Lake Nakuru National Park boasts stunning images to fill stacks of memory cards or rolls of film, starting with one of Kenya’s most well-known sights, the breathtaking huge soda lake and its millions of rose pink flamingo residents. At the water’s edge mother and baby white rhinos wallow in mud pools, huge herds of zebra and buffalo graze in the distance, leopards and lions stalking at the sidelines. Climb to the top of the hills for amazing panoramic views of verdant forests, towering cliffs, shimmering waterfalls and any number of game species. Lake Nakuru is truly one of the highlights during a safari holiday to Kenya.
Kenya Safari Holidays: Wildlife Highlights of Lake Nakuru
The combination of sunshine and alkaline waters creates the perfect conditions for the growth of blue algae, super food for these pretty flamingoes which turn up in their hundreds of thousands to feed. Watch as they move back and forth on the water and you may be rewarded by their taking flight, creating a deep, frothy pink cloud above the shimmering lake.
Black and White rhino
By 1987, following years of attacks by poachers killing them for their high value horns, only two black rhinos survived in Lake Nakuru National Park. Thankfully, the rhino sanctuary has worked hard to successfully re-establish both black and white rhino and you can once again enjoy watching them while on your safari holiday. Quite similar in colour they are best told apart by the shape of their mouths, the white rhino’s being much more square-lipped. You’re most likely to see them at the lake’s edges.
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Lions are everywhere across the park, indolently draped across rocky outcrops with their young families in tow, sitting in the shade of a tree, powerfully hunting and killing their prey and often, usually when young children are around, mating aggressively – it’s as if they know!
Nakuru National Park is also famous for leopards and it’s not unusual to see them during a daytime safari here. The best place to see these spectacular creatures is high up in the branches of the fever trees that fringe the lake; just keep your eyes peeled for the leopard’s tail dangling down below the branches as he lazily lounges away from the heat of the day.