Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru was established in 1960 as the first bird sanctuary in Africa to protect the flamingoes. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.
Located 4 km south of Nakuru town, Lake Nakuru is a soda lake that elevates about 1754 m above sea level. Its wide ecological diversity, surrounding rocky escarpments, and picturesque ridges gang up to form a unique Premium national park ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic, and game drives. The park covers around 188 km2 and the lake itself is rightly positioned at the center of the park surrounded by huge white salt crusts. The best time to visit is from May- June to actually see the Flamingos and the scenes photographed above the lake are absolutely stunning.
Being one of the two Premium parks, along with Amboseli National Park, this park is home to over 400 species of birds, the Black and White Rhinoceros which make up the main attractions in this park. The park is also home to over 50 species of Mammals and over 500 species of flora. Apart from the common wildlife, you are likely to see African Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, Velvet Monkeys, and Waterbucks, a variety of water birds (Yellow-billed Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Hammerkops and Fish Eagles in this park.
Lake Nakuru's famous flocks of flamingos are one of Kenya's most celebrated spectacles. Skirting the lake's shores in a long, dazzling ribbon of pink, the birds are an ornithological marvel: a million-plus perched on slender pins, nibbling away at the lake's algae. You'll also see plenty of pelicans, storks, and cormorants keeping them company, while the surrounding woodlands, framed by green-cloaked cliffs, are a popular stomping ground for lion, leopard, waterbuck, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino.
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