Lake Nakuru National ParkLake Nakuru National Park
The Wondrous Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru National Park offers a different safari experience from what you find in other conservation areas. Here, the lake is within the reserve, bringing with it the glory of millions of flamingos that cover the water body in spectacular fashion. The outcome is a large pink lake that makes you feel at home, in nature, after the two-hour drive from Nairobi to this place.
This 1961 wildlife haven had a few more kilometres added to its boundaries to keep away human activity that threatened to destroy years of conservation efforts geared towards maintaining this reserve. In 1983, Lake Nakuru National Park became the sanctuary for one of the endangered species in the world. Rhinos could breathe a sigh of relief because within the perimeter of Nakuru National Park, they could roam, live and feed with ease.
A game drive through this magical land takes you to white rhinos, warthogs, baboons, black rhinos, giraffes, waterbucks, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pythons in the woodland and the thick bushes. Lake Nakuru National Park has about 450 bird species, five of which are endangered species. Other attractions are waterfalls like Makalia and hills such as Enasoit.
What to do at Lake Nakuru National Park
The Great Rift Valley enjoys good weather conditions most time of the year. It makes it possible for you to visit this reserve all year round. Activities to keep you on your toes here are
- Game viewing
- Bird watching
- Picnic dining
The best reserve viewpoints are Out of Africa, Lion Hill and Baboon Cliff. Get out of your game drive vehicle and watch the expansive reserve with flamingos by the lake and other species in the savannah. This reserve has three gates. If you are travelling from Nairobi, use the main gate. Lanet gate is accessible from the Nairobi- Nakuru highway and from Maasai Mara National Reserve; the Nderit gate serves you best. A flight from the capital city takes about 25 minutes. In 2011, the lake within this reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Kenya Lakes System. Tour this area and you will find out why it is a world heritage site.