Lake Nakuru National Park is the Kenyan National Park where travellers get to see thousands of flamingos create a beautiful pink view because of their plumage. These are some of the most beautiful birds, and they flock the area to feed on algae. This national park also has other animals like rhinos and zebras and amazing cliffs and waterfalls that add to its beauty.
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake's abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore.
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park is a shallow alkaline lake that is about 60 square kilometers in size. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs.
Stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides are covered by a Euphorbia forest on the eastern perimeter. Lake Nakuru is bordered by Menengai crater to the north, the Bahati hills to the northeast. Lion hill ranges, Eburu crater and the Mau escarpment are clearly seen from this park.
Three major rivers, the Njoro, Makalia, and Enderit drain into the lake.
Lake Nakuru National Park Wildlife & Birding
Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of pink flamingoes and pelicans. This exotic park boasts of a rich concentration of wildlife including black and white colobus monkeys and is also a Rhino sanctuary. Look for temperamental black rhinos browsing in the bushes, and larger white rhinos cropping grass along the lakeside. Nowhere else will get a photo of a rhino with a backdrop of pink flamingos sifting food from a shimmering lake.
Lake Nakuru National Park other information
Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place” in Maasai language. Lake Nakuru National Park, close to Nakuru town, was established in 1961. It started off small, only encompassing the famous lake and the surrounding mountainous vicinity. Now it has been extended to include a large part of the savannahs. Currently, the fenced Lake Nakuru National Park covers around 90 square miles. It has unusual but beautiful vegetation. The forest vegetation is covered with Euphorbia, tall cactus-like trees and acacia woodland. The forest region is a host to over 400 migratory bird species from around the world.