South of the equator, in Kenya, is Nakuru Lake, one of the natural wonders of the world and the ideal habitat for a large variety of African wildlife. In 1967, Nakuru was the first National Park in Africa that was also designated as a bird reserve. It covers an area of 188 square kilometres and contains much flora and fauna.
There are more than 400 varieties of birds in Nakuru and British biologist Peter Scott called this bird paradise, ‘the greatest ornithological spectacle on Earth’. There are flamingos for as far the eye can see, a large numbers of pelicans and the Nimmersatt, an African stork.
Large herds of antelope and zebra graze on the hot savannah while vultures, lions and hyena hunt for food among the more isolated, slow moving and weaker animals. Giraffes, elephants and rhinos share the same nutritious trees while some of the taller trees are the perfect home for monkeys and baboons.
The massive Plant Eater is, apart from the elephant, the largest land mammal in the world. With more than 30 varieties of black and 2 varieties of white rhinos, Lake Nakuru ensures the continued protection of these mighty creatures.
Africa is like a Noah’s Ark in which the animals of its game reserves live free and protected. It’s no surprise that Lake Nakuru is known as a magnificent wonder of the Dark Continent’s natural world.