Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru, a small (it varies from 5 to 30 sq km) shallow alkaline lake on the edge of the town of Nakuru lies about 160 km north of Nairobi. It can therefore be visited in a day tour from Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – myriads of pink flamingo whose numbers are legion, often more than a million, maybe two. They feed on the abundant algae which thrive in the warm waters. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru consumes about 250,000 kilos of these algae per hectare of surface area per year.

But flamingo are not the only avian attraction, also unforgettable are two fish eating birds, pelicans and cormorants for despite the tepid and alkaline water a diminutive fish, tilapia grahami has flourished after being introduced in the early 1960′s. The lake is rich in other birdlife. There are over 400 resident species on the lake and in the surrounding park. Thousands of both little grebes and white winged black terns are frequently seen as are stilts, avocets, ducks and in the European winter the migrant waders.
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