Lake Nakuru National Park guide shows you how to get there, attractions, activities and sample itineraries.
The land where Flamingoes flourish in the whole world lying south of central Kenya. The lake drives its name from the Masai Language meaning ‘’dusty place’’ this is because its soils loosen most during the dry season. This is the most visited destination in Kenya or everyone’s bucket list while in Kenya. It has featured in the most popular wildlife documentaries as the place where flamingoes flourish. The Disney character of ‘’Lion King’’ Pumba is from this place. Lake Nakuru is one of the rift valley soda lakes that flow towards the Eastern side. It’s a shallow lake with a lot of algae that’s why the flamingoes flock towards the shoreline. Its surface can’t be seen since it’s covered by millions of flamingoes and you only see the pink and white colors of the birds.
What to do or Attractions in Lake Nakuru National Park
- Wildlife; Hippos, Black and White Rhino, Rothschild giraffe, Buffalos, Elands, Baboons, Zebras, Warthogs
- Bird life; Flamingoes, Pelicans, Cormorants
- Lake Nakuru
How to get/ reach Lake Nakuru
The park is approximately kms from Nairobi city and below are the different transportation ways.
This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 1-2 hrs. from Nairobi city as you get to do more of sightseeing. The roads are in good condition but as you get closer to the park, the roads are Marram and you may experience the African Massage. We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.
Best time to Visit Lake Nakuru
This is one of the parks in Kenya which is closest to the city and can be visited all year round whether it’s wet or dry season. The wildlife in this park is always in huge numbers although their only two of the big five mammals of Africa there (Buffaloes & Rhinos)
- Game drives
- Boat rides
Where to stay in Nakuru
There are a number of places to stay while on your Masai Mara trip which ranges from Budget, Midrange to Luxury accommodation. Budget accommodation ranges from $30-$150, Midrange from $200- $250 and Luxury from $300-$1000.
- Claire de lune Moonlight hotel
- Kiboko Luxury Camp
- Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
- Sawela Lodge
- Sarova Woodlands
- Merica Hotel
- Midland Hotel
- Nuru Palace Hotel
- Marlin Guest resort
- Legacy Hotel
- Amoh’s Guest house
For your planning purposes you can visit the park for a day or multiple days depending on your budget. We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Kenya like Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha, Aberdare. Further this can also be combined with a safari to Uganda for gorillas and chimpanzees
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