Lake Nakuru National park-Kenya

Situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley with abundance of flamingos nesting along the shores of Lake Nakuru and surrounded by the bushy and woody grasslands is the beautiful Nakuru national park. The national park was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru town in west central Kenya occupying an area of approximately 188square kilometers. Besides watching the different species of flamingos at the park, the traveler also enjoys other enticing activities including the following;

Game drives: This is the best activity where a traveler can view the beautiful scenery of Lake Nakuru national park in a better way since they provide the proper wildlife viewing experience closure to the traveler. Sight a different animals like rhinos, giraffes, leopards, waterbucks, impalas, hippos and others.

Hiking and nature walks: Enjoy the body shaping and healthy experiences as you visit the main viewpoints of Lake Nakuru national park.

Bird watching: Lake Nakuru is well known for the abundance of flamingos classified into two species- lesser flamingos and the greater flamingo which can be viewed from the view points around the park including baboon cliff and lion hill. Visit the national park and find out the difference between these two species. Besides the flamingos, the national park caters for other bird species including African fish eagle, Goliath heron, pied kingfisher, hamerkop, verreaux’s eagle and others.

Attractions in Lake Nakuru national park

Lake Nakuru national park has got different attractions including the following;

Lake Nakuru: This is one of the main attractions at the national park and it is because of the large population of the flamingos which are seen on the shores. Lake Nakuru attracts the flamingos to its shores with its shallow soda since the birds feed on algae. Lake Nakuru national park is the best destination for bird lovers since it is a good spot for birds which attracts other bird species besides the flamingos. Others birds at the lake include African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and others.

Waterfalls: These waterfalls including Malaika situated in the southern part of the Lake Nakuru national park are the best destination to view the beautiful scenery of the park and also a good place for picnics and hikes.

Bird species: Lake Nakuru national park is a home to both the native and migrant bird species including the two species of the flamingos – lesser and greater flamingos. Other species include African fish eagle, hammer kops, pied kingfishers, eagles, Hottentot, grey crowned cranes, black winged lapwings and others.

Wildlife species: Lake Nakuru national park encompasses a variety of wildlife compared to other parks. The species at the park include black rhinos, waterbucks, white rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs and many others.

Rivers: Lake Nakuru national park also has a variety of rivers that provide water to Lake Nakuru. Among the lakes include Malaika River, Njoro River, and Enderit River.

How to get to the park.

Lake Nakuru national park can be accessed using the two types of transport- road and air.

By road: Access the park by driving from Nairobi via Nairobi-Nakuru highway through the entry gates of the park like the main gate located near Nakuru town.

By air: Travelers can also use Naishi airstrip situated in the southern part of the national park.

Accommodations at the park

Lake Nakuru national park has a variety of accommodation facilities categorized into budge, mid-range and luxury as well as camping. The accommodation facilities available include Lake Nakuru lodge, Lake Nakuru flamingo lode, Merica hotel, Miali Saba camp, hotel waterbuck Nakuru, Sarova lion hill lodge and others.

Also, traveler can opt to use camping sites and among these include Naishi campsite, Rhino campsite, Soysambu campsite, Kambi Nyuki campsite, Makalia campsite and others.

Visit Lake Nakuru national park and experience beautiful scenery and flamingos in the park and also view other kinds of wildlife and bird species.