It's raining, but who cares!

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
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Trip End Nov 28, 2012


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What I did
Flamingos, pelicans, a herd of white rhinos and a bogged safari vehicle

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Retracing our 'ruts' back to the main road (paved) from Nairobi and on past a few of the Rift Valley Lakes.
 
What does one have to do to get a drivers' license in this country?  It would appear that the solid lines in the centre of the road mean nothing!  We made our way up the Mau Escarpment (the western rim of the Rift Valley), pulling out and passing numerous trucks snailing their way up the hill.  It was nothing to see a truck approaching us - chicken? -  and then getting back into our lane just in time. Some weren't quite as fortunate, as we did see one truck lying on its side.  Excitement on a Sunday morning for the villagers!  One cyclist even took the easy way up - hitching a ride by hanging on to the back of a truck!  An  unscheduled stop found us at a service station and some of the group checked out the washrooms.  They were the pits!

Lake Nakuru is a gorgeous lake situated amid rolling hills.  Lunch was hurried as it had started to rain!  We had to be quick to get our afternoon game drive in before the roads deteriorated!  The lake is normally a deep colour of pink as thousands of flamingos usually line its shores.  Due to lots of recent rain, the level of the water was high and so many of the flamingos has moved to other shallower lakes. We spied numerous waterbirds and a strange phenomenon called a 'stork tree'!  The rains came - and a rainbow happened -  and one of the vehicles became bogged.  This was a blessing in disguise as from out of the distance, a herd of white (wide mouth) rhinos appeared and ambled right up to see what the commotion was all about.  Once again, lady luck had struck! Another wonderful day.  Three days into the safari and our quest to see 'The Big 5' was now complete.
The Big 5 are lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - trophies for the game hunters!
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