Kenya // The Rift Valley //

Lake Nakuru

Just 5km outside Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most popular in the country and a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts, offering one of the best chances in Kenya of spotting black and white rhinos. With more than 300,000 visitors each year, this is one of the Kenya Wildlife Service’s two “premier parks” (the other being Amboseli). Though not large, it’s a beautiful park, the terra firma mostly under light acacia forest, well provided with tracks to a variety of hides and lookouts. It’s also one of the easiest parks to visit, with or without a vehicle, and the contrast and apparent dislocation between the shallow soda lake, with its primeval birds, and the animated woodlands all about give it a very distinctive appeal. The easy-to-follow topography means you really can’t get lost and it’s a pleasure to drive around, which takes about three hours.