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Located in the Great Rift Valley, Nakuru is a shallow, alkaline lake where both lesser and flamingos can be found in vast numbers, sometimes literally turning the water pink!

The lake varies in size from five to 30 square kilometres – depending on rainfall – and is rich in birdlife; there are 400 resident species on the lake and in the surrounding national park. Thousands of little grebes and white-winged black terns are frequently seen, as are black-winged stilts, pelicans, cormorants, avocets, ducks and – in the European winter – many migrant waders.

Black and white rhinos thrive in the surrounding national park, which also has its fair share of Cape buffalo, African wild dog, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion. 

In recent years Nakuru has attracted fame for the high number of leopard sightings, and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Its acacia and euphorbia forests are havens for animals during the heat of the day, making Nakuru an excellent wildlife-viewing destination, while the hippo pool is a favourite spot for picnics.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: lesser flamingo, greater flamingo, Rothschild’s giraffe, white rhino, black rhino
  • Where: Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Ultimate Kenya Safari

A rich blend of outstanding scenery and memorable wildlife can be found on this trip to three of Kenya’s top wildlife locations - Lake Naivasha, Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara. Enjoy game drives, walking safaris and boat trips, before relaxing at a luxury hideaway lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria.

  • When to go: Jul-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge occupies an enviable position, overlooking the spectacular Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru with its population of pink flamingoes. The well-appointed rooms all have a private verandah, and the beautifully landscaped gardens are dotted with bird feeders, which attract over 50 species.