Before we went to Nakuru, almost six months had passed since our last trip which was to Amboseli. After plans for Brazil were pushed to a later date, we were all eager to hit the road with our cameras and see the beauty that lies past our computer screens.
We met just outside Westlands on the cold Monday morning of 4th August, car pooled and hit the road towards Nakuru. We had a brief stopover at Kijabe for some roast maize and later at Kikopey for some meat. The prices of meat at these shacks rivals that in the more refined establishments in Nairobi!
We got to Nakuru at about 1630h and after some shopping, got into Lake Nakuru National Park just before the 1800h cut-off time.
Because of flooding at the Lake, we found that the main gate and park offices had relocated to higher ground. The road flanking the western side of the Lake was underwater so getting to Makalia Campsite, which is where we were to spend the night, took longer than expected. The extra distance covered was made manageable by the sighting of a lioness!
A view of Lake Nakuru through the enchanted forest on the eastern side of the Lake.
Early Tuesday morning before breaking camp. We were the only humans at the campsite.
After breaking camp, we took a game drive, the only one of the day, as we exited the park. We took our time and shot leisurely, occasionally coming out of our cars at designated points to take in the beauty of the park.
A view of Lake Nakuru from Baboon Cliff.
This isn’t a big rat, but a rock hyrax, the elephant’s closest relative in the animal kingdom.
We got back to Nairobi when it was dark and started planning the next trip, which will most likely be to Magadi and Natron.