Sunday, 25 April 2010

lake nakuru -- flora and fauna

this weekend i hire jennifer from pride of nairobi tours to take me to lake nakuru national park. i really debated what to do. i was exhausted from my crazy week of travel and work, but i think it was worth it . . . i had one of the best game drives of my life, and jennifer is a delight to hang out with.

here is jennifer with david a vendor at this stop
i ended up buying a soap dish . . .
because heaven knows i need more african soap dishes . . .

she knows all the recommended view points :)
(sometimes the tourist marketing is just a bit over the top)

views from the point

david and his daughter
i'm not totally sure why he made a scary face
it was totally intentional, and i think he might have roared.
he was actually a really sweet guy.

i was fascinated by these gardens
it corn/maize that surrounds cabbage . . .
everyone seemed to be doing it.

for those who know my passion for "flower confidential"
it was super interesting for me to be here, where so many of the world's flowers are grown
these are the grow huts

apparently the volcano really messed up the flower industry here
about 50,000 people were laid off


this is a rest stop on the highway

these are storks
how did our mythology come to include having these
hideous birds bring babies to mommies and daddies?
can you imagine how scared the baby would be
plus you can't smell through this picture,
but they stink really bad!

at our hotel

just outside our hotel on our evening game drive we saw this little baby
steenbuck . . . jennifer estimated that she was less than 24 hours old

lake nakuru and some acacia

there is a white rhino in the background


acacia at sunset

acacia's and a rhino

the road from my perspective

lake nakuru is famous for pink flamingos

i walked really close to these two
i think zebra and giraffe are my favorite things to see in the wild
tho, cats are pretty sweet too!

secretary bird

white rhino

sunset from my room

sunRISE from the parking lot
i really love sunrise
i wish i saw them more often

heading down the road to check out some animals
this amazing fog was rolling down the side of the mountain

sometimes i have to say, mother nature is creative and a bit crazy . . .
i mean, who comes up with this stuff
it seriously is mind blowing
but thanks for creating all this
because it is really really really awesome!

acacia . . .
seriously, these are the coolest trees

water buffalo migrating to the lake

they use the same path!

and because they run, you can see the dirt they carry on the hooves spread over the road

water buffalo paths

this rhino was just chillin out
as the sun rose
but jennifer decided to make her move

i am not exaggerating when i say, you could smell her from where i was at
think dairy farm

we decided not to go down this road
it had rained super hard the night before

jennifer was convinced that these birds,
that would not get off the road and kept yelling at us,
were alerting us to a lion being near
we never saw one
but i suspect there was one near . . .


this is a masi giraffe
they have darker spots
so beautiful!

rhino and a stork
probably the ugliest animals ever

some of the most beautiful!

zebra, giraffe, water buffalo

this guy is reguritating food from one of his 4 stomachs

this guy is getting a drink
according to jennifer
giraffes have HUGE hearts
and they can't put their heads down for long or too much blood will rush to their brain
and they will die.
this means that they sleep standing up
with their heads up
for like 10 mins at a time
i'd go nuts!

i was really facinated by her feet


these guys!
baboons are so crazy
they totally took over the road
and were really stubburn about getting off the road

it was okay, because there was this brand new baby who i was so facinated by
it was really amazing watching these two parents care so tenderly for her

i was pretty focused on the baby, and
didn't notice the baby being made right in the middle of the road
sheese, there are kids around!

he didn't seem to care

learning the ropes
as it were

who knew they were so mangy?!

this mommy ran three legged,
protecting her baby from our car for a LONG time
it is a really new baby . . .
again probably born within the last few hours


christine said...

I love Lake Nakuru. I was there last year in February. You really did have a great game drive, especially with all those rhinos in one place. That's the most I've ever seen in one place.

joshuapackard said...

awesome pics! what an adventure. sometimes I want your job. best pic: the baboon enjoying the afterglow. the cute baby steenbuck was good too.

KamilahNYC said...

Seriously great photos! What a trip you had!

Karen said...

HI, wonderful photos. I've been advised not to visit Lake Nakura this April (lack of flamingos) but it seems to have other attractions. I'm hoping you see this late post and can advise me about going there. I'm leaning yes. Thank you, Karen