it the best destination for all bird watching excursions; you will be amazed at how many birds you will see and interact with from the comfort of your car, along the shores of the lake, from the different viewpoints in the park, and even as you dine in one of the park’s dining facilities; birds are everywhere in this park.

This park is an international bird area and a RAMSAR site, which means it is a certified birding center, so you will not miss any birds during your birding excursion. Notable bird species include the lesser and greater flamingos, the greater white pelicans, the African fish eagle, the Egyptian geese, and the white-necked bee.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Birding in Lake Nakuru National Park

Wildlife Viewing

Lake Nakuru National Park has a wildlife population of slightly more than 50 mammal species, including rhinos that reside in the park’s Rhino sanctuary; this provides park visitors with the opportunity to observe a broad variety of animals. In addition to the Rothschild’s giraffe, the park is home to both white and black rhinoceros, so you will have the opportunity to view both of these endangered species from the front row. Lake Nakuru National Park is fenced, so the animals cannot escape at any given time; therefore, your chances of seeing nearly all the species that reside in the park are over 90%; seeing all the wildlife in the park is the desire of every park visitor. You will see Rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, Impalas, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, and numerous other animals.

Camping 

Lake Nakuru National Park’s bushy savannahs are the perfect location to camp and experience the great outdoors. The weather in this park is semi-humid (neither extremely hot nor extremely cold), which enhances your camping experience as you appreciate the lake breeze and sometimes see animals right next to your camp or tent.

Ridge viewpoints 

Lake Nakuru National Park features extraordinarily stunning ridge viewpoints where you can picnic, lounge, and spend a day on vacation, among other activities. The primary viewpoints in the park include Baboon cliff, Lion Hill, and Out of Africa, which are out of this world. There are additional, lesser-known vistas in the park, but these three are unmatched.

Photography 

The beauty of Lake Nakuru National Park is unquestionably picture-perfect, making it the ideal location for all photography activities; whether for commercial or personal use, this park will provide you with so many distinct and beautiful photo opportunities that you will be spoiled for choice.

A Hike to Makalia falls

A hike to Makalia falls is one of the most exciting activities in the park, and despite the fact that it is not particularly strenuous, it will test your energy and exhilaration. This waterfall is located in the southern portion of the park and is a true concealed gem. When you visit the waterfall, you will appreciate the beauty of the water, the breeze, and the scenic view of the adjacent area and neighboring regions. You can picnic at the waterfalls and simply appreciate the view, or you can climb the cliff for an adventurous experience.

Lake viewing

Most visitors to Lake Nakuru National Park fail to appreciate the view of the lake because they are captivated by the abundance of animals on the lake. However, when you visit Lake Nakuru National Park, you should take the time to view the lake, appreciate its azure waters and the surrounding flora and sky. You will be astounded by how invigorating this activity is.

During your visit to Lake Nakuru National Park, you will engage in the following activities.

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