Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is world famous for, and was created a National Park to protect, its stunning flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which literally turn its shores pink. Its birdlife is rich: a beacon for leading ornithologists, scientists and wildlife film-makers. It is easily accessible, lying immediately south of Nakuru township, below the eerie Menengai crater.
Nakuru is Kenya’s farming capital, the Lake is one of the series of alkaline lakes in the Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley, which stretches 5,632 km (3,492 miles) from the Red Sea to Mozambique, is a deep indent in the earth, visible 150,000 km (93,000 miles) away from space! The park spans an attractive range of wooded and bushy grassland around the lake, offering a wide ecological diversity, from its lake water to rocky escarpments.
The picturesque landscape encompasses areas of sedge, marsh and grasslands, rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of yellow-barked acacia woodland, and on the eastern perimeter, rocky hillsides covered with forests of curious-looking Euphorbia trees. The backdrop is the hilly, broken country of the sides of Great Rift Valley. The lake itself is shallow and alkaline and is around 62 sq km (24sq miles) in extent.
Game viewing is relatively easy in Nakuru National Park, and it is not uncommon to spot leopard in trees - and even Nakuru’s lions sometimes climb trees. The scenery and birdlife are also spectacular, and thus it is not surprisingly one of Kenya’s most visited and popular parks. .