KENYA BORDER TO LAKE BARINGO

¬†Carried on out of town, passed through the small village of Iten, this is where all the Kenyan runners train and there were many, plus cyclists, as it’s 2,300 m and a chilly 20 degrees for us, however as you the drop down the escarpment to the Rift valley floor to about a 1,000 m and 32 degrees, it becomes much more satisfactory. Continued on to Lake Baringo, unusually a freshwater Lake, for rift valleys.

All Kenyan atheletes come from here

All Kenyan atheletes come from here

 

Rift valley going into Kenya

Rift valley going into Kenya

Stayed at “Roberts camp” which was very nice, the best, cold showers we’d had in ages, so we finally got nice and clean. Plenty of strange birds around. Unusually the lake was at record levels, even though there’s been no exceptional rain. No-one seemed to know why and the neighbouring lodge was up to roof level!

Shrike

Shrike

red paradise flycatcher

red paradise flycatcher

 

 

Next morning fiddled with the car, did some washing, I’d seen a Monitor Lizard going into a hole in the wall and were just commenting on how it was a shame we’d never got a good picture of one, when out came an absolute monster about four foot long, a proper mini dragon, so we managed to get our photo after all, we then saw several others including one chewing it’s way through a fish carcuss.

about 4ft long

about 4ft long

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Alot of Crocs and Hippo’s right up to the camp. The bird-life here is extraordinary, you don’t have to move anywhere, it all comes to you, Michael saw all three Paradise fly-catcher’s including the rare white morph, in one bush!

 

Took a small boat trip out to the islands on Lake Baringo with Sam who acts on behalf of the local community, to see the rare Rothschilds Giraffe, that have been relocated to Ruko Island to protect them from poachers and see them we did, rather strangely, looking down on them rather than up as they grazed amongst the Acacia bushes, a lovely trip if ever you are in the area.

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Crossed the Equator once more and headed for Nakuru,we were told Nakuru wasn’t very exciting , but we actually found it rather pleasant, well spread out, clean with a huge modern, Nakumatt (supermarket)

 

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