June 13, 2011 – Lake Nakuru National Park, just a 2.5 hours drive away from Nairobi (on a good day), is a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
Though the population of flamingos is decreasing, Lake Nakuru is known for that postcard image of millions of pink flamingos nesting along the shores of the lake. In the distance, the human eye can only see a shifting pink mass that shifts with the gentle currents of Lake Nakuru. Only one word comes to mind – peaceful.
Relatively small compared to other Kenyan national parks, at 188 km², Lake Nakuru National Park is home to hundreds of indigenous bird species, giraffes, black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, venomous and non-venomous snakes, and much more.
Lake Nakuru has many accommodation choices ranging from pitching your own tents at designated campsites to staying in a KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Service) guesthouse to comfortable lodges that make sure you don’t take the “city” out of City Folks like Nairobians.
A trip without some food commentary would simply not be a Capital Lifestyle trip.
A favourite to many, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge’s restaurant, which is fitted with live cooking stations, did not disappoint.
The staff were friendly and attentive; but most importantly, the food was delicious. From the expansive salad bar to the grilled station – it was a deliciously hardy gastronomy experience fit for any safari experience.
Dishes worth mentioning are the Waldorf Salad with fresh apples and walnuts served on a bed of lettuce, and grilled lamb that was tenderized in pineapple purée and marinated in paprika, olive oil, salt, and black pepper (special thanks to Chef Edwin for sharing his secrets).
Lake Nakuru is one of those places where every visit cultivates new stories and memories. If you’ve been to Lake Nakuru in the past or you’ve never been, it’s time to make plans for the perfect road trip to Lake Nakuru National Park.
PHOTOBLOG: photo credits Susan Wong