Day 5: Samburu National reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
We depart after breakfast for Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way with a stopover at Thomson's falls also known as Nyahururu Falls. Nyahururu is one of Kenya’s highest towns, at 2360 m above sea level. Just outside the town lies Thompson’s Fall on the Ewaso Narok River. It falls 72 m, the mist feeding the dense forest below. At Thomson falls we’re likely to see Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls.
In the early afternoon we will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, home of the pink Lake Nakuru arena of the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Lake Nakuru in the Lake Nakuru National Park was recently named as an Important Birding Area (IBA) due to the huge bird population and the number of species in this magnificent park.
This Kenya’s important birding areas hold millions of migratory birds. A huge rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder's Eagle-owl and we may be able to find this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt come across many wonderful avian delights such as Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant's Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch.
Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to encounter are the Rothschild’s Giraffe and Reedbuck. One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill/Similar. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill lodge.