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Lake Nakuru & Naivasha

DIVE IN TO LAKE NAKURU

Send your Insta into overdrive when you post iconic images of rare black rhinos at sunset, or a snap of one million pink flamingos feeding in glistening waters. Holidays to Lake Nakuru and Naivasha take you to a unique Kenyan location where the landscape is as dramatic up close as it is serene from the surrounding hilltops. Great for couples and families alike, the lakes are the ideal choice for those wanting to explore the less-trodden paths of the East African Rift.

Just two hours apart, Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha are best explored as part of a luxury touring safari. You can set out from Nairobi, and visit eye-popping national parks such as Amboseli, the Masai Maria and the Serengeti. We can tailor a private tour to suit you, or you can travel around with a group of like-minded travellers. Prefer to explore independently? The lakes are just a three-hour drive from Kenya’s capital. Or, if time is of the essence, you can hop on a flight from Nairobi to the Naishi Airstrip, which lies inside Lake Nakuru National Park.

Wildlife-lovers will love Lake Nakuru holidays. You can discover an unrivalled haven for water birds, as one million pink flamingos call these shallow waters home. Protected groups of black rhino and Rothschild giraffe can also be found around the lake, as can lions and rare antelope, called mountain reedbuck.

On Lake Naivasha, meanwhile, you’ll see hippos and crocodiles swimming in the freshwater. Why not take a boat trip to Crescent Island? You can get up close to zebra, buffalo, and perhaps even a python. Make sure you also check out Naivasha’s baby sister, Crater Lake. You can enjoy incredible views from its lava-edged peak.

Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and the space in-between is home to a stunning range of geological features formed millions of years before. You can step through Hell’s Gate, visit local flower farms, or head to Kariandusi, where fossils from the first days of humanity are waiting to be found. However you want to spend your time, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect trip.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Naivasha

Things to do

Best time to visit Lake Nakuru & Naivasha

Lake Nakuru

You’ll find all sorts of exciting things to do during your trip to Lake Nakuru. You can get up early and climb Baboon Cliff, or head to the Out of Africa Lookout to gaze across the lake’s shimmering waters. Most famous as home to a million-strong population of pink flamingos, the lake is filled with shades of pink across its 23 square miles. Flamingos might be the star of the show, but there are more than 450 species of bird around the lake, including cormorants, herons, ibis, pelicans, and storks.

Unlike other parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru isn’t dominated by elephants. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife sanctuary is the only place in the world where you’re almost guaranteed to see a rare black rhino. And it’s home to tree-climbing lions, mountain reedbuck – a rare antelope – and Rothschild giraffes.

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Lake Naivasha

A two-hour drive south of Lake Nakuru, freshwater Lake Naivasha is home to hippos, crocodiles, tilapia, black bass and crayfish. There’s a wide range of bird varieties, too, including pelicans and magnificent Goliath heron. Cormorants, cranes, ducks, geese, grebe, guineafowl, kingfishers and storks can all be seen here, on the highest lake on the East African Rift. And the surrounding acacia forests provide a sanctuary for hawks, kites, owls, parrots, and woodpeckers.

But it’s not all about birds at Lake Naivasha. You’re also likely to see impala, waterbucks and buffalo, which all come to drink at the shallow edges of this 53-square-mile lake. Step onto the private shores of Crescent Island at the lake’s eastern edge, where you can see giraffes, zebra, fish eagles and more.

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Things to do

Head out on safari at dusk or dawn, to be in with the best chance of seeing Kenya’s wildlife. It goes without saying that you’ll want to see flamingos at Lake Nakuru, and sail the waters of Lake Naivasha. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You can jostle for views with the cheeky natives of Baboon Cliff, and marvel at the cascading water of Makalia Falls. Climb to the peak of the Menengai Crater for panoramas across the Nakuru region, where solidified black lava meets red cliffs, and the volcanic pit opens up before you. Visit the cradle of humankind and see Stone Age fossils at Kariandusi prehistoric site. Walk the iconic rock gorge at Hell’s Gate, or see the abundant wildlife of Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. Need to relax after a busy day? Enjoy Kenya’s most renowned high tea at the Elsamere Lodge museum.

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Best time to visit Lake Nakuru & Naivasha

There’s never really a bad time to visit Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha, as there are 10 months of consistent weather and steady temperatures. The days are dry and sunny from June to February, so you’ll have great conditions for game-viewing and outdoors. Daytime temperatures hover in the twenties, and temperatures rarely dip below 10°C, even at night.

The rains arrive in mid-March and continue throughout April and May. While the wet weather can restrict some activities, the park blooms into colour and the extra water adds a touch of drama to features like Makalia Falls. Spring is also the best time for bird-watchers to see migratory species. And it’s when you’re most likely to spot new-born mammals throughout the park.

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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

You’ll find all sorts of exciting things to do during your trip to Lake Nakuru. You can get up early and climb Baboon Cliff, or head to the Out of Africa Lookout to gaze across the lake’s shimmering waters. Most famous as home to a million-strong population of pink flamingos, the lake is filled with shades of pink across its 23 square miles. Flamingos might be the star of the show, but there are more than 450 species of bird around the lake, including cormorants, herons, ibis, pelicans, and storks.

Unlike other parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru isn’t dominated by elephants. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife sanctuary is the only place in the world where you’re almost guaranteed to see a rare black rhino. And it’s home to tree-climbing lions, mountain reedbuck – a rare antelope – and Rothschild giraffes.

Show More
Show Less

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha

A two-hour drive south of Lake Nakuru, freshwater Lake Naivasha is home to hippos, crocodiles, tilapia, black bass and crayfish. There’s a wide range of bird varieties, too, including pelicans and magnificent Goliath heron. Cormorants, cranes, ducks, geese, grebe, guineafowl, kingfishers and storks can all be seen here, on the highest lake on the East African Rift. And the surrounding acacia forests provide a sanctuary for hawks, kites, owls, parrots, and woodpeckers.

But it’s not all about birds at Lake Naivasha. You’re also likely to see impala, waterbucks and buffalo, which all come to drink at the shallow edges of this 53-square-mile lake. Step onto the private shores of Crescent Island at the lake’s eastern edge, where you can see giraffes, zebra, fish eagles and more.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do

Head out on safari at dusk or dawn, to be in with the best chance of seeing Kenya’s wildlife. It goes without saying that you’ll want to see flamingos at Lake Nakuru, and sail the waters of Lake Naivasha. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You can jostle for views with the cheeky natives of Baboon Cliff, and marvel at the cascading water of Makalia Falls. Climb to the peak of the Menengai Crater for panoramas across the Nakuru region, where solidified black lava meets red cliffs, and the volcanic pit opens up before you. Visit the cradle of humankind and see Stone Age fossils at Kariandusi prehistoric site. Walk the iconic rock gorge at Hell’s Gate, or see the abundant wildlife of Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. Need to relax after a busy day? Enjoy Kenya’s most renowned high tea at the Elsamere Lodge museum.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Lake Nakuru & Naivasha

Best time to visit Lake Nakuru & Naivasha

There’s never really a bad time to visit Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha, as there are 10 months of consistent weather and steady temperatures. The days are dry and sunny from June to February, so you’ll have great conditions for game-viewing and outdoors. Daytime temperatures hover in the twenties, and temperatures rarely dip below 10°C, even at night.

The rains arrive in mid-March and continue throughout April and May. While the wet weather can restrict some activities, the park blooms into colour and the extra water adds a touch of drama to features like Makalia Falls. Spring is also the best time for bird-watchers to see migratory species. And it’s when you’re most likely to spot new-born mammals throughout the park.

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