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 African Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique), White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium 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 "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
African Buffaloes (Syncerus 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 African 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
Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein). (1061k)
Warthog
Warthog. (1023k)
Eudorcas thomsonii
Thomson's Gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii, german: Thomson-Gazelle), with black stripes in front of Lake Nakuru. (812k)
Nanger granti
Grant's Gazelle male (Nanger granti, german: Südliche Grant-Gazelle, french: Gazelle de Grant). (1267k)
Close-up Grant's Gazelle Male
Close-up of Grant's Gazelle male. (1281k)
Aepyceros melampus
Impala herd (Aepyceros melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (1129k)
Impala Harem Male Guarding
Impala harem, with the male guarding the females. (856k)
Aepyceros melampus
Male Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). He was the leader of his harem. (1185k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe défassa). (897k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe défassa). (1292k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, german: Defassa-Wasserbock, french: Cobe défassa). (1013k)
Equus quagga boehmi
Close-up of a Grant's Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Grant). (767k)
Chlorocebus pygerythrus
Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (742k)
Papio anubis
Olive Baboon (Papio anubis, german: Anubispavian, french: Babouin olive). (970k)
Canis mesomelas
Black-backed Jackals (Canis mesomelas, german: Schabrackenschakal, french: Chacal à chabraque). (603k)
Syncerus caffer
Male African Buffaloes (Syncerus 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 (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis). (724k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe de Rothschild). They can be distinguished from the Masai Giraffe by the white knee socks. (734k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1258k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1036k)
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Rothschild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe de Rothschild). (1034k)
Close-up Rothschild's Giraffe
Close-up of Rothschild's Giraffe. (700k)
Ceratotherium simum
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (553k)
Ceratotherium simum
White Rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc) and African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique) resting in the shade. (778k)
Ceratotherium simum
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (798k)
Ceratotherium simum
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (1095k)
Ceratotherium simum
Close-up of White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (888k)

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). (858k)
Delonix regia
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1024k)
Flower
Flower. (758k)

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