- Heaven for bird watchers - 56 different species of mammals and over 450 bird species
- Lake turns pink with massive flamingo population
- Home to over 100 black and white rhinos
- Must Watch - four of the big five: lions, leopards, rhinos and African buffaloes
While planning my trip to Wildlife and National parks in Kenya, I decided to land first in Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park and then move onto Southern parks of Amboseli. The abundance of wildlife, elephants, giraffes, lions of Amboseli are definitely missing here so it was wise to start from Nakuru and then move on to way south to Amboseli maybe it would be a great precursor.
Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park finds its bearing in Great Rift Valley of Kenya, spread in an area of 5 to 30 square kilometers which entirely depend on rainfall. It is a shallow and alkaline lake in central Kenya, home to lots of vegetation, wildlife and of course flamingos. Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park is surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland which adds charm to its visit but you have to be lucky to witness its beauty because on days when sighting is poor it becomes tough to get a glimpse of wide ecological diversity and varied habitats.
Lake Nakuru National Park Map
Check out the interactive Lake Nakuru National Park Map for the route via road and the lodges in and around the lake. Under normal weather conditions, Lake Nakuru is roughly a three-hour drive from Nairobi. You can reach the Lake by any of the following means
- Via Road: The Main Gate and Lanet Gate of Lake are connected with Nairobi via tarmac road (A104) and the distance is 156Kms. You can access the park’s Nderit Gate when coming from Masai Mara or Elementaita.
- Via Air: Naishi airport is closest to the lake and caters to the tourists majorly
Best time of the year to plan a visit to Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park
The exquisite beauty of Lake and its wildlife can be spotted and enjoyed best all through the year except during months of April and May when the rains are heavy. The grasslands grow to heights which make spotting of birdlife and wildlife not easy. The entry fee to the Park for a resident is 860KSH and 215 KSH for adult and child respectively.
Why you should include Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park in your itinerary?
Contacts for Lake Nakuru Wildlife Park
Landline: 020-2664071, 020-2664079, 020-2671686, 020-2322886, 051-8012070
Mobile: 0728355267, 0728355207, 0728355401