Located on the floor of the Western Rift Valley, between rocky escarpments, pockets of forest, bushy grasslands, at the shores of the lake after which it is named, Lake Nakuru National Park (LNNP) is rightfully called “the birdwatcher’s paradise.”
Located on the floor of the Western Rift Valley, between rocky escarpments, pockets of forest, bushy grasslands, at the shores of the lake after which it is named, Lake Nakuru National Park (LNNP) is rightfully called “the birdwatcher’s paradise.” It was recently expanded to accommodate a rhino sanctuary making it one of the few places this endangered species can be found.
In addition to its 400+ species of birds, LNNP is home to 50+ species of mammal and over 500 species of flora, making for spectacular scenery and rewarding drives. For a good part of the year the lake is covered by a great pink mass visible several miles away—these are the famous Flamingos.
Hyenas, Hippos, and Jackals are common, but you are also guaranteed to see the White Rhino, Black Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Baboon, and Vervet Monkey. The park is famous for its prolific list of birds including the Fish Eagle, Hamerkop, Kingfisher among others.
Nakuru means ‘place of the waterbuck’ in Swahili (Kuro), and the park indeed lives up to this name. With only a handful of lions and leopards to check their population, the waterbucks here number in thousands. There are also several buffalo, warthog, zebra, eland, reedbuck, and dik-dik. There are a handful of lion and elusive leopards, troops of baboon, and in the jungles of the park dwells a famous python.
Lake Nakuru is frequently dotted with great flocks of flamingos, pelicans, herons, storks and other wading birds. Overhead, the distinct brown, black, white and bright yellow coloration of an African fish eagle eyeing flamingos for a meal is not uncommon. Species endemic to the park include the Black-necked Grebe, Pelican, Tern, Gull, Spoonbill, and Black-winged Stilt. Others are the Francolin, Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, various species of Teal, Guinea fowl, etc.
The park offers spectacular birding opportunities for the avid birder and amateur alike. There is also plenty of game viewing as the park is home to over 50 species of mammals including the white rhino and the water-buck.
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