African Animals

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

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Well we woke early and packed up our tents to head for our walking safari...well you can understand excitement levels (the previous day whilst driving we'd passed a giraffe on the side of the road which was quite a moment...but this was our first safari). We unloaded from the minibus and with our guide and warden with a gun we headed into the park...well before long we had dik dik's (like tiny deer) running around. We were close to a large (well i think it was) herd of Water Buffalo, and got amazingly close to some giraffe's having their breakfast on a nearby tree. Next i saw my first Zebra (i love Zebras - don't know why so particularly!) We saw Impala's, water bucks, ibis, pelicans and at a distance some hippos! Amazing :-) I'm gonna have to update this more later but run out of time, so will leave here for this space.

Ok i'm Back! The walking tour was an experience in itself because we were walking amongst the animals and were able to get so close to them...a couple of hundred metres probably. After that we started to head on to Nakuru. It is a fairly large town i think in Kenyan terms and as we got off the truck we were greeted by people trying to sell their wares...greg straight away bought a book on ki swahili so he could start trying to speak to people, and a kenya cap. We then went on mass to a little cafe for some food, before heading through the little tourist market that was near our truck. Their selling patter was very different to the Egyptian one, they encouraged you to just look and promised good prices, i bought some postcards (what a surprise) and not much else...i'm saving myself for my next bit of tat! Then we headed out of Nakuru for our nights campsite. Along the way we stopped to buy some veg by the road side, and that was when disaster struck! When we tried to go, the truck couldn't find a gear...after about half an hour of nursing they got us moving again and we got to the part of the road which washed away in the floods in 2000 and which has never been rebuilt (it just kinda suddenly becomes half a road and then a drop!) so there has been a track established through the trees etc around that we followed...out the otherside and we nearly lost our gears again...but a bit more nursing and we got to our campsite, but with the concise words of - the gear box is 'f*cked'! Fabulous!! The campsite was a nice one, and hippos graze there at night so you couldn't walk alone at night (and i didn't intend to go against that rule). We had our camp dinner and all just sat around in the bar having a chat...turned a bit morbid as we were talking about Suicide and death, but it was a very interesting conversation to have.
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