On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives.
Lake Nakuru National park offers one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sights: brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see. When conditions are right, between one and two million lesser and greater flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow soda lake, together with tens of thousands of other birds. The best place to view the birds is from Baboon Cliff, where you get an excellent view over the lake, and the film of pink along its fringe.
Game spotting is also good. Lake Nakuru was declared a national park in 1961 and it now covers an area of some 180 km2.You will see warthog, waterbuck and large numbers of impala; slightly shyer residents include buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, eland, the occasional leopard and both black and white rhino. A herd of hippo have their territory in the northern part of the lake. It is important to remember that there are times when the lake conditions change and the birds move on to other soda lakes. So check first before setting off.
Varying water levels in the lake have a resulting impact on the visiting numbers of migratory waterfowl, and in the years leading up to 1997, Lake Nakuru had virtually dried up. Subsequently rain levels have picked up, and in recent years the lake's levels have risen to around the 3.5 metre mark - once again providing a valuable home for the millions of birds that travel the vast distances to arrive here.
How to get there
By Road: The park has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi, a distance of 156 km north west of Nairobi on the main A104 road. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Masai Mara or Elementaita.
By air: The Naishi airstrip services the park for tourism and KWS activities.
Park Roads: The park has an adequate and well serviced motorable roads that make most parts of the park accessible.
Park Gates: The park has three gates, Main Gate and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and the less used Nderit Gate..