Rhino standing in front of a flock of flamingos at a water hole at Lake Nakuru

Safaris to Lake Nakuru

About Lake Nakuru

The shallow Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes and is the most popular in Kenya, renowned for its dense population of flamingos as well as hundreds of other species of birds. The Lake Nakuru National Park was set up in 1961 to encompass the lake and a small mountainous region surrounding the waters. Since then, it has been expanded and now includes a hefty chunk of the area’s grassland savannah and woodland slopes, and stretches out across an area of roughly 188 km sq. Today it's a beautiful expanse of wilderness with light acacia forest and rocky precipices.

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The abundance of algae in the alkaline lake attracts thousands of flamingos that famously feed along the shores, their image reflected on the water's surface to create a stunning pink mirage. But flamingos are not the only birds found here: also present are two large fish-eating birds, pelicans and cormorants. The park is rich in other birdlife including grebes, avocets, ducks, and in the European winter, the migrant waders.

Since 2009 the park has been enlarged to include land for the critically endangered black rhino. Designed as a sanctuary for the majestic creature, a fence encloses the area to keep out poachers in an attempt to allow numbers to increase. At last count the population was hovering around 25 rhinos so the chances of spotting these survivors are better here than in other parks. There are also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, again translocated for safety from western Kenya since 1977. Numerous other mammals can be seen including zebras, impalas, gazelles, waterbucks, lions, warthogs, bushbucks, many buffalo, and even at times, leopards.

Lake Nakuru Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Lake Nakuru

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Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days FROM $3,505
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The Big Overlander

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Great African Expedition

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Lake Nakuru Hotels

If you are planning a Lake Nakuru holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Flamingo Hill Camp Lake Nakuru

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Flamingo Hill Camp is an eco-friendly lodge set in attractive grounds with a portion of earnings invested in local environmental restoration and endangered species. The cozy tents are furnished with understated luxury and decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons. The four poster beds are protected by mosquito nets and come with en suite showers and flush toilets. Overlooking the plains, the private verandahs are a superb spot to relax at the end of the day. The bar is well stocked with a range of local and imported beverages while the restaurant caters for all tastes. The camp also features a swimming pool and boutique craft shop.

Lake Nakuru Lodge Lake Nakuru

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Lake Nakuru Lodge has a mix of family rooms, cottages and suites that are stylish, comfortable and decorated with rustic African furniture. There is a beautiful open air pool on site as well, filled with fresh, glittering water, ideal for taking a dip after a day of game drives. The hotel also has its own restaurant, which offers authentic African cuisine The lodge is in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park and makes the perfect base for exploring the area.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Lake Nakuru

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

The Sarova Lion Hill is an attractive lodge with 64 standard rooms and 3 suites. All chalet style rooms have private patios with panoramic views of the lake and feature mosquito nets and tea/coffee making facilities. Decorated with wooden furniture with a neutral colour palette, the rooms are en suite with tiled bathrooms. The Flamingo Restaurant uses vegetables and herbs from the lodge's own garden while the Rift Valley Bar opens out into an amphitheatre where guests can watch traditional dance performances each night.

Lake Nakuru Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Lake Nakuru.

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