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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, yellowbilled 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 reed-buck, 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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Suggested itinerary featuring Lake Nakuru

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Lake Nakuru, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Nakuru

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    Places near Lake Nakuru

    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.

    • Mbweha Camp, Lake Nakuru

      Mbweha Cottages

      First Class

      Tucked away in The Great Rift Valley, on the private 6,400 acre Congreve Conservancy, Mbweha is nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park.