Why is Lake Nakuru National park famous?

Lake Nakuru National park is located in the south of Nakuru in the rift valley of Kenya. The park was opened in 1960 around Lake Nakuru and the lake’s abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore .If  your’re  still wondering why is Lake Nakuru famous; it’s because of the large concentrated flamingos. Lake Nakuru national park attracts numerous visitors from all over the world annually to majorly experience flamingos. Food and water conditions determine the number of flamingos from baboon cliff.

The park was first small then later enlarged for black rhino’s sanctuary and contains over 26 eastern black rhinoceros among the largest concentrations in the country including 65 southern white rhinos. There over 57 species of mammals such as lions, elephants, baboon among others.

Many visitors wonder why Lake Nakuru National park famous and it’s because of the “flamingos”. The lake is famous for having the world’s greatest bird spectacle myriads of pink flamingos; often more than a million or two at one time.  It is estimated that the flamingo population consumes about 250,000 kgs of algae per hectare of surface area per year.


Flamingos are large family , brilliantly coloured which inhabit alkaline and saline lakes and lagoons. They prefer to live in hot dry regions, avoiding cool moist forested area ;but in Andes where they are found on freezing alkaline lakes 14000ft (4250m). Regularly swim , upend and fly with their necks extended.

Greater flamingos.

The Phoenicopterus  greater flamingo: much larger than the lesser flamingo(large individuals standing nearly 6ft (2m) tall ) in the structure of appearance and  largely pale pink or white at the distance with line of bright coral pink in folded wing .Legs are also bright coral pink . Greater flamingos is adopted for feeding upon relatively large organisms on the button and deep water.

Lesser flamingos

These are more common than greater flamingos :there may be as  many  as 4-5millions lesser flamingo of about 3-31/4 that inhabit east Africa .Lesser flamingo live on alkaline lakes and are not seen on fresh waters unless they are sick ,or stayed. Most flamingos feed on filtering small or microscopic plant life from mud to water. Lesser flamingos feed on the surface 1-2 in 21/2cm and can feed equally when swimming or walking as long as the water is calm: they don’t feed in rough water.

All flamingos breed colonially on remote salt alkaline lakes and lagoons sometimes in staggering numbers  the largest recorded colony was of 1,100,000 pairs of lesser flamingos at lake magadi,Tanzania in 1962 .

Before breeding though there is no change in the essential plumage partners flamingos usually become much more brightly colored through a moult.

Flamingos prefer to breed on soft mad on which they built characteristic moults usually 6 to 18 (15-46cm) high, shaped like truncated cones with a hollow on top.

Flamingos in Kenya - Lake Bogoria

Flamingos in Lake Nakuru.

Flamingo Feeding

Chicks are feed on liquid regurgitated matter containing (blood from the parents crop), the chick and  parent both face forward but the adult bill points backwards and upwards down, very small chicks are often fed while being brooded under the parents wing but as soon as they become active they are normally fed standing both adults feed the chicks, at long interval in the later stages of fledging period .Each parent feeds only its chick and not the chicks of other birds that beg. Each chick knows its parents noise and when a calling adult alights a particular chick will run to meet it.

How to get to Lake Nakuru national park?

The park is commonly accessed via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre and it can also be accessed from the main Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet Gate.Visitors can also enter the park through Masai Mara or Elementaita use the Nderit Gate.

Main activities

Birding –When you visit Lake Nakuru national park, it’s hard to miss out to on the birding moment. The park is known to be the best place for birding especially flamingos. It also a home for other bird species such as pied kingfisher, goliath heron, harmerkop, African kingfisher among others.

Game viewing –After encountering birding, viewing wildlife in park can one of the most memorable activities on your safari. You will have a chance to see animals like lions, cheetah, and waterbuck among others.Game viewing can also be experienced in other national parks in East Africa like Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda ,Akagera National park in Rwanda ,Serengeti National park in Tanzania

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