On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland lies the beautiful lake Nakuru National Park. The wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges makes it unique. Lake Nakuru is one of Rift valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level.
Lake Nakuru is one of a kind as a wide variety of big mammals can be encountered in a single space. Lake Nakuru is among Kenya's finest National parks. Flanked by Rocky escarpments, pockets of acacia forests, and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous all year round and is home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, and endangered Rothschild giraffe.
Lake Nakuru National Park covers 188 kilometers and boasts of having 150 different kinds of plant species and over 50O bird species both resident and migrants. As we descend in the lowest point of the park we come upon Lake Nakuru, a catchment area of 200 kilometers, the sight of 200 kilometers Is a sight to behold.
The dazzling pink Lake Nakuru is a beautiful wildlife haven. The Flamingo filled lake sets it apart from other lakes. The masses of pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru draws guests from around the world. The majority of the gloriously pink, massed flocks are easily seen at the shore of the lake. Indeed many visiting ornithologists have described this sight as the greatest bird spectacle in the world.
Flamingos are striking! They are spectacularly pink in color, are oddly shaped atop tall, have stilted legs with knees that bend backwards with every step taken. Lesser flamingos are differentiated from their greater relatives by rosier feathers, a darker beak and crimson legs. Flamingos are the vagabonds of the ecosystem in the great Rift valley .The birds find a home at Lake Nakuru because of its salinity. This has made it to be declared UNESCO world heritage sites. The longevity of the flamingos sojourn In the lake is dependent on the food available in the lake. Lake Nakuru is the "dining table" of the flamingos. The flamingos feed on blue-green algae, which grows well in the
surroundings of the lake.
The flamingos are not migratory by nature and only do so when it is necessary. Thou at times they migrate to Lake Natron to what is referred to as the Great Flamingo Migration’. It is so stunning! The birds fly in a massive V formation heading to Lake Natron. It is an exceptional sight as thousands of pink feathered birds take off in an almighty surge from the surface of the lake.
Accommodation choice in Lake Nakuru is an important part of your holiday in Kenya. Flamingo Hill Camp and Mbweha offer you a deluxe experience while Lion Hill Lodge focuses on a value guests. Being deep inside the park is worth the extra money versus a night in a town. It’s almost impossible to find a room in the park for less than 200 USD,as hotels in Nakuru can be found for less than 30 USD. The campsites have ablution facilities which aids in keeping top hygiene standards. You and your tour guide will need to bring tents, bags and everything to cook a
meal. Camping fees are relatively 50 USD per person for non Kenyans.
One of the Lake Nakuru highlights is the abundance of public camping sites, in the euphorbia candelabrum forests that gives an interesting textural element to the arid landscape. All you need is probably a sense of adventure as you will hear lions and rhinos at night. This should not raise any alarm for its still safe as Kenyan tribes have lived in the park with the animals. Co-existence is very much possible here.The park is approximately 3 hours drive from Nairobi, the capital city.
Lake Nakuru is Haven for wildlife and a Heaven for Tourists.