Your Guide to Lake Nakuru National park

Lake Nakuru National Park is a Safari destination that is near Nairobi, where you can head off for a day's break and have enough time to enjoy scenic views and game drives in the park. In recent times, much has changed inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. Water levels in Lake Nakuru have risen to high levels, resulting in changes in the way the park operates. Lake Nakuru National Park ranks among the top wildlife safari destinations in Kenya and Africa. Its attractive scenery, unique plant and animal species add to the park's attractiveness as a safari destination in Kenya. 

In this guide, you can find useful information about the Lake Nakuru National park, including its location and distance from Nairobi, animals and birds to see in the park, and other destinations you can combine with your visit to Lake Nakuru. You will also find Lake Nakuru Safari packages that are available for customization and booking.


Flamingos in Lake Nakuru National Park - Kenya Adventure Tours

Location and Distance from Nairobi

Lake Nakuru National Park is located 156 km north-west of Nairobi. The park's location from the capital city makes it a favourable destination for visitors interested in a 1-day Kenya safari. You can also make your visit to Lake Nakuru National Park part of your multi-day safari by adding other destinations to your multi-day safari itinerary. Consider destinations and activities such as boat riding in Lake Naivasha, walking tour in Cresent Island and hiking at the Menengai crater. 

The park is under the management of the Kenya Wildlife Service. The management has taken several steps to preserve the wildlife and natural scenery in the park. The recent conservation efforts in Lake Nakuru National Park involved fencing the protected area for the protection of wildlife that is prone to poaching activity. Lake Nakuru National Park covers the Lake and the larger protected area that hosts the wildlife. The protected Sanctuary is left for the preservation of animal and bird species that are endemic to the region.

Animals and Birds in Lake Nakuru National Park

While on safari at Lake Nakuru National Park, you will have the opportunity to see some of the rare and endangered animal species in the country. The Rothschild giraffe, Black and white rhinoceros (Rhino Sanctuary in Lake Nakuru National Park), Waterbuck, Lions, Cheetah and Leopard are some of the animals you can sight in the park. The protection of wildlife at Lake Nakuru National Park has provided a conducive environment for the animals to increase in numbers. Rare and endangered animal species have an opportunity to thrive in the park, which is protected from poaching activity. 

The Lesser and Greater flamingo species were the main attraction to Lake Nakuru National Park for a number of past years. Their numbers have significantly reduced in recent years and are now found in plenty in Lake Bogoria. The great reduction in the number of flamingos is associated with the environmental pollution in the surrounding areas and an increase in the Lake's water levels. The combination of factors influences the flamingo populations at the Park, resulting in massive migrations to nearby areas. During migration, the birds head to Lake Elementaita, which is one of the locations with conditions that are conducive for feeding.

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to approximately 450 different bird species - both endemic and migratory. The expansion of the park in recent years has enabled the increase in animal populations and the attraction of a large number of tourists, which is an addition to the current numbers of bird-watching enthusiasts.

Your Visit to Lake Nakuru National Park

Your visit to the Lake Nakuru National Park can take place as a single day's visit, or as one stop in several destinations in a multi-day safari package. Consider adding these other safari destinations to your itinerary as you plan for your Lake Nakuru National Park safari: Ol Donyo Sabuk, Mt. Kenya National Park, Mwea Reserve, Aberdare National Park, Hell's Gate, and Longonot National Parks, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Impala Sanctuary, Lake Naivasha, Lake Magadi, Ndere Island National Park, Ruma National Park, Nguruman Escarpment, Lake Elementaita, Kisumu, Mau Forest, Loita Plains, Suswa.

Lake Nakuru National park Safari Packages

  1. 1 Day Lake Nakuru Safari: You can spend a day exploring the attractions in the park and have time for lunch and a short break before heading back home/hotel by evening. This safari can start off in Nairobi or Nakuru and ensures you can enough time to explore the attractions that Lake Nakuru National Park has to offer. Contact us to have a customized 1 day safari to Lake Nakuru National Park. 
  2. 2 Days Lake Nakuru and Naivasha Safari: Two days vising Lake Naivasha and Nakuru National Park will prove a good option to explore all that the park has to offer. You can note the different animals and bird species that inhabit the Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. Scenic views, as an addition to the wildlife sightings, will give you fond memories of the 2 days spent in Kenya's wild side. More details. 
  3. 4 Days Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Safari: When it comes to having a memorable Kenya wildlife safari, a combined safari of Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve is a good pick. Enjoy the scenery as you soak in the local cultures and cuisine in the destinations you visit. Starting off your safari with a visit to Lake Nakuru will give you a good start to your safari in what are some of Kenya's top safari destinations. More details. 
  4.  5 days Lake Nakuru, Naivasha, and Masai Mara Safari: Having several days for your safari will give you the opportunity to go further into exploring the wildlife, natural scenery, local cultures, and unique attractions that Kenya has to offer. In this safari, visiting the Lake Nakuru National Park, Naivasha, and the Masai Mara game reserve gives you the opportunity to have a unique game watching experience. More details.
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