The Wonders of Lake Nakuru National Park
The Wonders of Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the topmost sought after national parks in Nakuru and Kenya at large. The National park that was established in the 1960s is located in Nakuru County within the Great Rift Valley covering a total area of about 180 sq km that also includes the famous lake Nakuru.
Lake Nakuru National Park is owned by the Kenyan government thus it’s managed by the Kenya wildlife services. The National Park has a wide variety of features that make it stand out among the rest and below we highlight the wonders of Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru: Lake Nakuru, is a shallow soda lake found in Lake Nakuru National Park, the lake has an abundance of blue-green algae that attracts thousands if not millions of flamingos. Lake Nakuru is the home to famous flamingos that are the most known thing about Lake Nakuru National Park. This lake has no known outlet but its fed by the Njoro river, the Makalia river, and the Enderit river; all these three are seasonal rivers.
Flamingos and other birds: What makes Lake Nakuru and Lake Nakuru National Park famous and the most sought after places, is the flocks of flamingos that make their life on Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru has been known to have the greatest number of flamingos in the whole of Kenya and most people visit Lake Nakuru National park to experience these pink birds.
Lake Nakuru National Park also has several other birds mounting to over 300 bird species. Visitors to this park are able to enjoy these birds together with the flamingos.
Vegetation: Lake Nakuru National Park has are unique vegetation that comprises of marshes, bushy grasslands, acacia woodlands and the euphorbia forest. This combined vegetation is only found in Lake Nakuru National Park and it contributes to the beauty and diversity of the park.
Landscape: Lake Nakuru National Park is endowed with a unique land scape that has rocky ridges spread across the park that make the park’s topography adventurous, fascinating and beautiful. Some rocky ridges are really raised above the park’s ground level and they are used by guests as viewpoints for wildlife, birdlife and nature. These viewpoints on top of offering great viewing vantage points they also have great ambiences that are used as picnic sites by most guests to the park. All the viewpoints are overlook the lake and offer great views of the surrounding; the most prominent viewpoints are the Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa Lookout and the Lion Hill.
Road Network: Lake Nakuru National Park has a well-developed road network that facilitates easy and comfortable touring of the park and game viewing. The road network covers the entire park so you are able to tour the whole park with good navigation.
Animals: The animals in the park mount to over 50 mammal species and include black and white Rhinos, elephants, buffalos, hippos, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, elands, giraffes including the Rothschild’s giraffe, zebras, elands, gazelles, leopards and many more. On a good day you will also spot pythons in the wood vegetation.
Spectacular scenery: Lake Nakuru National Park is a place endowed with beautiful nature, landscape and natural features; these all combine together to give this park beautiful sceneries for photography and videography. Most people visit the park to take great photos for magazines and several media platforms.
The scenery is a combination of rocky escarpments, bushy grasslands, dense forests, birdlife and wildlife.
Climate and weather: The climate and weather in Lake Nakuru National Park is Semi-humid so the park throughout the year doesn’t get too cold or too hot compared to other parts of Nakuru and Kenya. However the park still experiences the four weather seasons as the rest of the country so you expect rains in the rainy seasons. The kind of climate though in the park makes it conducive to have a safari in this park any time of the year.
Access gates: The park can is accessed from Nairobi from the Nakuru – Nairobi highway and the park entrances are the main gate, lanet gate and the Nderit gate; totalling to three entrances to the park.