BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE NAKURU FOR A CENTRAL KENYA SAFARI
There is, though, no warranty that you will see an enormous number of flamingos, as the majority of the birds feed and nest at the lake that offers the highest quantity of algae based on seasonal rain variations. Even with fewer flamingos present outside the nesting and feeding period, Nakuru Park offers many other types of wildlife that will ensure you have an exhilarating wilderness holiday with AfricanMecca.
During the long dry season, there are limited numbers of fresh water sources around which the animals congregate. Another benefit of the dry season is that there are fewer mosquitoes present, so you can enjoy a more comfortable trip to Kenya. Unusually compared to other parts of Kenya, the Nakuru region receives some extra rain during the cool-dry season of July to October. As Europe starts cooling in October, migratory birds begin to arrive and remain in the area until April. The short rains normally start in November and last until December.
The rainfall is generally marginal in comparison to the long rains and has minimal impact on your wildlife-seeking African safari as the moisture evaporates quickly in equatorial Kenya. In January and February, the weather is dry and humidly-hot with sprinkles of rain, and this is also when increased visitors come to the park to escape the cold winters in Europe and the United States.
The long rainy season initiates in late March and lasts through June with April and May being the primary months of the long rains. The precipitation rejuvenates the grasses and pools to create fresh rainwater sources for the animals as they cannot drink from the soda lake of Nakuru due to the high alkaline levels. Fauna is typically more dispersed throughout the park during this time of year, but some of the animals may be giving birth during the rains, so you may see foals and calves that are only days or even hours old as they learn to survive and thrive in their new world.
Lake Nakuru National Park enjoys moderate temperatures throughout the year, but the evenings can be cool. We recommend that you bring extra layers of clothing, such as a jacket, sweater or fleece, to ensure you are able to partake of the early morning and afternoon to evening activities comfortably. Also, if you plan to visit during the rainy seasons, you should bring a poncho.
Guest numbers and lodging rates do vary over the year. Many AfricanMecca guests combine their Lake Nakuru Park trip with the Great Wildebeest Migration starting in August till October at Masai Mara National Reserve, and this along with parents bringing their children during school break means that late summer is the busiest time of year for family safaris. Christmas, New Year's and Easter are also quite busy.
In April and May, Nakuru room rates are reduced as this is considered the low tourist season, although the costs associated with logistics, park fees, meals, activities, guides, hotel taxes and other aspects of your visit are constant throughout the year (read more on where to stay in Nakuru Park).
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE NAKURU
Accommodation choice in Lake Nakuru is an important part of your holiday in Kenya. Flamingo Hill Camp and Mbweha Camp offer you a deluxe experience while Lion Hill Lodge focusses on a value guests.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE NAKURU
Game drive is the main activity. Foragers, grazers, hunters and scavengers all play their roles in the natural existence of Lake Nakuru. The park also has over 450 birds species including the flamingos.
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GUIDE ON LAKE NAKURU PARK
Lake Nakuru in central Kenya is part of the Great Rift Valley Lake System that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species.
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Jambo Raza, The Lake Nakuru outing was great! We saw lots of pelicans, some flamingos, both black and white rhino... We've already recommended a Kenya safari to friends and relatives. Thanks again
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much. From the flamingo of Lake Nakuru and the foot hills of Masai Mara, we saw the best of what Kenya safari has to offer.
Jamie Davis & Liudmila Kondakova - San Francisco, California, United States
Dear Altaf, We would like to thank your team for such a well planned and wonderful holiday. Kenya is such an amazing country, and we felt that the itinerary you helped us set up was perfect...
Wee Siang Neo & John Lau - Singapore
Jambo Altaf, As usual the program went like clockwork and it was a wonderful holiday in Rift Valley & Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru is absolutely stunning and exceeded my expectations..
Simon Woodlock, Chief Financial Officer, Synovate - Surbiton, United Kingdom
Thank you so, so much for all of your help in planning our amazing safari to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi. Everything went so smoothly. Our tour guides were the best!!
Joanne Wright - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States
Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
We were extremely pleased with our itinerary. All those elephants and giraffes just posing and asking to have their pictures taken. Thank you for planning one of the best trips I have ever taken.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE NAKURU IN CENTRAL KENYA
When visiting Lake Nakuru National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa and Naivasha - a Great Rift Valley Lake. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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