Nakuru National Park

Trip Start Jul 14, 2002
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Trip End Dec 17, 2007


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Friday, February 9, 2007

We drove to Eldoret in Kenya which we used as a base to visit Lake Nakuru National Park. On the day of arrival at Eldoret I went on a visit to a local farm. There we saw some newborn calves and lots of cows and dogs. We also saw horses and a bees nest. The farm provides work for lots of local women who knit things out of the sheep wool and sell them. We visited the women and many of their creations were really good.

The next day we went on my first proper safari to Lake Nakuru National Park. There we saw lots of zebra, gazelles, monkeys, baboons, rhinoceros, elephant, flamingos, giraffes and even a dung beetle! The park itself was beautiful. It is a wide expanse of green with a pink lake (due to the algae) and lots of acacia trees. There is also a cliff-like area that we went to and could see over the whole park which was stunning. We could see the lake, the flamingos and even some rhinos below. I loved every minute of it. It was so amazing to see all these animals in their natural habitat.

After the game drive I went for a walk. I passed a building and could hear people chanting inside so I decided to be a bit nosy and have a look inside. It was a school and all the little children were reciting the alphabet. The teacher saw me and invited me in to watch. The children were so good, and really enthusiastic (unlike British schoolchildren) and seemed fascinated by me. They were learning English so the teacher asked me if I would like to teach them. Along with two other people from my group we played games with them and taught them 'head shoulders knees and toes'. The children were so good and it reaffirmed to me that I want to go into teaching, especially if they are all as disciplined as these children.

From Lake Nakuru we headed back to Nairobi to drop off some people who finished their trip and to pick up some new people who are joining us to Cape Town.
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