Lake Nakuru National Park, is located about two hours drive north of Nairobi. It is one of the soda lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It is home to a large variety of birds, as well as large animals, including Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique), Southern White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc), Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis, german: Spitzmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros noir), and a few Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie).

The word "White" in the name "Southern White Rhinoceros" is a mistranslation of the Dutch word "weit" for wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed lip of the Black Rhinoceros. And the Black Rhino isn't really black, it is grey.

White Rhinos eat grasses. They tend to be more in the open grasslands. Black Rhinos browse on leaves and are more reclusive, found mostly in wooded areas. I saw only white rhinos.

There are predators in the park, but I didn't see any. But seeing rhinos was much more important for me, I had seen enough lions and leopards in Maasai Mara and Serengeti, and on a previous trip to the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Lake Nakuru is especially know for its flamingo population. It also has a large population of pelicans. Unfortunately, most of the flamingos were at Lake Elmenteita, a second soda lake a few kilometers to the south, so I saw only a fairly small number of them.

It is a small National Park, but very interesting to visit, especially because of the rhinos and the flamingos.

The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Large animals

Syncerus caffer caffer
Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique) and Grant's Zebras (Equus quagga boehmi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Grant). (916k)
Vachellia xanthophloea
View of Lake Nakuru National Park with Cape Buffalo, Grant's Zebra, and Marabou Stork. In the right front is the carcass of a buffalo. On the right are Yellow Fever Trees (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (876k)
Phacochoerus africanus massaicus
Eastern Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus massaicus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (1061k)
Eastern Warthog
Eastern Warthog. (1023k)
Eudorcas thomsonii
Thomson's Gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii, german: Thomson-Gazelle, french: Gazelle de Thomson), with black stripes in front of Lake Nakuru. (812k)
Nanger granti granti
Southern Grant's Gazelle male (Nanger granti granti, german: Südliche Grant-Gazelle, french: Gazelle de Grant). (1267k)
Close-up Southern Grant's Gazelle
Close-up of Southern Grant's Gazelle male. (1279k)
Aepyceros melampus melampus
Common Impala herd (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (1129k)
Common Impala Harem Male
Common Impala harem, with the male guarding the females. (853k)
Aepyceros melampus melampus
Male Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). He was the leader of his harem. (1182k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (897k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1292k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1011k)
Equus quagga boehmi
Close-up of a Grant's Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Grant). (765k)
Chlorocebus pygerythrus hilgerti
Hilgert's Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus hilgerti, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze). (738k)
Papio anubis
Olive Baboon (Papio anubis, german: Anubispavian, french: Babouin olive). (966k)
Canis mesomelas schmidti
Eastern Black-backed Jackals (Canis mesomelas schmidti, german: Schabrackenschakal, french: Chacal à chabraque). (606k)
Syncerus caffer caffer
Male Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (745k)
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) with Yellow-billed Storks (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt, french: Tantale ibis). (724k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, french: Girafe de Rothschild). They can be distinguished from the Masai Giraffe by the white knee socks. (731k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1255k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1034k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1032k)
Close-up Rothschild's Giraffe
Close-up of Rothschild's Giraffe. (698k)
Ceratotherium simum simum
Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (556k)
Ceratotherium simum simum
Southern White Rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc) and Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique) resting in the shade. (778k)
Ceratotherium simum simum
Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (798k)
Ceratotherium simum simum
Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (1095k)
Ceratotherium simum simum
Close-up of Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (886k)

Miscellaneous

Extinct Volcano Great Rift
Extinct volcano in the Great Rift Valley between Nairobi and Lake Nakuru. (654k)
View Lake Nakuru
View of Lake Nakuru. (688k)
Vachellia xanthophloea
Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (743k)
Vachellia tortilis
Umbrella Thorn (Vachellia tortilis, german: Schirmakazie, french: Acacia faux-gommier). (662k)
Euphorbia candelabrum
Euphorbia Candelabrum (Euphorbia candelabrum, french: Euphorbe candélabre). (855k)
Delonix regia
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1021k)
Flower
Flower. (758k)

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