Lake Nakuru is Naxvegas’ crowning jewel
Have you ever thought of taking a road trip to Nakuru? The town, known to those who frequent it as Naxvegas, is about more than just its party life.
Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the town’s best-kept secrets. Established in 1961, the park has two access points, the Lanet gate if you are coming off the Nairobi-Nakuru road and Nderit gate if you’re travelling from Maasai Mara or Elementaita.
It is a large, shallow body of water surrounded by marshes, woodland and grassland. There are some rocky outcrops and the largest euphorbia forest in Africa on the eastern side. It is fed by three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs and waterfalls. It also boasts of 550 plant species among them the Yellow acacia trees.
The park has some excellent viewpoints overlooking the water body from Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill. It supports the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis, which is the main food source for the brilliant pink flamingos that can be found wading on it’s edge. At times, there can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingos and tens of thousands of other birds.
The National Park also offers sanctuary to huge numbers of native African animals including waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, elands, endangered black rhinos, white rhinos and, occasionally, leopards. A large herd of hippos have a territory in the northern part, making for interesting game viewing.
If you’re considering visiting the wettest months March to May and October to December, but even at these times, it is not as rainy as other areas. The climate around the lake is cool to hot and humid, it receives an annual rainfall of 965mm which is lower than most parts of Kenya.
Video – Magical Scenes by Irene Muchuma