Lake Nakuru National park is situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, embodied by forested and bushy savannah. Tourists at the park enjoy the wide ecological variety and habitats that range from the lake itself, the surrounding cliffs, and attractive ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is the ultimate spot for hiking, game drives, and bird watching. Lake Nakuru is ranked among Kenya’s most beautiful national parks. Bordered by rocky mountains, bushes of acacia forest and a waterfall, the park is a breathtaking tourist destination throughout the year. It hosts the rare white and black rhinos, hippos, leopards, lions and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.
The southern region of Lake Nakuru is the best place to watch wildlife. The woody part beneath the Flamingo Hill is the most preferred point for lion spotting. Lionesses often sleep under the trees. Leopards are frequently spotted in the same area, and at times around the Makalia camp. This park was gazetted in 1960 as a bird reserve and elevated to a national park in 1968. Nakuru National Park is popular because it is the only park in Kenya with a large population of rhinos. The lake itself occupies more than a third of the national park. In the shores of the lake, there are blossoms of the blue-green Cyanophyte which is the primary food source for the flamingos in the area. During the peak season, millions of pelicans and flamingos gather on the lake. Nakuru National Park is a top-ranked tourist destination in Kenya as well as Africa,. It is famous for the flamingos that flock on the shorelines to feed on the cyanobacteria thriving in the alkaline waters. It is a primary breeding area and stopover for most species of birds and has been nominated as a World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Nakuru National Park
The most popular way to have an incredible experience of Lake Nakuru National Park is the excellent game drives. The game drives are enhanced with in-depth knowledge of the birdlife, as they are the main attraction of this park.
Nakuru National park is popular because of flamingos. It also offers one of Africa’s most varied bird species, hippos, leopards, rhinos and lions. There are visitors whose schedules don’t allow for an overnight safari. It is possible to experience this safari during a day trip, direct from your accommodation. The forestry and savannah around Lake Nakuru National Park are popular for bird viewing.
Nakuru National Park has particular sites where you can pitch your tent and sleep under the canvas. Such places include Rhino Naishi, Chui and Soysambu.
Viewpoint in Lake Nakuru National Park
The best view that you can’t miss in the park is well situated in an elevated rocky area. It allows a sweeping view of the lake and triggers loving memories of the movies filmed in the park. Most of the shots taken from this point give an amazing view of the lake’s wildlife.
Touring the Baboon Cliffs
This is a beautiful, famous viewpoint that offers the perfect picnic spot. It gives an excellent view of the lake, with some stunning aerial views of the lake’s shoreline. Baboons, however, are stubborn. They raid vehicles to get food scraps when you leave your car. Visit the place in the early morning before they take over the day.
Waterfall in Lake Nakuru National Park- Makalia Falls
The modest Makalia Falls is located at the southern end of the park. The waterfall expands immensely when it rains. You also camp at the nearby park camping site.
Breathtaking nature and wildlife experience
Tourists can enjoy breathtaking park explorations through guided game drives and hiking made possible by safari operators. It is among the few parks in Kenya that offer up-close game drives with White Rhinos. It is possible to take a snap of them with flamingos in the background. The park is among the top-ranked tourist destination for individuals who are interested in nature and wildlife. Not only will you watch the sight of more than a million flamingos, but also other bird species love alkaline waters such as the herons, storks and pelicans. You may also want to explore the Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, a town very close to Nakuru.
Accommodation at Lake Nakuru
The park has plenty of accommodation options ranging from campsites to the surrounding hotels. The famous accommodation hotel is the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, which is located on the hill facing Lake Nakuru. Accommodation at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is offered in cottage-style rooms that are well furnished.
The park is known to have a moderate climate but may be hot and humid during the dry season. The park has two main wet seasons, between March and May and between October and December. The rain is typically in the form of torrential downpours either early in the morning or in the afternoon. The weather of the park generally be considered fine.
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