More about Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru National Park is one of few fenced parks in Kenya. It has a special
status as a rhino sanctuary, and the fencing is part of the efforts to protect the rhinos
from poaching. Both black and white rhinos (also known as browse and grass rhinos respectively)
can be seen, even though the white rhinos are seen more frequently, as they prefer open
land and are easier to find.
Lake Nakuru, fully encompassed by the park, is a soda lake, where flamingos in huge
numbers come to feed. The numbers may vary from time to time, but up to a few million
flamingos have been seen. Both greater and lesser flamingo, which are two different
species, are found in the lake. The flamingos are originally white, but may get a pink
tint from the small crustaceans they feed on.
The national park also has populations of leopards and lions, antelopes, giraffes, buffalos,
monkeys etc. You can't see the Big
Five, though, as there are no elephants.
The giraffes are Rothschild giraffes, which until recently has been considered a giraffe
subspecies. Modern studies indicate that it may be a full species. If so, it's seriously
threatened, as populations of Rothschild giraffes remain in only a few small areas.
Lake Nakuru National Park offers good game viewing all year round, but you may want
to avoid April and May, which are usually wet and rainy. Most of the dirt roads in the
park are quite good.
Wildlife around the lodge
The garden of Flamingo Hill Tented Camp faces open grassland, where you may see grazing