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Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park
Kenya's insider take:

"Pretty in pink" might not be the perfect advertisement for an adrenaline-charged safari, but Lake Nakuru's famous flocks of flamingos are one of Kenya's most celebrated spectacles. Skirting the lake's shores in a long, dazzling ribbon of pink, the birds are an ornithological marvel: a million-plus perched on slender pins, nibbling away at the lake's algae. You'll also see plenty of pelicans, storks, and cormorants keeping them company, while the surrounding woodlands, framed by green-cloaked cliffs, are a popular stomping ground for lion, leopard, waterbuck, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino. If you're looking to make Nakuru your base for a few days, stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Though it may lack some of the glitz of the country's more over-the-top lodges, the location is ideal: The 67 chalets sit on a plateau overlooking the lake. It's bird-watching with a stylish twist (Lake Nakuru; 254-20-271-4444;

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