Lake Nakuru National park’s main feature is a large, shallow lake supporting great birdlife, including big flocks of pelicans and variable flocks of flamingos.
Lake Nakuru National Park is Located 180km North West of Nairobi and covers a total area of 188km2, 40km2 of which are covered by the popular lake Nakuru and the rest of the land being savannah woodlands and busy grasslands.
One of the iconic parks of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is reliable for spotting the black and white rhinos. The Park was chosen as the first Rhino sanctuary because it was already a bird sanctuary and it had the needed land for the rhinos to be relocated at the time. Also because rhinos need water every day, the presence of the lake made it advantageous for rhinos to make their life in the park easier. The vegetation in the park is also suitable for both the white and black rhinos, so Lake Nakuru is the perfect place for the rhino sanctuary.
The Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to large buffalo herds, waterbucks, hippos and a wide variety of gazelle species. The “yellow” fever acacia forest on the riverbank, together with the taller trees, offers shade and the ideal hunting ground for leopards. The park is home to over 400 bird species