Journey into the wild

If you’ve ever sat at home watching National Geographic and dreamt of spotting leopards as the dusty African wind blows in your face, then a safari adventure in Lake Nakuru is definitely for you. Days spent tracking wild creatures in their natural habitats, evenings around the campfire re-living the day’s adventure, and nights spent listening to nature’s own symphony – it’s truly magical.

Where the wild things are
While smaller and quieter than many of the other national parks, Lake Nakuru should not be overlooked. Here you can watch a sea of flamingos feeding in the shallows, before taking flight in a frothy cloud of pink. As well as being a birdwatcher’s paradise, a slow-paced game drive through Lake Nakuru will bring you within touching distance of some mesmerising creatures – water buffalo grazing on shallow slopes, an African eagle perched in the trees, and giraffes poking their towering heads out of the taller branches.

Both black and white rhino are most likely to be spotted at the water’s edge, although the former are harder to spot, and there’s a herd of hippos in the northern part of the lake. The park is best explored in the gentle sun of the late afternoon. You can circle the lake clockwise by car, then drive to the top of Baboon Cliff for a stunning sunset view.

No safari would be complete without seeing at least one of the Big Five – and there’s every chance you’ll see the elusive leopard here. The best place to see these spectacular creatures is high up in the branches of the fever trees that line the shimmering lake; just keep your eyes peeled for the leopard’s tail dangling below the branches as he escapes the heat of the day.

African adventure
It’s a three-hour car journey along some of Kenya’s better roads from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru; while you could do the trip in one day, it would be pretty exhausting. Alternatively, you can take a 25-minute flight from Nairobi with Air Kenya . Once in the park there’s a small choice of cottages and suites vs tented camps, all of which organise game drives, horse riding and birdwatching tours.

While not five-star luxury, the rooms at Lake Nakuru Lodge have all mod cons – and a front door. For style and substance, the chalets at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge are divine. To live the safari dream though, stay under the canvas at Flamingo Hill Camp. But be warned: there are no fences – it makes a late night dash for the loo a heart-racing experience!

On safari
From the 3am laughs of hyenas outside your tent to the early wake-up calls of baboons on your balcony, there’s never a dull moment in Lake Nakuru. And whether you enjoy sundowners on the terrace or bush tucker by the fire as rhinos and gazelles graze nearby, nothing quite beats going ‘into the wild.'

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