The primary glimmers of daylight slowly unfold throughout the sky to the East as our 4WD Safari Van pulled into Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park in Kenya. Varied shades of pink, orange, purple and blue started to interrupt into blue because the solar rose above the reflections of Lake Nakuru.
Our Kenyan Safari Trip to Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park
The joy ranges had been excessive on solely the second day of my Oasis Overland 75 Day tour from Nairobi to Cape City.
Primarily since Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park comprises among the finest wildlife recognizing alternatives in Africa, with 4 of the “Massive 5” on supply, the one one lacking is the almighty Elephant. And inside seconds, I used to be ticking them off the record.
We parked solely 100m via the gate entrance subsequent to 2 gargantuan Water Buffalo 10m away within the grass. Exiled from their herd for turning into too outdated, they had been left to roam the Sport Park by themselves with out companions for his or her last years.
Maybe the closeness of the doorway offered them with a way of safety from the predators wandering the grassy plains.
As we continued alongside the slender winding street beneath the blanketing Acacia tree forest, the chatter of Baboons was the one sound breaking the silence above our van’s engine.
They rapidly notice that Safari automobiles imply meals, and all of the viewpoints over Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park are infested with Baboons making an attempt to climb via open home windows after a tasty snack. Unsuspecting vacationers are jumped upon, and items of fruit are snatched from their fingers.
Nasty, nasty animals.
Simply as widespread because the Baboons are the Zebras.
Their distinctive black and white stripes graze throughout the grass amongst the opposite herbivores in herds unfold throughout a number of hundred meters. We had been even fortunate sufficient to see a number of fights as they nipped and bit one another as they ran.
The fierce-looking, majestic, Black and White Rhino is plodding alongside between the Zebra, Impala, and Water Buffalo.
The conservation efforts and anti-poaching Rangers patrolling Sport Park implies that the Rhino has flourished right here. And with over 70 of every species in Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park, recognizing the 2nd of the “Massive 5” is simple to do.
You aren’t simply restricted to Baboons both. Cheeky Vervet monkeys clamber among the many branches of Acacia timber with their infants clinging to their backs as they chatter to at least one one other.
One of many animals I used to be dying to identify was the Giraffe. And with two shy Giraffes hiding within the forest, I used to be getting anxious we’d not see any.
I’m not positive what I used to be anxious about.
As we crested one of many hills, the plains dropped away in entrance of us, revealing over 50 strolling throughout the grass. Straight throughout our path, they walked, stopping to strip the juicy leaves from the excessive branches. Their tongues wrapped round every leaf earlier than shifting on their means.
It was right here that our Guides radio started chirping like mad. He mentioned he had a shock for us simply up the street with a smile over his shoulder.
Three lion cubs round a yr outdated resting below the shade of a tree out of the baking sizzling Kenyan solar. As we switched off our engine, one other curious older Male slouched into the open to eye us up.
I may have sat and watched them relaxation simply 5 meters from our Safari van for hours, however there was simply an excessive amount of else to see.
One of many issues that Lake Nakuru is most well-known for is its Pink Flamingos.
It appeared like our luck wasn’t about to expire both.
As we turned in direction of the primary gate, our journey was interrupted by the chatter on the radio once more. This time a Leopard had been noticed a number of KMs from our present place.
We didn’t must be reminded how uncommon it might be to see a Leopard both. I hadn’t even factored in seeing one throughout my complete Africa journey, and with lower than 10 in Lake Nakuru Nationwide Park, I didn’t assume it might be immediately.
A lone Leopard is resting 20 ft off the forest ground on a department. Its entrance left paw held on one aspect whereas its head rested on its proper. As we switched off the engine, it raised its head and stared straight down my digicam lens sending shivers down my backbone.
It was the proper finish to a magical day that I’ll always remember.