What to See In Lake Nakuru National Park?

Myriads of flamingoes in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is world-famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – myriads of fuchsia pink flamingos whose numbers is legion, often more than a million or even two million feed on the abundant algae which thrives in the salty warm waters. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru consumes about 250,000kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year.

Have you even seen how these charming Flamingos of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya stand on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their body? Actually, every behavior you will observe on these flamingoes impact their living.

Young flamingos have greyish-reddish feathers while the adults range from light pink to bright red, because of aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene which they obtain from food supply. Most of the flamingoes here are healthy and more vibrantly colored and desirable because of plenty of algae on lake Nakuru in Kenya, unlike white or pale flamingoes which seem to be unhealthy and malnourished.

Come-see how flamingos in Lake Nakuru national Park in Kenya use their beaks upside down to separate their food from mud and silt! They also form pair bonds and these pairs establish and defend their nesting territories which they build on mudflat and as a saying “ladies first”, the female flamingoes usually chose the nesting territories and in the building process, the couple of flamingos usually copulate to plan for their family. After hatching, the flamingo parents stay around the nest and both take care of their children.

Flamingoes are in two types, the lesser flamingo which can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink feathers and the greater flamingoes which have beak with a black tip.

However, flamingos are not the only avian attraction in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, also present are two large fish-eating birds, pelicans and cormorants. There are over 400 resident bird species on the lake and in the surrounding park, including thousands of both little grebes and white winged black terns are frequently seen as are stilts, avocets, ducks, and in the European winter the migrant waders.

Combined visits to its neighboring lakes

A visit to lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is often combined with visits to its neighboring lakes, Lake Bogoria and Lake Naivasha, both found in Kenya. While not within the park boundaries, both lakes offer distinct experiences that are worth considering.

Lake Bogoria in Kenya is a salty lake in the southern rift valley-Kenya, and is also home at times to the world`s largest flamingos. Lake Bogoria in Kenya is famous for geysers and hot springs along the banks of the lake. At least 10 geysers can be found in four locations around lake Bogoria in Kenya which erupt up to 5m high. Geyser activity is however affected by fluctuations of the lake level which may engulf or expose some geysers.

Rhinoceros Sanctuary in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is also famous for its rhinoceros sanctuary, in which about 100 white rhinoceros and 50 most endangered black rhinos can be seen. If you are eager to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is certainly your destination!

Lake Nakuru National park is Kenya`s first rhino sanctuary declared in 1970 under the Kenyan government. With two species of Rhinos (White Rhinos and Black Rhinos) that can be seen in the Park.

The Eastern Black Rhinos, in Lake Nakuru National park in Kenya are distinguishable from other subspecies as they have longer, leaner, and more curved horn with very grooved skin. They are browsers and are usually found in highland forest and savanna habitat.The white rhinos; can also be seen in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, these are the largest rhinos in size among all the five-rhino species, White rhinos weigh slightly more on average than a hippopotamus despite a considerable mass overlap between these two species. Adult male white rhinos weigh averagely 2300kgs but they can grow up to 3600kgs while the females weigh averagely 1700kgs.

Lake Nakuru National park in Kenya offers a fantastic experience to see rhinos in the wild especially in the park`s western savannah grasslands.Nevertheless, at the bottom end of lake Nakuru National park in Kenya, is a congregation of many wildlife in the grassy area. Plenty of impala, zebras and buffaloes, giraffes in the acacia, deer, and jackals can be glanced hunting for food from grasslands to dense forests. On a lucky day, you can also be able to sight lions, leopards, wild dogs, colobus monkeys and big sized pythons

Boat ride on lake Naivasha

The boat safari along Lake Naivasha offers a unique perspective of wildlife viewing in Kenya. A short detour for boat ride on Lake Naivasha, located nearer in the south of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, gives you a brand-new experience!

This fresh water lake is home to several species of birds, good size hippo population and crocodiles and certainly a boat ride on lake Naivasha in Kenya would Maximize your excitement for the trip.  Cruising on the tranquil waters of lake Naivasha in Kenya while wearing life jackets will assure you with sight of plenty of beautiful birds like fish eagles. Before the end of the boat cruising activity, you may luckily encounter a bald eagle swooping down to the surface of the lake to snatch fish. Imagine that incredible moment.

Also, walking along the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya will guarantee a view to some herbivores you might have missed in lake Nakuru National Park or seeing them a gain, for example the giraffes, wildebeests, giraffes, and zebras grazing of the nearby grasslands. All you need is a camera and binoculars slung around your neck.