Lake Nakuru

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Nakuru used to be one of the easiest parks to drive to from Nairobi and with such a lot to see, you really shouldn’t miss it.

In the past few years; however, it has flooded which has meant that the main gate has been moved and now, getting into the park takes a bit longer before you see the animals. It now takes around an hour to drive into the area of the park where you see the animals. For a day trip, you’d be best to enter by the Lanet Gate which gives you easy access to the park almost immediately. If you do enter by this side gate though, you will need to have KWS cards loaded up with credit, as you can’t buy KWS entry tickets here and if you don’t have a pre loaded card, they will make you drive all the way around to the main gate which could take an hour to get to!

If you want to see Rhino, leopard and flocks of pelicans and flamingos, this is the place to go.

Wildlife
In addition to the rhino, flamingos and leopard which are commonly seen here (and not commonly seen elsewhere!) other animals such as pelicans, lion, giraffe, lion, bat-eared fox, hippo, hyena etc are all there too.

Location & Landscape
The lake is picturesque and within the park there is an area of acacia forest (great for spotting leopards) keep driving, and just a few km away from here, you’ll find yourself at the top of Baboon Cliff, which is a great place for a picnic with stunning views over the lake, the savannah and the forest all down below. As you drive down to the lake you can get up really close to the plains at the lake shore. Here you’ll see, hear (and smell) the thousands of birds who congregate here at this alkaline lake all year round. At the lake flood plain, you’ll also be able to see the savannah animals grazing nearby such as impala, Thompson’s Gazelle and waterbuck. It’s very common to see rhino in this area, sometimes alone or very often in groups of 3 or more – make sure you have your camera nearby and the combination of wildlife close up, with the background of a lake full of pink flamingos, the sun shining and a dark stormy sky just can’t be beaten!

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Local Tip

Look in the very top of the acacia trees. Find horizontal branches (especially on trees that have fallen down). Solitary leopards are often sleeping or resting there in the daytime. They can be very high up, but if you get your eyes adjusted you might just be lucky. Good luck!


Contacts:

Email: reservations@kws.go.ke
Telephone: +254 20 266 4079 / +254 20 267 1686 / +254 20 607 024
Address: 2hr 30mins drive from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru

Directions: From Mombasa: Fly to Nairobi (1 hour) then a 2 hour car journey. From Nairobi: 2 hour car journey along a good tarmac road.. From Naivasha: 1 hour car journey. From Maasai Mara: 2.5 to 3.5 hour car journey.

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