Lake Nakuru, The Great Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya Destinations

Lake Nakuru, The Great Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya Destinations

 The waters of Lake Nakuru are most famous for its millions of pink flamingos, over 400 bird species and its endangered black and white rhino's. At Lake Nakuru it is possible to see other big game like lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe.

The first thing you will see approaching Lake Nakuru is a roseate cloud along the shoreline on a back drop of the great rift valley hills. As you approach the pink mass it turns into the shapes of birds, millions of flamingos. It is one of the sights you associate with East Africa and a spectacle of immense beauty.

The waters of Lake Nakuru are rich in blue-green algae and diatoms that lesser flamingos feed on. Together with them, it is possible to see up to 400 species of birds: hundreds of pelicans, spoonbills, yellow billed storks, African fish eagle, goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher, verreaux eagle and more.

Surrounding the lake, a fenced off game reserve The Lake Nakuru National Park has been created. The largest concentration of the endangered black and white rhino are protected here and can be seen along with Bohor reed-buck, defassa waterbuck, Rothschild giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

The lake and surrounds make an ideal overnight stop en route to the Mara or the Aberdares or a perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

Please be aware that the number of birds here fluctuates dependent on water level, so it’s best to check with the park and us if this is your primary reason for visiting.

 Why Visit Lake Nakuru, The Great Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya.

  • Visit and see a lake famous for its millions of pink flamingoes.
  • See the largest concentration of endangered black and white rhino's protected at the park.
  • Spot a cheetah or leopard at the lake Nakuru.

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