Lake Nakuru national park was initially established as a bird sanctuary in 1960 to conserve millions of flaming’s, the lake produced a lot of blue-green (Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis) which is the main diet for lesser flamingoes

Eight years later the park was gazette into a national park and park boundaries were extended to cover the whole lake, some land which includes the biggest euphoria candelabra forest on the east edge of the park

The lake covers an area of 40 square kilometer/25 miles square of the 188 square kilometer park size though the size keeps on changing depending on the rains. The park is home to the highest number of Rhinos and Rothschild Giraffe.

Lake Nakuru was designated as a RAMSAR site 1990 because of its production of food chain for the lesser flamingoes that is production of blue-green (Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis).


The distance from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park is approximately 156  km (217 miles) driving on A104 road and can take 21/2 hours to 3 hours depending on the time of the day you travel because of heavy traffic jam which can be caused by the long distance tracks.

The scenery drive from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park takes you through the Great Rift valley and will include some minor and major towns of Westland, Limuru (off the road) Kimende, Kinungi, Naivasha town, Gilgil, Kikopy and then finally Nakuru Town.

Daily flights operate from Nairobi toLake Nakuru National park Naishi Airstrip though you have to inquiry with the local airline which operates as most people prefer to drive because of the short distance.

Lake Nakuru National Park can be accessed via  Lanet gate, Main Gate and Nderit Gate


Due to variation of altitude and topography, the weather pattern keeps on changing from hot, cold and humid. The average temperatures range from 84 °F (29 °C) and can drop 61 °F (16 °C) at night.Annual rainfall around the park is 30 inches (760mm) which is influenced by Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)

The warmest months are February, March, August and September. The coolest month is June/July while most rains occur in April, November and December.

Lake Nakuru National Park Location

Lake Nakuru National Park is located in Nakuru Country which is at the floor of the Great Rift Valley.  The park is 118 square kilometer and the deepest part of the lake is 1.83 meters.

Its located 6 kilometers from Nakuru town which is the 4th largest city in Kenya also know for its archaeological discoveries at Hyrax Hill of pastoral Neolithic and late Iron Age. The discoveries where done by Louise Leakey in 1926.

The parks altitude1754meters above sea level. The coordinates of the park are 0.3562° S, 36.1002° E

Lake Nakuru National park Map

 Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake nakuru National Park Hotel

Accommodation at Lake Nakuru can be either inside the park or at the nearby lake Nakuru town. Some of safari lodges inside the park includes Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge and some superior to luxury camps includes Sarova Lion Hill and The Cliff. Please contact us for booking.

Best Time to Visit Lake Nakuru National Park.

After the rain seasons of April, November and December any other time of the month would be okay to visit the park because of availability of green pastures and the water level in the lake has reduced hence there is plenty of blue-green (Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis) which is the main diet for the flamingoes.

Lake Nakuru National Park Safari

All-inclusive day trip and overnight safaris including Bird watching, Family safari, Photographic safaris, private safaris, group safari and honeymoon safari can be customized.

Pick up can be done from your Nairobi City Hotel or direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport depending on your arrival time.

The safari packages include accommodation at Lake Nakuru, game drives in land Cruisers, Game viewing in the park, Lake Nakuru national Park fees and entry fee, meals, professional Guides.

  • 3 Days/2 Nights Lake Nakuru National Park Safari
  • 12 Days/11 Nights Photographic Safari

Lake Nakuru National Park Animals

In 1977 several Rothschild giraffe where translocated to the park to seek protection as their population was getting endangered. Seven years later in 1984, Lake Nakuru national park was established as the first rhino sanctuary.

The park has more than 56 different animal species which includes; Buffalos, Common Zebras, Lions, Black & White Rhinos, Waterbucks, Hyenas, Rock Hyrax, Warthogs, Leopards, Baboons, Monkeys, Hippopotamus, Rothschild Giraffe, Impalas, Thomson’s Gazelles, jackals, bat eared fox etc.

Lake Nakuru national park Birds

Lake Nakuru National Park is heaven for bird watching, more than 500 different species of birds have been recorded especially the water birds. In 1961 the lake was established as a bird sanctuary.

Birds found at the lake includes; Lesser flamingoes, Greater flamingoes, White faced whistling tree duck, Egyptian Goose, Yellow billed Storks, Goliath herons, White pelican, Great cormorant etc.

Other common birds at lake Nakuru National Park includes; red-billed teal, little grebe, saddle-billed stork, sacred ibis, African spoonbill, cattle egret, marabou stork, Hamerkop, Hottentot teal, African open bill, Hadada ibis, Night heron etc.

Lake Nakuru national Park Attractions

  1. Big Four Animals
  2. Bird Watching (Flamingoes)
  3. View Points
  4. Makalia Waterfall
  5. Bush Dinners
  6. Sundowners

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Lake Nakuru National Park

P.O Box 539 – 20100


Phone: 051- 8012070

Mobile: 0728355401, 0728355267