Lake Nakuru National Park Animals : Lake Nakuru National Park is (188km2, 73mi2), was established in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is the best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of the flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The number of the flamingos on the lake varies with the water and the food conditions and the best vantage point is from Baboon Cliff, also of interest is an area of 188km (116mi) around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect giraffes as well as both the black and white rhinos.
Lake Nakuru national park has a variety of animals, the park has some common animals that you should not miss on your Kenya safari to the lake Nakuru national park, Kenya as they also give you what you hope to expect on a game viewing spree in the park. Animals in Lake nakuru national park are the primary attraction that almost every traveler come to view, the animals which contribute a highest percentage of the activities in Lake Nakuru national park, it’s a dream of everyone who come to Africa to enjoy the game viewing especially the most attraction are the flamingos and the park has well as the African four of the big five in the park that includes the lions, buffalo, leopards, rhinos. The popularity of the park is abasically depending on the millions and millions of the flamingos that are found in the park. These flamingos can be found along Lake Nakuru in the park.
Game viewing activity is the most rewarding activity in Lake Nakuru national park to the guests as this helps the tourists to spot the variety of mammal species which are often seen in the open landscape of the park and some of these are the Rothschild giraffes, rhinoceros, lions, African wild dog, hyenas, cheetahs, eastern black, impalas, zebras, waterbucks, hippopotamus and many more.
Lake Nakuru national park is also gifted with the great landscape of the spectacular viewpoints where you can set and view most of the animals in the park. At these viewpoints you just sit and enjoy the surroundings as the animals walk by, each viewpoint gives you a unique vantage point for different animals like the baboons, normally people go to the view points as an addition to the game drive through the park. Not like other parks with the migratory animal species, Lake Nakuru national park has only the permanent animal species which also make game drives the most awesome one and can be done at any time of the year.
The lake is famous as the location of the great bird spectacle on earth-myriads of the fuchsia pink flamingos whose numbers are legion, often more than a million, or even two million, they feed on the abundant algae, which thrives in the warm waters. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru consumes about 250,000 kilograms of algae per hectare of the surface area per year.
Most big safari animals are present in Lake Nakuru national park with the exception of Elephants. The Park is well known for its populations of the 150 rhinos with 20% black and 80% white rhino. The White rhino is particularly conspicuous, and different groups can be encountered throughout the day. Thus the Hippo, waterbuck, Burchell’s zebra and the Thomson’s gazelle are common on the flood plains.
Lake Nakuru National park is an important strongholds for the rare Rothschild’ giraffe, it was introduced to the park in the 1980’s and has now become locally common. Aside from the widespread vervet monkey and the olive baboon, the beautiful over black-and- over white colobus monkey can sometimes be found in the acacia forest, a highlight, if you are lucky enough, are the tree-climbing lions, during your safari in Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is the best place to see the tree-climbing lions.
Lake Nakuru national park has well got the African big four of the big five animals that includes the Buffalos, Rhinos, Leopards and the Lions only missing are the elephants. Lake Nakuru national park got another group of the animals that known as the predators as these include the lion, cheetah, leopard and the hyenas, large pythons might be found as well. Giraffe and the two species of the rhino are mammalian highlights however there are several other species, the waterbuck is more common than in other parks.
Lake nakuru national park has got over 450 bird species minus the flamingos, for the bird watchers, they will be able to spot various bird species in Lake Nakuru national park that includes the African fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, Goliath heron, Kingfisher and many more bird species.
Lake Nakuru national park has attracted the high number of the animals like the leopards, rare Rothschild’s giraffe sightings it’s because of the acacia, euphorbia forests in the park where the havens for animals during the heat of the day, making Nakuru an excellent wildlife-viewing destination, while the hippo pool is favorable spot for the picnics.
Lake Nakuru national park is open year-round, in many parks the wet season can put an end to game viewing, but it’s not necessarily the case of Lake Nakuru national park. The roads are good and since the park is fenced, the animals will not disperse, still the most popular time for viewing is during the dry season from July to December.