Lake Nakuru National Park

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 13, 2012

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012, Tuesday

Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha

After breakfast drive into the Great Rift Valley to the Lake Nakuru (150 miles). Lunch at the lodge, which enjoys spectacular views of the lake and often a flamboyance of flamingoes. An afternoon game drive with possible sightings of the endangered black rhino.

As you can already tell, both Jack and I are writing in the blog. Typically, Jack writes the main entry and then I come back and interject my notes, so that's why it might sometimes seem confusing or with a slightly varied perspective in the writing.

Another long day in the car made longer because we had to turn around at one point and take a different route. We learned that a college was having a demonstration in the streets and wouldn’t let any vehicles pass by the college. I think all of us are getting a bit tired of the long drives in the vans.

We arrived at Lake Nakuru Lodge. Seems like a nice place, maybe a little tired around the edges but still very nice and it has character, that’s for sure. Kind of a modern thatched roof look. Our porter hauled our luggage down to the room and explained that we must not leave our sliding door open or the baboons will come into your room. I guess they (baboons) go along and check them to see if anyone left them unlocked and then come in and look for stuff to eat. (We already know about how that happens. J) While getting to our room was a long walk, it was next to the open Mara where the animals roamed just beyond.  We were immediately greeted by a family of baboons not more than 20 feet from our sliding glass door, just kind of hanging out in the grass and under the trees.  After settling into our room, we all immediately went to the restaurant to get lunch. Another "seemingly" great selection of foods and desserts. (The word “seemingly” is in quotes for a reason.) We got done in time for us to head back to the room for about an hour rest before we go out for a safari looking for Rhinos and flamingos along the shore of the lake. We’ll let you know how that turns out after we return.

Wow, what an evening this was, in more ways than one! We saw lots more cape buffalo, several White Rhino’s, several hyenas, the Rothchilds giraffe, and the 5th of the Big Five, the Black Rhino! We didn’t see the black rhino until we were just driving into the hotel. We also saw lots of pelicans and lots of pink flamingos down next to Lake Nakuru, although not the massive flocks you see in the National Geog photo spreads. Apparently the water quality of the lake varies in a natural way and unfortunately right now it is such that makes for low numbers of the flamingos. While driving away from the lake, were thrilled when one of the white rhinos crossed the road directly in front of our van! They are so huge it is nearly impossible to describe. One of them had a lower horn that was approaching 3’ in length! Absolutely prehistoric looking.

We learned that there are really not a white colored rhino and a black colored rhino. They are both pretty much the same color which is a gray color. The main way to tell the difference between the two is that the white rhino has a very wide square looking mouth. The black rhino has a more pointed mouth. The black rhino is rare so when our guide spots one, he gets really excited. Apparently the white rhino got the name mistakenly. The story is that when the tribal people were explaining the distinctive difference between the two, the British thought they were saying “white” when in fact they were saying “wide”. Now it is forever known as “white” instead of “wide mouthed rhino”… the story goes! Next we came upon a very large herd of giraffes and they were very close to our vans. Magnificent animals. Gentle face. Beautiful loping gait when they run. We saw adults and a few young ones. These are the Rothschild giraffes as compared to the Reticulated Giraffes we saw at the two previous national reserves.

So now comes the downside of the day. Remember that “seemingly” great selection of foods we had for lunch?  As we were heading off to the game drive around 4 pm, Kathy said she had an “edgey” stomach. Kathy got sick and we had to stop the van twice for her to feed the animals. It is almost 7 pm and she will be down for the night without dinner. Hope she feels better overnight because we leave at 7:15 am tomorrow morning for the drive to Masai Mara. We will be there for two days which I think everyone is ready for. No internet available here in these rooms.
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Jenni on

Such an amazing trip! Thanks for letting us follow along. Sorry you both have had some bout of sickness. Glad to hear everyone is better. I cannot wait to see all the pics. Enjoy your last few days!

Lee on

RHINOS at last! YAY!!! Great photos!

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