By the time we arrived at Lake Nakuru in Kenya, we had already seen many of the big animals of Africa in the Masai Mara including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even cheetahs. But we’d yet to see all of the Big Five, with just the leopard and rhino missing from our list.
Here on the shores of Lake Nakuru, there are two main stars: the rhinos and the flamingos. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously line the shore. We just missed the season where millions of birds cover the lake in a blanket of pink, but we were lucky enough to still see quite a few flamingos feeding on algae just next to the driving trail. Rhinos on the other hand, are not originally inhabitants of Lake Nakuru — they were introduced into the park as part of a rehabilitation project after years of poaching decimated the rhino population. But thanks to the success of the Lake Nakuru project, there is now a healthy rhino population in the national park and they are one of the reasons why many visit.
To give you a glimpse of the beautiful wildlife (not just rhino and flamingos) we saw at Lake Nakuru, here’s a photo essay from one of my favorite national parks in Africa.
Flocks of flamingos on the shores of Lake Nakuru.
A close up photo of a flamingo feeding on algae.
The endangered black rhino in its full glory.
The rhino and a pair of oxpeckers feeding on its parasites.
Maribou storks hanging around under the sun.
A loving pair of giraffes having their breakfast.
A Cape buffalo up close.
We found this colorful agama lizard at the viewpoint.
A group of springboks crossing the road.
An adorable dassie (hyrax) snuggling under the rocks.
The peculiar secretary bird ready to open up its wings in defence.
Lake Nakuru from above.
A young lion lounging around with his family.
Love this shot of the munching giraffe.
A baby baboon!
And its mother.
I traveled with Africa Travel Co on the 24-day Gorillas, Game Parks and Zanzibar trip, and the trip included one game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park. Game drives can be arranged through the national park center or a tour operator.
Disclaimer: This experience was made possible by Africa Travel Co but all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.