Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.
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In the Great Rift Valley is where we find the famous soda lake, Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya with only 188 km2 it is an ideal place for a wide ecological diversity and varied habitat. The park offers a fantastic and famous birdlife, where two million of the small and large flamingo in periods colors the lake in pink. Pelicans are also to be found in large numbers where they prosper in the area where freshwater flows from the small streams.
Lake Nakuru National Park is surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland and picturesque ridges that makes the park an ideal place for bird watching. Baboon Cliff is Lake Nakuru’s best vantage point over the lake especially when it is covered in pink by the large numbers of flamingos visiting the park.
The park was originally opened in 1961 to protect the large number of flamingoes that each year in periods are to be found on the shore of the lake. Later the park was expanded to include a piece of the savanna. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the few parks that have fences all the way around. This made it obvious for as a rhino preservation facility, to protect the rhinos from poachers. Lake Nakuru National Park is also used as a habitat for leopards that have been in touch with humans.
Lake Nakuru National Park has a unique vegetation with more than 500 different plant species and the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park is also known for its yellow acacia woodlands where you easily can spot the Rothschild Giraffe.
The park is not only home to flamingoes and pelicans, the park now also offer an amazing wildlife of white and black rhinos, leopards, hyena, lions, buffalos, and the rare Rothschild giraffe. Lake Nakuru National Park has the largest concentration of black as well as white rhinoceros.
Lake Nakuru National Park is also known for having large sized pythons in the dense woodlands, and sometimes spotted crossing the roads. Besides the flamingos the park has a large variety of birds including the Goliath heron, the African fish eagle, the pied kingfisher and the Verreaux’s eagle.
The lions in Lake Nakuru National Park can be seen climbing trees for resting, it is not a behaviour you see so often from lions, but from time to time lions like to escape from the flies that keeps bothering them.
Lake Nakuru National Park is only a few hours’ drive from Nairobi towards Uganda. 25 minutes drive from Lake Nakuru is the small soda lake, Lake Elementaita. Also here is a rich birdlife, the safari experiences are less. There are good riding opportunities in the area around the lake. Between Nairobi and Nakuru you find one of the other large and known lakes, Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake. The fish in the lake is food for an infinite number of birds. Herons, Eagles, Pelicans are amongst the birds found at Lake Naivasha. The lakes many hippos there at night often are found grazing in front of the lodges is another attraction for the visitors. During the day on sail trip on the lake you can experience the hippos. In the east end of the lake you find Crescent Island, a small island that offers the opportunity to trek amongst giraffe’s, zebra’s, and antelope’s. North from Nakuru you find the fresh water lake Baringo, and the soda lake Bogoria. These lakes are outside normal tourist routes, but due offer a fantastic and impressive experiences.
Lodges and camps
The park has two luxurious lodges, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and Nakuru Lodge. Sarova Lion Hill Lodge has a magnificent view over the lake. Nakuru Lodge lies in the southern part of the park. There are also two primitive tent camps where the visitors have to do everything themselves. There is also a small hotel right outside the park, Stem Hotel.