The world famous Lake Nakuru was created as a National Park to protect its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. It’s birdlife is world renowned: a beacon for leading ornithologists, scientists and wildlife film-makers.
The Park spans an attractive range of wooded and bush grassland around the lake, offering wide ecological diversity, from lake water, woodland to the rocky escarpment and ridges. Notable game within the lake is hippo and the diverse birdlife. On the shores roam waterbuck, Bohors Reedbuck and zebra. The woodlands and forest are now home to both black and white rhino. In 1987 only two black rhino remained following the ravages of poaching. By creating a rhino sanctuary within the Park and reintroducing a breeding herd from Laikipia, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has now successfully re-established rhino in the park.
Game viewing is relatively easy: buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Black and White Colobus Monkey are plentiful in the forest. The bush lands offer eland, warthog, impala, Mountain Reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment.
Park Size: 116 sq. miles – 188 sq. kilometers
Altitude: 5,750 ft. | 1,750 meters.
Ecosystems: Lake, swamps, dry savannah acacia woodlands
Wildlife: Flamingos, Hippos, Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhinos, impala, buffalo, zebra, dik dik, ostrich, colobus monkey, spring hare, otter, rock hyrax, waterbuck, leopard, hyena, jackal, pythons
When to go: Year round
Highlights: 1 million flamingos at times plus 450 other bird species, game drives, fishing, walking/hiking, canoeing