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A Day Trip to Lake Nakuru National Park

AN EXCURSION TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK 

The Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi –Nakuru

Pick up from your Hotel or Airport this morning in Nairobi and depart for Nakuru to arrive in Lake Nakuru Park and have a game drive en route, arriving in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive a long side the shores of the lake where you will have an opportunity of seeing millions of migratory birds. In the acacia woodland, you will search for the plain game including the White Rhino.

After the game we depart the park and start our drive back to Nairobi.

Lake Nakuru National Park hosts the Lake Nakuru a fresh water lake, which is well known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore.The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.

 

The park now has more than 25 rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country, so the chances of spotting these survivors are good. There are also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, again translocated for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Among the predators are lion and leopard, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Meals: Lunch 

 

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a birdlover’s paradise. It is originally protected 

as a bird sanctuary, this park hosts over 400 bird species, including 5 globally threatened species, and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway. This park was also the first national Rhino sanctuary and hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros apart fron rhinos you will also find wildlife like,warthogs,baboons and many more.The National Park, was established in 1961 and it’s are is approximately 188km2.

 

3 reasons to fall in love with Lake Nakuru National Park

Kenya is arguably the most popular safari destination for travelers and for obvious reasons. Famous for its diverse landscapes, wildlife and scenery, it’s impossible to see all of Kenya in one trip…or even five trips for that matter!

As hard as it can be to narrow down your to-do list of what you want to experience in this unique country, we recommend carefully choosing which places you’d like to visit. This way travellers can enjoy those experiences to the fullest rather than darting around from one destination to another. There are of course a few noticeable favourites such as the Maasai Mara and Meru National Park, and while we definitely recommend these places, there are also a lot of lesser known attractions that are just as incredible and special. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of those places.

Situated in the heart of the lush and abundant Southern Rift Valley region in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park was originally protected as a bird sanctuary and is well-worth the visit. Here are just three reasons to love Lake Nakuru National Park from Journeys Discovering Africa:

1. Lake Nakuru and the flamingos 

 

Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya’s renowned soda lakes and is world-famous for attracting millions of flamingos to its alkaline shores. Feeding on the abundant algae that grows in the warm and shallow waters, witnessing these legions of fuchsia-pink flamingos is a sight to behold. Sadly, rising water levels in 2014 and human pressure on the lake ecosystem means that the huge flocks of birds are slowly diminishing or fleeing in search of more unspoilt soda lakes.

However, when conditions are just right, between one and two million lesser and greater flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow lake. Aside from the flamingos the park is also home to over 400 different bird species, including five globally threatened species, and is also an important stop on the African-Eurasian migratory flyway, making Lake Nakuru a genuine bird lover’s paradise.

2. Spectacular scenery

 

In Lake Nakuru National Park, you can see a variety of diverse and beautiful landscapes. Flanked on three sides by steep rocky escarpments, dotted with dense forest and bushy grasslands, the park offers incredible natural scenery all year-round. Set against the backdrop of the hilly Great Rift Valley, the picturesque landscape is best explored in the golden light of the afternoon sun and the many hills in the area offer viewpoints from which the lake, woodlands, and sometimes even wildlife, can be seen.

 

3. Rhinos and wildlife

 

If you’ve never seen a rhino in the wild, Lake Nakuru National Park is the place to go. Declared as the first national sanctuary for rhinos in 1987, the park hosts one the highest concentrations of the black rhinoceros in the world. Black rhinos are solitary browsers and can often be seen in the woodlands, while impressive numbers of white rhino graze along the shorelines.

Other common wildlife sightings include the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, which were relocated for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977, as well as both the Kenyan waterbuck species. Leopards are also spotted regularly and they’re not the only big cat you might spot in the trees! The lions at Lake Nakuru have a knack for climbing and can sometimes be seen lounging along a tree branch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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