From the Lakes to the Mountain

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

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Lake Naivasha and Mount Kilimanjaro

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Parts of Kenya are absolutely beautiful!  Lake Nakuru was covered in an ethereal mist which gradually lifted as we ate breakfast.  Then it was back down the escarpment to one of the rift valley lakes.  Lake Naivashu is the only fresh water lake in the valley and is nestled amid lush green rolling hills.  We went on a canoe ride on the glassy lake and viewed an abundance of water birds and our fist sighting of hippos, looking like huge boulders in the shallows of the lake, surrounded by water hyacinths.
Our journey continued back through Nairobi where we went through some more salubrious suburbs - but still with roads that were peppered with potholes - and then headed south - on a sealed road - towards Amoboseli national park at the base of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. As we crossed the savannah, we kept our eyes peeled for our first view of the fabled mountain, but alas, it was sheathed in cloud.  Rain showers as walls of grey made their way across the plains.  As we neared 'Kili' the clouds gradually started to lift!  First a lower peak peeked out and then gradually more of the summit was unveiled.  In the meantime, we enjoyed watching the animals, which included many elephants which seem to be the most prolific animal in the area.  One poor grandfather elephant was seen wandering along, possibly on his final journey.

As evening approached, we arrived at our accommodation for the nest two nights, Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Once again we were greeted with hot towels and a refreshing fruit juice.  This is a feature of every place we stayed on our safari.  How civilised after a long and dusty ride!
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