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Nairobi, Nakuru national park

Well, here we are in Nairobi. We arrived early in the morning, staying in a small hotel because we only needed it for one night. After we left our things there, we met with a pre-booked tour guide to Nakaku National Park. Soon we were on the way.

What is Nakuru and why we wanted to visit it? First of all, it is known because of its Nakuru lake. Surrounded by swamps, forest and grasslands, this shallow body of water washes the shores of Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth-largest city, about 160 km from Nairobi. I expected shorted time for getting there, but the roads were not so good. 

Formerly, Nakuru Lake was known as the “Bird Temple”, later in 1968, it gained national park status and became one of Kenya’s most visited national parks and one of the most amazing wildlife spots in the world. 

Of course, everyone going to Kenya dreams about safari, so going to Nakuru national park you see a lot of wild nature here, a lot of animals you may never saw before. 

This park is famous for its variety of waterfowl fed by the lake’s vegetation and fishes. Here you’ll see the best ornithology performance on earth – when you see flocks of pink flamingos, including lazy-walking pelicans, cormorants, and clouds of other colorful, exotic birds, you feel like in a movie. Nakuru is home to 450 species of birds, including large pink flamingos.

In good weather conditions, 1 to 2 million of these royal birds gather here, and the lake from a distance look like reddish colored. Every coming tourist is charmed by the abundance of birds just covering the lake. This place has by far the largest population of pink flamingos in the world.

Kenya is a true paradise for ornithologists, with 1137 bird species. The park is also home to about 56 species of mammals. If you are lucky you will see black (extremely rare) and white rhinoceros (a park was established to protect them), giraffes, antelopes, buffalo, zebras, wild boar, lions, and other animals.

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