Lake Nakuru is a 62sq km shallow alkaline lake in a picturesque landscape with Nakuru township on its shore, around 150km north of Nairobi. This reserve is a real treat for visitors with its extensive lake and diverse range of habitats including marsh, rich grassland, acacia woodland, Euphorbia forest and rocky outcrops all supporting around 550 different species of plants, plus a myriad of birds and animals.
First gazetted as a bird sanctuary 1960 and then being declared a National Park in 1968, it is considered to be one of Kenya's greatest bird watching destinations, playing host to over 450 species. There are reported to be 56 resident mammals including rhino, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, warthog, gazelle, impala, baboons, hippo and buffalo. The only member of the 'big 5' not present is the elephant, because the park is too small. You might even see hippo lazing in the shallows of the lake's northern shores.
Nakuru National Park is renowned for the opportunity to spot some of Kenya's rarest animals - the black rhino, white rhino, leopard and Rothchild's giraffe - all successfully reintroduced to this area. Of course it is also famous for the thousands of flamingo that wade in the shallows of the lake. Once home to a third of the world's flamingo population, the lake has had a tumultuous history with these birds, because of fluctuating water levels, lack of blue-green algae (their only source of food) and recent problems of toxins and chemicals in the water.
Once you have visited the lake's shore, you will get even better views of the lake's bands of blue, pink and white (salt deposits) during lunch from Baboon Cliff. If you are lucky you might see the Rock Hyrax who frequent the cliff face at the picnic spot.