One of the most scenically attractive natural parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is an ornithologist and wildlife enthusiasts delight. Located at the floor of Great Rift Valley, the park is flanked by acacia forests, marshes, grassland, and rocky cliffs. On the eastern side of the park, the highlands hills are draped with the largest euphorbia forest in Africa. Covering an area of 180km² (69.5 square miles) the park has three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs feeding the park and sustaining the large wildlife population. For wildlife, the park is home to both endangered black and white rhinos, predators like lions, leopards, cheetah, spotted and striped hyena, and endangered Rothschild's giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, Cape buffalo, etc. The hippos are often spotted flopping around in the northern part of the lake while the forested area below Flamingo Hill on the southern part of the lake is where the lionesses lounge on the trees. Before the mammals were introduced into the park, Lake Nakuru was famed as the birding park and rightly so, as you watch the 500 species of birds ranging from flamingos, great white pelican and the pink-backed pelicans, waterfront birds; dark geese, heron, stilt, sunpiper and plover, flouncing ostrich, iridescent sunbird, glimming starling, swooping bee-eater, chattering weaver besides the African fish eagle fire up the park with a feast of vibrant display . African rock python, coral headed agama lizard, aquatic insects, beetles, butterflies, ants, bees, and termites all pitch in to maintain the ecological diversity and health of the UNESCO heritage site, while serving the action that the tourists so verily desire to witness.
Although the park is open around the year, game viewing is at its best during the dry season from June to February. The dry conditions mean the game is out and about congregating near the watering holes ensuring for some fascinating game viewing and not obscured by the dense high grass like in the wet seasons of March-May. In the wet months' wildlife can be seen but they are hard to spot amidst the tall grass. But in the wet season, the scenery is saturated in the green and lush and the best time to view birds as the migratory birds are in full flight.
A fantastic array of birds and wildlife awaits you in the park. The park is home to both endangered black and white rhinos, predators like leopards, cheetah, spotted and striped hyena, and endangered Rothschild's giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, Cape buffalo, etc. You can see the hippos flopping around in the northern part of the lake while the lionesses can be seen lazily lounge on trees. Birds ranging from flamingos, great white pelican, and the pink-backed pelicans, can be seen besides African rock python. Enjoy the sights from the vantage points of Lion Hill, Baboon Cliff and Out of Africa and take a game drive through the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa.
You can reach Lake Nakuru NP by air or by road.There are also gates - Tourists travelling from the Masai Mara will enter the Lake Nakuru National Park through the Nderit Gate. If traveling from the Nairobi-Nakuru will enter the park from the Lanet gate.
You can drive your own vehicle, or take public transport, or book an open-topped minibus or safari van tour with a tour guide. It is 156km northwest of Nairobi to the main gate and 4km from Nakuru town.
Chartered light aircraft may land at Naishi airstrip.