The Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, famed for the flamingos that flock to its shores of Lake Nakuru. It is a very important breeding ground and stop over for many species of birds, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Nakuru is a shallow strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest.

The number of flamingoes on the lake varies with water and food conditions and the best vantage point is from Baboon Cliff. Also of interest is an area of 188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes, black rhinos and white rhino.

Best time to visit

All year round

Lake Nakuru Attractions

Millions of flamingos plus 450 other species of birds flock the lake. Wildlife includes Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, the rare long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, rhino, leopard, waterbuck, impala, gazelle, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wild cat, reedbuck and golden cat. The Park is one of the few places in Kenya you are sure to see endangered Rhino and the Rothschild’s giraffe.

Getting to Lake Nakuru

The Lake Nakuru National Park is situated in central Kenya about 150km (87 miles) by road. The main gate is 4km from Nakuru Town Centre. By Air: Via the 12 km long ‘Naishi’ airstrip located in the southern part of the park.

Important things to note

Entry is by Safari Card only. Proof of identification will be required

  • Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
  • Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass