Lake Nakuru National Park, is located about two hours drive north of Nairobi. It is one of the soda lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It is home to a large variety of birds, as well as large animals, including Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique), Southern White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc), Eastern Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli, german: Spitzmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros noir), and a few Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie).
The word "White" in the name "Southern White Rhinoceros" is a mistranslation of the Dutch word "weit" for wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed lip of the Eastern Black Rhinoceros. And the Black Rhino isn't really black, it is grey.
White Rhinos eat grasses. They tend to be more in the open grasslands. Black Rhinos browse on leaves and are more reclusive, found mostly in wooded areas. I saw only white rhinos.
Lake Nakuru is especially know for its flamingo population. It also has a large population of pelicans. Unfortunately, most of the flamingos were at Lake Elmenteita, a second soda lake a few kilometers to the south, so I saw only a fairly small number of them.
It is a small National Park, but very interesting to visit, especially because of the rhinos and the flamingos.
Extinct volcano in the Great Rift Valley between Nairobi and Lake Nakuru. (661k) View of Lake Nakuru. (698k) Yellow Fever Tree (Vachellia xanthophloea, german: Gelbrinden-Akazie, french: Arbre à fièvre). (759k) Umbrella Thorn (Vachellia tortilis, german: Schirmakazie, french: Acacia faux-gommier). (672k) Tree Euphorbia (Euphorbia candelabrum, french: Euphorbe candélabre). (908k) Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1078k) Flower. (778k)