Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lake Nakuru from Baboon’s Cliff

The Great Rift Valley in Kenya is home to some beautiful lakes. Some of them are alkaline in nature, while the others are fresh water lakes. A unique ecosystem is associated with each of these lakes. Such an ecosystem is located around Lake Nakuru too and that ecosystem is known as the Lake Nakuru National Park.

Locals admiring the view from Baboon's cliff
This ecosystem is primarily known for its water birds, especially the lesser flamingos which arrive here in millions, but its other wildlife is special too, especially the Cape Buffalo, which can be seen here in huge numbers and the Rothchild’s Giraffe, which can be seen only here in the entire world.

Stunning Lake Nakuru landscape from Baboon's cliff view point
But, all this happens at the ground level and sometimes we miss the larger scheme of things, which is the sheer natural beauty of this place even without considering the wildlife. Like the tropical forests, the yellow fever trees, the blue waters of the lake shining in the sun and the small hills in the background.

The beautiful Lake Nakuru roads
Thankfully, there are certain places inside the Lake Nakuru national park from where one can soak in this magnificent view. One such popular view point is the Baboon’s cliff. This spot is at one end of the park and is situated at quite an altitude, thereby giving a great view of the stunning spectacle below.

Typical Safari vans of Kenya with their open hoods - ideal for sun, rain and protection (cheaper too when compared to land cruisers and land rovers)
It is common to see safari vehicles stop here after either their morning game drive or evening game drive. More so the morning game drive so that they don’t miss any wildlife sighting opportunities.

The road that connects Lake Nakuru to Baboon's cliff
The Baboon’s cliff is a perfect place to just sit back and admire mother nature’s creation and is definitely a beautiful addition to a wildlife safari.

Quick note: Stock your wide angle lenses while coming here. Your wildlife zoom lenses might not be really useful here.

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