Best time to visit Lake Nakuru National park
Best time to visit Lake Nakuru National park: Lake Nakuru National Park a pleasant destination for an African safari that includes but not limited to bird watching, game viewing and sight-seeing. The park is endowed with beautiful features and creatures that leave its guests delighted when they experience the park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is located within Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and is blessed with unique climate that makes the park perfect for a visit any time of the year. The park like any other place in Kenya has two weather seasons thus the rainy season and the dry season; these seasons are experienced in two short seasons of each throughout the year.
The short rainy seasons run from April to June and from October to December, the short dry seasons run from July to September and January to March. However Lake Nakuru National park has a dry semi-humid kind of climate which makes the park have average conditions of not too hot or too cold conditions throughout the year. This means that whether it’s the rainy season or the dry season. The park’s climate will be favourable for a safari at any time.
That said, the park’s unique climate does not negate the fact that there are best times and not so best times to visit Lake Nakuru National Park.
The months most popular for tourist visits to Lake Nakuru National Park are January, February, March, June, July, August, September and October; and this is because these are the driest months of the year, so touring the park is more lucrative and enjoyable. In these months the park grass is shorter and you can easier see the animals, the driving trails are drier so less car trouble, most diurnal animals are moving around the park freely so you don’t have to such long to see them and the nocturnal animals are in shades that are not far from your sight. Also if you are looking at camping and picnicking, these are the best months because they have minimal rainfall meaning less or no interruption to your experience.
April, May, November and December are the less popular months for tourist visits because they have the most rains and they are dubbed the wet months. The rains in these months fairly affect some the activities you can do on your safari and this for any tourist makes it feel like a wasted safari.
However, though those rains may affect some safari activities on a safari, in Lake Nakuru National Park, not much is affected because of the natural climate of the park that is dry semi-humid throughout the year, which means even in the rain seasons the rains are moderate. But also Lake Nakuru National Park is a fenced park so even in the rainy seasons the animals cannot leave the park, you can still see them; plus the road network inside the park is well developed meaning even in the rainy season, your car won’t have much trouble navigating through the park.
Also the rainy months are known to have more birds on the lake and in the parklands because of the abundance of food available in the habitat; this is when the migratory birds migrate to the park. So if birding is your main reason for the visit to the park, the rainy seasons or at the end of the rainy seasons may be a good idea for you to visit the park. The growing flora in the rainy seasons is also beautiful to look at as an addition to your tour.
March, June and September though considered dry months; sometimes these months have moderate rains, so tourists should consider that as they plan to visit Lake Nakuru National Park.
Generally, the best time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park will depend on the activities you would like to do while at the park; those that are favoured by dry weather and those that are favoured by wet weather.
Lake Nakuru National Park is always a must-visit place for locals and tourists who want to experience the best of birding and game viewing. Lake Nakuru National Park is located in central Kenya about 3 to 4 hours from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The park can be visited and toured in a day, which makes it an even more convenient option for day safari.
Some of the attractions in Lake Nakuru National Park include the more than 450 bird species in the park on lake Nakuru and the in the parklands, the rhinos and Rothschild’s giraffe in the rhino sanctuary and over 50 animal species that make their habitat in the park’s enclosement.
Lake Nakuru National Park is also a picturesque place with a variety of scenic ridge features that make absolutely scenic spots for sightseeing, camping, picnicking, photo and film sessions among other things.