LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK:-Nakuru Hotels/Nakuru Accommodation
Lake Nakuru National
(Lake Nakuru Game Park)
dates back to 1961 when the southern park of the lake was gazetted
as a bird to protect the "greatest bird (ornithological)
on earth", for the future generations. In 1964, the whole
of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary. in 1968, the lake
shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was
upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added
to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2. In
Lake Nakuru Game Park
was designated a Ramsar site- a
signatory of the Ramsar convention, for protection of wetlands
of international importance. The foundation of the Lake Nakuru park
food chains is the cyanophyte
Spirulina platensis which can support huge numbers of lesser
flamingo. Lake Nakuru
National Park is managed by
KWS on behalf of the Kenya government.
Area: Lake Nakuru is the only fully fenced park in Kenya
with an area of 188Km²
Lake Nakuru National
Park Safaris/ Nairobi Lake Nakuru Safari
Lake Nakuru National
Park is a premier tourism destination attracting diverse
visitors of different backgrounds and with differing interests. It
is the best place to see flamingoes, leopards and rhinos.
Nature lovers from all over the world congregate in the park for
relaxation and adventure. With over 450 species of birds
identified, the home of flamingoes is an undisputed ornithological
Paradise. A two nights stay will give you enough time to enjoy
the numerous activities on offer-game drives, bird watching, nature
walks. The greatest crowd puller is the annual Cycle With The
Lake Nakuru can be
visited within a day from Nairobi(See 1 day Lake Nakuru Excursion, 2
Days 1 Night Lake Nakuru Safari) . A combination of safaris
enables one to visit both lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Parks
Nairobi Lake Nakuru Naivasha Maasai Mara 4 days 3 nights.)
feature nearby attractions-Mt Kenya, Sweet Waters, Menengai Crater,
Hells' Gate, Lakes Naivasha, Baringo and Bogoria. (See
Nairobi -Mt. Kenya-Samburu -Sweet Waters-Lake Nakuru-Maasai Mara 9
Getting there: There are several ways of getting
into Lake Nakuru Park. Driving is number one option for
many sightseers. It will take you approximately 2.5 Hrs-3 Hrs to
drive from Nairobi to Nakuru(157Km). One can fly from Wilson
to Lake Nakuru's Naishi Airstrip. See the above above for
getting to Lake Nakuru.
Park is famous for
its bird spectacle featuring over a million flamingos, over 400
migratory bird species from around the world and large flotillas of
Two species of flamingoes exists in the lake Nakuru Game Park- the
lesser flamingo with deep red carmine bill and the greater flamingo
with black tip. The flamingos feed on Blue green algae, created from
their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and planktons.
The home of
a million Flamingoes & other Birds: 450 species in total
56 different species of mammals have been identified
including black and white rhinos, Rothschild's giraffes, cape
buffaloes, Deffassa waterbucks, Thomson's and Grant’s gazelles,
Impalas, lions, leopards, warthogs, olive baboons, black backed
jackal, reedbucks, dik diks, elands
Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa provide vintage views
of the lake and the surrounding National Park.
The annual Cycle with the Rhino, Animal Count,
Lake Nakuru has several hills including Enasoit, Honeymoon and
About 550 different plant species have been identified.
Euphorbia cnadlebrum forest in Africa
landscape and yellow acacia woodland.
springs, the only permanent water source of Lake Nakuru Park.
Makhalia and Nderit are dry most of the time due to
deforestation in Mau.
A large number of reptiles inhabits the parks including the
python and tortoise.
spectacular scenery of the Rift-valley.
Lake Nakuru Rhino Sanctuary:- The Rhino Sanctuary was
established 1984. In 1986 a solar powered electric
was installed by Rhino Rescue Trust. The Rhino Sanctuary
began with the translocation of two adult males, one from
Kitengala and the other from Lewa Downs.
Today the rhino population stands at 60 Black Rhinos and 40
White Rhinos. The main challenges of lake Nakuru as a
conservation site are a large population, deforestation of the
catchments, siltation and pollution.
in Lake Nakuru National Park-What see and do:
National park and the Rhino Sanctuary, other attractions to
visit while in Nakuru include,
Hill Acheological site & Museum: Hyrax Hill Archeological
site has both stone age and neolithic exhibits. The sites
dates back 3000 years ago. Within the site is an
ethnographic museum exhibiting artefacts of the inhabitants of
Riftvalley including the stone tools.
Crater: This is the highest point within Nakuru
and from here you have panoramic views of Lakes Nakuru, Naivasha
HOTEL/ LODGE ACCOMMODATION IN LAKE NAKURU
park is served by two safari lodges, a number of bandas and
campsites. Accommodation is also available in hotels within
In all your African Safaris, an overnight within the park
gives you the best of the wildlife experience. Our recommendation is
to always spend the night inside the park. In Lake Nakuru
National Park, accommodation facilities include tented camps,
wildlife lodges and public campsites. The following lodges are
found inside the park.
The only tented
camp inside the park is
Flamingo Hill Tented Camp, There are 25 en-suite tents
with WC and flush
toilets, writing desk, hot water and a balcony. They also have
conference and laundry facilities.
Accommodation>> Nakuru Hotels, Nakuru Lodges , Nakuru Guest Houses
Nakuru town is
served by several and guest houses hotels to cater for all classes
of travellers ranging from Budget, to mid range properties.
The following are hotels within Nakuru town
Bandas in Lake Nakuru:
Naishi banda; Rhino banda; Chui banda; Reedbuck banda; KWS Isikon
banda; Nyuki banda; Soysambu banda; Makalia Falls banda; KWS Guest
House; WCK Education Centre & KWS Education Centre bandas.
Lake Nakuru Campsites/ Camping
Enjoro campsite at the main gate.
Picnic sites in the park:
Makalia Falls, Enjoro River Mouth near the main gate,
Baharini, Acacia, Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa, Lion Hill Summit.
Lake Nakuru park gates: Main Gate, Lanet
The main challenges of existence of Lake Nakuru Park as a bird
spectacle are threefold-the pollution of the lake from domestic and
industrial wastes from Nakuru town, the decreasing level of the lake
and the large mammal population which tends to interfere with the
lakeshore breeding grounds of birds. In addition to these two
is the fact that the park is completely fenced hence animals cannot
freely migrate in and out of the sanctuary. Equally
significance is the absence of the elephants which has resulted in
some parts of the being heavily forested and hence not ideal for
game watching. A major threat to the existence of Lake
Nakuru National Park is the drying up of rivers due to recent
incursions into Mau Forest. Unless urgent measures are taken
to re afforest Mau, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara and even Serengeti
ecosystems will never be the same.