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Lake Nakuru National Park
The spectacular shallow and alkaline Lake Nakuru — first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and later upgraded to a national park in 1968 — is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. The population of flamingos varies based upon its alkalinity however. Typically, the more rain, the less alkaline the Lake which means less algae to attract the pink feathered birds. As a result, flamingos are often best seen during the dry and hot season, which typically falls during January and February.

That being said, there is still no guarantee you will see the often pictured flocks of flamingos along the Lake as they often flock together to one of the many nearby bodies of water with the highest quantity of algae. But don’t let that discourage you. The Park is completely fenced and is home to more than 50 different species of mammals including rhinoceros, waterbucks and Rothschild Giraffes.

In addition, while Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place” in the Maasai language, the Park boasts a variety of habitats ranging from marsh, grasslands, rock cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a euphorbia forest.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Validity Period: Open all year round, Flamingos often best seen during dry-hot season in January and February, but no guarantee. Arrive: Nairobi...
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