Lake Nakuru is one of a unique group of lakes, also collectively popular as the Rift Valley Soda Lakes. This picturesque lake sits at an elevation of roughly 5,755 ft (1,754 m) above sea level, in the rift valley of Kenya, in Africa. The lake also forms part of Lake Nakuru National Park.
The surface area of the lake varies dramatically, according to the seasons. As a result, its diameter varies between 2-18 sq mi (5-45 sq km).
Lake Nakuru Habitat and Wildlife
The unique chemistry of the lake, the warm, alkaline water allows for the growth of prodigious quantities of algae. This, in turn, draws enormous numbers of flamingos and other wildlife.
Lake Nakuru is indeed famous for its avian spectacle. More than 400 species of birds call this marvel of geology and the surrounding park home. Chief among these are two types of the pink flamingo. At times, as many as 2 million of these birds stay on the lake at one time. What an incredible photo opportunity this must be.
The lake and surrounding park are also home to a myriad of animal species such as a population of both highly endangered black rhino and white rhinos. Such a concentration of wildlife draws numerous predators, as well. These include cheetahs, lions, and leopards.