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Lake Nakuru National Park

Introduction

Lake Nakuru National Park is located in Central Kenya approximately 155km north-west of Nairobi and connected by a sealed road. It can therefore be visited on a day trip from Nairobi, although in the raining season more time would be needed. A safari to Lake Nakuru is popularly combined with either the Masai Mara National Reserve or Lake Baringo and Samburu National Reserve which lies to the east.

The park entrance lies 6km from Nakuru town and the main attraction is Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline soda lake set beneath the high cliffs of the eastern Rift Valley.

Lake Nakuru is a known ornithological paradise offering the spectacular view of up to 2 million flamingos at one time (during the season), which are attracted by the lake's algae. Sadly the numbers of flamingos have reduced over recent years, which may be due to environmental damage caused by close human habitation. There are also hundreds of other bird species including many birds of prey.

An area of 190sq km around the lake is fenced in as a national park and has been made a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffes and black and white rhinos. Some of the 56 different species of mammals that can be viewed in Nakuru National Park include an abundance of Waterbuck. Predators are lion, cheetah and leopard.

Over the past few years Lake Nakuru has been getting bigger, increased in size by approx 300 meters.  The original entrance gate had to be moved as it is now under water.  There is less salt in the water, which may impact in the amount of flamingoes visiting in years to come.  The reason for the increase is unknown but it is possibly due to the rift valley fault line.

The best time to visit Lake Nakuru is between March and December.

Safaris visiting Lake Nakuru National Park

Full Day - Lake Nakuru Safari
Full Day - Lake Nakuru Safari
You have a game drive at Lake Nakuru and lunch will be provided. Another afternoon game drive in the park.
1 Days - USD $311
Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru
4 days Kenya Lodge safari visiting Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Parks. Spot the BIG5. Perfect for families and photographers. Private safari starting any day - minimum 2 persons
4 Days - USD $1,460
4 Days: Explore the Northern Rare species
4 Days: Explore the Northern Rare species
Visiting The famous Rift Valley and Northern Kenya for the most adventurous in Lake Nakuru and Samburu. Travel to the other side of the Equator and experience a different species of birds and wildlife
4 Days - EUR €603
4 days: Flamingos, Pelicans and BIG 5 Safari
4 days: Flamingos, Pelicans and BIG 5 Safari
A chance to see the pink coloured Lake Nakuru with its abundant birdlife that includes Flamingo and Pelican. Catch the 'Big 5' in the Masai Mara, enjoying a scenic adventure with the Masaai.
4 Days - EUR €557
Seventh Wonder of the World Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru
Seventh Wonder of the World Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru
A short four day lodge safari, taking in two of Kenya's best National Parks offering the widest diversity of wildlife together with the stunning scenery these parks offer.
4 Days - EUR €1,595
Kenya Safari - Bird Sanctuaries at Lake Nakuru and Samburu
Kenya Safari - Bird Sanctuaries at Lake Nakuru and Samburu
A safari to the north via the high shoulder of Mt Kenya to the Game Reserve of Samburu, then the world famous Bird Sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley Lakes Nakuru.
4 Days - USD $2,891
Masai Mara, Great Rift Valley Lake Naivasha & Nakuru
Masai Mara, Great Rift Valley Lake Naivasha & Nakuru
Masai Mara was voted seventh world wonder in 2006 by ABC TV, good chance of seeing the BIG FIVE wildlife. Also visiting the Rift Valley Lakes where you can enjoy viewing a huge variety of birdlife, wildlife, culture and diversified scenery
5 Days - EUR €985
7 Day Kenya Safari Catch the Big 5
7 Day Kenya Safari Catch the Big 5
Kenya Camping Safari to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru and Samburu National Parks. Starting / finishing in Nairobi, Kenya. Beach holiday extension to Mombasa can be added. Book and get a 10% discount.
7 Days - EUR €1,056

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