Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1968 to protect the huge flocks of over a million the lesser flamingo that breed and nest at the edge of Lake Nakuru, giving it the characteristic pink rim. Lake Nakuru National Park located at an altitude of 4,000-5,767 feet above sea level, covers 188 square kilometers of land of great ecological diversity - from lake water, woodland, bush grassland, to rocky ridges.
The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the endangered white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species. Its birdlife is world renowned: beacon for leading ornithologists, scientists and wildlife film-makers. Game viewing is relatively easy: buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s Giraffe, white and black Colobus monkey are plentiful in the forest. The bushlands offer eland, steenbok, impala, Chandler’s Reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment.
At an altitude of 3,200 ft and covering an area of 107 sq km, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is located 260 km from Nairobi and it is well known for its hot springs and geysers dotted all around the southernshore of the lake. There are sulphur waters gushing out of the ground and known to have therapeutic values, hence are natural spas and steam baths. It is the home of Africa’s most magnificent antelope, The Greater Kudu and a host of other savannah wildlife: zebra, impala, Grants Gazelle, Klipspringer, Buffalo, Dik-diks, Patas Monkey among others.
Predators include Leopard, Cheetah, hyenas, mongoose, jackal, and occasionally sightings of Karakul Cat. In addition to over 310 resident and 50 migratory species of birds, there are thousands of flamingoes. Note that most of the animals are seen early in the morning or in late afternoon due to the hot weather conditions, which prevail in the area.
Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya, and its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains. The 129 sq km lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles. The Lake is also well populated with Crocodile. The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see. At the lake’s heart is Ol Kokwe Island, a stark rocky island that is home to Njemps villages and a well appointed camp. Activities include: swimming pool, motor cruise in the Lake and see birds, wildlife, islands and scenery, Njemps village visit and Geysers.
Naivasha is a site for birdwatching, with over 300 species of birds on display. There is fishing for black bass and tilapia, and a boat trip during the day provides a close view of Naivasha's wide variety of birdlife and its hippo colonies. As one of the country's leading horticultural and agricultural areas, Naivasha produces world-class fruit, vegetables and flowers for export to Europe.
Crescent Island, 15 minutes away by boat, is a private game sanctuary, with zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, vervet monkeys, hares, genet cats, waterbuck and giraffe. Crescent Island is one of the few places in Africa where people can wander on foot among herds of antelope since there are no predators on the island.
Hell's Gate National Park lies beside the lake. Famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle, buzzard and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have a choice of driving or walking within the park. Rock climbing and horseback safaris can also be arranged. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the park and thousands of Swifts are seen daily.