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City: Nakuru State: N/A Country: Kenya
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in central Kenya and is protected by a small Lake Nakuru National Park. Less than 160 km from Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, Lake Nakuru is world famous for the huge number of flamingos that inhabit its shores. The extraordinary sight of the continually shifting mass of pink created by often more than a million flamingos on the lake is truly breathtaking.The flamingos are attracted by the algae that thrive in the shallow, warm and strongly alkaline waters of the lake. Scientists estimate that the flamingos consume as much as 250,000 kg of algae per hectare per year. In the dry season the lake's area reduces to little more than 5 sq km (2 sq mi) but the rains increase it to about 45 sq km (17 sq mi) and the 8 flamingo population on the lake varies accordingly. Pelicans and cormorants are also common and there are thought to be over 400 resident bird species on the lake and in the surrounding park. In recent years the flamingo population has decreased alarmingly partly as a result of intensive crop production in the 1 surrounding area and the increased water usage in nearby Nakuru, which is Kenya's fourth largest city.The lake and the surrounding area was designated Lake ; Nakuru National Park in the 1960s and later enlarged to somefl 190 sq km as well as being fenced off primarily to protect the populations of Rothschild giraffes, and the black and j white rhinos which have been introduced to the park. It is thefl only fully fenced national park in Kenya.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: August to May
Directions | How to Reach
By Road: Mololine, Crossroads and other matatu operators offer 9 seater and 14 seater matatu services from Nairobi.