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 and black rhinos. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence - to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife. The park now has more than 25 rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country, so the chances of spotting these survivors are good. There are also a number of Rothschild's giraffe, again translocated for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Among the predators are lion and leopard, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees
Lake Nakuru National Park Bird watching
Lake Nakuru originally became a national reserve to protect its rich bird life. It is well known for its many flamingos, which may sometimes be seen in millions on the lake. Apart from the flamingos, you may see great white and pink-backed pelican, African darter, hammerkop, white and black stork, African spoonbill, hadada ibis, glossy ibis, red-billed teal and Cape teal, spur-winged goose, African fish-eagle, Egyptian vulture, bat hawk, Wahlberg's eagle, martial eagle, Montagu's harrier and pallid harrier, three-banded plover, blacksmith plover, crowned plover, African skimmer, black-winged stilt, laughing dove and ring-necked dove, malachite kingfisher, broad-billed roller, white-fronted bee-eater, African scops owl, pearl-spotted owlet, narina trogon, red-billed hornbill, greater honeyguide and cliff chat.
Lake Nakuru National Park Camping Picnic sites:
Makalia Falls Enjoro River Mouth near the main gate, Baharini, Acacia, Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa, Lion Hill Summit.
Lake Nakuru National Park Roads:
The park has an adequate and well serviced motorable roads that make most parts of the park accessible.
Sample Kenya Lodge Safari
3 Days Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Lodge Safari
This safari takes you through the scenic Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park renowned for its vast species of birds, wildlife and rhino sanctuary.
Day 1- Nairobi - Lake Nakuru
Depart for a scenic drive down into the Rift Valley, to Lake Nakuru National Park, a bird and rhino sanctuary and also a World Heritage site. Stop enroute at the Great Rift Valley for the stunning views. Arrive before lunch. The afternoon gamedrives allows spotting of the unrivalled wildlife in the park. Dinner and overnight at Lion Hill Lodge or Lake Nakuru Lodge
Day 2 Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara
- This safari takes you through the Masai country towards the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with a 1 nights stay at the lodge in the Game Reserve overnight Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 3 Masai Mara - Nairobi
Depart for Nairobi after early morning game drive and breakfast. Arrive Nairobi by lunchtime. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The Tour Price includes:
- All airport transfers, surface ground transport and full game drives in a nine seater tourist van with a pop-up roof.
- Accommodation as stated. Lodges on fullboard basis.
- All park entrance fees
- Services of a tour guide cum driver and tour manager
- Use of the vehicle will be on private exclusive basis.
The Tour Price does not include:
- International tickets, visa costs
- Extras and items of a personal nature
Sample Lake Nakuru Lodge Hotel Accommodation
Flamingo Hill Tented Camp in northern Lake Nakuru National Park is not far from the main park gate. It has 25 furnished safari tents with ensuite bathrooms and verandas, a restaurant, bar and lounge, gift shop and conference facilities.
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is built on a hillside east of Lake Nakuru in the park, in a forested area that offers nice views of the lake. The lodge has some 60 rooms in bungalows, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna, conference facilities and massage. It is enclosed by an electric fence.
Maili Saba Camp is a good tented lodge on the edge of the Menengai Crater north of Nakuru Town, i.e. some 5 km/3 mi north of Nakuru National Park. It has ten tented rooms with ensuite bathrooms and wide views of the crater. The lodge has restaurant, bar, meeting facilities, e-mail service and swimming pool.
Mbweha Camp is a good new lodge in a private conservancy just outside the eastern gate of Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge has ten spacious lava stone cottages with ensuite bathrooms, a restaurant and bar. Mbweha Camp is set right in the bush and offers good opportunities for game driving, night game drives and bush walks. Balloon safaris are also offered.
Deloraine House is a colonial estate house built in 1920, situated in a 1,400 ha/3,500 ac farm on the lower slopes of Mount Londiani on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, a 45-minute drive from Lake Nakuru. The house offers stays in elegant surroundings, including gardens, croquet lawn, tennis court and swimming pool. Deloraine Estate is mainly focused on riding, and has large stables, cross country course, polo ground, and surrounding countryside fine for riding.
Lake Elementaita Lodge is a former ranch by Lake Elementaita that now offers tourist class accommodation. The lodge has 33 rooms with ensuite bathrooms, satellite television, mini bar, safe and veranda. There are dining room, bar and conference facilities in the old main building, and a swimming pool in the garden. The lodge offers horse riding and bird watching.