About Lake Nakuru National Park
– In the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley 165kms drive from Nairobi
– Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Nakuru Lodge, Sopa Lodge inside the park and Flamingo Hill Camp
– By Road approx. 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Occasional scheduled flights
– Flamingoes, Other Birds and Wildlife
Lake Nakuru is a very shallow strongly alkaline lake 62 km² in extent though this keeps on changing; this provides ideal conditions for the growth of microscopic blue algae which is the first in food chain. In 1960 it became the first bird sanctuary in Arica and became a national park in 1967. It is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with unique vegetation. About 550 different plant species including the biggest Euphorbia forest in Africa and large yellow acacia woodlands. It is home to the Greater and Lesser Flamingoes – these color the lake pink when water levels are low, and over 450 species of water and terrestrial birds. There are 56 different species of mammals including the white rhinos. This park is also home some superb viewpoints Lion Hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.