Lake NakuruWe travelled from Samburu to Nakuru by road, passing through villages and towns that were very poor. Everywhere was dirt except for the road, the shops dotted along the side of the road were just small brightly coloured buildings mostly without windows. The shop names are all in English. Educated Kenyans are taught two languages at school, Swahili and English, so along with their own dialect, most of them are fluent in three languages.
|Lodgings and Restaurant|
We arrived just in time for a very late lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge which is inside the National Park.
We had come to Nakuru specifically for black and white Rhino, Flamingos and the Rothschild Giraffe. Other species here are the African Spoonbill, Yellow-Billed Duck, Egyptian Goose, Thompson Gazelle, African Cape Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Water Buck, Guinea Fowl, African Eland, Agama Lizard, Baboons, Warthog...
We went straight down to see the flamingos at the lakes edge. They were so far out they were only dots and I was very disappointed. The level of the lake has risen over the past couple of years and the road that normally goes further around, where we could have got closer, is now under water. Apparently this isn't the best time of year to see them. Ye of little faith.... wait until tomorrow!
On the way down we saw our first pair of white rhino. Not being able to go off road, we could only marvel at them from a distance, but close enough for Lindsay to photograph.
There was a Dung beetle, laboriously rolling a ball of dung down the track….
|Dung beetle doing what dung beetles do|
Lake Nakuru National Park has a lot more vegetation than Samburu, lots of bushes and high grass. Finding game here is going to be difficult unless it is out on the open plains.