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
The other Nissan Safari truck in our group
Our first views of the Flamingoes in the distance
Our first hippo - although he didn't move an inch and could
quite easily have been made from plastic!
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.
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.