Lake Nakuru National Park

 

Birdwatcher's  Haven 

Lake Nakuru National Park is one the  primary bird watching destinations in Kenya, with more than 450 bird  species  recorded, particularly favoured by large flocks of finicky  Lesser Flamingoes Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is located along the shores of one of Kenya’s startling Great Rift Valley lakes,

Lake Nakuru National Park was created the year 1961.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a small park with a size of 188 km2and easily explored wildlife destination that will delight and surprise you at every turn.

Lake Nakuru is one the Ramsar sites in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park central location make it the perfect Kenyan wildlife destination for both locals and international visitors,.

It is just 2 hours by road from Nairobi, very convenient for weekend breaks  even for day bird watching tour. 

It is also the perfect overnight stop en-route to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and is easy to include in a safari featuring Aberdares National ParkLakes Baringo and BogoriaMaasai Mara ,Samburu National Reserve and Kakamega Forest .

Lake Nakuru

 

 Lake Nakuru National Park Birding 

The park is also home to five globally threatened species of birds. 

Lake Nakuru terrestrial zones host  important populations of many mammal and bird species that are globally or regionally threatened.

It is home to over 100 species of migratory birds and support globally important populations of Black-Necked Grebe, African Spoonbill, Pied Avocet, Little Grebe, Yellow Billed Stork, Black Winged Stilt, Grey-Headed Gull and Gull Billed Tern.

Many northern migrants  birds arrive each year to over-winter and feed at the lake, which includes many species of waders, and Phalaropes, Ducks, Terns, Gulls, Raptors and different species of warblers .

Lake Nakuru  previously hosted over 1.5 million lesser Flamingos, but the vast majority these have sadly moved on to other Rift Valley lakes, especially Lake Bogoria as the algae levels in Lake  have dropped due to increase in water level which has reduced the salinity. 

Lake Nakuru

 You can still expect to see a quite a core population of both Greater and Lesser Flamingos in the lake.

Wildlife is also well represented, with Lake Nakuru national park

The park acts as a breeding sanctuary for both black and white rhinos, tree climbing lions, and the ever-elusive Leopard which is regularly spotted resting in the Acacia trees in the forested areas near the lake’s shores.

Lake Nakuru National Park lies in elevation of 1754 m above sea level. 

The park also has many hills with established viewpoints from which the lake, the woodlands, and often times the herds of buffalo can be seen.

 Roads in Lake Nakuru National Park  are motorable throughout the year, but it is advisable to use a four by four or strong car during the rainy season

Lake Nakuru makes a vital contribution to the conservation of the natural values within the Great Rift Valley, as a central part of the most important route of the African-Eurasian flyway system where billions of birds are found to travel from northern breeding grounds to African wintering places

Lake Nakuru National Park Common Birds 

Common Ostrich

Knob billed DuckLake Nakuru

Southern Pochard

Northern Shoveler

Hottentot Teal

Cape Teal

Yellow billed Duck

Northern Pintail

Helmeted Guinefowl

Hildebrandt’s Francolin

Black –necked Grebe

Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

Jacobin Cuckoo

Nyanza Swift

Horus Swift

Spotted crake

Grey crowned Crane

Black-tailed Godwit

African Snipe

Broad billed Sandpiper

African Skimmer

Saddle-billed Stork

African Darter

Secretarybird

Martial EagleLake Nakuru

Gabar Goshawk

Pearl spotted Owlet

Verreaux’s Eagle

Blue-naped Mousebird

Red-throated Wryneck

Bearded Woodpecker

Lemon-rumped Tinkerbird

White-fronted Bee-eater

Giant Kingfisher

Brubru

Grosbeak Weaver

African Firefinch

Grassland Pipit

Pectoral-patch Cisticola

Mosque Swallow

Brown Parisoma

Arrow-marked Babbler

Slender Starling

Violet-backed Starling