The bird watchers paradise
Dubbed ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth’ due to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, Lake Nakuru is also an ornithologist’s paradise. A uniquely rewarding game-viewing venue and a sanctuary for both black and white rhino. Its pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters also yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa.
WHAT TO SEE
The fabulous flamingo
Lake Nakuru’s lesser flamingo population can reach a pulsating pink mass of over 1.5 million birds. At times, however, they may also relocate to other Rift Valley Lakes. Greater flamingo also visit, but in smaller numbers.
An ornithologist’s paradise with 450 species of birds
The park offers an incredible 450 different species of water, fish-eating, terrestrial and migratory birds to include pelican, fish eagle, secretary bird, heron, egret, hammerkop and grebe.
Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary
Established as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary, the park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country while substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced. How to tell black from white: both are grayish in colour but white rhino have a wide , flat snout suitable for grazing while black rhino have a concave back and triangular prehensile lip for browsing on trees and shoots. Where to find them: black rhino prefer bushy forested areas, while white rhino prefer to graze in open grasslands, most especially those of the lake shore.