Lake Nakuru: The Home of Flamingos

7 09 2021

Lake Nakuru lies in the central region of Kenya and is under the protection of Lake Nakuru National Park. The alkaline lake is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is one of the Rift Valley lakes, a part of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley, which is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through East Africa.

The average depth of Lake Nakuru is 30 centimetres, making it accessible to many animals. It is also a habitat to many birds, notably pink flamingos. Looking from afar, the lake is turned pink thanks to thousands of pink flamingos’ feathers. Lake Nakuru is also home to many other animals such as waterbucks, impalas, white rhinos, black rhinos, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, hippopotamuses, etc.  

The topography around the lake is diverse, consisting of meadows, swamps, rocks, cliffs, and grassland. It is also home of the Yellow-barked acacia tree, a distinctive symbol of Africa’s tropical forests.


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