Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the black and white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

The park was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. Also of interest is an area of 188 km (116 mi) around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes, black rhinos and white rhinos.

The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.

The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees. In addition to the park’s famous flamingos, there is a myriad of other bird species that inhabit the lake and the area surrounding it, such as African fish eagle, goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and verreaux eagle.

Accommodation used by The Tourist Centre

  • Sarova Lion Hill Lodge – Mid-range
  • Maili Saba Camp – Mid-range
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