Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the smallest parks and the most beautiful park in the country. Lake Nakuru, a shallow, alkaline lake, occupies a third of the park. The blue-green algae flourish in the alkaline water of the lake forming the primary food source for the flamingo. The park is best known for its one and half million of greater and lesser flamingos, which is a third of the entire world population. Four hundred other species of birds have been recorded here.
Vegetation in the park is mainly acacia forest. On the eastern side of the park is the attractive euphorbia forest. Baboon cliffs on the western side of the park give a panoramic view of the whole park. Several mammals have been introduced in Lake Nakuru and have proved to be very successful. Rothschild’s giraffe introduced from Kitale have increased to 60, black rhino from Solio Game Ranch have increased to 50 and white rhinos have increased to 23. To protect rhino from poachers, Lake Nakuru became the first park to be enclosed with an electric fence. Lions have also been introduced to control ever increasing number of waterbucks.Other animals seen in the park: large herds of African buffalo, thousands of Defessa waterbuck, common zebra, Thomson’s and Grant gazelles, reedbuck, bushbuck, lion, baboon, genet, cheetah, black and white colobus monkey, eland, bat-eared fox, leopard, hippo, spotted hyena, black-faced vervet monkey.