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Lake Nakuru Lodge - Rift Valley, Kenya

Lake Nakuru Lodge lies in the south-east of Lake Nakuru National Park. Situated above the lake and ringed by forests of Euphorbia Candelabra and acacia, the lodge commands a stunning view over the lake and beyond to the Menengai Crater and the Aberdare range.

Location
Lake Nakuru is 160 kms north of Nairobi and lies at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Nearby are the lakes of Elementaita, Naivasha and Bogoria.

The Background
Sunk deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, one of earth's most phenomenal geological features, ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters in the world, lie the turquoise-shimmering waters of Lake Nakuru. Flamingo-frosted, salt-encrusted, acacia-haloed and guarded by the prehistoric splendour of a grey-green forest of Euphorbia candelabrum, Lake Nakuru National Park offers sanctuary to some of the world's most endangered creatures.

Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

Accommodation
The lodge offers a total of 68 rooms and cottages (mosquito nets, telephones, in-room safe, and veranda with a panoramic view of Lake Naivasha).

Dining and bars
There is a central restaurant with bar and cocktail bar. Meals are typically presented in African buffet style. Bush BBQs are also featured as are African nights.

Conference and event facilities

Child-friendly
Children are welcome and family rooms are available. Baby-sitting, children's meal times and menus.

What to see and do
Shimmering mirage, flamingo realm

Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. Small in size, but high in wildlife, this park makes the ideal day trip, enroute to other destinations and abounds in picturesque lookouts and picnic spots. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.

Wildlife highlights: lion, black and white rhino, waterbuck, hippo, leopard, impala, gazelle, hyena, wild cat, golden cat, hyrax, colobus monkey, and Rothschild's giraffe. Birds: 1.5 million flamingos and 450 other recorded species.

Other attractions
The lodge has a charming pool deck with sun loungers. Game drives around the park can be arranged with picnic lunches (at the hippo pools or Baharini Springs) as can ‘sundowner trips'. The resident naturalist can lead nature walks or bird-spotting tours in the immediate vicinity of the lodge - or in the park as a whole. Within easy (half an hour) reach of Nakuru town, with its many restaurants, bars and nightlife, the lodge serves as an excellent base for visits to the town and to the surrounding sights, such as Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site, and the Menengai Crater. Gift shop, laundry, medical services and forex facilities provided. Horse-back riding can also be arranged.

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