There are some excellent sleeping options inside the national park itself, including a handful of fancy safari lodges, some simple guesthouses and some excellent bush campsites. Alternatively you can sleep in a hotel in Nakuru town.

Lake Nakuru's Special Campsites

As in other Kenyan national parks, Lake Nakuru has a number of 'special' campsites, which are essentially intimate, wild spaces with no facilities, fences or security between you, the carnivores and the stars. Rangers will light night fires to deter the animals from venturing close. But think romance; attacks are very rare. Main gate staff will help choose a spot. Costs for the special campsites per adult/child are US$50/25, plus a set-up fee of KSh7500.

The Nyuki Special Campsite is on the north side of the lake, Nyati is a little further south, while Naishi Special Campsite and Soysambu are on the south side beside the Makalia and Nderit Rivers respectively.

Unlike other national parks, however, fluctuations in the lake's water levels have cast some doubt over the future of some of the sites, so not all may be available and/or accessible at the time of your visit. For more information on which sites are open for camping, contact the park authorities on 0726610509 or 0726610508.