Lake Nakuru, Kenya

The drive from the Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru took half the day.  Zannah and I were joined by Narumi, a Japanese student in her early 20s.  Narumi was traveling solo around East Africa and had been in Uganda before Kenya.  As we left the Masai Mara, Zannah pointed out a barefoot Masai man herding goats while texting on his mobile phone.  Times have changed, we agreed.

After checking into our hotel in Lake Nakuru, Zannah, Narumi and I took a short walk around town.  Tusker Time arrived and the three of us stopped at a restaurant for a beer before dinner.

 

Streets of Lake Nakuru

 

Early the next morning Steve took us out in the safari van for our first and only game drive around Lake Nakuru.  I kept my fingers crossed that we would see a leopard – the only one of the Big Five we hadn’t spotted yet – but the elusive big cat stayed hidden once again.

 

Baboon Mom and Baby at Lake Nakuru

 

Marabou Stork Taking Flight

 

Flamingo Reflection

 

Flamingos in Flight

 

Flamingo Silhouettes

 

African Buffalo at Lake Nakuru

 

Hawk in Flight at Lake Nakuru

 

Steve drove us up to the overlook on Baboon Cliff, where a warning sign read, “Visitors are requested to carry their litter with them to reduce baboon menace.”  I’m happy to report that our time on the cliff was completely menace-free.

 

Zannah on Baboon Cliff

 

Lake Nakuru from Baboon Cliff

 

White Rhinos at Lake Nakuru

 

Our game drive ended around 11am and we returned to our hotel for a quick lunch before hitting the road back to Nairobi.  Zannah and I were cutting it a little close – we needed to be at the Nairobi Railway Station by 6pm in order to catch the night train to Mombasa – but we made it with time to spare.