Your Guide to Lake Nakuru National park

As you consider doing a Safari in a destination that is near Nairobi, where you can head off for a day's break, visit the Lake Nakuru National Park. Much has changed within the Safari park, mainly because of the changing water levels in the park. But the parK continues to hold its position as one of the top wildlife safari destinations 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, other destinations you can combine with your visit to Lake Nakuru, and Safari packages available for 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 favorable destination for visitors interested in a 1-day Kenya safari.

The park is under the management of the Kenya Wildlife Service, which 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 (Lake Nakuru National Park is a Rhino Sanctuary), Waterbuck, Lions, Cheetah, and Leopard are some of the animals you can sight in the park. The protection of wildlife at Lake Nakuru has provided a conducive environment for the animals to increase in numbers.

The Lesser and Greater flamingo species are the main attraction to Lake Nakuru National Park. Their numbers have significantly reduced in recent years. The reduction in flamingo populations is associated with environmental pollution and an increase in the Lake's water levels. The different factors eventually influence the flamingo populations at the Park, resulting in massive migrations to nearby areas. During migration, the birds head to the Lake Elementaita, where the environment is more conducive for feeding and dwelling. 

In addition to flamingos, 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 for the attraction of large numbers 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 along the same safari circuit. 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 head 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. More details.  
  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 area 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 find memories for the 2 days in the wild side of Kenya. 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 culture and cuisine in the destinations you visit. Starting off your safari with a visit to the 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 wildlife viewing experience. More details.
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