Nakuru Park One Day Safari
Go on a one day lake nakuru wildlife excursion safari and enjoy unlimited fun watching the flamingos of this beautiful lake. Lake nakuru is a lake in the rift valley which is one of the most visited park in teh country for day safaris. The lake nakuru day safaris will definitely amaze you with the types of birds at the lake and the animals that you will see here at this fully fenced off bird sanctuary and Important Bird Area- IBA.
Lake nakuru day safari starts in nairobi by dawn and drops into the rift valley floor through the eastern escarpment wall. You will make a scheduled stop at the view point to see the beautiful scenery of the rift valley from atop. The rift valley was formed 5 million years ago by geological forces and its a highly volcanic area with mountains, geysers and hotsprings as well as lakes. You can see mount longonot and mt suswa below with their very green craters.
What time do you get to Lake Nakuru for a One Day Trip
You will proceed past another rift valley lake Naivasha and lake Elementaita and arrive in lake nakuru at 0930hrs. You will pass through the beautiful nakuru town on your way to the park and start your game drive immediately. Watch out for some naughty vervet monkeys at the gate as they like to enter into unoccupied cars and steal ice cream, snacks and anything that looks edible.
How far is Lake Nakuru park from Nairobi for a 1 Day Safari
Lake Nakuru is located 160km from Nairobi to the north West and on the floor of the great rift valley. The park is only 188 sq km and almost one third of it is the lake water mass and the rest is acacia woodland and rocky cliffs. The park has more than 50 animal species and over 400 species of birds which include the famous flamingos. The park was actually started as a bird sanctuary and later became a rhino and Rothschild giraffe sanctuary as well.
How many birds to see in a Nakuru Park One (1) Day Safari
You will start by doing a game drive and alight at the lake shore to see the hundreds of birds here and the flamingos. Lake nakuru is the biggest bird spectacle in the world due to the more than 2 million flamingos that are found on its shores. The flamingos form one continuous pink ring around the edges of the lake all with their heads and beaks dipping in the water. The flamingos feed on blue-green algae which grows prominently in this lake due to its alkaline waters. Other birds that can be found in lake nakuru include the great white pelicans, sacred ibis, marabou stork, spoonbills, egyptian geese, african crested cranes, african fish eagle and many more.
What other animals can you see in a Nakuru National Park one (1) Day Safari
There are also many animals here and you can see them easily in a game drive around teh lake. The most important animals include the white rhino which are easy to see at a close range and the leopard whose sightings in this park have been very common than in other parks. The animals in lake nakuru national park include but not limited to hippos, giraffes, eland, waterbucks, lions, leopards, buffalo, white rhinos, grants gazelle, thompsons gazelle, common zebra, cokes hartebeest, baboons, klipspringer, vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys and many others.
You can now go to the baboon cliff and see the lake from a high point. The view from the baboon cliff is just magical and you can see all the flamingos and birds below. You will be able to take some very powerful pictures here as well. Watch out for some naughty baboons that are confirmed criminal gangs stealing anything from your car or hand.
Where to eat Lunch in a Lake Nakuru National Park One (1) Day Safari
You will now go for lunch at the popular lion hill lake nakuru lodge and enjoy a 3 course buffet menu. The food is very good and you can also take a dip in their pool if you want to wash off the dust from the game drive. Later depart the park with an enroute game drive at 1530hrs returning to Nairobi later in the evening after a rewarding one (1) day lake nakuru park day safari.