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The Wild Secrets of Lake Nakuru...

Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which lies South of the city of Nakuru, in the heart of the Lake Nakuru National Park. Like many of the lakes in Kenya, this example sits in the East African Rift Valley and has fed the people who live here for generations. As an avid photographer, though, you’re probably not too worried about how Nakuru formed or the history of the people calling it home. Instead, you’ll be interested in the photo opportunities it can offer, and that is precisely what this post is here to show you. Providing insight into the wildlife in this region, it will be exploring some of the wild secrets Lake Nakuru has to offer.


When most people think about baboons, they will see little more than a colorful bum in their mind, though this is far from the most exciting thing about these primates. Along with living in large groups, baboons have incredibly complex social structures, and can often be observed performing acts which come with a big spectacle; perfect for those embarking on one of our photo safaris.


Along with baboons, warthogs are also regular visitors of Lake Nakuru. While they are usually solitary animals, visiting the lake at the right time of year can make it possible to see their piglets, and these little creatures are too cute to miss. Thanks to their slow-moving and muscular bodies, warthogs can make an excellent subject for someone new to taking wildlife photographs, as they give you the chance to take your time.

white and black rhinos

Rhinos are not native to the Lake Nakuru national park, but have been introduced in recent years, and have been doing very well in their home by the lake. Both white and black rhinos can be found around the lake, giving you a truly special opportunity to take a photograph of them in the wild. Despite their size and weight, rhinos rarely attack people and are perfectly safe to be around as long as you remain inside a vehicle.


Now, it’s time to talk about the creature which makes Lake Nakuru so unique; the flamingos. These long-legged birds flock to this area in their millions, coating the lake’s shores in a sea of pink feathers. The warm soda water found here is perfect for algae growth, and this is a flamingo’s favorite food, making it a great place to capture photographs of these magnificent birds in flight.

When is best to visit

The dry season is always the best time of year to visit a place like Lake Nakuru. Animals will need access to water during this period, and will naturally crowd around large bodies of it, like this. The dry season is typically from June to October, giving you plenty of time to plan your journey. It’s always worth planning a photo safari with factors like this in mind, as time can have a massive impact on the animals you see.

There are few better ways to get the chance to take so many great photos than a trip to a country like Kenya. Lake Nakuru is a crowd favorite on our game drives. We will be visiting Lake Nakuru on our Epic Photo Safari this July – Why not join us for an experience of a lifetime!

Alternatively please contact us for more information on small group safaris or private and tailor made safaris. Call us on 0114 383 0644 or email us at


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