Truck Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
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Trip End Dec 10, 2011


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Where I stayed
East African Mission Orphanage
What I did
Lake Nakuru National Park

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I was up early - 5:30 am for our 6 am breakfast - so we could leave for Lake Nakuru National Park.

"Lake Nakuru is a shallow strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque
landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland. The landscape includes
areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and
outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a
Euphorbia forest."

"The Park also contains Kenya’s largest population of rhinos.  The surface
of the lake occupies about a third of the park. The lake supports a
dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which
it derives its colour.  It is a food source for flamingos. The lake is
fringed by alkaline swamps with areas of sedge, cyprus laevigatus and
typha marsh along the river inflows and springs.  The surrounding areas
support a dry transitional savanna with lake margin grasslands."

"Up to 1.5 million flamingos plus 450 other species of birds" can be found in the park.   Quotes taken from http://www.magicalkenya.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=279&Itemid=221

It was a short drive and once in the park, we saw common zebra, buffalo, warthogs, white rhino, impala, waterbuck and Bachelor's gazelle, pelicans, flamingos, African hoopoe, fish eagle, Rothchild giraffe and a dead young zebra with its eye pecked out and belly gored.

There was a waterfall at our lunch spot, but most everyone had eaten his/her lunch ahead of time.  There were baboons in the parking lot and in the park too.

We later saw yellow-billed stork, black rhino, yellow-barked acacia trees, and something that looks like olive that Maasai use to make underarm deodorant.  I did not get a decent photo of this shrub however.  There was a lot to see and even though we whipped by some of the animals in the truck, we did get a fair amount of time to watch the giraffes doing whatever it was that they were doing:  it looked like necking!

A note on my wildlife identification and photography:  I am trying to be accurate in my labeling of the photos that I took, but I am afraid that some of my labeling might still be incorrect.  Sometimes my photos are fuzzy for a variety of reasons:  movement of the truck, especially unanticipated movement as well as acknowledged; distance; my SLR telephoto lens auto-focus feature no longer operates; my personal focus is currently not working correctly either - with or without corrective lenses.   So there are my excuses.

We stopped in town and I bought 5l of water with no label and held up my line while clerks went back to check on the price.  When we came back, several of our group played soccer with the children in the orphanage and won!  Some of the volunteers also played on the Gecko team.  I hung out with my girls for awhile and some other kids who took photos with my small camera. 

Now I am waiting for dinner.  We are not eating with the children tonight.

East Africa Mission Orphanage
PO Box 15416
Nakuru, Kenya  East Africa
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