Lake Nakuru National Park Things to Do

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    Baboons

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 1, 2013

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    Baboons aren't friendly specie, especially if having baby baboons around or if somebody is disturbing their territory. All this photos were taken from the car and I was warned not to go out. Baboon isn't of gorilla size but no matter that physically it is very strong, much stronger then humans are. Besides, his front pair of tooth are very big and could be deadly weapon. Sometimes they sit in the middle of the road and don't want to move, even if car is coming into their direction.
    Baboons live in tribal communities dominated by an alpha male. The group can count over a hundred individuals and among it is a constant struggle for the dominance, especially during mating season. I saw a few baboons with severe open wounds resulting from harsh struggle for dominance in the pack. Often so severely wounded baboons die.

    unfriendly guardwatch baboon baboon family

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    Flamingos

    by Jim_Eliason Written Mar 26, 2012

    One of the things Nakuru is traditionally famous for is its flock of thousands of Flamingos. Currently the lake levels are low due to drought and most of the flock is elsewhere. Still a few hundred continue to make this there nesting grounds.

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    Marabou

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 7, 2011

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    Didnt expect to see Marabou inside the park area, this ugly looking birds, as far as I know, prefer cities and raking at the sweepings. Fact is, I haven't seen much of them in Nairobi or Mombasa but Kampala in Uganda, especially the city area, is full of marabus. Marabou usually stands on the top of the trees or building rooftops from where observing environs, flying down for food only.

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    Flamingoes

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 7, 2011

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    I am pretty much patient when taking pictures, especialy if sunrisings, sunsets or wild animals, but my patience didn't help much regarding flamingoes. They were totaly distrustful and keeping safe distance range from me. I had to take all my pics with 300 mm lens. Next time if there should be dressed in flamingoe, maybe it will help.
    Anyway, there are so many of them at the Lake Nakuru, some says over a million the other says over two or three millions but even if few thousands only, it's nice to see them.

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    Giraffe

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 6, 2011

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    I haven't seen much of giraffes in the Nakuru Park area, in fact this two giraffes were the only I have seen around. The guide told me Nakuru isn't one of the parks where giraffes could be find. Anyway, giraffe is friendly specie and was nice to see them around.

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    Lake Nakuru Lookout - Baboon Cliff

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The best place to get a view of the park from above is to visit the lookout at Baboon cliff. Its like looking down on an artists painting, where all the colours of the water of Nakuru, the pink of the flamingo, and the black mud around, plus the dry savannah lands and green of the acacia's create swirls of colour like a surrealist piece of art.

    View of Lake Nakuru from above
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    • National/State Park
    • Safari

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    Flamingos

    by Suet Updated Mar 9, 2011

    We last visited in January 2011. Driving down to the lake means that you see Flamingos. The only other places I saw flamingos in Kenya was at Lake Borgoria, a hot springs lake which is where they breed. Their bright pink colour of their feathers is because they eat a beta carotene they obtain from their food. The ones I used to visit in London Zoo were all white until they introduced this ingredient into the food.

    There are two species of flamingo, lesser and greater. The noise they make sounds like a train. However, there were markedly fewer birds on this last trip.

    You can also see spoonbills and pelican at the lake.

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    • Safari

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    The black and white Rhinos of Nakuru.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 12, 2010

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    Although still quite rare the black and white Rhino are still an impressive sight, even from a distance. A generally placid looking animal, when attacking can move its bulk at almost 50 kph. The colour of their hide means nothing,it is more the size and shape of the mouth which denotes the difference, the white Rhino being much squarer in the jaw. The white also has a hump of fat behind its head, and its forehead is more elongated. But if one charges you, don't stop to look and try to tell the difference.......

    Massive head of a black Rhino. A pair of white Rhino grazing. Joined by a third. Grazing black Rhibo.

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    Breakfast with the Lions.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 12, 2010

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    I would say that this was the icing on the cake at Lake Nakuru, as this was a very lucky encounter and totally unexpected. Shortly after leaving the lodge around 7.30 am for Lake Naivasha, we gave way to another vehicle coming from our right. As this van was trundling along at 10 kph, our driver tried to overtake him, but he kept wandering into the middle of the track. After a couple of minutes of this the other van slowed and then stopped. We all started moaning and groaning "What's he doing stopping in the middle like that ?". Then we saw the other driver was pointing to our right. Unbelieveable, there they were 5 metres away, 3 cubs and 2 lioness tearing away at a Waterbuck. This was the closest we had actually been to Lions. We stayed about 25 mins and not once was there any aggressiveness towards us at all, just laid there enjoying their breakfast. Didn't see the male this time, 'though he couldn't have been far.

    Waterbuck for breakfast anyone ???

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    The Cape Buffalo.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 11, 2010

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    This is one very wild creature and one that even the guides are afraid of getting too close to. Part of the co-called "Big Five" the buffalo is unpredictable in its nature, it is capable of hurling its ton of armoured body along at speeds up to 60 kph. Extremely agressive it needs no reason to charge, even lions only hunt the old, maimed or very young. Males differentiate from the females by being bigger, heavier and also the horns that meet above the head giving a more agressive look.

    Large Bull Buffalo. Mother and calf. Female. Two young bulls.

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    Birds and animals near the lake III (Others).

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 11, 2010

    On the lakeside there is one place where you can actually get out of the vans and get pretty close the flamingos. Our chauffeur/guide made us move sharply though when he noticed this Hyena coming along the bank.

    Strange Marabu Stork. Male Waterbuck with broken horn. Gaggle of Egyptian Geese. African Fish Eagle. Lone Hyena frightening the flamingos.

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    Birds and animals near the lake II (Pelicans).

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 10, 2010

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    The flight of the Pelican is another wonder to behold at lakeside, to see them gliding by without a sound, just a twitch of a wing or feather to change direction. These birds that despite their size only weigh around 10 kgs love the type of marshland here associated with the shallow lake. To differntiate between the male and female loo at the beak, the male's is slightly curved downwards, wheras the female's is straight.

    Perfect lift-off. This one reminded me of an orchestra leader. Careful, it's me.....

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    Birds and animals near the lake (Flamingos).

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 10, 2010

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    Getting down to the lake is not far from the Lake Nakuru Lodge and if there was nothing else, just the flamingos, it'd be a wonder in itself. The moving, swaying mass of birds that never seems to stop leaves you breathless. And when they take off !!!Quite funny to actually see them "running" on the water before the flight. Besides the flamingos there are pelicans galore. They look very ungainly but to seem them gliding into land. There are of course other birds and mammals include the hippos out in the water, hyena and we got to see only the black rhino, but that is a fabulous sight, just 8 metres away. There are as well the ever-present Cape Buffalo and we caught a small family of baboons playing.

    Thousands of them........ Low flying pelican with the mass of flamingos. A take off.

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    Buffalo

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    Buffalo is very unpredictable animal and that is what makes it to be very dangerous. According to the African statistics, buffalo is the second most lethal animal for the humankind, soon after hippo. Usually it looks very quiet, grazing or ruminate, keeping themselves in a small herds. Buffallo has very big and powerfull head with extremelly sharp horns, that's why even lions avoiding them. Lions would attack adult buffalo only if very hungry and in such a case atleast three or four to one.
    Do not disturb or challenge buffalos, it could be extremelly dangerous and most probably mortal. Buffalo is able to run faster then humans could!

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    Grant's antelope

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    Besides wilderbeasts and zebras, antelopes are the most numerous inhabitants of savannah. Grant's antelope can be seen all around Kenya, gathering in a small herds or even staying alone. It is easy recognizable because of beautiful colour of fur and two dark stripes at the back side.

    Grant's antelope

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