Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru national park is rich in biodiversity despite being among the smaller parks of Kenya. Its best known for its birdlife and as a refuge for the White Rhino. The avian highlights are the Flamingoes and other birdlife found on the shores of Lake Nakuru.

The park is also a breeding point for the endangered White Rhinos species, and there is probably no better place in east Africa to observe the White Rhino.  Nakuru also offers excellent bird watching and game viewing with all the Big Five except the Elephant. Also inhabiting this park is the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, Waterbuck, gazelle and baboon.

The park’s focal point is Lake Nakuru itself, whose shallow turquoise green waters are highly alkaline and support the concentration of the spirulina platensis.

While most of the productive area for a game drive in the open flood plain souths of the lake, the western forested belt of the park is an excellent area to view the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and elusive Leopards.

A dozen white and 20 black rhinos were introduced to Nakuru in the 1990s and have since bred to form populations of over 50 Rhinos. The white Rhino is particularly common in the southern flood plain.

Lake Nakuru is an important stronghold for the Rothschild Giraffe, a rare western race that has thrived since its introduction in the park. The Nakuru population is the second-largest in the world after Murchison falls national park in Uganda and the largest in Kenya.

Why Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Outstanding birding with big flocks of pelicans and flamingos
  • Spectacular Rift Valley scenery
  • Good wildlife viewing
  • Easily accessible

What to Do:

  • Game drive safaris
  • Guided walking safaris

Getting There: 

  • An easy drive from Nairobi
  • Scheduled and Charter flights

Best Time to Visit:

  • Year-round but avoid wet seasons (April and May)

NAKURU ACCOMMODATION

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park.

The lodge is 20km from the park main gate and 15 minutes drive from Naishi airstrip. Lodge accommodation consists of 60 rooms which include two interconnecting rooms, two rooms accessible on the wheelchair. Rooms are grouped into single, twin or triple rooms. All rooms have a clear view of the lake, and you can view the sunrise from the balcony. All rooms have a safe box, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar is stocked on request, and telephone extensions are also provided.

The Flamingo Hill Camp

The Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The camp provides superb, tented accommodation, nestled between the “honeymoon hills” and beautifully landscaped grounds with natural foliage and various indigenous African plants and flowers.

Flamingo Hill Camp offers the traveller a home away from home! Small and exclusive, comprising 25 tents furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveller. Tents decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp pieces of cotton, each tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort.

Mbweha Camp

Nestled on the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park, Mbweha Camp is 2.5 hours away from Nairobi and overlooks the scenic Eburru and Mau ranges.

The accommodation features a spacious lounge, a dining area and ten rustic cottages with thatched roofs. Guests can experience day and night game drives and bush walks, picnic lunches, a visit to the prehistoric site of Kariandusi, and day trips into Nakuru National Park.

Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

Tucked among golden-barked acacia trees, under the shadow of ancient volcanoes, Lake Elementaita Serena Camp is a truly magical setting for your next safari holiday in Kenya. You’ll find our small, immaculately maintained safari camp on the shores of glittering Lake Elmenteita in Kenya’s Soysambu Conservancy, just a two-hour drive from Nairobi and a short distance from the flamingo-filled Lake Nakuru.

The extraordinarily refined tented accommodation at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp provides an upscale retreat within the unspoilt magnificence of Kenya’s Soysambu Conservancy. Make yourself at home in your spacious, impeccably appointed tent, which offers charming décor and either one king or two twin beds, as well as a small sitting area and a bathroom with 24-hour hot showers and double vanities.