Lake Nakuru National Park: Kenya’s most popular national park is scenic Lake Nakuru. The park’s main attraction is a large, shallow lake that attracts a diverse range of birds, including large flocks of pelicans and flamingos. The lake was once known for its flamingos, but since 2012, the birds have been forced to migrate to other Rift Valley lakes due to unfavorable conditions.
The park is a vital refuge for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. It was first introduced to the park in the 1980s and has since become quite common in the area. Aside from the common vervet and olive baboons, the acacia forest occasionally hosts the beautiful black-and-white colobus monkey. The tree-climbing lions are a highlight if you’re lucky enough to see them – Lake Nakuru NP is the best place in Kenya to see them.
Lake Nakuru can be visited all year, but wildlife viewing may be more difficult during the rainy months of April and May. Rain may interfere with your game drives at this time, and the grass is typically very high, making animal spotting more difficult.