Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A visit to George Adamson's

Before we left Nakuru on the third day, Lindsay went out with Andrew alone to get more shots of the flamingos. They also spotted a black rhino. Black rhino like bushes and scrub and are difficult to find, while the white rhino like the open plains, and are much easier to see. They are actually about the same colour, their names have nothing to do with their skin colour.

Black Rhino
Orchestra please...
I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!
It was a short drive to Elsamere at Lake Naivasha, which used to be the retirement home of George and Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame. We were allowed to look at the museum/library, kept under lock and key. It houses many of the Adamson’s books, photographs and Joy’s paintings. Sadly, Joy was murdered by their house boy over a pay dispute, while George was murdered by poachers at Kora. This means so much more to me now as I have just finished the novel called “a lion named Christian”, which I loved. Christian was given to George to release back into the wild to the east of Nairobi, probably near Kora where George died. Two of the lions that were to form a pride with Christian were rehabilitated at Naivasha.

Colobus Monkey
Joy brought four of these Colobus monkeys to Elsamere in 1961, there are about eight there now.

We were supposed to go on a boat trip today, but the light wouldn't have been right, so we asked if we could do it first thing in the morning before the long trip to the Masai Mara.

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