Lake Nakuru National Park initially was established as a bird sanctuary in 1960 to conserve millions of flaming’s as 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 the park boundaries were extended to cover the whole current 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 kilometers through the size keeps on changing depending on the rains Patten. 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 the food chain for the lesser flamingoes that is the production of blue-green (Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis).
Lake Nakuru National Park from Nairobi
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, heavy traffic jam sometimes can be caused by the long distance tracks.
Scenery drive from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park takes you through the Great Rift valley and 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 to Lake Nakuru National Park landing at Naishi Airstrip though you have to inquire with the local airline, most people prefer to drive there because of the short distance from Nairobi and paved road. Lake Nakuru National Park can be accessed via Lanet gate, Main Gate and Nderit Gate
Lake Nakuru National Park Weather
Due to the 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 are 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 within 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. The park is located 6 kilometers away from Nakuru town.
Nakuru is the 4th largest city in Kenya also knows for its archaeological discoveries at Hyrax Hill of pastoral Neolithic and late Iron Age. The discoveries were done by the famous archeologist Louise Leakey in 1926.
The parks altitude1754 meters above sea level. The coordinates of the park are 0.3562° S, 36.1002° E
Lake Nakuru National Park Hotel
Accommodation at Lake Nakuru can be either inside the park or at the adjacent town of Lake Nakuru. Some of the safari lodges inside the park include Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill and some superior to luxury camps like The Cliff. Please contact us for booking.
Best Time to Visit Lake Nakuru National Park.
After the rainy seasons of April, November, and December any other time of the month would be the perfect time to visit the park because of availability of green pastures and water level are down hence there is plenty of blue-green algae (Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis) the main diet for the lesser flamingoes.
Lake Nakuru National Park Safari
All-inclusive day trip and overnight safaris including honeymoon safaris, bird watching, family safari, photographic safaris, private safaris, and group safari can be customized. Pick up can be done from your Nairobi city hotel or direct from the Jomokenyatta International Airport depending on your inbound flight arrival time.
The safari packages include accommodation at Lake Nakuru National Park, game drives in land cruisers or Minivans, game viewing in the park, Lake Nakuru National Park fees and entry fee, meals, professional guides etc.
Lake Nakuru National Park Animals
In 1977 several Rothschild giraffe where translocated to the park to seek protection as their population was getting endanger. 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; Thomson’s gazelles, buffalos, common zebras, tree climbing lions, black & white rhinos, waterbucks, hyenas, rock hyrax, warthogs, leopards, baboons, monkeys, hippopotamus, Rothschild giraffe, Impalas, jackals, bat-eared fox etc.
Lake Nakuru national park Birds
Lake Nakuru National Park is heaven for bird watching as 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 in and around the lake include; 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, Hottentot teal, African open bill, Night heron etc.
Lake Nakuru National Park Attractions
- Big Four Animals
- Bird Watching (Flamingoes)
- The View Points
- Makalia Waterfall
- Bush Dinners
Saafari to Lake Nakuru National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Lake Nakuru National Park
The Senior Warden
P.O Box 539 – 20100
Phone: 051- 8012070
Mobile: 0202313040, 0518012070