On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.
The landscape of this national park consists of steep rocky escarpments and dense forests. But that’s only the beginning of what this special park has to offer because the wildlife viewing here is easy and accessible. Lake Nakuru is known for hosting some endangered wildlife including the rare Rothschild’s Giraffe and white rhino.
Moving through the park’s dense acacia forest you’ll likely come upon herds of impala, waterbucks, zebras, hippos, olive baboons, vervet and colobus monkeys and hyenas. Other big safari wildlife to be on the lookout for are lions, cheetahs, leopards and buffaloes.
The park’s main feature, though, is the large, shallow Lake Nakuru. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from the lake itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.
The lake is famous for supporting great birdlife – including big flocks of pelicans and variable flocks of flamingos. That makes it ideal for bird-watching and picnicking.
Those who have been to Lake Nakuru will attest to the park’s beauty with its rich topography of hills, grasslands and forests. There are several easily attained vantage points from which to enjoy wonderful views of the landscape and especially the lake with its undulating pink population of birdlife.
Lake Nakuru National Park is just a short distance from Nairobi. It is close to Hells Gate National Park and Naivasha National Park; as well as the Soysambu Conservancy that’s found on the southeastern boundary of the national park.