In 2005 the park was branded a “Bird watches paradise” due to the availability of the various bird species it hosts both aquatic and terrestrial. Approximately 450 bird species. It takes pride to be the first national park listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and an Endemic Bird Area (EBA) because it’s a home to hundreds of birds including the migrants, it host some endemic birds species and at least it’s a habitat for a percentage of flamingoes found worldwide.
The scenic park have various vegetation varying from open savannah grassland to thickets and woodlands, grass plains to dusty shorelines, high cliffs to sloppy sub escarpments and rocky grounds to marshy/ swampy areas. These different vegetation gives it different habitats to host a number of other animals and plant species where animals are left to move freely in the park as they mark their suitable territories. These animals include about 55 species of mammals where the common ones are the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, gazelles, Roth’s child giraffe, zebras etc. in the water there are the hippos and the water fowl (bird) and a special type of fish, Tilapia graham. On the rocks and cliffs are the snakes (pythons) amongst other reptiles.
The park have a number of spectacular sceneries where visitors can make stop overs and enjoy the views of the lake as they gasp a breath from the fresh-cool breeze. These are picnic sites where they can enjoy their packed lunch snacks or bites. These scenic sceneries include; the Baboon cliff view point, Lion hill, Out of Africa Look out and the Magnificent Makalia water falls.
Nakuru is famous for the spiraling dust-devils which are well visible in the park. The word NAKURU was derived from the Maasai word ‘Nakurro’ which means a place of dust/ dusty place, hence , the fine sandy dust in Nakuru.
More about Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park started as a bird viewing and sport shooting area of migratory birds in 1950s, but has since been expanded and fenced to protect populations of endangered giraffes and rhinoceros.
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