Lake Nakuru National Park lies within the Rift Valley of Kenya and at its core, has a large soda lake that attracts thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and other waterbirds. The lake only occupies about a third of the national park and is fringed by swamps and grasslands that extend into vast fever tree forests and rocky hillsides.
Over 450 bird species have been recorded and wildlife is prolific with Thompsons and Grants Gazelles grazing together with Burchells Zebras, Impalas, Eland, Defassa Waterbucks and large herds of Cape Buffaloes. Good numbers of lion, leopard and spotted hyena also occur.
1 of 12: Cape Buffalo bulls rubbing against one another affectionately, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
2 of 12: A Cape Buffalo bull emerges from the cooling water of Lake Nakuru in late afternoon and as Lesser Flamigoes stand in the background, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
3 of 12: A White Rhino grazes along the shoreline of Lake Nakuru National Park and as Lesser Flamingoes flock in the background, Kenya
4 of 12: A Spotted Hyena carries out a dawn patrol for prey along the shoreline of Lake Nakuru, Kenya
5 of 12: Thompson's Gazelle rams stand facing into light rain, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
6 of 12: Burchells Zebra stallions rear up and bite one another during fighting, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
7 of 12: Lesser Flamingoes congregate along the shoreline of Lake Nakuru to preen and rest at the end of the day, Kenya
8 of 12: Great White Pelicans awaken and stir to begin preening at dawn. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
9 of 12: A Great White Pelican bathes vigorously in a fresh water inlet to Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
10 of 12: Portrait of a Marabou Stork showing its facial detail, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
11 of 12: The beauty of an African Pygmy Kingfisher, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
12 of 12: The aptly named Superb Glossy Starling, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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