Photoblog: The Animals of Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Photoblog: The Animals of Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Going to #Kenya, it's almost guaranteed you'll want to mount an #active search party for the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino. We went out to Lake Nakuru with a group of #nature lovers to see the elusive black rhino, and track down other animals, like the charming pink flamingos that feed off the abundant algae in the lake.


By the time we arrived at Lake Nakuru in Kenya, we had already seen many of the big animals of Africa in the Masai Mara including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even cheetahs. But we’d yet to see all of the Big Five, with just the leopard and rhino missing from our list.

Here on the shores of Lake Nakuru, there are two main stars: the rhinos and the flamingos. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously line the shore. We just missed the season where millions of birds cover the lake in a blanket of pink, but we were lucky enough to still see quite a few flamingos feeding on algae just next to the driving trail.

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Rhinos on the other hand, are not originally inhabitants of Lake Nakuru — they were introduced into the park as part of a rehabilitation project after years of poaching decimated the rhino population. But thanks to the success of the Lake Nakuru project, there is now a healthy rhino population in the national park and they are one of the reasons why many visit.

Here’s a short photo essay from one of my favorite national parks in Africa.

Flocks of flamingos on the shores of Lake Nakuru
A close up photo of a flamingo feeding on algae
The endangered black rhino in its full glory
The rhino and a pair of oxpeckers feeding on its parasites
Maribou storks hanging around under the sun
A loving pair of giraffes having their breakfast
A Cape buffalo up close and personal
A Cape buffalo up close and personal
We found this colorful agama lizard
A group of springboks crossing the road
An adorable dassie (hyrax) snuggling under the rocks
The peculiar secretary bird ready to open up its wings
Lake Nakuru from above
A young lion lounging around with his family
Love this shot of the munching giraffe
A baby baboon!
And its mother

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the beautiful wildlife we saw at Lake Nakuru.

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