Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Overview

One of the most scenically attractive natural parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is an ornithologist and wildlife enthusiasts delight. Located at the floor of Great Rift Valley, the park is flanked by acacia forests, marshes, grassland, and rocky cliffs. On the eastern side of the park, the highlands hills are draped with the largest euphorbia forest in Africa. Covering an area of 180kmĀ² (69.5 square miles) the park has three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs feeding the park and sustaining the large wildlife population. For wildlife, the park is home to both endangered black and white rhinos, predators like lions, leopards, cheetah, spotted and striped hyena, and endangered Rothschild's giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, Cape buffalo, etc. The hippos are often spotted flopping around in the northern part of the lake while the forested area below Flamingo Hill on the southern part of the lake is where the lionesses lounge on the trees. Before the mammals were introduced into the park, Lake Nakuru was famed as the birding park and rightly so, as you watch the 500 species of birds ranging from flamingos, great white pelican and the pink-backed pelicans, waterfront birds; dark geese, heron, stilt, sunpiper and plover, flouncing ostrich, iridescent sunbird, glimming starling, swooping bee-eater, chattering weaver besides the African fish eagle fire up the park with a feast of vibrant display . African rock python, coral headed agama lizard, aquatic insects, beetles, butterflies, ants, bees, and termites all pitch in to maintain the ecological diversity and health of the UNESCO heritage site, while serving the action that the tourists so verily desire to witness.

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