Pink flamingos are the top reason to visit Lake Nakuru National Park. At times, there are as many as 2 million lesser and greater flamingos around the edges of the lake -- an astonishing sight.
They’re drawn here by their favorite food, Cyanophyta Spirulina Plantensis -- a type of blue-green algae that fills the lake.
In addition to the flamingos, more than 400 different birds have been spotted in the park, which is on a migration route for many European species. This is one national park where you definitely want a spotter’s guide in hand to identify all the feathered creatures.
If you’re a birder, check with locals to make sure the species you need for your life list are expected to be “in residence” when you want to visit.
The park also is home to many water-loving animals such as hippos and waterbucks, and you’ll probably see white rhinos, giraffes and impalas as well.
Of special interest to botanists and other plant aficionados, Lake Nakuru National Park has the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa. These plants, commonly known as spurges, form one of the largest and most complex genera of flowering plants.