Hippopotomi

Trip Start May 31, 2006
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Trip End Oct 14, 2006


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

We had another early start, but this was for Hippo spotting boat trip, as we were on the banks of lake Baringo (sorry failed to mention that yesterday). It was about a 5 minute walk to get to our boats to take us out onto the lake to look at the hippos and other wildlife. Another amazing experience - think i'm gonna utter those words a few times! First we went to the hippos who were standing head height in the water, then we went off around the lake, seeing lots of birds - stork's, heron's etc (and the boat leaders threw fish for them to make them fly in over us - difficult to take a photo of so there was varied success). We saw some Masi fishermen and passed the islands in the lake where they live there is a big island and a little island, the big island has over 400 families living there, the little island has 1. I think that family did quite well!

When we got back to camp we found out that our driver had gone to Nakuru for a part and there was pretty much zero chance of us going on anywhere that day, so we settled in at the bar (after doing some washing) and Greg, Kristy (Kiwi girl who is a farmer's Accountant in NZ), Sara and Tracey all sat around with me and drank and talked...it was fun, we couldn't believe it when 5 hours had passed. We were then going to go down to the jetty to try and catch the hippos coming in, and the storm clouds arrived, and we were all sent scurrying around grabbing washing. We all then dashed for the bar and down came the rain. It was a complete downpour and kept up for about 45 minutes i think... during that time we grabbed my cards and a box of matches for everyone and sat down to a game of poker. There were a few disagreements on the betting rules and who has control at various points (i honestly still don't get it). Tracey got some fantastic hands so doubled her matches. As it had been so miserable when we should have been cooking, Ronnie offered us an allocation each for food so that we could eat at the bar, you've never seen people jump at an offer so quick! (Especially the team on Cook Duty that night!) So we wiled away the rest of the evening with cards and darts, and Ronnie said he'd try and sort out a minibus to move us on the next morning as the truck needed some more serious work to the gearbox and was not going anywhere!

Oh yeah, there is one point of note that i wanted to make about this particular campsite, which was the long drop toilets. ie ventilation at front and back and loo seat with a long hole underneath...Jeremy this kinda produced a warm toilet seat due to the heat from below rising...so if you get bored of the heated seats in Tokyo, the campsite at Lake Baringo (Roberts Camp) may be a decent alternative. And you notice here that i actually call them decent...they were pretty good toilets all in...and you even got toilet paper (i'm more used to my gaping pockets with toilet roll in one pocket and hand sanitizer in the other!!)
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