Lake Nakuru National Park Day Trip Overview


Lake Nakuru National Park is a 177sqkm park located some 160km northwest of Nairobi City. The park is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and is home to one of the several soda lakes which go by the same name. The park is fully fenced by electric wire to avoid human–wildlife and protect the endangered rhino population in the park. Lake Nakuru National Park is located only 5 minutes from the Nakuru township and it’s a popular day trip destination for residents of Nakuru and Nairobi as well.

The Nakuru National Park is home to more than 50 animal species and more than 400 species of birds. The park was started in 1966 as a sanctuary for birds and to protect the flamingos and other endemic birds. The park is a very successful sanctuary for the white and black rhinos. Its fenced-in nature makes it relatively easy to spot the rhinos adjacent to the game drive tracks. A game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park is easy because the park is relatively small and fully fenced, hence optimal game viewing.

The animals to see in a full-day Nakuru National Park game drive include rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, gazelles, hyenas, giraffes, buffalos, zebra, cheetahs, baboons, elands, impalas, waterbucks, and many others.

About The Tour

Inclusions Exclusions
Arrival & Departure airport transfers complementary to all our clients. Visas and related costs.
Transportation as per itinerary. Personal Taxes.
Accommodation per itinerary or similar with a request to all our clients. Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature.
Meals as per itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner. International flights.
Services literate English driver/guide. Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary like Balloon safari, Masai Village.
National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary.
Excursions & activities as per itinerary with a request
Recommended Mineral Water while on safari.

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • 6:00 am

    You will be picked up from your Nairobi hotel for the Lake Nakuru National Park Day trip tour.

  • 7:30 am

    Scheduled stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint to look into the valley from the escarpment to see Mt Longonot, Mt Suswa, the Rift Valley floor, Lake Naivasha, and the hot geysers of Hells Gate, spewing steam into the atmosphere.

  • 9:00 am

    Arrive at Nakuru National Park full-day game drive. Start the game drive around the lake to see great white pelicans, flamingos, ibis, jacana, plovers, storks, herons, and many others. Go to the Baboon Cliff to have a bird’s eye view of the lake. Enjoy an optimal game driving until lunch hour.

  • 1:00 pm

    Enjoy a picnic lunch from the Makalia Waterfalls camping site under the most wonderful waterfall. You will be in good company with some wildlife at the quiet and scenic campsite.

  • 2:00 pm

    Continue with your Nakuru National Park game drive in the park to see the hundreds of animals in the savannah, the acacia woodland, and the swamps around the lake.

  • 3:00 pm

    Depart the Lake Nakuru national park after an hour’s game drive and exit concluding your 1 day Nakuru trip.

  • 6:30 pm

    Arrive in Nairobi and you are dropped off in your hotel in Nairobi or at the JKIA Nairobi airport for your evening flight.

NOTE: we can opt for a late buffet lunch @ Lake Nakuru Lodge to lengthen the game viewing window from 9:00 am to 13: 30 pm, thereafter exiting the park for a return to Nairobi.