Lake Nakuru National Park is another “pearl” of the nature in Kenya, a country that owes much of its development to its international tourism with visitors from all over the world.
The word “Nakuru” in Masai language means “dusty”; it was initially adopted for the town located a few kilometers from the park. Then the lake took the same name and also the park which was established in 1961.
Africa gives us some wonderful scenery and this park is no less than the rest of the continent …. It covered an area of about 180 km2 of which over 150 north of the capital Nairobi in the Grand Rift Valley province.
It’s easily understandable from the name of the park; the Lake Nakuru is important not only for its size but also for the astonishing landscape colored by a huge number of birds!
Depending on the season, the lake welcomes almost a million flamingos, mainly of a pink color. In addition to flamingos there are tens of thousands of white pelicans that also provide their contribution to the first mentioned “colored landscapes”. This fascinates the lovers of photography!
There are also other species of birds as glossy ibis, ibis hadada, spatulas, Ciurli, egrets and a lot of others. Ornithologists and, above all, lovers of bird-watching consider this area a paradise for water birds ….
Lake Nakuru, which is located over 1700 meters above sea level, has always been regarded by the scientific institutions worldwide as a vital environment for these birds; so on February 2, 1971, have included it in the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance “signed on that occasion by several governments in Ramsar, Iran locations.
Park’s areas around the lake have different characteristics: swamps, wooded areas, rocky hills covered with lush forests and savannas. This enables the coexistence, in addition to water birds, to animals of different habitats such as the Rothschild giraffe, hippo, rhino, buffalo, antelope with baboons, warthogs, jackals and leopards.
Lake Nakuru, despite being fed by several rivers, it is not very deep but this aspect has done, is doing and will allow visitors, especially photographers, of capturing the spectacle of nature represented by the pink flamingos that color the surface. This spectacle becomes a stunning beauty at sunset and sunrise… two of the many magical moments of the African continent ….
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