Lake Nakuru National Park

Camouflaged Buffalo

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level and is protected by an area of 188 km2.

Nakuru town in the distance

Created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is best known for its thousands of flamingos nesting along the shores although we unfortunately did not see them in November. The fenced park is also a sanctuary to protect both black and white rhinos amongst other animals.

Lioness relaxing

Marilu and I have both been to many national parks and we both agreed that Lake Nakuru has a lot of charm about it, it’s fairly small but has many diverse trails that take you along the lake or to high escarpment viewing points overlooking the park.

Overlooking Lake Nakuru
Grey-Heron, Large-Impala

We decided to wake up at the crack of dawn while camping in the park and so on a cold wet game drive we were fortunate to see a Lioness and her young cub walking along the road.

Lioness and cub


Yellow-billed storks and Hippo

Zebras at lake Nakuru

How to get to Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is 168km north west from Nairobi.
Park entry fees

The fees for entering the park are US$60 per person per day, plus KSH 300 (£2.50) per vehicle. To camp we paid US$30 per person to stay at the Makalia campsite. Facilities were pretty basic when we visited. So, for one day in the park (fees are valid for 24 hours), we paid $182.50.

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