This is probably one of the easiest accessible real Africa locations from Europe, only two-three hours drive from the Airport in Nairobi, Kenya!
Below is some pictures from the small National Park at Lake Nakuru, located centrally in the Rift Vallay basin in Western Kenya. A small real Africa experience!
|Large amounts of both flamingo species and pelicans is typically present, Lake Nakuru, 2012|
The road from Nairobi is heavy trafficked, and you will as well pass exciting parks like Nairobi National Park (close to the airport!), Lake Naivasha (freshwater), Hells Gate National Park and Aberdare National Park. So if you have a week, a lot of unique African nature is available in a very concentrated area.
| A pair of White Rhino, the local subspecies extinct, imported from Southern Africa, Lake Nakuru NP, 2015|
The area is freightening small, and circles aroud the small Lake Nakuru. The Main gate to the park is litterally in the city of Nakuru, a quite typical kenyan railway station town. The lake itself is saline, with no outlet! Three creeks/rivers enter the lake, that might fluctuate. The old main gate (2012) was under water in 2015, and a new receptiona area is raised on the hill behild the lake.
Lake Nakuru National Parke is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the Rift Valley lakes.
|Yellow wagtail, a winter visitor, Lake Nakuru NP, January 2015|
Depending on budget, the preferred place to stay is Lion Hill Lodge, situated in the northern hills of the park. Here they have bird feeders as well as one of the better lodge restaurants in Kenya. The lodge is inside the park, but fenced in so it is a safe and exiting place!
|Savanna and woodland, with zebras, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya 2012|
The small park have mot classical african mammals well known from the savannas further south. Here you can find both rhino species, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, zebra, antilope species and over 400 species of birds! Lion and leopards may occor. But there are no elephants!
|Common Impala bull, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya 2015|
|White-browed Robin-chat, Lions Hill, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya 2015|
|Augurd Buzzard, Kenya, 2012|
|Rising water flooding the southern side of the park, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya, 2015|
|Yellow-billed Stork and one Marabou Stork, Lake Nakuru NP, 2015|
|White Rhino, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya, 2012|
|Verrauxs Eagle-Owl, Lake Nakuru, Kenya, 2012|
|Giraffes in akacia woodland, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya, 2012|
|Plains Zebra, Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya 2015|
Lanner Falcon, Lake Nakuru, Kenya, 2015
|No doubt where you are!|