Lake Nakuru National Park
This National park is named after the shallow salty lake Nakuru that is found at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The beautiful lake is part of the ecological diversity that surrounds the park. The park is picturesque and it’s hard not to fall in love with the surrounding woodland and grassland, waterfalls and rocky hills. The park is a bird watching heaven for those in love with birds as it is home to 450 species of birds including flamingoes. The park is also home to different species of mammals including; zebras, rhinos, lions, giraffes, leopards, baboons, waterbucks among others. The park is relatively small-188sq km which is advantageous for those who want to do a safari drive around the whole park as it only takes half a day to do so. If you looking for a place for your safari holiday then this is it. The park’s dazzling beauty is one to die for and you will fall in love with this place.
Lake Nakuru National Park is situated 140km’s drive from the capital Nairobi. It is possible to enter the parks gate from the Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet gate. You can also access the park from Nakuru town at the main gate or at Nderit Gate if you are travelling from Elementaita or Masai Mara. Due to its close proximity to the capital, it is one of the most frequented parks in Kenya. There is an airstrip at the park, the Naishi airstrips which is used by tourists and the Kenya Wildlife employees.
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