Lake Nakuru National Park
lions, rhino, baboons
Lake Nakuru is a relatively small National Park (less than 200 km2) abutting onto settled areas, but our half-day there was one of the highlights of the trip. The central lake and some high points on the surrounding escarpment provide an attractive landscape, and there's a wealth of both large mammals, notably both species of rhinoceros, and birds, especially waterbirds.
We passed some waterbuck and then came across a group of lionesses in the grass not far to the right of the road — they were surprisingly hard to see given how close they were. There was a brief moment of suspense when the lions' heads all swiveled to face an approaching waterbuck that seemed unaware of their presence. But some baboons approaching from the other side of the road gave alarm calls and the waterbuck stopped.
Right in the middle of all this a black rhinoceros sauntered across the grass, within maybe five metres of the lions but either oblivious or unconcerned (a pride of lions would have to be starving and desperate before they'd try tackling an adult rhino), and then wandered across the road not far behind our vehicle.