Lake Nakuru National Park
Top Attractions in Nakuru
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park one of Kenya’s 23 national parks and an exquisite member of the two of the best national parks in Kenya along with Ambroseli National Park. For lack of a satisfactory spoken and graphical narrative word that’s perfect to represent this unfaltering untamed electrifying wild beauty, most travel and wildlife safari enthusiasts have simply dubbed it “the pink flamingo happy valley”. Tue to its nickname, this valley never disappoints as many of its several visitors flocking the great east African rift valley jewel. Its name Nakuru is derived from the native Masai language meaning dust or dusty, literary lending credence to the tectonic earth movements in this great rift valley thousands of years ago that raised dust in the air and when it all settled a wild jewel Lake “Nakuru National Park” was in place.
Top things you simply must do in Lake Nakuru NP
Family Wildlife Viewing Game Drives
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 5 endangered animal species and the big 5 except for an elephant plus it has the highest concentration of eastern black rhinos. Since Lake Nakuru National Park was fenced to protect endangered rhinos and giraffes, it can’t support African elephants, so you won’t find any here however one is certain to encounter White Rhinos, African Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, Velvet Monkeys, Waterbucks, etc. Routinely in the park are the Hyenas, Jackals, Lesser Flamingos, Hippopotamus, Pythons hanging in the trees and crossing roads and if one is lucky they may see Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Wild Dogs, Colobus Monkeys, Cheetahs.
No doubt this park is a one stop center for birds a birders paradise so to say and notable are the lesser flamingos and greater flamingos that beautifully flock the lake Nakuru shoreline and give it a beautiful pink colour due to its pink plumage of course other birds of over 400 species also flock this beautiful valley and notable are the Cormorants, pelicans, hamrnercop, Yellow-billed Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Hammerkops, Fish Eagles, etc.)
Makaila Water Falls
The beautiful waterfalls at Makaila running through the rugged rift escarpment of rocks with soothing sounds of water falls and the wild notable being the hyena’s laughter plus a comforting swanky green flora scenery is a true testimony of one having been to the wildlife mecca. Here one can get out of the vehicle and take a hike up round the hilly rugged rocks of this marvelous wonder where the water never stops falling to partake of natures outgoing majesty.
Baboon Cliff offers a panoramic excellent views of the lake with the flamingos on its shores and the town a distant away and the breeze calling on the cliff is mind-blowing this part of the park is ideal for picnics and incredible photoshoots. One should come early to this spot before the baboons set up for the day because when they come out for food they will be on the loose ransacking everything they can set eyes on in the pursuit of food so the cars ought to be locked properly to avoid a mess.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
spend one-and-a-half hours silently floating over the savannah in a hot air balloon and it will fill you with enough memories to last a lifetime. You take off in the wee hours of the morning, float in the sky, drifting with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breathtaking African Sunrise, as sun comes up from Mt. Kilimanjaro, and catch a bird’s eye view of the national park.
Lion Hill Ridge
Lion hill ridge is another epic spot not to miss out on when in the midst of this wildlife mecca for it gives one an opportunity to be in a serene untamed forests overlooking the rocky escarpments as well as giving one an opportunity to set eyes on the tree climbing lions of Africa nothing beats setting an eye on a a lioness napping off in a tree plus other mammals going around their lives in their natural habitat.
Best Time To Go
Lake Nakuru offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rains might interfere with your game drives in the wettest months, April and May. Although there is great birdlife at the lake, conditions in recent years have become unfavorable for flamingos, which used to be a real attraction here. As a result, the flamingos have moved to other lakes in the Rift Valley.
The park has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi, a distance of 156 km north west of Nairobi on the main A104 road. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Masai Mara or Elementaita. Airstrips:The Naishi airstrip services the park for tourism and KWS activities.
Where to stay
There are some excellent sleeping options inside the national park itself, including a handful of fancy safari lodges, some simple guesthouses and some excellent bush campsites. Alternatively you can sleep in a hotel in Nakuru town.