FACTS ABOUT LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK.
Lake Nakuru national park is a protected area located in the rift valley province of Kenya. The park is known for its stunning lake and diverse wildlife.
FACTS ABOUT LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK:
Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the south-western part of kenya, about 160 kilometers west of Nairobi.
- The park has got over millions of flamingos with two flamingo species, namely, lesser and the greater flamingos. The greater flamingos are taller and darker in pink color while the lesser flamingos are shorter and lighter in pink color.
- Flamingos feed on blue-green algae, shrimp and a few water insects.
- The birds can be seen on lake Nakuru and this is because, the lake is surrounded by the bushy-woodland vegetation where the birds can make their nests.
- Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake and one of the soda lakes in Kenya.
- The lake is a vital source of water and food for the parks wildlife.
- Lake Nakuru is 1754 meters above sea level and lies south of Nakuru county.
- The lake is a popular birding spot with over 400 species of birds recorded in the park.
- The park is a habitat to a wide range of wildlife, including the Big Five [elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo].
- Other animals found in the park include giraffe, zebra, hyena and various antelope species.
History of Lake Nakuru National park;
- Established in 1968 as a national park, and designated as a UNESCO World heritage site in 1990, the park has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to Stone Age.
- The park is also a home to primates such as olive baboons, vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys and many more.
- Lake Nakuru national park has a mild climate, with average temperatures ranging from 15-25 degrees through out the year.
- The park experiences a rainy season from March to May and a dry season from June to October.
The Rhino sanctuary;
- The rhino sanctuary in Lake Nakuru national park was the first Rhino sanctuary in Kenya.
- The sanctuary is currently a home to the largest number of black rhinos in the country.
- It was established in 1984, when two rhinos were introduced in the park.
- The rhino sanctuary was established because of the need to protect and increase on the numbers of the endangered rhino species.
- The park is a mix of grasslands and woodlands, with acacia and euphorbia trees being the most common vegetation.
- The park is also a home to a variety of flowers, including the iconic flamingo pink, which is named after the park’s famous flamingo population.
The Masai People;
- The Masai- people are an indigenous ethnic group of semi-nomadic people in Kenya.
- The Masai are among the foremost African ethnic groups, and this is so because of their distinct traditions, way of life dress styles.
- They are linked to national parks and reserves and this is because of their normadic life style.
Best time to visit Lake Nakuru National park;
Tourists can visit the park in the months of January, February, March, June, July, August, September and October and this is because these months are the driest months of the year.
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