Lake Nakuru National Park

Park Size: 188 sq. Km
Distance from Nairobi (Capital City of Kenya) - 160km

Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is world famous as the location of the “greatest bird spectacle on earth”. The National Park surrounds the lake offering a wide ecological diversity from lakeshore, woodland, grassy plains to rocky escarpments and ridges. 

Game drive in Lake Nakuru National ParkGame viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park - viewing white rhino

Lake Nakuru National Park is sanctuary to the rare and endangered Rothschild's giraffe and for both the black and the white rhino , you are almost guaranteed to see these animals when you visit the park. 

Lake Nakuru is sandwiched by Menengai crater to the north, the Bahati hills to the east, the Eburru crater to the south, and the Mau escarpment to the west. It has three main rivers draining into it, namely the Njoro, Makalia and Enderit. The lake supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina Plantensis which is the main food source for the flamingoes, thus how they obtain their red colour

African wildlife like lions, leopards, waterbucks, zebras, Cape buffalos, warthogs and impalas are some of the big game that can be seen while on Kenya Safari to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Lake Nakuru Can be visted in a day trip from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya

How to get there

  • Roads: The park has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi, a distance of 156 km north west of Nairobi
  • Park Roads: The park has an adequate and well serviced motorable roads that make most parts of the park accessible.
  • Park Gates:The park has three gates, Main Gate (which is not in use at the moment - 2018) and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi - Nakuru highway and the Nderit Gate.

Lake Nakuru National Park Attractions

Out of Africa Lookout

The rocky Out of Africa Lookout point enjoys breathtaking views over the lake and the park. Parts of the Out of Africa movie were filmed in the park, with some shots taken from here.

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), which was published in 1937. The film received 28 film awards, including seven Academy Awards.

Baboon Cliff

This popular viewpoint and a picnic lunch spot enjoys beautiful views over the lake, with some fine aerial vistas down onto the flooded lake shore. 

Babbon Cliff Viewpoint - Lake Nakuru National Park, KenyaPart of Lake Nakuru seen from Baboon Cliff Viewpoint

Makalia Falls

Located on the Southern end of the park, Makalia falls swell after the rains  

Flora and Fauna

In addition to its 400 species of birds, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 50+ mammal species, and over 500 species of flora. You are guaranteed to see: White Rhinos, African Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Waterbucks, a variety of water birds (Yellow-billed Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Hammerkops, Fish Eagles, etc. If you are lucky you may see: Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Wild Dogs, Colobus Monkeys, Cheetahs

The park has a wide variety of beautiful landscapes ranging from grasslands to dense forests, and the very rare tarconanthus bushlands and euphorbia forests

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Kenya Safari from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park, can be combined with tours to Masai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park