Overview – Lake Nakuru NP

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, encircled by a lush and ragged meadow, lies the delightful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can partake in the wide ecological diversity and different living spaces that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the encompassing ledge and pleasant edges. Lake Nakuru National Park is great for bird watching, climbing, excursion and game drives. Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake, which takes care of one of the park's principal attractions – the flamingos (greater and lesser).

  • Wildlife15 animals

  • High SeasonJune to March

  • Best Time to GoJune to March

Pros & Cons

  • Great Rift Valley scenery, encircled by lush and ragged meadow
  • Amazing birding with big flocks of pelicans and flamingos
  • Wide ecological diversity and differed living spaces
  • Good wildlife viewing
  • Easily accessible
  • Most of the places get crowded and some sightings tend to attract a lot of vehicles at one time
  • A limited game-drive circuit

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Wildlife & Animals – Lake Nakuru NP

Most big safari animals are available in Lake Nakuru National park except elephants. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its 60 black rhinos and 40 white rhinos who happily roam the park. Due to the protective fence, elephants are the only members of the big five who do not live in the park. Lions, leopards and African buffaloes can all be sighted, and Nakuru is especially famous for its leopards, which can frequently be spotted during the day.

Wildlife Highlights

The park is a significant fortification for the rare Rothschild's giraffe. Besides the far and wide vervet monkey and olive primate, the wonderful highly contrasting colobus monkey can once in a while be found in the acacia forest. Waterbuck are extremely common and both the Kenyan subspecies are seen here. The park additionally has huge measured pythons that possess the thick forests, and can regularly be seen going across the streets or hanging from trees.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Lake Nakuru can be visited consistently, yet wildlife viewing may be more troublesome in April & May during the wet season. During this time, rain may meddle with your game drives and the grass will be in general extremely high making animal spotting more troublesome.

Birds – Lake Nakuru NP

There are more than 500 species of birds recorded in Lake Nakuru. Soda lake is a birding area of interest and supports a ton of birdlife, including enormous flocks of pelicans. Sadly, flamingos are presently not the drawcard here as horrible conditions have driven a significant number of them to other Rift Valley lakes. Nakuru is additionally perhaps the best spot in Kenya to see the striking, long-tailed widowbird. Myriad other bird species inhabit the lake and the area surrounding it, such as the African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and Verreaux's eagle among others of their kind.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watchers can visit the Lake Nakuru National park all year round to spot the resident bird species. However, the best time is from November to April when the migrants from Europe and North Africa are present. This is the breeding season and many birds are in full plumage. Although it’s good for birding, April tends to be very wet and is a less productive time for general wildlife viewing.

Best Time to Visit – Lake Nakuru NP

Lake Nakuru National Park can be visited for wildlife viewing throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is in the dry season from July to March. During the wet season, Rains may interfere with your game drives in the wettest months, April and May. Even though there is incredible birdlife at the lake, conditions lately have become negative for flamingos, which used to be a genuine fascination here. Subsequently, the flamingos have moved to different lakes in the Rift Valley.

  • Best Time

    June to March

  • High Season

    June to March

  • Low Season

    April to June

  • Best Weather

    June to March

  • Worst Weather

    April to May

June to February (Dry Season)

  • Rarely gets hot, Most of the time it's sunny & dry
  • Due to short grass and less water sources, Animals can be spotted easily
  • Most of the places get crowded and some sightings tend to attract a lot of vehicles at one time

June to February (Wet Season)

  • As the park is less busy, Pricing is very less to bring more travellers
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • Many newborn animals
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Wildlife viewing is still fine in the Wet season as the park isn’t very big
  • Rain in April will sometimes come in between your game drives
  • Wildlife viewing will be difficult as the grass is long and animals scattered

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