Lake Nakuru National Park

Renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Destination Overview

Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds. It is an excellent park for wildlife spotting and is home to many water-loving animals such as hippos and waterbucks. A safari to Lake Nakuru National Park can be completed in one day or combined with a visit to Lake Naivasha and the nearby Aberdare National Park.

Where to find Lake Nakuru National Park

Basic Facts, Attractions

Nakuru means "Dust or Dusty Place" in Maasai language .It is set in a scenic landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town providing a beautiful view of the thousands of flamingoes that nestle here and it has recently been enlarged partly to provide a sanctuary for the black rhino.

  • Altitude: 1,756 meters above sea level
  • Area: 188 Sq. Kms
  • Distance from Nairobi: 160 Km northwest of Nairobi near Nakuru town of the Rift Valley Province
  • Naishi Airstrip
  • Opened June 1968

Attractions

  • A pulsating pink carpet of around 1.5 million flamingos
  • An ornithologist’s paradise with over 500 species of birds recorded
  • Two of the five last surviving species of Black Rhinoceros
  • The largest Euphorbia candelabrum forest in East Africa
  • Home of the rare Rothschild’s giraffe
  • Greatest ornithological spectacle show on earth

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