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Lake Nakuru National Park

Flamingo Road, Nakuru, Kenya
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A hyena hunts flamingoes in Lake Nakuru.
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    Nakuru often gets overlooked because it's so close to the city and it's so small. I love this park and almost always have good luck with the wildlife. No other park I've been to in Kenya has shown me so many leopards or rhino. I'm also really into taking photos and the ones from here usually turn out great - lots of color and great light in the morning.

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    Amazing scenery! The largest population of Flamingo in a single spot creates amazing pink carpets.

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    beautiful lake, but after too much rain, the salty lake not salty anymore, so that the flamingos fly away.

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    One of Kenya's spectacular parks. One of the best places to see Leopards and Rhinos, and the roads are god enough to maneuver without four-wheel drive, so it is very accessible. Also check to see when the flamingos are there as they sporadically flock to the lake en mass.

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    Want to see 80 million gajillion brilliantly colored pink, coral and orange flamingoes? You won't find any better spot in the world than Lake Nakuru. The small national park is dominated by the flamingo-dotted lake, but there's also a good possibility you'll see an elusive black rhino.

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  • Lake Nakuru National Park

    This a wonderful park and been based in Nakuru we visit the park often and give discounts to tourist who tours with us.
    YOU really need to know about Lake Nakuru, Nakuru in Kiswahili means "Waterbuck Haven". 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.

    Lake Nakuru National Park can be accessed via three gates: Main, Lanet and Nderit. The park's lake is internationally known for its Lesser and Greater Flamingos. Ornithologists often describe Lake Nakuru as "the most fabulous bird spectacle in the world". The Lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip. The Lesser flamingos are ones that are commonly pictured in documentaries mainly because they are large in number. There are estimated to be over a million Lesser flamingos. These numbers are on a steady increase again. The numbers had been reduced due to the El-Nino weather pattern that flooded the lake, and changed the alkaline concentration. The flamingos feed on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and plankton. Lake Nakuru National Park is also shared with the white pelicans and the ever-snorting hippos.

    Other wildlife in the Lake Nakuru National Park include: The famous Black and White rhinos. The Black rhinos have been slowly multiplying over the years, and are well protected. Thanks partially to the government of South Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park also boasts an increase in White rhinos. There are plenty of waterbucks, impalas, dik-diks, grants gazelles, lions and leopards. In 1977, the Rothschild giraffe was introduced to the Park. The park also has large sized python snakes that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

    Due credit should be given to the World Wide Fund For Nature organization and local Kenyan wildlife foundations for supporting the preservation of animals, protection of the rhinoceros population and research into the effects of surrounding communities and industries. Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park in Kenya that is completely fenced.

    The Great Rift Valley, mostly known in Kenya as the East African Rift Valley, was formed between 2 and 7 million years ago. It is the longest rift on the surface of the earth. The Rift Valley starts all the way from Jordan, Middle-East, and runs through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, Malawi, and ends near the coastal town of Solada in Mozambique. The amazing quality about the Rift Valley is that once it reaches the Kenyan border, it diverges into two rifts, which later converge near Lake Rukwa in southern Tanzania.

    The Great Rift Valley is approximately 4,000 miles long and 35 miles wide. It was formed due to geological tension in the earth's crust that caused a deep depression, while probably forcing the sides upwards. The floor of the valley is normally below sea level. In Kenya, the Rift Valley gave rise to many lakes that have become a habitat for diverse wildlife. The walls of the Rift Valley are called escarpments; the famous escarpments of Kenya being the Mau Escarpment. The Mau escarpments are famous for their height, which rise over 8500 feet.

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  • Lake Nakuru National Park

    Lake Nakuru

    The park is located in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru District of the Rift Valley Province. It covers an area of 188 km2. 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. Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and upgraded to National Park status in 1968. A northern extension was added to the park in 1974 and the lake was designated as a Ramsar site in 1990. The foundation of the parks food chains is the cyanophyte spirulina platensis which can support huge numbers of lesser flamingo.Climate ranges from Cold, Hot and Humid, Hot and Dry.

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    Great place, there's rhinos and everything. Only minus is it feels like a huge zoo because of the fences.

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    AWESOME

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    Simply amazing!

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Description

This Rift Valley soda lake, just on the outskirts of Nakuru town, is often awash in pink; it is the nesting site for up to two million flamingoes at a time. And that is just the tip of this small park’s biodiversity iceberg! The park is probably the best place in East Africa to try and spot both black and white rhino. Lions, leopard, and over 500 species of birds are other draws to this fantastic conservation area. The only one of the Big Five you can’t find in Nakuru is the elephant. Visitors can game drive for as little as half a day or they can stay overnight inside the park at a game lodge or campsite.

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    6:00 am - 7:00 pm Daily
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    +254 (0) 51 2217151
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    www.kws.go.ke

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