Lake Nakuru is a very shallow strongly alkaline lake 62 km2 in extent. It is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest on the eastern perimeter.

The lake catchment is bounded by Menengai crater to the north, the Bahati hills to the north east, the lion hill ranges to the east, eburu crater to the south and the mau escarpment to the west. Three major rivers; Njoro, Makalia and Enderit drain into the lake.

This park provides the visitor with images of tens of thousands of flamingo joined into a massive flock, forming a pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingo are a breathtaking sight.

The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with colour.

This is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino, both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore likewise there are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and a variety of other herbivores. Lake Nakuru National Park gives one the best chances of seeing several large prides of Lion and a number of leopard which are known to be very elusive animals to the point of some calling them "shy" animals.

Category: Kenya National Parks   Published: Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:52  Hits: 11789 Tags: Print