Lake Nakuru National Park is located in Nakuru city and is one of the destinations that every tourist should put on their bucket list as they prepare for a safari to Kenya. The park is best known for having the largest flock of the lesser and greater flamingos and the largest black rhinoceros herd in the whole country. The main gate to the National Park is just 4 kilometers away from Nakuru town and 2 and a half hours away from Nairobi for tourists driving to the National Park.
When we talk about the 3 days safari to Lake Nakuru, it means that we shall be using road transport and driving 4×4 vans that are fit to drive on the Kenyan roads. You will be picked up from the airport or accommodation facility in Nairobi by our experienced tour guide. You will spend two nights in the lodge or camp that you chose and booked before and on the third day, you will be driven back to the airport.
The safari rates for the 3 days safari do not include accommodation in the capital city of Nairobi, expenses like insurance, luxury beverages like champagne, phone call, and baggage fees, obtaining visas, obtaining your ticket and spending extra days while in the country. The safari fees include a professional tour guide, transport for all the 3 days, all meals, accommodation, all park entry fees, a private vehicle most probably a 4×4 with an open roof for easy game viewing, game drives throughout your stay and other activities carried out around the National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is one place that every tourist should visit and some of the great views can be seen from the different panoramic viewpoints which include Out of Africa, Lion Hill and Baboon cliff which is famous for the many baboons that live on it.
What you should expect on your 3 days safari to Nakuru
There are several activities that you can engage in while on a 3 days safari to Lake Nakuru National Park and these include the following:
Game drives: Game drives are best carried out during the dry season because many of the animals can easily be seen. The animals can be seen along the banks of Lake Nakuru and others in the vast grasslands around the National park. The Park is home to the largest black Rhino which has become extinct in most countries across the continent. Other animals that you get to see while on a game drive include buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, white rhinos, leopards although they can be seen occasionally and impalas among others.
Birding and checking out the flamingos: Lake Nakuru National Park is home to about 400 bird species with endemic, near-endemic and international bird species. Most of the birds can be seen at Lake Nakuru and the best place to do birding is from the baboon cliff which provides a 180 degrees view of the whole National Park.
Picnics and Nature walks
Day one: from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park
You will be picked up from Nairobi at around 7:00 am or 8:30 am by our tour guide and then the drive to the National Park will begin after a brief detail on what to expect while on your drive to Nakuru. The drive is about 2 to 3 hours and we shall arrive at the National Park by lunchtime. Some of the features that you get to see while on the drive from Nairobi include the Mountain, among others. When we get to the National Park, we shall go on a game drive around the National Park and some of the animals that you get to see include giraffes, baboons, hippos, lions and leopards among others. The park is also home to some reptiles like lizards and pythons among others.
At about 13:00hrs, lunch will be provided in one of the picnic areas that has a great view of Lake Nakuru and after lunch, the tour guide will set off on a drive around the National Park where you get to see different bird species and animals roaming around the National park. The drive will end at about 6:00 pm and you will be driven back to your accommodation to check in, have dinner and prepare for the next day. Accommodation around Nakuru includes Lake Nakuru Flamingo Lodge, Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge, and the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp.
Day Two: Game Drive around the National Park
The game drive will start very early in the morning before breakfast at around 6:30 am and this is considered to be the best time for game viewing especially the Leopards that are rarely seen and the numerous bird species that amount to over 400 bird species. At around 9:00 am, you will be driven back to the campsite or lodge for breakfast and you can use this time to carry out different personal activities like swimming, relaxing on your balconies and also enjoying some alone time as you prepare for the evening drive which will start at around 3:30 pm. After the evening drive, you will be driven to the accommodation for dinner and then resting for the night. Note that there are no night game drives offered at Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day three: driving back to Nairobi
Day 3 is the last day of the safari and after breakfast at around 7:00 am or 8:00 am, you will be driven around the National Park before finally departing for Nairobi. Once you get to Nairobi, you will either be driven to the airport or taken to your accommodation depending on your plans and this marks the end of your 3 days safari to Lake Nakuru National park.
What is the age range for the 3 days safari to Nakuru?
Children below 3 years can visit the National Park, we however recommend for 15 years and above since they can easily be controlled and understand the full extent of what they are exactly seeing.
Where does the 3 days safari start and end?
The safari will start in the capital city of Kenya Nairobi and still end in Nairobi.