Lake Nakuru National Park – Kenya

Flamingos at lake Nakuru
Flamingos at lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its rich bird life and on the plains around the lake you can experience most of Africa’s wild animals and predators, except elephants. Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the Great Riff valley in western Kenya. We are a group of friends and Rashed is our experienced driver and has driven us from Nairobi. We only have a few hours on our way to Eldoret, but we will not miss the famous flamingos on Lake Nakuru. This is an Alcaic lake and therefore contains the favorite food of the Flamingo, a special alga.

It is a rich birdlife in Lake Nakuru national Park
It is a rich birdlife in Lake Nakuru national Park

The National Park was established in 1961 and is part of the Riff Valley’s lake system, which is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The park’s main attraction is the lake, but it also offers forests, savannah and swamp landscapes. As one of the few national parks in Kenya, the Lake Nakuru Park is surrounded with an electric fence. The main reason for this is to protect the animals against poachers. Both black and white rhinos live in the park, they are rescued from other areas in Africa where they have been too exposed and endangered.

Not only birdlife in Lake Nakuru National Park
Not only birdlife in Lake Nakuru National Park

Perhaps it is off-season? We see almost no other people and it feels great to have a national park almost to ourselves, so we believe. It least until we see the lions in a tree and five minutes later we are no longer alone. Safari vehicles come from all directions. We queue in line and enjoy the beautiful animals stretching out on the branches without taking notice of us curious safari tourists.

You can easily leave the car and wander around on the shores of the lake. We get close to the birdlife and a bunch of baboons, hoping we have some food they can steal. Baboons can become extremely annoying and pestering.

Crane dancing at Lake Nakuru
Crane dancing at Lake Nakuru

There is a hill at the end of the lake and from the top you get a fabulous view of the lake and the savannah. On the other side of the lake we can see the roofs of one of the lodges, there are two of them in the park and many campsites. If you are just on a day trip, it’s a good thing, as we did, to have lunch at one of the lodges.

View of Lake Nakuru National Park
View of Lake Nakuru National Park
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