Lake Nakuru (located within the Lake
Nakuru National Park) is a shallow strongly alkaline
lake set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding
woodland and grassland. 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.
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to
up to 1.5 million flamingos plus 450 other species of
species of birds. Thompsonís and Grants gazelle, the
rare long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock
hyrax, hippo, leopard, lion, rhino, waterbuck, impala,
gazelle, stripped hyena, bat-eared fox, wild cat,
reedbuck and golden cat.
Lake Nakuru National competes with Amboseli as
Kenyaís second most popular park after Masai Mara
The flamingo population is terrific to watch, apart from
the flamingos, the lake is home to over 400 bird
species, which makes Lake Nakuru a bird watchers
Apart from this, the Lake Nakuru is waterbuck heaven.
Because of the absence of natural enemies, the waterbuck
population numbers in their thousands. A lot of
buffaloes and warthogs can also be seen in the park.
Leopards, zebras, dik-diks, ostriches and jackals can be
seen, as well as elands and Thomsonís and Grantís
gazelles in the southern part of the park. The
population of 25 white rhinos, brought in from
elsewhere, is one of the biggest in Kenya.