Our Kenyan Safari

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Flag of Kenya  , Rift Valley,
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Woke up at 4.30am and got brekkie ready, Kembu Camp, no time to get ready so clothes were not changes and teeth were not cleeaned - again!

Paula told Alun who was chivvying her along that she needed to change her tampon before going on safari - sense of humour loss. It had the required effect and Aluns face was a picture!!

Arrived at Lake Nakuru National Park to go on our first safari of the trip. We saw: Water Buffalo (Vikkism: "What's that noise?! Is it the Water Buffalo? Oh no, it's the radio..."), Impala, Crowned Crane (Vikki's favourite), Crested Eagle, Waterbak, Zebra, Baboons and babies, Cranes, Storks, Pelicans, Egyptian Geese, Sparwing, Sacred Ibis, Hippo, Thompson Gazelle, Flamingo, Vultures, Guinea Fowl (bobble heads), Rothschild Giraffe, Cormerants, Wild Boar (Pumba), Ilan (deer with curly horns), Nakuru Waterfall, Black Backed Jackal, Black Rhino, Flat topped Acaccia Tree, White Rhino, Ostrich (Vikkism: One of the Kiwi girls thought it was a Moa - large NZ ostrich now extinct - "Oh", said vikki, "I thought you meant lawnmower...!"), Hyena, Eagle, Vervet Monkey, Dung Beetle (rolling a ball of poo to a place unknown).

Michael, our driver, had informed us at the start to keep our windows closed or else "we'd be lunch". Half way through the trip this all went out the window, the other van got stuck in the mud and we all had to get out and push. Tentatively we all either pushed the van, or a few went for a 'bush break' whilst keeping their peripheral vision atune to the slightest of movements around. One of our fellow tourists had obviously been feeling more nervous than the rest because she nearly lost the contents of her bowels when the van door was slid closed making a sound rather like a 'RRRRROOOOOAAAAAARRRRRR!

The safari was amazing but some highlights included a 'rhino crossing' - why did a huge White Rhino cross the road? Who knows, but it was bloody scary! Its strength and prehistoric form moved stealthlike across our path and it was breathtaking to watch. Within seconds we saw about thirty safari vehicles whipping up trils of dust as they blazed to the spot where we were - it was like stormchasers and we wondered what impact this must have on th rhinos. We moved on before the hoards descended...

Desperate for a loo break, Vikki crossed her legs and waited for the end of the safari, however within metres of returning to the Lake Nakuru NP office our attention was diverted to another set of Vervet Moneys by the roadside with a partucluarly special hue of AZURE GONADS, otherwise known as blue balls. With two sweating, semi squashed bananas left over from lunch Vikki decided to donate them to the Vervets, one dominant monkey found a way of eating both his own offerings and stealing those that were thrown to his smaller neighbours. 
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annewardell on

Vlad the Impala? xxxxx

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