Lake Nakuru National Park Safari

Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the rift valley of Kenya. This area facilitated the creation of the rift valley soda lakes and Lake Nakuru is one of those lakes.

A soda lake is a natural phenomenon that is ideal for the production of algae. Therefore, this shallow lake is a gathering point for millions of flamingos throughout the year. However, Lake Nakuru is also the natural habitat for other African wildlife such as giraffes, black rhinos, white rhinos, plus many other species.

Starting Point Lake Nakuru Safari

We amused ourselves observing the baboons at the park entrance while our safari guide spoke with the park rangers and acquired our permits. Indeed, the baboons can get quite aggressive especially if they think you have food. Fortunately, we did not have any food!

Baboon Park Entrance

After passing through the park entrance our guide informed us that the park rangers had warned him that certain sections of the road were flooded. Therefore, improvisation would be necessary to reach our overnight accommodation inside the park.

Roads flooded Lake Nakuru
Recent heavy rains had flooded some of the roads around Lake Nakuru.

However, improvisation was not a problem for our rock star safari guide. We had just traveled from Maasai Mara where he had delivered an action packed safari adventure. As a result, he quickly devised a work around plan to get to the lodge. Indeed, he had worked in this area for decades and therefore we traveled off road through the bush. Plus, we would have some fun along the way.

Baby Giraffe with Mother

While we were traveling off road we went through some pristine woodlands that we normally would not have traveled through. Therefore, we had some unique wildlife viewing opportunities. We soon discovered a baby giraffe and its mother. I have come across many giraffes on safari, but never a baby giraffe.

baby giraffe with mother
The baby giraffe is standing in front of its mother.
mother giraffe with baby

Baby Giraffe at Lake Nakuru
Ahww, the mother is kissing the baby giraffe.

Family of White Rhinos

Next, we would be very fortunate and come across a family of white rhinos. The white rhinos are endemic to the local ecosystem in contrast with the black rhino that was introduced. There are limited numbers of rhinoceros located here, with approximately 75 white rhinos and 25 black rhinos.

White Rhino family Lake Nakuru
Small family of white rhinos browsing near the lake.
white rhinos
We idled the vehicle for awhile and they drifted closer for some more photos.
three white rhinos

The white rhinos are predominantly grazers and they are characterized by broad mouths which they use to feed on grass. In contrast, the black rhinos have a more narrow mouth and prefer to feed on leaves and shrubs.

The white rhinos also typically have a longer front horn and tend to be a bit slower moving than the black rhinos. Additionally, the ears of the black rhino are noticeably different.

Critically Endangered Black Rhinos

The next day while we were out on safari we would come across the black rhinos that live in the park. Here are a some photos of the black rhinos to compare and contrast.

Two Black Rhinos Lake Nakuru

Black Rhinos

Lake Nakuru Flamingos

A flamingo and the African buffalo certainly make for an odd comparison. This is because the former is perfectly elegant and the latter is perfectly sloppy. However, the contrast can create nice photo opportunities.

African Buffalo and Flamingos
African buffalo poses for a photo with some flamingos.
Flamingos Lake Nakuru
Flamingos without African Buffalo.

Baboon Cliffs Overlook Lake Nakuru

Overlooking Lake Nakuru is a high vantage point that sits atop the Baboon Cliffs. This is an ideal location to observe Lake Nakuru when the flamingo flock is numbered in the millions. Unfortunately, large numbers of flamingos do not like to visit the lake when the water levels are this high.

Baboon Cliffs Viewpoint
Taking in the view of Lake Nakuru.

Lake Nakuru National Park Summary

Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated on a hill in the center of the park and it has sweeping views of the area. As a result, this view was very impressive and the villas were also quite nice. However, there were some encounters with “security” that make me hesitate to recommend this place.

The aforementioned issues with lodge security notwithstanding, we had a great time on safari at Lake Nakuru. Indeed, our guide had once again given us a great safari adventure. I was certainly going to give him nice tip when we got back to Nairobi. The next day we were going to spend the morning at Lake Naivasha.

Additional resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Nakuru