Holidays to Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Escape with nature to one of Kenya’s finest national parks. Soak up the true nature of the wild, with rocky escarpments, lush Acacia forest - with large pythons dangling from the trees - and the occasional roar of a tumbling waterfall. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit.

The park is home to one of the world's most endangered animals, the Rothschild's giraffe. You’ll also find a menagerie of leopards, lions, hippo, and both black and white rhinos.

The park, located in the Rift Valley to the north of Nairobi, is an impressive 1,750 metres above sea level. Once renowned as an ornithological paradise by birdwatchers, it's estimated anywhere between one and two million lesser and greater pink flamingoes fed on the algae from the warm lake waters. In fact, scientists have stated that the flamingo population in the park consumes about 250,000 kg of algae per year!

Since 2014 the park has held a rather eerie feel, with drowned trees now surrounding the lake. Visitors before this year may have been greeted by a sea of pink flamingos, but with the water levels rising in 2014 the famous flamingos were forced to flee, although some have since returned. If you're lucky, you'll still spot some of the brightly coloured creatures alongside a whole plethora of wild African animals.

Highlights

  • Visit the home of both black and white rhinos

  • See the endangered Rothschild's giraffes

  • Observe lions, leopards and hippos

  • Listen to the roaring waterfalls and bustling forest

  • Witness one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth

Jen
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Map of Lake Nakuru