Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park, which boasts a wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by the national park. The lake's abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously line the shore. An amazing spot for bird safaris, other species also flourish in the area such as African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and Verreaux's eagle. Lake Nakuru National Park is great for a day trip of bird watching and safari game drive where looking up may be more prosperous than down as the lioness in the wooded areas are known to sleep draped over the large branches.

Lake Nakuru

Nakuru means "Dust or Dusty Place" in the Maasai language. Lake Nakuru National Park, close to Nakuru town, was established in 1961. It started off small, only encompassing the famous lake and the surrounding mountainous vicinity, but has since been extended to include a large part of the savannahs. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide further sanctuary for the continued reintroduction of black rhino of which there are now more than 25, one of the largest concentrations in the country, plus around 70 endemic southern white rhinos. There are also a number of Rothschild's giraffe, again relocated for safety from western Kenya, as well as zebra, baboon and waterbuck. Among the predators are lion, cheetah and leopard as well as large pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands and can occasionally be seen crossing the roads or curled up in trees.


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