Overview: Lake Nakuru National Park: Where the feathers flock
No safari would be complete without a visit to the Lake Nakuru-this 45 sq km (close to 18 sq miles) giant of a watering hole exclusively occupies a major chunk of the illustrious Lake Nakuru National Park. What started as a proximal enclosure of the lake has now stretched over 233 sq km (90 sq miles) of fenced land across the beautiful African savannah. Apart from the lake’s primary surface area, there is a188 kilometres (116 miles) perimeter, which has been fenced off to protect the grazing giraffe herds, along with two variations of rhinos inhabiting the area.
The lake’s fluctuating water levels serve to add a contrast to the flocking duration of the wildlife on its majestic shores. The word Nakuru loosely translates to “dust”, or “dusty place,” referring to the texture of the local terrain. Located at the heart of the famed Rift Valley Province of Kenya, the unmatched beauty of the Lake Nakuru is rivalled by its diverse wildlife: over 400 avian species alone populate the lake and its surrounding areas, in conjunction with numerous species of other land and aquatic animals.