Lake Nakuru National Park or Game Park is an ornithological paradise located two hours drive, 156 Kilometers west of Nairobi on the floor of Rift valley. The park dates back to 1961 when the southern park of the lake was gazetted as a bird to protect the “greatest bird (ornithological) spectacle on earth“, for the future generations. In 1964, the whole of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary. in 1968, the Lake Nakuru shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2. In 1990 Lake Nakuru Game Park is a designated a Ramsar site- for protection of an important international wetland.
Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National is diverse to cater for different categories of visitors. Visitors have a choice of either sleeping inside the park or outside the park. Inside the park, there are two safari lodges, one tented camp, a private house , Kws bandas and public campsites. The two safari lodges in the park are Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Lodge. The two facilities offer mid range to luxury accommodation to their guests. The only truly mid range property in the park is the Flamingo Hills Tented Camp. Kws bandas and campsites offer budget alternatives to locals and tourists alike. Nakuru town has both mid range and budget hotels to cater for visitors.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a premier tourism destination attracting diverse visitors of different backgrounds and with differing interests. It is the best place to see flamingoes, leopards and rhinos. Nature lovers from all over the world congregate in the park for relaxation and adventure. With over 450 species of birds identified, the home of flamingoes is an undisputed ornithological Paradise. A two nights stay will give you enough time to enjoy the numerous activities on offer-game drives, bird watching, nature walks. The greatest crowd puller is the annual Cycle With The Rhino Festival. Lake Nakuru can be visited within a day from Nairobi(See 1 day Lake Nakuru Excursion, 2 Days 1 Night Lake Nakuru Safari) . A combination of safaris enables one to visit both lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Parks (see Nairobi Lake Nakuru Naivasha Maasai Mara 4 days 3 nights.)