Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Jan 29, 2015
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Serengeti National Park is the most popular national park in Tanzania. The park is known A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

one of the globally recognised ecologically significant regions named a RAMSAR Site and Important Bird Area.

Located in central Kenya, Lake Nakuru was established in 1961 as part of the Great Rift Valley Lake System listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The park covers 73 square miles (188 square kilometers) that not only includes the lake, but also savannah, forests and swamps, and the southern end of the park also encompasses the Makalia Falls.

Exploring Lake Nakuru National Park with an expert guide offers an opportunity to see and engage in many of East Africa’s most prized fauna in a natural and beautiful setting.

Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total are found at the park.
 

Birdwatching @ Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Birdwatching @ Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Wildlife

Lake Nakuru National Park is birdwatchers’ paradise. The most prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species. It also features 56 different species including white rhinos, waterbuck etc.

One of the most colourful birds at the park is the African pygmy kingfisher. As one of the smallest in the kingfisher family, this little insect-eating bird is about five inches long, but the brilliant plumage more than makes up for the small size.

The lake itself is frequently dotted with the pink tones of flamingos that are joined by pelicans, herons, storks and other wading birds.

Wildlife @ Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Wildlife @ Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.

Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.

Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives.

Unique vegetation

About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphoria forest in Africa, picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.

Climate

January-March is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet, and July-October is very warm and wet. However, tourists can visit the part all year round.

What to take with you

Drinking water, picnic items, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, guidebook etc.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Shauri Yako, Nakuru, Kenya.
Tel: +254 20 2664071


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