Things to do at Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru in Kenya is the quintessential African safari destination. The lake and surrounding grasslands are protected within the boundaries of the Lake Nakuru National Park, an ecologically diverse and stunningly beautiful part of the Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is home to four of the big five safari animals, amongst many other species. Lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino roam the plains; it’s one of the few places in Africa that supports a large population of endangered white rhino. Lake Nakuru is perhaps best known for the huge migrations of pink flamingos that descend upon the lake in vast numbers throughout the year. Safaris, flamingos and rhinos included, here are five great things to do at Lake Nakuru in Kenya.


The sight of thousands of pink flamingos feeding on the surface of Lake Nakuru is one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles. A few years ago, millions of these elegant, colorful birds could be seen at any one time on the lake. Then, mysteriously, they disappeared altogether. Now they’ve returned again, but in diminished numbers, as they migrate out to other lakes across the Rift Valley too. At Lake Nakuru though, there are still thousands of flamingo to be seen. This majestic sight is best observed at the height of the dry season in January and February when the birds are at their most numerous.


“Out of Africa” was the film among other great things that inspired a generation of travelers to undertake safaris in Africa. This classic movie was filmed in part within Lake Nakuru National Park, and many shots were taken from a lofty hilltop that’s become known as ‘The Out of Africa Lookout’. Drive to the top of this steep hill for excellent views across the entirety of Lake Nakuru and the surrounding land, and immerse yourself in the romantic scenes that inspired the film.


The Makalia Falls are best enjoyed after a long rainy season when the water is in full flow and forms a spectacular sight. During dry season, the falls can empty completely, leaving a dry, hot basin. The falls attract an unusual array of wildlife whatever the season and you can never be sure what will be waiting for you here in this hidden corner of Lake Nakuru in Kenya.


Of course, the best thing to do at Lake Nakuru is to go on safari. Join a game drive to truly experience this stunning part of Africa. Exploring in the early morning or late afternoon will give you the best chance of seeing the most wildlife, as this is when the animals are most active. All of the big five with the exception of elephants can be found within the park, as well as other classic African wildlife such as zebra, giraffe and cheetah. Many people will visit just for the opportunity to see white rhino in its natural habitat, an opportunity found in few other places on the continent.


Baboon Cliff is the most popular lookout in the national park because it offers incredible panoramas of Lake Nakuru while remaining accessible. Visitors have to share the experience with the resident population of baboons who also enjoy the surroundings. While most are harmless and used to safari-goers, the larger males can occasionally be aggressive, so take care when visiting.

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