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Surrounded by marshes, woodland and grassland, Lake Nakuru, is situated in the Great Rift Valley and the park is managed by Kenya wildlife service. The park covers 73 square miles that not only includes the lake, but also savannah, forests and swamps, and the southern end of the park also encompasses the Makalia Falls. Famous for its rhinoceros sanctuary, Lake Nakuru national park is an ideal place to visit in Kenya. The park is an excellent spot for wildlife spotting and is home to many water loving animals like hippos and many more. Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is renowned for its incredibly vast flamingoes that turn the lake into pink colour. It is supposed to be the greatest bird spectacle in the world and is one of the famous parks in South Africa. The Lake is large, shallow which is surrounded by marshes, woodland and grassland. It is fed by three main rivers-the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs. Visitors have an excellent opportunity to view the lake from Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill which is one of the famous tourist attractions in South Africa. The lake varies in size from five to 30 square kilometres depending on rainfall and is rich in birdlife; there are 400 resident species on the lake and in the surrounding national park. In addition to its 400 species of birds, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 50+ mammal species, and over 500 species of flora. Recently the park has gathered tourists more because of its leopard sightings and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. The acacia and euphorbia forests are now haven for animals during the day, making Lake Nakuru an excellent wildlife destination in South Africa.

Places To visit In Lake Nakuru

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the freshwater lake known to be the highest on the rift system. Not truly the national reserve, the lake holds an abundance of flora and fauna that attracts the nature enthusiast. With the papyrus swamp, the green valley and geographical beauty, Lake Naivasha of Kenya is beyond the expectation of the travelers.

Crescent Island

Showcasing an abundance of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Crescent Island is the most visited tourist place in Lake Naivasha. The island, being the hub of immense wildlife and beauty makes it an ideal spot for safari and picnic.

Lake Bogoria

Looking for some rejuvenation in Africa, Lake Bogoria is the picturesque spa destination perfect for a break from the dusty Kenyan roads. Now home to flamingoes, Lake Bogoria is an ideal spot for your South Africa vacation.

Baboon Cliff

Baboon cliff takes its name from the large baboon family which is a popular viewpoint with a stunning view of the entire park. One of several scenic viewpoints in the park, Baboon Cliff is a particularly popular stop for photographers wanting to snap a view of Lake Nakuru.

Makalia Falls

Makalia Falls is a popular campsite that offers breathtaking view of South Africa. For those wishing to get out of their car and stretch their legs, the picturesque Makalia Falls offer the chance to do just that with a hike to the modest falls.

Rhinoceros Sanctuary

Home to the densest rhino population in Kenya, Lake Nakuru is one of the best spot to watch rhinos up close and personal. The park has 70 white rhinos and 25 black rhinos giving an excellent opportunity for the visitors to see these endangered giants in the wild.

Best Time To Visit Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru national park has sub humid to semi arid climate which means it is n not too wet and not too dry, or too hot or cold. The climate at the park remains cool and pleasant which makes it easier for the visitors to view the wildlife with a clear perspective. The best month to visit the park is from July to September and January to March. Another great thing about this park is it’s fenced, so even during the wet months you will see wildlife because they cannot migrate away from the park.

Things To Do In Lake Nakuru

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Bird Watching

Since Lake Nakuru is home to the magnificent flamingoes, bird lovers have an amazing chance to view these birds from a very close point of view. The best place to view the birds is from Baboon Cliff, where you get an excellent view over the lake, and the wonderful spectacle of pink flamingoes along its edge.

Game Viewing

Lake Nakuru national park is the best place to see huge population of rhinos roaming around in the lush greenery of the park. See the endangered white rhinos and other animals including waterbucks, warthogs, hippos, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes and more.

Camping at Oloiden Campsite

The Oloiden Campsite is one of the best places at Lake Nakuru to enjoy a campsite for a night. Watching the birds, flocks of flamingos and wildlife like hippos at the other side of the lake make camping, the best thing to do at Lake Nakuru.


For those who are looking for a chance to capture the best shots in their camera, Lake Nakuru is the best place to visit in Kenya. The scenic view overlooking the lake from the famous Baboon cliff and Lion Hill lends spectacular shot of the Lake for the photographers.

Safari with Animals

Enjoy the safari at Lake Nakuru with a visit to Crescent Island Sanctuary that houses some of the wildlife species of Kenya. With no predators dwelling around, the walking safari is an easy and excellent option to plan.

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How to Reach Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru national park is located 155km northwest of Nairobi and 5km from Nakuru town. Nakuru is an easy destination by car via a tar road from Nairobi.

By Road: Lake Nakuru national park is easily accesible via road. Use your own, take a public transport or a safari van tour that will take you directly to the gates of the national park. If you are traveling from Nairobi, then take the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. On the way to Nakuru you will have a great view of the Rift Valley, so drive slow and enjoy the scenery

By Air: If you choose to fly, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the closest to the park. It is about 25 minutes away and you can board the flight from there that will directly take you to the Naishi airstrip inside the park.

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