Lake Nakuru 365

One of the smallest, but best parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park covers approximately 188 square kilometres of varying terrain – ranging from lakes and woodland to grassland and rocky ridges.

It boasts a rich concentration of wildlife, including Grant’s gazelle, colobus monkey, hippo, leopard, impala, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, buffalo, zebra, rock hyrax, waterbuck and the rare Rothschild giraffe. Importantly, the park is also a sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhino and contains Kenya’s largest population of rhinos.

The dominant feature of the park is Lake Nakuru, the most renowned of Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes, which hosts the one of the greatest birdlife spectacles in the world. When conditions are right, the lake’s abundant algae attracts nearly two million lesser and greater flamingos, which feed around the shores. As well as flamingos, half a million pelicans and over 400 other bird species fringe its shores, a spectacle best viewed from Baboon Cliff – one of the highest points in the hills surrounding the lake. 

Situated 157 kilometres from Nairobi, this is an excellent add-on to an itinerary that includes the Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park.