This park is famous for its tree climbing lions, which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of Acacia trees six to seven metres above the ground. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is noted for its incredible beauty. As visitors enter the gate they pass through a lush of forest, home to troops of baboons and both blue and vervet monkeys. Further along the forest opens up into the woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond these the soda lake itself, covering 200 sq km and sanctuary to over 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, storks, sacred ibis, cormorant and Egyptian geese. The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffalo and elephant. Giraffes, hippo, reedbuck, warthog, wildebeest, zebra and a great variety of smaller animals such as the endangered wild dog.