Lake Nakuru National Park
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Lake Nakuru National Park has plains, hills, waterfalls and a big lake which forms a really beautiful landscape in the park.
Flora and Fauna
You can see around 400 species of birds in Lake Nakuru National Park, including more thsn one million flamingos. On most days you can also see rhinos, zebras, giraffes, impalas, antelopes, hyenas, water buffalo, waterbucks, baboons, and several species of monkeys. If you are fortunate, you might also see lions and leopards. The park’s Rothschild giraffes are of particular interest. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers the subspecies to be endangered and potentially close to meeting the population threshold for being designated as “critically endangered.” In mid-2010 the park contained more than 70 Rothschild giraffes, one of the largest concentrations in Africa. There are no elephants in the park.
The Climate is really pleasant all throughout the year. Tourists can face an occasional rain but the temperature is around the lower 20 deg C from January to December.
If you are traveling from Nairobi, then leave at around 6:30AM. On the way to Nakuru you can also have a great view of the Rift Valley. It is a 30 minute drive to a view point at 2200 Meters above sea level and from here you can get a spectacular scene of the volcanoes, Suswa and Longonot, on the road to Nakuru. Traveling in the park ideally could take you a full day. Reach the National Park early around 9AM and leave the park at 5PM. It might take you few minutes to get your ticket and the vehicle checked. The drivers also need to carry the permit for the vehicle. Its advised to have some food or snacks before getting in but never leave your vehicle open or else the baboons might attack searching for food.
The entry fee is $60 for adult, nonresident foreigners, $30 for nonresident children ages 3 through 17, and $20 for foreign students. If possible, pay in US$. If the fee is paid in KSH, the fee is converted to US$ at a highly unfavorable rate.
For Kenyan nationals the fee is KSH 300; for foreign adult residents of Kenya the fee is KSH 1,000 and one-half that amount for resident children ages 3 through 17. If you are traveling in a van then the driver must have a permit which says he is allowed to drive in the national park. Vehicle permit is necessary to take the vehicle in the park. An additional vehicle fee is required.
You can't find anything inside the park. If you have the guest house booking for the night then you can find something to eat. Please buy lots of water before your enter he park. It is advised not to carry any cigarettes when inside the park. The park rangers don't like it. There is a small restaurant outside the park where you can get snacks.
LodgingAccommodation around the lake includes Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Camp.
It is advised to reach the national park in the evening if you are planning for accommodation and then spend the whole of next day at the park.
Be prepared for lots of mosquitos, especially in the rainy season. Malaria is common in Kenya.