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Tourism boost as flamingos flock back to Lake Nakuru

10 November 2014, 13:01 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - After months of worries owing to rising waters at Kenya’s Bird Watchers paradise, Lake Nakuru, that led to migration of  flamingos to Lakes Natron and Bogoria, the park’s management has expressed a sigh of relief after over 10 000 flamingos reportedly flocked back to the lake.

Lake Nakuru National Park's senior warden, Dickson Ritan, said the last two months have seen over 10 000 birds flock back due to availability of algae.

"The rising water levels had reduced the salinity of water in the lake hence reducing algae, the main food for flamingos forcing them to move out of the Lake temporarily," he said.

For the last one year, the park, a World Heritage Centre has experienced flooding as the lake burst its banks from its normal 42 km sq to 70 km sq.

“The water level has started to subside as rainfall continues to dwindle. High water levels had led to decline in algae that flamingos feed on,” Ritan noted.

He added that the flooding experienced currently is not a unique to the park as water rise is being experienced across all lakes in Rift Valley.

“Water has been increasing gradually and over 20 staff houses were submerged together with several offices and roads but situation was dealt with accordingly,” Ritan added.

Other lakes that have experienced flooding are Lake Bogoria, Naivasha, and Baringo among others.

Ritan also pointed that Nakuru is receiving a handful of tourists with several hotel booked to capacity, an indication of good tidings.

The park receives 300 000 to 350 000 tourists annually, a trend that continues to improve as Nakuru continue to gain popularity due to security and its strategic position.

He added that a high numbers of students are visiting the park hence giving tourism a boost.

“The number of local and international students touring the Lake has increased and is impressive,” Ritan added.

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