It has been a while since I did a wildlife safari post, so this week we head to the Lake Nakuru National park. I cannot remember the last time I visited the park, but thanks to the Kenya Wildlife Service I was able to obtain some photos for this post.
Lake Nakuru National Park is situated approximately 164 kilometers from Nairobi (the capital of Kenya). It is dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands. A third of the park is composed of the Lake Nakuru waters.
Panoramic view of Lake Nakuru from Baboon cliff image source Get in travel.
The landscape also includes rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides.
The park is a perfect one-day safari. Within a short area, you can find all the big animals (except elephants), and see them up close because the park is relatively small and they hang out near the road that circles the lake.
The park has the largest population of rhinos in Kenya. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide a sanctuary for the rhino. A fence has also been built to keep out poachers.
Sadly, recent years have seen an alarming rise in rhino poaching. Despite the gallant efforts of rangers putting their life in line for the rhinos, the park still lost nine rhinos in 2012. In the same year, South Africa lost more than 650 rhinos to poachers.
Lions seem fairly easy to spot
An array of reptiles too can be spotted in the park
Lake Nakuru is legendary for its birdlife, over 450 recorded species!
Lake Nakuru National Park is best known for its flamingos, which during the peak number over one million. The flamingos are attracted by an abundance of algae cyanophyte spirulina platensis found in the lake.
Few words can actually describe the awe-inspiring vision of a seemingly endless pink blanket of feathers that greets you at the Lake Nakuru National Park. Photo courtesy of Meiguoxing blog.
A spectacular sunset over Lake Nakuru. Image courtesy of Get in travel.
The number of flamingos however depends on the season, during the rains the water levels rise and the lake loses its alkalinity hence a drastic reduction in the number of flamingos.
Lake Nakuru is a place I would highly recommend, a unique fauna and landscape, hundreds of bird species and one of the best places in the world to view the endangered rhino. The park has much fewer visitors than the Maasai Mara, which means there are instances where you have the place pretty much to yourself.
I would like to thank the folks at KWS who gave me permission to use their photos.
For more information about the park see here.
This week I will be linking up with;
1. Chasing the Donkey’s #SundayTraveler.
2. Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays.
3. Nancie’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday.
Be sure to head there and check them out.