Flamingoes help put Kenya in the pink

22nd Jul 2013

Kenya's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are encouraging forecasts of a 4% rise in tourist arrivals this year.

These include Mount Kenya National Park and Lake Nakuru, which, experts say, should swell the amount of foreign holidaymakers visiting Kenya in 2013 to 1.6 million.

The UK's 189,000 tourists to Kenya last year made them the most common international visitor, followed by the US, Italy and Germany.

Many of them looking for tremendous trekking holidays flock to Mount Kenya National Park, which is over 60 years old and protects and preserves the region surrounding Mount Kenya.

The park is within a massive forest reserve.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes rising to a height of 1,754 metres (5,754ft) above sea level.

Wildlife lovers on specialist tours can enjoy huge quantities of flamingos that form a famous pink line across the shore.

These birds are joined by warthogs, baboons and other big mammals, while black and white rhinos have also been introduced.

The visitor figures come from Euromonitor International, which also forecasts growth in the second quarter of this year as Kenya enters the high season, with long-term tourism demand expected to continue to rise.

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