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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakura is a large saline lake in the Rift Valley that is home to millions of birds as well as other animals.

Getting to Lake Nakura requires a slow drive over the mountains out to Nairobi into the rift valley.

The Rift Valley is a >6000 km long valley up to 2000m deep in Africa, formed millions of years ago by natural forces, maybe when South America moved away.

We stayed at the Lion Hill Lodge overlooking the lake (through the trees that have grown up over the years since it was built.

Lush was an understatement!

The lodge had created a bird feeder from a hollow limb and noted the species that you might see. In fact, I counted over 10 types here.

Like the other parks, roads were unpaved and the safari vans (Nissan 4WD diesels) took a pounding without problems.

You get close to the animals like this buffalo.

Or this one sleeping alongside the road.

Who woke up as we approached. Even looks sleepy-eyed!

Lake Nakura is famous for birds. Flamingos, storks, white pelicans and eagles, plus hundreds of other species.

A fish eagle is at the bottom of the photo. It looks like the Bald Eagle but the white feathers go down the back.

The fish eagle

Long crested eagle

A hawk eagle's nest right above the van. Yep, it's called a hawk eagle. Looks like a hawk, but it's an eagle.

We saw a baboon sleeping on a tree branch directly over the road

A troop of baboons blocked the road.

Family time.

Lake Nakura is home to hundreds of thousands of white pelicans.

More pelicans, with buffalos and zebras in the distance.

Flamingos fly past the pelicans.

This is a rare marabous stork which has an inflatable bladder below his neck that helps him to fly at high altitude. Note the double-jointed knees too.

This is a Saddlebilled stork.

A rhino family snoozing in the warm Fall sun.

The baby got up and moved around. Note his horn is still small compared to the parents.

Then he went back to sleep.

Two more rhinos fresh from rolling in the lake mud.

In Africa, you learn to "share the road"

A hyena watching birds. We were told they like to hide in the water and catch birds flying low over the surface.

Impalas, identified by the spiral horns and the "M" on their tail.