Lake Nakuru


Nakuru (Nakurro), ‘that which is bare, or grassless’, (and not the misconceived and popular ‘place of swirling dust devils’), in the language of the Maasai, is a shallow alkaline soda lake, famous for the flocks of flamingos that feed on its algae, which provides sustenance for up to 2,000,000 birds. This makes Lake Nakuru one of the largest and most colorful bird spectacle on earth.

Why Visit:

The park is a sanctuary for black and white Rhinoceros, and one of the places where you can encounter these threatened giants. It is also … Rothschild giraffe and is also regarded as the park where visitors have excellent opportunities of spotting the leopard.

Over 450 bird species of birds have been recorded at Lake Nakuru, including flamingo, pelican, African fish eagle, goliath heron, hammerkop, and Verreaux Eagle.

What To See:

Defassa waterbucks, white rhinos, grey-crowned cranes, and warthogs forage among plains zebras, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, bohor reedbucks and buffaloes – oxpeckers picking parasites off their backs; and olive baboons fan out from cover while raptors such as bateleurs and vultures cruise overhead.



Waterbirds are abundant including both great white and pink-backed pelicans, greater and the more abundant lesser flamingos, and many storks, egrets, and heron.

At the water’s edge, ducks dabble among herons stalking in the shallows while cormorants rest on branches overhead.