Part of the Rift Valley soda lakes, Lake Nakuru may often seem pink in colour as thousands upon thousands of flamingos forage for succulent treats, while black and white rhinos plod along the shoreline. Keep an eye out for hefty pythons that have been known to slink across the road as they make their way to and from the woodlands surrounding the lake.
Lake Nakuru National Park is best explored by safari vehicle on daily drives, where visitors can scan the savannah for all signs of life. The resident big cats of Nakuru—the lion, the cheetah, and the leopard—are known to keep an ever-watchful eye on the shoreline for potential meals, while the gangly giraffes bring a smile to those who observe their awkward gait as they bow for a drink by the water’s edge.
Lake Nakuru lies within the Lake Nakuru National Park and can easily form part of a day trip from Nairobi. This area is undoubtedly one of the best places to view flamingos, whose sheer numbers obscure the true colour of the lake, and the shy leopard that has recently been spotted more frequently. Buffalo, zebra, hippopotamus, and jackal are just a few of the other animals waiting to be spotted in the park.
- Lake Nakuru draws up to a million flamingos to its shoreline
- The National Park is well known for its leopard sightings
- Within easy driving distance from Nairobi so that guests can make a day-trip to the park from the capital
- Plenty lodges in the area to host visitors wanting to spend a few days
- A large array of exciting animals to see