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LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

KENYA
LOCALE

Area (ha):18,800
Altitude (m):1750-2070
# Species*:313
# Excl Vagrants*:312
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:4
Species/100 ha*:1.7
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Alkaline lake, woodland, grassland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Lake Nakuru is one of the major soda lakes in the Rift Valley of central Kenya. It's less alkaline than the other soda lakes (Bogoria to the north, Elementeita and Magadi to the south). It's most famous for the large numbers of Lesser and Greater Flamingos that line it's shores most years. The lake is surrounded by grassland and scrub, so some game animals such as Plains Zebra are also present. Nakuru is about the only place to see Gray-crested Helmetshrike in Kenya. It's fairly common there but very rare elsewhere. Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya to see the striking Long-tailed Widowbird.

LOCATION OF SITE

Lake Nakuru is located 70 km north of Naivasha and 160 km NW of Nairobi. From Naivasha is reached by the main A104 highway.