Tourist Attractions in lake Nakuru national park: Lake Nakuru national paark is one of the popular tourist destination in Kenya situated near Nakuru town famous for millions of flamingoes nesting along the shores of Lake Nakuru, Lake N\akuru national park lies in the south of Nakuru in the rift valley region of Kenya. The park was created in 1961 covering an area of 188 square kilometers majorly to protect the large population flamingoes, giraffes and both black and white rhinos.
Lake Nakuru national park was named after Lake Nakuru which is situated in the southern region of the park and the word Nakuru is a local Masai word meaning “Dust or Dusty place”, originally the park stretched across mountainous vicinity but it was extended to cover savannah grasslands.
Lake Nakuru national park consists of many tourists attractions which a reason to why it is ranked among the most top destinations in Kenya, attractions in the park include.
Magnificent physical features
Lake Nakuru national park is made up of many attractive physical features such as Makalia falls, lake Nakuru and hills.
Lake Nakuru is a RAMSAR site the most impressive attraction in Lake Nakuru national park, Lake Nakuru is a rift valley Soda Lake from which Lake Nakuru national park derives its name. Lake Nakuru covers a surface area of 45 square kilometers covering a reasonable area of the park, Lake Nakuru is a habitant for many animals and the best place to view many birds as it is always crowded by a huge population of birds such as the lesser and greater flamingos which flood the shore of the lake.
Makalia falls are a magnificent feature in Lake Nakuru national park found on the southern end of Lake Nakuru national park, the falls is a magnificent sights on Makalia River with a drop of 10 meters off a sheer cliff and forms a plunge pool.
Lake Nakuru national park is made up of a rugged terrain which consists of hills, these hills include Enasoit, honey moon, lion hill and many more these hills are best spots to enjoy views of the park and its attractions such as wildlife.
Lake Nakuru national park is a great habitant for birds and listed among the best birding areas in Kenya, the park is a habitant to over 500 bird species which scatter around the park. The big population of birds in Lake Nakuru national park includes a variety of birds such as endemic bird species which live only in Kenya, near endemic species, threatened bird species, migratory bird species which migrate to the park in the period of November to April and many more. Birds are the greatest attractions and the great highlight of Lake Nakuru national park most especially millions of greater and lesser pink colored flamingoes which crowd Lake Nakuru and paint it with pink, white and blue bands of colors. Apart from greater and lesser flamingoes other bird species found in Lake Nakuru national park include Abyssinian thrush, Arrow-marked babbler, Bateleur, Black-tailed godwit, Black-winged lapwing, Brimstone canary, Brown-backed scrub robin, Crab-plover, Eastern imperial eagle, European roller, Grey crowned crane, Grey-headed woodpecker, Great snipe, Greater spotted eagle, Grey-crested helmet-shrike, Hildebrandt’s starling, Kenya rufous sparrow, Lappet-faced vulture, Lesser flamingo, Lesser kestrel, Long-tailed widowbird, Maccoa duck, Montane white-eye, Northern Puffback, Pallid harrier, Red-capped lark, Rufous-throated wryneck, Rüppell’s vulture, Rüppell’s robin-chat, Schawlow’s wheatear, Shining sunbird, Slender-billed greenbul, Sooty falcon, Speke’s weaver, Western reef heron, White-fronted bee-eater, White-headed vulture and many more
Lake Nakuru national park is an exception home for a variety of mammals including the big animals of Kenya with an exception of elephants, Lake Nakuru national park is habitants over 56 species of mammals and it is recognized as one of the few destinations in Kenya hosting the endangered Rhino with the largest concentration. Other mammals in Lake Nakuru national park include eastern black rhinoceros, southern white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffe, waterbucks, lions, predators, cheetah, Burchell’s zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, hippopotamuses, hyena, and many more. Apart from mammals the park also hosts vervet monkey, olive baboon and black and white colobus monkeys.
Lake Nakuru national park is one of the most scenic destination among the popular national parks in Kenya, the park is breathtaking scenery consists of a rift valley escarpment which rises up from the lake Nakuru shore and dotted with a gallery of Euphorbia trees and lake Nakuru which is dotted with yellow fever trees on its banks. The lake is always crowded by millions of flamingoes both greater and lesser which is a fascinating sight to witness, because of the beautiful scenery lake Nakuru national offers amazing sites for photography and nature viewing.
Best time to visit Lake Nakuru national park
Like other popular tourist destinations in Kenya lake Nakuru national park receives tourists throughout the year, visiting Lake Nakuru national park for amazing is specifically in the dry season which is experienced in the months of June to march. The months of June, July , August, October, November, December, January, February and march. These months receive little rainfall which makes it easy to see animals as they crowd the lake to drink water.
How to get to Lake Nakuru national park
Getting to Lake Nakuru national park is very easy as the park is situated in central Kenya about 150 kilometers north-west of Nairobi city in the rift valley province, getting to the park you can chose to use either air or road means of transport. On toad transport you drive from Nairobi to Nakuru town, from Nakuru town it is a drive of 4 kilometers and also it is easy to connect from destinations like Masai mara national reserve to Lake Nakuru for a safari.
By air chartered flights are offered from Nairobi international airport and Wilson airport land at Naishi airstrip.
Where to stay in Lake Nakuru national park
In Lake Nakuru national park accommodation is got from many lodges open to all visitors in the park for a safari, these lodges are situated near and in the proximity of the park and they are dedicated to offering you a home away from home. They include the sarova lion hill game lodge, flamingo hill tented camp, lake Nakuru lodge, the cliff Nakuru, lake Nakuru sopa lodges, sarova woodlands hotel, langas relax Inn Nakuru and many more.