​User Reviews – Lake Nakuru NP

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Christy Turner, Calgary AB   –  
Canada CA
Visited: January 2015 Reviewed: Jun 3, 2015

Email Christy Turner, Calgary AB  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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The only thing that shocked me about the area is how filthy with garbage (plastic especially) just outside the park entrance. I cannot believe the people just throw this on the ground- and near a National Park. Absolutely astounding to see that locals abuse their own gorgeous country. That stuck in my mind forever- in a park in Canada it would be difficult to find even one scrap of garbage anywhere- I will never take this for granted again.

Charles Lovely   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2015 Reviewed: Jul 2, 2015

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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The only leopard I have ever seen was in this park. Diversity of wildlife and habitat. Flamingos and rhino numbers were sufficient.

Naveed   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: April 2015 Reviewed: Aug 6, 2015

Email Naveed  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

What an amazing experience!
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I am Kenyan born, i currently live in Kenya and i believe Lake Nakuru is truly one of Kenya's crown jewels. It is home to 4 out of the big 5 (rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalos) as well as a number of other herbivores including impala's, gazelles, antelope, bushbuck, zebra, giraffe and many smaller carnivores including hyenas. The birdlife is brilliant too as it is a prime site to view thousands of flamingoes on the lake shore.
The scenery is great too, you can get amazing photographs of the lake surrounded by windblown acacia trees, especially on a rainy day.
The park is not very large, hence the wildlife are quite condensed enabling one to spot many animals on a single game drive. I recommend going for an early morning (6.30am- 9.30am) and an evening drive ( 3pm-6pm).

There are several luxurious hotels both within the park and outside the park, namely Sarova Lion Hill and Sopa lodge Lake Nakuru, as well as secure public campsites managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Access to the park is by a well maintained tarmac highway (A104) from Nairobi to Nakuru town. Inside the park 4x4 vehicles are necessary especially in the rainy months (April, July, August) although the rain can be unpredictable as well. I recommend hiring a 4x4 safari vehicle/ safari van with a driver as the park roads can be confusing for newcomers. Van drivers also have communication via radio with other safari vehicles.

Park entry fees and further information can be obtained from the Kenya Wildlife Service website:

Shiko Nguithi   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: August 2012 Reviewed: Aug 9, 2015

Email Shiko Nguithi  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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My first time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park was in 2012. It is rich in wildlife and vast scenic beauty. I didn't get to see the entire park due to time but will definitely come back so I can explore some areas like the Makalia waterfalls, which I didn't even know existed. You definitely need a good tour guide so as not to miss such spots and plenty of time on your hands. I also feel good binoculars and a great camera are a must if you want to immortalize such moments.

Rich Vliet   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2015 Reviewed: Sep 2, 2015

Email Rich Vliet  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Lake Nakuru was very unique - this was the only park we visited with a lake as big as Nakuru. We saw a diverse range of animals, and the flamingos, storks and other water fowl were beautiful. The lunch we had at the lodge inside the park was very nice and it overlooked the lake, providing for a very relaxing and scenic meal. We stayed at Kigio Wildlife Camp while we visited the Lake, and that was a very nice location. We were able to take a nature hike, and walked amid a family of giraffes one afternoon - that was truly memorable!

M S Ranganathan   –  
India IN
Visited: September 2015 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2015

Email M S Ranganathan  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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The best place for the White Rhino.

cyanocorax   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2015 Reviewed: Nov 24, 2015

Email cyanocorax  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Flamingos, of course, but also rhinos and baboons and an orange-headed blue lizard (probably a Kenya Rock Agama).

Raquel   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Nov 26, 2015

Email Raquel  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Lake Nakuru was wonderfull and the organitation also was great!! I have a good memories about that trip! And all team are very simpatic!!

leon m   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2015 Reviewed: Dec 17, 2015

Email leon m  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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its good to visit if you want a combination of big five.

chrisrogers1961   –  
Australia AU
Visited: July 2014 Reviewed: Feb 16, 2016

Email chrisrogers1961

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flamingoes, rhinoes, lions scenery need i say more

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