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Lake Nakuru National Park - Wildebeest Travels


Possibly the most diverse country Kenya is considered to be the centre of East Africa. It has numerous game reserves, huge numbers of animals and birds, mountains, rivers and beaches. The jewel in Kenya’s crown is the stunning Masai Mara which has been voted as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’. With around 50 tribes it is culturally diverse and promises to win a place in your heart. There are loads of fun activities to do and things to keep you busy, or you can just relax on one of Kenya’s beautiful white sandy beaches.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Highlights: Large numbers of flamingos, spotting leopard, Rothchild giraffe, good numbers of black and white rhino, birding

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.
  • Countries: Kenya
  • Location: 150km north of Nairobi
  • Area: 188 sq km
  • Animals: Lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino, white rhino, hippo, Rothchild giraffe, zebra, impala, gazelle, waterbuck, dik dik, warthog, baboon, mongoose hyrax. There are over 450 bird species including flamingo, pelican, heron, duck, cormorant, oxpecker, stork, egret.
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