Lake Nakuru National Park

On the morning of 29th September, 2017, we left Amboseli for Lake Nakuru National Park (also accessible by air), situated around Lake Nakuru. The lake is famous for the vast number of flamingos that flourish on it. It was a long journey and we covered many towns and lakes on the way including the famous Lake Naivasha and Lake Elmenteita. After being on the road for around 8 hours and having covered almost 375 kms, we reached the national park. We stayed in Flamingo Hill camp, which is inside the national park and the impalas and zebras could be seen grazing across the fence of the camp. The park has a lot of baboon population which can be seen wandering around on the sides of the road.

From Amboseli to Nakuru, the landscape had changed from dry and barren lands to grasslands and deep forests. Out for the safari by afternoon, we passed through dense forests and on one side was the lake stretching across the entire length of the forest. The high rises of Nakuru county could also be seen far off and once deep into the park, we sighted a large number of Bisons, huge African/ cape buffaloes lying in the water.


Nikon D 800E, 200-500 mm f/5.6E, 500 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/160s

Moving a little further, we found a herd of white double horned rhinos, which are being protected in the national park.


Nikon D 800E, 200-500 mm f/5.6E, 500 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/125s

As we moved closer to the lake, I realised that all my excitement was in vain as the flamingos had moved elsewhere due to rise in the water level. The only thing we found on the lake were some pelicans with their babies. Zebras could be seen bathing and spotted hyenas were up for a hunt.

At the end, we saw the giant eland- the largest antelope in the world! We also sighted desert fox, crowned crane etc. As the sun set, we retreated towards our camp and rested for the day.


Nikon D 800E, 200-500 mm f/5.6E, 500 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/160s


Nikon D 800E, 200-500 mm f/5.6E, 500 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/200s

Travel Tips !!

Lake Bogoria, which is a few hours drive from Nakuru is definitely a better place to sight flamingos. We could not make it due to paucity of time, but one can choose Lake Bogoria instead of Lake Nakuru at this time (September-October) of the year.

Stay tuned for updates on the Mara triangle.

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