Lake Nakuru National Park

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About Lake Nakuru National Park

Scenic Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s most popular national park. It offers good wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present. The small park doesn’t support elephants, but rhinos are particularly easy to see. Lake Nakuru NP’s main feature is a large, shallow lake, which was famous for large flocks of flamingos. However, since 2012, conditions have become unfavorable for the flamingos and they have moved to other Rift Valley lakes. The lake still supports great birdlife, including big flocks of pelicans.

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188km² / 73mi²
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1751-2094m / 5745-6870ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good wildlife viewing
  • Easily accessible
  • Stunning Rift Valley scenery
  • Excellent birding with big flocks of pelicans
  • The park gets very busy in high season
  • A limited game-drive circuit

Wildlife

Lake Nakuru offers easy wildlife viewing of most big safari animals with the exception of elephants. Black and white rhino were re-introduced in the 1990s and have bred to a healthy population. White rhino are particularly easy to see on the lakeshore. Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and hippo are numerous as well. Leopard and lion are present, but not always encountered in a one- or two-day stay.
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Scenery

The scenery of Lake Nakuru NP is breathtaking. The Rift Valley escarpment, dotted with euphorbia trees, rises up from the lakeshore. Heavy mist usually shrouds the lake and surrounding yellow fever trees in the early morning.

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By Kathleen Sibert from United StatesUS

This was my 4th trip to Africa and my first time to Rhinos live in their natural habitat! Wow! We saw so many species of birds, especially near and around Lake Nakuru. One of the ladies on the safari with me spotted something in the tall grass as we ... Full review


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