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.