Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, a shallow and alkaline lake on the bed of the Great Rift Valley, has earned its fame as the home of the greatest bird spectacle in the world.

Flocks often of more than a million pink flamingos feed seasonally on the abundant algae which thrives in the shallow warm waters of Lake Nakuru, 156 kilometres (100 miles) from Nairobi. Although the flamingo are the most obvious, other winged inhabitants of the alkaline lake include black-winged stilts, avocets and in the European winter a mass of ruffs.

Beside its magnificent bird life, Lake Nakuru National Park is also a rhino sanctuary and one of the best places in the country to see both black and white rhino. The park is also host to lion, leopard, buffalo and a variety of plains and forest game which have made it their permanent and protected habitat. The acacia savanna which surrounds the lake is itself beautiful and provides an area particularly good for game viewing.