Lake Nakuru is internationally known for its flamingos. This alkaline lake is recognized as being one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Nakuru is also a rhino sanctuary, protecting a population of over 40 black and over 60 white rhinos; but the flamingos, of course, have always been the main attraction. 

At times there may be almost two million flamingos inhabiting the area, forming a stunningly beautiful deep-pink band around the edges of the lakeshore. Although over 400 species of bird

have been recorded at Nakuru, they are not the only attraction the lake has to offer; over 50 species of mammal have been recorded and it is perhaps the best place in  Kenya to spot leopards. 

Troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys can be seen in the yellow-barked acacias. Black and white rhino, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, herds of buffalo, dik dik, klipspringer, eland, the occasional leopard, and many other plain games are also found here.

What is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

Lake Nakuru offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rains might interfere with your game drives in the wettest months, April and May. Although there is great birdlife at the lake, conditions in recent years have become unfavorable for flamingos, which used to be a real attraction here. As a result, the flamingos have moved to other lakes in the Rift Valley. 

Things to do in Lake Nakuru 

Sunrise Game Drives 

Game drives in the park are rewarding because a tourist is able to see various animal and bird species. The park is home to over 50 animal species including predators like the lions and the leopard. Lake Nakuru offers one of the best chances in Kenya of spotting black and white rhinos. 

Birding Watching 

Lake Nakuru is home to a number of bird species with an estimate of over 400 species. From November to April, it’s the season for the migrant birds from North Africa and Europe, but it is also important to note that it’s also the breeding season for the migrant and the native birds.