Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level and the total size of Lake Nakuru National park is 188 sq. Km

Lake Nakuru is among Kenya’s finest national parks. It is dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands, typical of the dry rift valley vegetation.

Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of acacia forest and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round and is home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

Twenty seven percent (27%) of the park is composed of the Lake Nakuru waters.

The lake was established as a National Park in 1961 and was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1983. Currently the sanctuary has approximately 45 black and 31 white rhinoceros and is designated as a RAMSAR site. 

The lake is 2km north of Nakuru town at grid reference 0°19′- 0°24′ S/36°04′-36°07 E, and covers 49,00ha (9km long and 5.5km wide maximum) at an altitude of 1758m asl.

Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.

Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives.


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