Lake Nakuru National Park

Nakuru means ‘dust’ or ‘dusty place’ in Maasai language. One of Kenya’s finest parks, Lake Nakuru National Park, is situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and was established in 1961. The park has wooded and bushy grassland and varied habitats.

Within it lays the Lake Nakuru soda lake, host to the brilliant pink flamingoes. Over 450 species of terrestrial and water birds can be found in the park. The lake is famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth; myriads of fuchsia-pink flamingoes. These birds feed on abundant algae that thrive in the warm water. There are two types of flamingo species, the lesser flamingo distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage while the greater has a bill with black tip. The lesser flamingoes are larger in numbers.

Diverse wildlife includes buffalo, eland, Rothschild giraffe, the leopard, baboons, hippos, zebras, lions among others. The park is a sanctuary for the black and white rhinos. There are more than 50 species of animals in the park.

White Rhinos at the Lake Nakuru National Park
White Rhinos at the Lake Nakuru National Park

Attractions

Birdlife – Enjoy watching Flamingo (greater and lesser) at the lake and a variety of other aquatic and terrestrial birds.

Game drives – Watch different species of game life through the varied ecological system during game drives on the backdrop of beautiful landscape including the Makalia waterfalls.

Vegetation – The Park contains hundreds of plant species and unique vegetation.