Has Anybody Heard, About the Bird
Trip Start Aug 21, 2009
52Trip End Nov 09, 2009
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Flamingo Hill Tented Camp
Lake Nakuru is located 230 km. (143 mi.) norther west of Nairobi and is 200 sq. km. (77 sq. mi.) in area. It is renowned for its flamingo population which numbers over 2 million but it is also home to 400 other species of birds. We also saw a pair of white rhinos, a leopard (quite rare here apparently), Thompson's gazelles, and the common zebra. Lake Nakuru is a salt water lake because it is shallow and, while it has tributaries coming into it, there is no outlet
One thing about a safari is that you're always going to be eating dust somewhere. It is everywhere. It is blowing off all the dusty gravel make-shift roads and off the plains. Like the song goes, "Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind."
We are staying at a tented camp called Flamingo Hill. There is every amenity that the lodges have, including flush toilets, hot and cold running water, hot shower, king-sized bed, electrical outlets, etc. In fact, the overall room we have is larger than what we have experienced to date in the lodges. The main difference is that the outer skin is canvas and not wood, but that can lead to a more comfortable sleep because it breathes better. This is hardly what you would call tenting but it is a different accommodation type and it is really comfortable comgining the best of teh lodges and the outdoorsy feel and look of tenting.
Had a nice gin and tonic on our patio late this afternoon before dinner, watching some buffalo and zebras roam in the plains in front of our tent. There was a beautify African sunset to end another wonderful day and another great meal. The night was clear and the stars and planets twinkled brightly above the vast African landscape. We came to our tent from dinner tonight to a bed warmed by hot water bottles. Quite the life. Can't wait until tomorrow when we enter the Masai Mara.