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Lake Nakuru Nationalpark
Baboon Cliff (Picture:Christian N.)
Viewpoint Baboon Cliff (Picture:Christian N.)

Nakuru is one of the alkaline Rift Valley lakes and a fantastic bird sanctuary, its shores populated at times by more than one million flamingoes. The famous ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson defined it as "the greatest bird spectacle on earth". It provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best known images.

Near the Nakuru Nationalpark it the provincial capital Nakuru with more than 130 000 inhabitants.The park itselfs was opened in 1968, but since 1961 there was a bird sanctuary at the lake's south sector. With the support of the World Wildlife Fund, Kenyan government started a plan to purchase the adjacent grounds in order to widen the protected area. In 1964 the sanctuary yet included the whole lake, whose surface varies from 5 to 40 km², in addition to a shore strip. Since its gazetting as a national park, both authorities and conservation organisations have kept on winning the battle to private property and human settlings, further broadening the park limits in 1968 and 1974 to its current extension of 188 km².

Pelican (Picture: Norbert Mueller)
Pelican (Picture: Norbert Mueller)

The nationalpark is not only famous for the flamingos. It is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino. Both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore. The park abounds with game. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more. This is one of your best chances of seeing Leopard in Kenya, and there are several large prides of Lion.

Impressive are also the viewpoints "Baboon Cliff" and the "Lion Hill". From the "Baboon Cliff" you get a fantastic  panoramic view over the lake with a full pink lakeside of flamingos.



Map of the Nakuru Nationalpark

Accommodations in Nakuru

Accommodations at the Menengai Crater