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The first thing you will see approaching Lake Nakuru is a roseate cloud along the shoreline.

Lake Nakuru's famous pink flamingos

As you approach the pink mass it turns into the shapes of birds, millions of flamingos. It is one of the sights you associate with East Africa and a spectacle of immense beauty.

The waters of Lake Nakuru are rich in blue-green algae and diatoms that lesser flamingos feed on. Together with them, it is possible to see up to 400 species of birds: hundreds of pelicans, spoonbills, yellow-billed storks and more.

Wildlife of Lake Nakuru

Rothschild's giraffes, Lake Nakuru National ParkSurrounding the lake, a game reserve has been created. Black rhino are protected here and can be seen along with bohor reedbuck, defassa waterbuck, Rothschild giraffe, lion and hyena.

The lake and surrounds make an ideal overnight stop en route to the Mara or the Aberdares or a perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Lake Nakuru

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Lake Nakuru, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Lake Nakuru at its best.

    • The Big Five in Kenya
      Rhino mother and calf, Laikipia

      The Big Five in Kenya

      The Big Five in Kenya

      Home of the Masai Mara and Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, you'll have countless opportunities to spot the Big Five in Kenya. With a range of first-class lodges, you can embark on traditional game drives and walking safaris in search of these magnificent animals.

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    Accommodation choices for Lake Nakuru

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Nakuru. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.