Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
26/09/2009

Left hotel with whole safari group of 13 people at 0745hrs. We were in a bus with Steve from Canada and Lars, Bob and Barbara from America. The other 7 group members went in the second truck.


The morning of the start of the Safari.



Our group getting ready to leave for safari
- camera's out and getting warmed up for the days ahead!



Packing up the 2 safari trucks with our bags and kit

Drove for approximately 2-3 hours to the Great Rift Valley. Saw Baboons, Gazelles, Zebra and many cows and donkeys along the way beside the road.


The Great Rift Valley view point at 2140 metres above sea level


Great Rift Valley -
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The Honeymooners!

Our first experience of the 'hole in the ground' public toilets!

Arrived at our campsite just outside Lake Nakuru . Had lunch of meat/vegetable curry, rice and salad, with fresh fruit.


Our first campsite


The eating area


Lake Nakuru National Park entrance

Visited Lake Nakuru National Park and saw the following:

Zebra, Baboons, Gazelles, Impala, Marabou Stork, Flamingo, Buffalo , Giraffe, Waterbuck, Pelican, Fish Eagle, African Barn Owl, Hippo, Rhino, Lion (at a distance!), Warthogs, Jackal, Vultures, Vervet Monkey and Black and White Monkey.


Looking down to the Lake, with a haze of Pink visible round the edges

our first Zebra


Impala


The other Nissan Safari truck in our group


Our first views of the Flamingoes in the distance



Waterbuck


Vervet Monkey


Our first hippo - although he didn't move an inch and could
quite easily have been made from plastic!


Hadeda Ibis, possibly?


Buffalo


Lake Nakuru-
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Flamingos


Lion foot print








Elaine with Steve and our two trucks


our first White Rhino




The lesser-spotted tourist


Grants Gazalle


Fish Eagle


Baboon and Baby


African Owl




our first Rothschild Giraffe












Warthog (Pumba!)


Buffalo and Calf

Fantastic day had by all. Arrived back at the campsite at 6pm. All went for a 'Tusker' beer in the small bar then had dinner at 1715hrs, of mashed potatoes, fried fish, vegetables then fresh pineapple.

Everyone to bed by about 2100hrs!

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Day 2 Map

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Day Highlights
Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP
Flamingoes
Rhino
Giraffe

Day 2 Facts:
The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is the continuous geographic trench, approximately 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) in length, that runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa.

In eastern Africa, the valley divides into two, the Western Rift Valley and the Eastern Rift Valley.

In Kenya, the valley is deepest to the north of Nairobi. As the lakes in the Eastern Rift have no outlet to the sea and tend to be shallow they have a high mineral content as the evaporation of water leaves the salts behind.

For example, Lake Magadi has high concentrations of soda (sodium carbonate) and Lake Elmenteita, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Nakuru are all strongly alkaline.

Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru, a small shallow alkaline lake on the southern edge of the town of Nakuru, lies about 160 kilometers north of Nairobi.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes.

It lies to the south of Nakuru, in central Kenya and is protected by the small 'Lake Nakuru' National Park.

Lake Nakuru National Park
(188 km²), was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town.

It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores.

The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink.

Also of interest is an area of
188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes, black rhinos and white rhinos.



COMPLETE
TRIP DETAILS


Kenya
Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Masai Mara (Balloon)
Day 5 - Lake Victoria


Tanzania
Day 6 - Serengeti
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Olduvai Gorge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater


Zanzibar
Day 10-14
Dolphins