Lake Nakuru National Park
Duration: 2 days /1 night
Lake Nakuru National Park is world renown for its beautiful pink flamingos. Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960. This lake offers one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sights, brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see.
A tour to Lake Nakuru will guarantee not just viewing flamingos but a variety of terrestrial birds numbering 450 species in total, wildlife, hills and water falls.
Among the attractions in Lake Nakuru National Park:
Flamingoes & Birds: Lake Nakuru National Park is the home to over a million flamingos. Fleets of lesser and greater Flamingoes line the shores of Lake Nakuru giving it a pinkish appearance. Besides flamingoes, Lake Nakuru is home to other water birds.
Mammals: 56 different species of mammals have been identified in Lake Nakuru National Park, including black and white rhinos, Rothschild's giraffes, cape buffaloes, Deffassa waterbucks, Thomson's and grant’s gazelles, impalas, lions, leopards, warthogs, olive baboons, black backed jackal, reedbucks, dik dik’s and elands
View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa provide vintage views of Lake Nakuru and the surrounding National Park.
Hills: Lake Nakuru has several hills including Enasoit, Honeymoon and Lion hill.
Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species are found in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru boasts of the largest Euphorbia candelabrum forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodland.
Reptiles: A large number of reptiles inhabit Lake Nakuru including the python and tortoise.
Kenya Flora - Lake Nakuru National Park is a convenient site to visit for those who want to tour a place close to Nairobi. Mission Tour and Travel will comfortably drive you to the park which is situated approximately 164 kilometers from Nairobi, a two hour drive from Nairobi city. It is dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands, typical of the dry rift valley vegetation.
Depart from Nairobi in the morning and descend the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley on the way to Lake Nakuru. Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive around the lake focusing on the magnificent flamingoes. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Return to Nairobi.
A morning game drive in Lake Nakuru is likely to reveal the elusive leopards which are very rare nocturnal animals while late evening game drives offers the best chance to spot the white rhinos.