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Lion Hill Lodge

Lion Hill Lodge is a 5 star intimate safari lodge that feels like a luxury boutique hotel, Lion Hill lodge owned by Sarova Hotels and Lodges is nestled in the spectacular lake Nakuru National Park, on the shores of lake Nakuru, Kenya, 4 kilometers from Nakuru town, the Sarova Lion hill lodge is the winner of 2016 for Best safari lodge in Kenya and finalist category including Best value hotel plus Best Lake Nakuru Lodge, Arriving at Lion Hill Lodge is like coming back to old friends, the staff members are a warm family and host manager welcomes you with open arms, this classic, colonial style lodge reflects a bygone era in elegance, together with boundless hospitality, Spoil yourself with the beauty and romance of Africa: it is time for an unforgettable safari experience, see the rare leopard on the tree or witness a cheetah on the hunt, a lion family sunbathing with their cubs or a buffalo taking a mud bath or a family of rhinos. The Lion Hill Lodge is home to the Big Five and particularly known for its large prides of lions, as well as large herds of buffalos. What is a day at Lion hill Lodge like? It starts with a gentle tap on your door: your fragrant tea or hot coffee is prepared and ready. While you slowly wake up in crisp morning air, your ranger will discuss what animals you hope to see that morning. Then it is time to buckle up and venture out. Come back to a breakfast pressed juices, fruits and hot dishes. After breakfast, there’s the option to do a guided bush walk, before returning on time for a buffet lunch and farm fresh salads and other delights, The little ones can go on their own child’ children’s adventure. There is also the option to dip in the swimming, during an afternoon high tea – with delicious homemade sweets and biscuits – your ranger will discuss your wishes for the evening drive, which lasts until after dark. Watch predators warming up for their nighttime prowl or hippos taking an evening splash. After that it is time for a mouth-watering dinner by candlelight, under a blanket of stars. Lion Hill Lodge Lake Nakuru is a secluded one; its open-plan design and natural building materials allow it to blend harmoniously with the African bush surrounds. The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether quietly reflecting on the view, reading a good book, or enjoying conversation with friends or fellow safari goers, the warmth and charm of the Lodge environment is the foundation of the Lion Hill lodge safari experience. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the Lake Nakuru and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon. Guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience in the traditional open-air boma (a brick & grass enclosed dining area), while being serenaded by the sounds of Africa’s creatures. Sumptuous cuisine is the order of the day. If homeliness, exquisite location, professional and sincere Kenyan hospitality is what you are looking for in a hotel – Lion Hill Lodge in Lake Nakuru offers all this in one package wrapped with the added feel of luxury and elegance. Lion Hill Safari Lodge is a well-established hotel in the bush; just a 30 minute drive from Nakuru town and it occupies a stunning position in Lake Nakuru National park and is the latest permanent lodge within the shores of Lake Nakuru.
The entrance to Lion Hill Lodge is beautiful and lavish, much like a 5 star hotel and perhaps unsurprising for a lodge of this size. But the welcome you will receive is quite the contrary – personal and intimate – and the staff strive to make their guests feel as though they belong. This entrance lobby is home to the reception desk and a lounge, with a separate desk for the activities co-ordinator. Walk a little further, though, and you'll be greeted by glimpses of the Lake Nakuru through the lush foliage in the gardens. You'll notice a distinctly African theme running through the décor in the public areas; stairs lead down to a very large lounge with several comfortable sitting areas, opening onto a terrace overlooking the landscaped garden, the African theme here is very distinct, in the fabrics, carved wooden tables, trunks, mirrors and ornaments, Persian carpets and lanterns. The lodge has a bar, a good spot for a pre-dinner drink and tasty nibbles; the dining area is an open-sided terrace, with individual tables and the option of sitting under cover if the weather is inclement, our purpose-built boma overlooking the lake makes the most of the forest views, hosts regular barbecues – weather permitting of course. Afternoon tea is often served here, and private dinners may be set up either on request, or as a surprise for guests celebrating a special occasion. The walkway looks and feels just like wood, but in keeping with the lodge's aim to restrict its environmental footprint; The team at lion hill lodge are very proud of their eco-tourism certification, one of only a handful awarded by the Kenya Tourism Board, The jaw-dropping safari lodge is dubbed ‘the ultimate in Africa’ The whole original concept owes most to an outright flight of fantasy and imagination, To inhabit this space is to experience pure luxury, the delight and comfort of guests takes priority, infinity pool, fire pit and every single room boast undisturbed views of the vast lake and forest, The interiors are playful, original and stylish. Chairs, benches, beds and baths have all been created by top designers – and mixed with African shabby chic style, Privacy is prized, even honeymooning guests are encouraged not to sleep with their room curtains closed, all the better to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise upon awakening. They are secure in the knowledge that no one will peer in, save eagles soaring past, or perhaps a curious zebra that has been brave or foolish enough to navigate its way up the steep cliff face, waking before sunrise, as one must on a lake Nakuru safari for a game drive, is both a privilege and a joy. The view of the sun rising over the plains makes every morning a feast of photo opportunities, and delivers memories to last a lifetime, the game experience offered by the Lake Nakuru remains as superlative as even the most picky visitor could demand, and because the Lion Hill Hotel is situated on the more exclusive side of the Lake Nakuru there are no lodges and hotels in the vicinity, meaning there are also significantly fewer vehicles to contend with when viewing the animals. This privilege allows guests to avoid the cluttered and jostling experience the Lake Nakuru animal Park is somewhat notorious for, Lion Hill Lodge offers a more flexible approach to game viewing than most other luxury camps and lodges in Lake Nakuru.

There is, of course, the option of a guided walking safari or bird watching safari with the lodges knowledgeable and charismatic resident Masai, Unlike traditional Lake Nakuru lodges, where the routine is a three-hour game drive in the morning and another in the evening, at Lion Hill Lodge you can set off with both breakfast and lunch picnics packed, to explore for as long as you wish. Our record was nine hours out in the bush, and it flashed by in an instant, experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience, Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders! Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush. Lion Hill Lodge Nakuru has a commanding presence and an essence that evokes an intense feeling of familiarity - as if visiting a congenial family home. Sumptuous coziness is simply the order of the day - tempting you into relaxation and reflection, the secluded suites are the epitome of elegant comfort, with rooms styled with an eclectic mix of colors, fabrics and textures. A colonial feel with Egyptian linen, African throws, antiques and modern luxuries combine to create a homely, lived-in feel. From the vast wooden deck to the pool overlooking the Lake Nakuru, it’s not uncommon to see buffalo and antelope or hippos grazing only metres away at any time of day. Perhaps this is where the notion of an ‘armchair safari’ was perfected. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge accommodation rooms, beautiful scenery and cosy atmosphere will bring relaxation to your soul immediately. Sit back and enjoy our stunning bedrooms. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge has 67 luxury chalets, divided into 64 standard rooms and 3 suites. With so many accommodations options at hand, no wonder why Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge turns out to be the right choice. Choose a chalet, a room or a suite based on your personal requirement. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is presently considered to be one of the best Great Rift Valley Lodges in Kenya. That makes a great reason for you to check-in, isn’t it? Sarova Lion Hill Hotel offers suites, all with their own en suite bathroom and shower, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck. A peaceful and rewarding place to stay, Lion Hill Lodge in Kenya offers a combination of superb accommodation in comfortably furnished surroundings, and also the chance to enjoy authentic meals cooked by local chefs in the safari lodge restaurant. Sample stunning seafood dishes using fresh produce sourced from nearby Lake Nakuru or choose a fabulous traditional African babaque – the most magnificent roasts you will find anywhere in the country. The central area features a bar with entertainment system where you can catch up with the other guests or simply settle back in comfort and indulge in a book from the library. Perhaps the most enchanting part of staying at lion hill safari lodge is the wildlife; giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and many other exotic wild animals wander freely through the park, and you can watch them from the comfort of your, being so close to nature at its most unspoilt and wildest is an experience that both young and old will enjoy to the full, and you will take home memories you cannot find elsewhere. Why not get in touch right now and see what we can do about booking you a visit to this spectacularly beautiful place?

SAROVA LION HILL ZIWA SUITES

Ziwa meaning “lake” in Swahili is the lodge’s presidential suite. The suite is situated in an isolated location, ideal for honeymooners who want that required privacy.

SAROVA LION HILL CHUI AND FARU SUITES

Chui and Faru are Swahili names meaning “leopard” and “rhino” respectively. The 2 bedroom suites that are adjacent to each other are tastefully furnished with a fireplace and characterised by a lodge feel.

SAROVA LION HILL STANDARD ROOMS

The 64 standard rooms are cozy and all have a panoramic view of the lake. There is an option of single, double or triple with some rooms having a day bed.

DINING AT SAROVA LION HILL

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge excels in the freshness and quality of its food which is supported by the Lodge’s own vegetable and herb garden. The food quality and standards embody those of the renowned Sarova cuisine brand “Kitchens of Sarova”. All meals are served “al fresco” at the Flamingo Restaurant that offers spectacular views of the lush grounds, the tranquil swimming pool and the breathtaking views of the Lake. The restaurant is fitted with elaborate buffet counters unmatched in all lodges and live cooking stations all set to tempt and please your palate. Sarova Lion Hills’ chefs are happy to cater for most special dietary requirements and meal preferences. The Flamingo restaurant is the main restaurant with a capacity of 150 people. On the ground it has an interior section, a patio overlooking the pool, lodge grounds and the lake. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with live cooking counters preparing specialty dishes. Cuisine includes continental buffet. The salad buffet has a wide variety of salads using the fresh ingredients and herbs from the Lodge’s own vegetable and herb garden. The dessert buffet has a selection of mouth-watering desserts. The Rift Valley Bar opens out into an amphitheatre where traditional dance performances are held each evening. The bar offers spectacular views of sunset over the lake and hills beyond, an ideal place to unwind with a sundowner. Our outdoor catering product dubbed "Kitchens of Sarova” specializes Corporate Hospitality, catering for a wide range of occasions from corporate events, business lunches, office parties, Christmas parties, birthday celebrations, conferences, social events and weddings. To ensure we deliver excellent service we:-

SAROVA LION HILL LODGE CONFERENCES
Lion Hill Lodge lends itself as a conference venue where conferences, seminars, training programmes, team-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, workshops, product launches and strategic sessions can be held in the most creative meeting place possible! We have a unique Conference facility, our Conference and Training Centre located on Lake Nakuru Lion Hill Lodge premises. Typical conference venues in Nakuru are not built to encourage and facilitate creative thinking; instead they promote a clean-cut type of thinking, with conference rooms that stifle any creative thought our conference venue is different (antithesis) to a typical conference venue in Nakuru. This venue is unique, different and vibrant, – rather it is extraordinary. So that, you’re thinking too can be extraordinary :) ! Lake Nakuru Lion Hill Lodge is also the ideal venue for team building. We specialize in hosting small and intimate workshops, seminars and conferences. We cater for full board, special functions and events. Lion Hill Lodge Lake Nakuru retains the ideal venue for small and medium sized seminars, workshops, conferences, conventions, social and cultural events. Its quiet and tranquil environment ensures maximum concentration for that meeting you want to have. The conference room is equipped with state of the art audiovisual equipment. In between your meeting you can also sample our walking safaris, Game drives, within the lake Nakuru. Other amenities can be arranged as per your needs. The Lodge is also very ideal for writers as it has tranquil and peaceful atmosphere to put your thoughts and ideas to paper. The lodge offers grounds for various team building activities, and they are made available for groups and companies engaged in team building activities. You will be spoilt for choice with our 50,000 acres of grounds to suit all you needs from ball games, tug of wars, bike riding, boat rides, rock climbing etc Away from the town’s hustle and bustle, our conference facilities are customized to suit your activities and events. This is your perfect out of town location to hold your meetings considering that it is only two and a half hours away from Nairobi. There are 2 conference rooms fully equipped with WIFI, LCD Projector, w/screen, TV and DVDs, flip chart board, writing pads, markers and pens
SAROVA LION HILL LODGE WEDDING
We love weddings lake Nakuru Lion Hill Lodge, and what could be more spectacular or evocative than a ceremony in the African Bush! Getting married on safari at Lion Hill Lodge is the kind of wedding your guests will be talking about for years to come. Exchanging vows ought to be a wow experience all the way, from the bride & groom to magic of the wedding ceremony. This is why we provide an irreplaceable backdrop of paradise in Lake Nakuru to begin your walk together as man and wife. Weddings at hotels in Nakuru tend to take a standard route to things but at Lion Hill Lodge we bring the magic a little closer to your heart. Lion Hill Lodge in Lake Nakuru is a perfect destination for Weddings and is the best wedding venue in Lake Nakuru, Brides and Grooms have said ‘I Do’ at one of the most beautiful and historic resorts in Kenya for decades. At Lion Hill Lodge our staff is dedicated to sharing your special day and ensuring every detail is taken care of. No request is too small or too large, and with the wide array of amenities offered at Lion Hill Lodge, there is something for everyone. From a simple ceremony to a lavish weekend wedding, we can help you experience your once in a lifetime fairytale. We offer a full range of specially prepared menus, cocktails, wines, beers and more. We also have venues available for a bridal party luncheon, rehearsal dinner, farewell Sunday brunch or even a welcome event on Lake Nakuru lush grounds before the reception, The Lodge has everything you need for your special day. We have the perfect location for all of your wedding events including a welcome reception, the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception and post wedding brunch. Our wedding planners will provide the expertise and assistance to help plan your day. Your wedding tables will be perfectly set including the wedding cake cutting service, table linens, china and flatware. And when it’s time for that first dance, the dance floor will be waxed and ready; Menus can be personalized for your requirements even if the entire lodge is not booked. (Please advice of any dietary requirements in advance). The chef and his dedicated team conjure up dishes inspired by this unique location, as well as all of the influences that have passed through it at one time or another. Sit back and relax as Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge makes your special moments magical. From unique and fun engagements to fairy-tale weddings and glorious honeymoons, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge makes every step perfect. Whether you travel across town or around the world, we will meet your every need: superb settings, award-winning cuisines, ambiance, rich culture and refreshing African hospitality. A perfect Sarova experience for you as you relish your most special day. The Great Rift Valley is presently one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kenya. With Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge being the most popular one in the region, you don’t have to look the other way. Simply check-in and you are sure to have the most memorable stay ever. Your wedding team can include: a marriage officer, wedding photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, DJ, hair stylist, makeup artist, wedding cake specialist, dancers and singers and other wedding-related services. Please be aware that these are extra costs.
SAROVA LION HILL LODGE HONEYMOON
Kenya the most romantic and mesmerizing continent in the world, the ultimate honeymoon holiday destination, at this time of year many romantic souls are in the early stages of planning their big day, and we feel it only right that we share with you our selection of the best honeymoon safari packages, Leave the wedding guests behind and head to a secluded, romantic honeymoon suite just for two where you can truly enjoy one another's company and take time to reflect on your special day and off course make babies, Romantic Unique Honeymoons holidays Once you’ve said ‘I do’, we want to make sure you start the rest of your life together with the most unique and romantic honeymoon break; Lake Nakuru Lodge is the best honeymoon hotel in Kenya and is a haven of romance and luxurious comfort enveloping couples in a veil of intimacy and sedate pampering. Enraptured by the mesmerizing landscape couples are invited to luxuriate in charming honeymoon lake view suites overlooking the Lake Nakuru, enliven their senses in the tranquil ambiance of the spa, relish gourmet inspirations on the shores under the starlit sky and experience a fairy-tale wedding and honeymoon. Lion Hill is a luxury 5 star hotel in Lake Nakuru and offers unparalleled accommodation for couples of unrivalled character, From the first sip of welcome cocktails, newlyweds will be enveloped in a romantic atmosphere that gives true meaning to the name The Royal Loving, The luxurious honeymoon Suite has housed royalty, celebrities and heads of state, but each room is sure to inspire a similar feeling of prestige in all our guests, the perfect honeymoon… should be stress free and romantic….We are dedicated to making your honeymoon unique and unforgettable. Whatever your choice, we have the honeymoon for you. Choose from our sublime selection of honeymoon destinations, offering : Private dining opportunities, His and hers massage, Flowers, fruit and welcome drinks, Late check-out (based on availability) A BUBBLES AND STRAWBERRIES WELCOME: A bottle of chilled sparkling wine elegantly arranged in your room upon arrival to toast your future. WAKE UP TO WEDDED BLISS: Delight in a delivery of fresh flowers and a decadent breakfast in bed one morning of your choice CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON: Toast to your new life together as you enjoy canapés before another evening of romance begins. CANDLELIGHT DINNER Deliciously romantic and in the privacy of your suite; served to you exclusively.
Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a bird lover’s paradise. It surrounds Lake Nakuru, located in the Central Rift Conservation Area in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya. Originally protected as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru National Park hosts over 400 bird species, including 5 globally threatened species, and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway. Lake Nakuru National Park was also the first national Rhino sanctuary and hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros. Lake Nakuru National Park is situated approximately 164 kilometres from Nairobi, a two hour’s drive from Nairobi city. It is dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands, typical of the dry rift valley vegetation. Twenty seven percent (27%) of the park is composed of the Lake Nakuru waters. The lake is 2km north of Nakuru town at grid reference 0°19'- 0°24' S/36°04'-36°07 E, and covers 49,00ha (9km long and 5.5km wide maximum) at an altitude of 1758m asl. The area around the lake is exclusively used for wildlife conservation while the land in the catchment area is intensively used for agriculture, forestry and ranching. The Lake Nakuru was established as a National Park in 1961. The Lake Nakuru National Park was expanded over the years to 188 km2 to provide a perimeter buffer zone to protect the lake from encroachment by settlements and to minimize the impacts of urban and agricultural development in the immediate catchment. The Lake Nakuru National Park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1983. The Rhino stocking programme which ensued received white rhinos from South Africa. Currently the sanctuary has approximately 45 black and 31 white rhinoceros. The lake is also designated as a RAMSAR site. Although it is a protected are, Lake Nakuru National park is threatened by human activities bath from within and outside the area. Siltation due to agricultural activities within the lake catchment is one of the major threats to the lake. Pollution from agricultural chemical such as fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides as well as industrial and domestic effluent from Nakuru town, which has a population of apploximately 212,000 inhabitants, enters the lake through surface inflows. The high number of tourists visiting the Lake Nakuru National Park and the development activities accompanying it are further threatening the lake's biological resources. From historical records, the lake, dried up between 1951 and 1953, and interventions to control soda dust were initiated in 1953. The lake water is highly saline but supports a habitat rich in biodiversity including a variety of aquatic flora and fauna. The lake also is inhabited by water mammals mainly hippopotamus and clawless otters while the terrestrial part of the park supports a large number of other African plain rnammals. The park is also a sanctuary of rhinoceros and the Rothschild's Giraffe. The introduction of a species of salt-tolerant Tilapiagrahami (for mosquito control) opened the way for the colonisation of the lake by many species of fish eating birds (Cormorants, pelicans, hamrnercop, etc). The park has a large reserve of over 300 species of birds, which make it an ideal site of bird lovers. Lake Nakuru National Park has been gazetted in 1963 to protect its shallow soda lake, a natural water catchment on the flank of a large volcanic calderas in the heart of the Kenyan Rift Valley. Second most visited park of Kenya, this small park is a favourite destination for ornithologists. Some years ago, the arrival of thousands of flamingoes landing onto the lake has been dubbed "the greatest bird spectacle on Earth". Close to Nakuru, fourth largest town of Kenya, the park is surrounded by fascinating volcanic sceneries: North by the Menengai crater, North-East by the Bahati hills, East by the Lion hill, South by the Eburu crater and West by the Mau escarpment. In central Rift Valley, the park is relatively close to other parks (Aberdare, Hell's gate), reserves (Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo) and geological sites and is a perfect one-day stopover destination. Formed 12 million years ago, after the huge depression of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru, as most alkaline lake, is guarded by dormant volcanos which catch and filter rain water. Dependant to annual rainfall, the lake keeps decreasing since 1997 and it is only 3.5 m (11.5 ft.) deep during wet seasons. The ecosystem is threatened by annual drought (nakuru means "dusty place" in Maa). This strongly alkaline lake (62 sq. km) is a paradise for ornithologists as the lake is home to flamingoesN, water birds (pelicansN) and a variety of terrestrial birds living in the forested areas, Thanks to K.W.S. effort to enlarge and fence the park and to reintroduce rare mammals (rhinosN), Rotschild giraffeN) the park is an unique rewarding destination for game viewing and wildlifeN. There is one main road going around the shore of the lake which is bounded on the eastern and western sides by rocky hillsides covered by prehistorical forests and woodlands. The Lookout point on the Baboon cliff offer magnificent views across the lake. The southern sides are grasslands and dry bushes and you may visit the Makalia falls. Near Nakuru town, you can also visit the Hyrax Valley and the Menengai crater, the largest volcanic calderas of Kenya. A safari destination and a birdwatcher safari paradise, Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is home to a large population of pink flamingos and hundreds of other species of birds. Spectacular wildlife, including rhinos, lions, giraffes and leopards, can also be admired on the shores of this shallow alkaline lake in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park has picturesque landscape with woodland, savanna, waterfalls, rocky cliffs and hills. One of the favorite safari destinations in Kenya, the shallow Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley alkaline lakes with a large population of flamingos and around 450 other species of birds including pelicans and cormorants. No wonder bird watching safari in Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the main attractions in the area. In addition to birdlife, the park is also inhabited by many wild animals, such as lions, giraffes, antelopes, leopards, and cheetahs, offering great opportunities for nature photography and wildlife viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake also hosts large quantities of tilapia fish. Safaris to Lake Nakuru National Park are available for example from Nairobi. The park has moderate and mild climate with varied weather from hot and dry to humid. Nights are usually relatively cold in Lake Nakuru. The main rainy season in Lake Nakuru area is from March to May. The national park can be regarded a year round destination. Many Kenya safaris visit Lake Nakuru. There is also an airstrip in the park, which receives some charter flights. There are three gates to the park: Main Gate, Lanet Gate and the less used Nderit Gate. The main gate is situated around 4 km from Nakuru town centre. There is an entry fee to the park. Lodges & services. Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National Park consists of simple camps, guesthouses and lodges. Restaurants in Lake Nakuru National Park are located within the lodges and camps. There is no nightlife in Lake Nakuru National Park, except the simple bars in the camps and lodges. More accommodation options, as well as restaurants and nightlife can be found in the nearby city of Nakuru, the fourth largest city in Kenya. Some facilities for souvenir shopping are available around the national park gates. Getting around. The roads in Lake Nakuru National Park are in good condition and most parts of the park are accessible by car. There is no car rental in Lake Nakuru National Park, but you can rent a car elsewhere in Kenya, for example in the capital Nairobi. Lake Nakuru National Park is relatively safe destination for visitors. However, the wild animals in the park can be dangerous, so it is not recommended to walk around without a local guide.


Lake Nakuru Flamingos

Lake Nakuru is one of the three inter-linked lakes in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. These lakes are home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. An absolutely incredible feature of Lake Nakuru is the large gatherings of long-legged, long-necked greater and lesser flamingos. The lake's abundance of algae attracts these birds that famously line the shore. In fact, Lake Nakuru is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. It has been described by ornithologists as the greatest bird spectacle in the world. The Lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip. The Lesser flamingos are ones that are commonly pictured in documentaries mainly because they are large in number. The flamingos feed on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and plankton. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru, which is often more than a million - or even two million, consumes about 250,000 kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year.

Lake Nakuru Attractions

Lake Nakuru National Park is a place for a variety of flora and fauna; Flamingos Ornithologists often describe Lake Nakuru as “the most tremendous bird spectacle in the world”. The Lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip. The Lesser flamingos are ones that are commonly pictured in documentaries mainly because they are large in number. There are estimated to be over a million lesser flamingos. (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total has their habitat in this park. There are up 56 different species of mammals including white rhinos, lions, and baboon.etc. There is a unique vegetation with about 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands. Other wildlife in the Lake Nakuru National Park includes: The famous Black and White rhinos. The Black rhinos have been slowly multiplying over the years, and are well protected. There are also plenty of waterbucks, impalas, dik-diks, grants gazelles, lions and leopards. In 1977, the Rothschild giraffe was introduced to the Park. The park also has large sized python snakes that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Lake Nakuru National Park Wildlife

The number of animals to be encountered is not inconsiderable as the park is small and game density and variety are high. Indigenous mammals seen in the park include the hippopotamus (in the north-eastern corner), spotted hyena, lion (restocked), leopard, rock hyrax, bat-eared fox, wildcat, golden cat, Bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck (in high grasses bordering the shore) and Colobus monkey. Reintroduced species are the endangered Rotschild's giraffe (17 giraffes from Soy area in 1977 and 26 more in 1979), black and white rhinoceros (19 black rhinos - 11 males and 8 females - from Solio game reserve in 1987 - the park was completely fenced and Nakuru is the first national rhino sanctuary). Essentially browser, the black rhinoceros has a concave back and a triangular prehensile lip specially designed to eat on trees and shoots. The white rhinoceros has a wide flat snout suitable for grazing. Note also the presence of a very rare bat, the long-eared leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros megaletis), a tiny orange-buff species with ears half the length of the body

Lake Nakuru Vegetation

The vegetation is mainly wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges. The normally water-covered surface of the lake occupies about a third of the park. The lake water supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its colour and which is the major food source for the flamingo. The lake is fringed by alkaline swamps with areas of sedge, Cyprus laevigatus and typha marsh along the river inflows and springs. The surrounding areas support a dry transitional savanna with Lake Margin grasslands of Sporobolus spicatus salt grass moving into grasslands of Hyparrhenia hirta and Rhodes grass Chloris gayana in the lower areas. More elevated areas have dry forest with Acacia xanthophloea, olive Oleo hochstetteri and Croton dichogamus; Euphorbia candelabrum forest; and bush land dominated by the composites, Mulelechwa Tarchonanthus camphoratus and Psiadia arabica. Rocky hillsides on the Parks eastern perimeter are covered with Tarchonanthys scrub and a magnificent Euphobia candelabrum forest.

Baboon Cliff

The Baboon cliff and its lookout point offer finest view across the lake and over the shimmering fringe of pink around the lake's white shores. There is a nature trail of 100 meters long which winds its way along the cliff. Picnic tables and lavatories are available. You may spot rock hyrax at the top of the cliff near the picnic site and baboons in small trees hanging over the cliff and awaiting for food. The Baboon cliff is covered by euphorbia, acacia and olive trees.

Out of Africa hills

In the southern part of the the park, the Out of Africa hills have spectacular views along the edge of the towering black Baboon cliff and it is the greatest sundowner spot of the park, specially for people staying at the nearby Naishi house. Note that the hills offer no facilities. The Lion Hill is located at the eastern part of the park and the hill is fully covered by strange cactus-like trees, the Euphorbia candelabrum (known also as candle tree), forming the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa and a unique preshistoric forest.

Park Fees

Park fees and reserve entry fees are set in US dollars and payable either in dollars (the best approach) or in pounds, euros or Kenya shillings (all often converted at rather poor rates). They are charged per person per 24-hour visit, and you are expected to know exactly how long you plan to stay. Your ticket will indicate your time of arrival. One re-entry is allowed per 24 hours, meaning you can leave the park to stay overnight outside and return again the next morning. For most parks and reserves, you pay – usually in cash only – at the gate where you enter. However, entry to the six most popular national parks – Aberdare, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi, Tsavo East and Tsavo West – is by a pre-loaded smartcard called the Safari Card. You can obtain Safari Cards at various Points of Issue and Points of Sale (POIPOS) with proof of identity. The card costs Ksh1000 to issue. You need to be over 18 (under-18s’ fees go on adult cards). Once you’ve got your smartcard, you load it with credit, which you can do in cash or with a credit card – the precise sum determined by which park or parks you’re visiting and for how long. If you have sufficient credit, your smartcard is good for entry by any entrance to any Safari Card park. Unused credit is non-refundable, and the card is retained as soon as credit runs out – meaning you have to go to a point of sale to get a new one if you want to make further visits to smartcard parks. The whole system seems somewhat complicated, but it’s designed to stop large sums of money being held at the gates. If you’re visiting the parks on an organized safari, all this is handled and paid for on your behalf. But if you’re travelling independently, it does require some planning and makes last-minute changes of itinerary potentially problematic. Happily, there seems to be enough flexibility in the system to allow most gates to process independent visitors who turn up hoping to pay in cash. If your itinerary has gone awry, or you’re entering through a minor gate, you can also usually persuade KWS rangers to allow you to travel through the park to a gate where you can rectify your status. Likewise, if you decide to stay another day, you can usually pay the balance owing on departure. Note that if you overstay, even by a few minutes, you will very likely have to pay the full 24-hour fee (for a group that could easily be more than $300). If you are genuinely delayed through no fault of your own, it’s a good plan to alert the rangers and ask them to radio ahead, as the gate you exit through is more likely to waive the excess fee if they have been notified. Don’t, however, expect to use this plan to do an extra game drive or stay for lunch: they watch the clock. Non-residents’ fees range from $15 to $80. Residents’ rates range from Ksh300 to Ksh1000. Children’s rates apply to anyone over 3 but under 18, while students under 23 can apply for student discounts in advance direct to KWS (wkws.go.ke). Students need to be studying or researching in Kenya to get the reductions: leisure trips don’t count. In the national reserves (the main ones are Maasai Mara, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba), revenue is not controlled by KWS but by rangers employed by the local county councils. Fees are comparable to national park fees, and strictly for periods of 24 hours, but transactions usually take place only at the gates. In 2012, Narok County Council began an experiment with a pre-payment smartcards system for the Maasai Mara National Reserve through select branches of Equity Bank in Nairobi, Mombasa and Narok. As of late 2012, rangers at the gates and airstrips were still accepting fees from independent travellers in cash.

Seasons

Most of the parks get two rainy seasons – brief rains in November or December, more earnest in April and May – but these can vary widely. As a general rule, you’ll see more animals during the dry season, when they are concentrated near water and the grasses are low. After the rains break and fill the seasonal watering places, the game tends to disperse deep into the bush. Moreover, if your visit coincides with the rains, you may have to put up with mud and stranded vehicles, making for frustrating game drives. The effects of climate change have led to several temporary closures over recent years, and park conditions are often unpredictable. By way of compensation, if your plans include up market accommodation, you’ll save a fortune at lodges and tented camps in the low season. Most places reduce their tariffs by anything from a third to a half between April and June. And, when the sun shines in the rainy season, the photographic conditions can be perfect.

Game drives

If you’re on an organized drive-in (road) safari, your driver will conduct morning and afternoon game drives – two- to three-hour excursions from wherever you are staying, slowly heading around the park, looking for animals to watch and photograph. If you fly in, you’ll use the services of the driver/guides and vehicles at your lodge or camp. Invariably, two game drives per day are included in your safari. If you’ve booked a lodge or camp yourself, and made your own travel arrangements, you may have to pay extra for game drives (usually around $40–80/person for 2–3hr). If you want exclusive use of the vehicle, expect to pay $150–200 for a drive and up to $350 for a full day. Lodge or camp-based drives are usually very worthwhile because the drivers know the animals and the area. The usual pattern is two game drives a day: at dawn and late afternoon, returning just after sunset. In the middle of the day, the parks are usually left to the animals. While the overhead sunlight makes it a poor time to take photos, the animals are around, if sleepy. If you can put up with the heat while most people are resting back at the lodge, it can be a tranquil and satisfying time. Rangers can usually be hired for the day: the official KWS rates are Ksh3000 for a full 24-hour period or Ksh1500 for six hours. If you have room in your vehicle, someone with intimate local knowledge and a trained eye is a good companion. There are some fairly obvious rules to adhere to when watching animals. If you’re stopping, switch off your engine and be as quiet as possible, speaking in low murmurs rather than whispering. Obviously, never get out of the vehicle except at the occasional (often rather vaguely designated) parking areas and viewpoints. Never feed wildlife, as it upsets their diet and leads to dependence on humans (habituated baboons and vervet monkeys can become violent if refused handouts). Remember that animals have the right of way, and shouldn’t be disturbed, even if they’re sitting on the road in front of you. This means keeping a minimum distance of 20m away, having no more than five vehicles viewing an animal at any one time (wait your turn if necessary), and not following your subjects if they start to move away. To see as much game as possible, stop frequently to scan with binoculars, watch what the herds of antelope and other grazers are doing (a predator will usually be watched intently by them all), and pause to talk to any drivers you pass along the way. Most enthusiastic wildlife-watchers agree the best time of day is just before sunrise, when nocturnal animals are often still out and about, and you might see that weird dictionary leader, the aardvark.

Getting in Lake Nakuru National Park

The park opens at 7am. If you are traveling from Nairobi, then take the Naironi-Nakuru highway. On the way to Nakuru you will have a great view of the Rift Valley, so drive slow and enjoy the scenery! From Nairobi, it is about a 30-minute drive to a scenic overlook at 7200 feet (2200 meters) above sea level and from here you can get a spectacular view of the volcanoes Suswa and Longonot. There are also a group of great little curio shops at this stop where you can buy souvenirs. Seeing the entire park could take you a full day, so plan to arrive around 9am unless you have more than a day in the area. It might take you few minutes to get your ticket and the vehicle checked. The park has very well established roads that make most parts of the park accessible by 2-wheel-drive vehicles. Some less-traveled parts and most viewpoint hills will require 4-wheel-drive. The park has three gates: the Main Gate and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and the less-used Nderit Gate. If you choose to fly: It’s about a 25-minute flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to the Naishi airstrip inside the park.

Lake Nakuru Rhino Sanctuary

The Rhino Sanctuary Project at the Lake Nakuru National Park began in 1987 with the translocation of two adult males, one from Kitengela (outside the Nairobi National Park) and another from Lewa Downs, a private game reserve. Within three months, 15 Black Rhinos were introduced to the Park. By 1990, this programme was nearing its completion with an additional four Black Rhinos, from Nairobi National Park and ten White Rhinos, from South Africa, being introduced. Today, the Rhino Sanctuary Project is a success story with, approximately 45 Black Rhinos and 31 White Rhinos with a further addition of one Black and one White Rhino calf born in June 1999. Black and White Rhinos are still on the endangered species list despite protection in our National Parks. Here in Kenya we are lucky to have some of the most wonderful wildlife in the world, with help and support we want to ensure our wildlife never appears on the extinct

Booking Lion Hill Lodge

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