Makalia Falls in Lake Nakuru National Park
Makalia Falls in Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru National Park in Central Kenya is a haven of flamingos together with other birds, beautiful nature and wild creatures. The park is endowed with amazing rocky ridges that are raised high above the park’s ground level to give unmatchable views of the lake Nakuru, the birds, the animals and the park’s surroundings.
Most people Know Lake Nakuru National Park for the flamingos that are always crowding the shores of Lake Nakuru and indeed these aesthetic birds are the first thing you will notice in this magnificent park but Lake Nakuru National Park has many more divine features and attractions that will leave its guests delighted.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a bird sanctuary with more than 400 species living in the park on Lake Nakuru and in the park’s savannah vegetation. The variety of birds includes of course the flamingos, Maccoa duck, Northern puffback, Red-capped lark, Rufous-throated wryneck, Shining sunbird among others.
Lake Nakuru National Park is Rhino sanctuary and habitat for more than 50 animal species that live in the park’s flora and some in Lake Nakuru. These animals include but not limited to the waterbuck, hippos, buffalos, rothschild’s giraffe, impalas, lions, leopards, cheetahs and of the black and white rhinos among other animals.
Lake Nakuru National Park as stated is a haven of beautiful nature that includes definitely Lake Nakuru, the rocky raised ridges, seasonal rivers and the less known of Makalia falls.
Makalia falls is moderately small waterfall along river Makalia which is one of the seasonal rivers that flows into Lake Nakuru. The water falls is located at the southern end of Lake Nakuru National Park, hidden behind some very unique but small rocks.
The Makalia falls are fed by the Makalia River that rises in the south-west of the Mau Forest. Makalia River is a seasonal river but it’s the main source of water for Lake Nakuru together with other two rivers that are Njoro River and Enderit River. All the three rivers rise from the Mau forest and flow into lake Nakuru.
Because Makalia River is seasonal, Makalia falls is also fairly seasonal; this means there are times of the year you will find the falls rich and flowing with an abundance of water and there are seasons you find the falls with flowing with minimal water.
Makalia falls has a large dive water pool below it where the falls pour into at a height of 10m off a cliff. The waterfalls are surrounded by bushy savannah vegetation and some trees plus woods that complement the beauty of the falls.
Makalia falls is spectacular for viewing, just watching the water from the cliff, coupled with bird sounds and the roar of the falls is a delightful scene. However there is much more you can do at the waterfalls including hiking on the hiking trail, picnicking near the falls, bird watching, game viewing – some animals that like to hide in the bushy vegetation and camping at the Makalia campsite under the sky. The falls area is usually a scenic site where the roar of rushing water provides a background to birdsong and the occasional impala grunt or baboon bark.
Makalia falls can be accessed by car, the drive to the falls is not more than an hour, and it can even be less than an hour from the park’s main gate and from all the gates of the park. As the road network in Lake Nakuru National park is well established, the route to the makalia falls is also well established, meaning you will have a smooth ride to and from the falls. You can access the falls on a 2 wheel drive but it’s advisable to use a 4 wheel drive, some parts of the area are steep for a 2 wheel drive.
Anytime of the year is good to visit the falls and each time of the year offers you a unique experience of the falls. The dry seasons that’s June to October and January to February are very good if you are visiting the falls for camping and game viewing but the wet months November to December and march to April are very good if you are visiting the falls for the falls full experience. The falls water levels during the wet season are good and the vegetation around is blooming.