Lake Nakuru is the only lake in Kenya's Rift Valley that lies within the borders of a national park. Depending on the amount of food and animal population, this alkaline lake is usually visited by many thousands of flamingos. This number can rise into the millions and this creates a spectacular pink scene. The 'relocation' of various types of wildlife also means that Lake Nakuru National Park is the ultimate place to encounter both white and black rhinos. The area around the lake is covered with acacia and wolf's-milk forests, which are dotted with grassland and rugged cliffs.
Flamingos and rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park only consisted of the lake and the surrounding rocks to begin with, but it has now been expanded to include much of the savannahs. It is a pity that there is no small-scale accommodation to be found in the area, yet the spectacularly rich nature on and around Lake Nakuru makes a visit here more than worthwhile. Lake Nakuru's world fame is a result of the countless numbers of flamingos that come to feed on the algae and plankton in the lake, causing a kaleidoscopic array of colours that can be best viewed from the top of Baboon Cliff. The lake also attracts pelicans and cormorants. All in all 400 different types of birds live in this park. Lake Nakuru National Park also houses lions, leopards, Rothschild's giraffes, waterbuck, baboons, warthogs and pythons. Black and white rhinos have also been reintroduced here, which means that the park currently contains the highest concentration of rhinos in Kenya.