Lake Nakuru National Park is fondly referred to as “Bird Watchers’ Paradise and home to white rhinos”. The park was gazetted in 1968 and it has got the largest population of rhinos in Kenya. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to Lion Hills, Makalia waterfalls, unique vegetation, a picturesque landscape, yellow acacia woodlands and a wide range of birds with the most famous ones being Flamingos and Pelicans. Situated next to Nakuru town, Lake Nakuru National Park forms a sea of flaming pink as far as the eye can see. Lake Nakuru is world famous for flamingos, and was gazette as a National Park in order to protect stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. Millions of flamingos get their food in the salty deep-green waters of Lake Nakuru. The park is indeed a birds’ paradise hosting over 500 species.
Animals here include Thomson gazelles, Grants gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, buffalos and even black rhinos, leopards plus of course over 500 bird species. Buffalos, leopard, lion, Rothschild Giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey are plentiful in the forest. The bush lands offer eland, Steinbok, impala, Chandler’s Reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment. Key attractions worth mentioning also include the Baboon cliff and Out of Africa View-points.
Popular accommodation facilities include:-
- Lake Nakuru Lodge
- Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
- Flamingo Hill Camp
- Nakuru Sopa Lodge
- K.W.S. Guest House
- Public Campsites
- Self-help Bandas,
- Several other hotels outside the park to choose from