Lake Nakuru, the national park, about five minutes away from town was the next stop and before long we had our first experience of the parks entry system which is ridiculously long- winded and complicated , whist M ichael was dealing with the paperwork, taking the best part of an hour, I had an unfortunate encounter with a rather large Baboon, who jumped straight through the car window, onto my lap, swipe a bag of nuts and jump back out, it just sat beside the car until it had eaten the lot, charming!
The small park surrounding the Lake, like Baringo has water levels at record highs and this has all happened within a couple of years, therefore many of the roads have disappeared and the park is considerably smaller than it’s supposed to be.
Still plenty of birds, Buffalo everywhere and four White Rhino wallowing by the lakeshore, plus Gazelles, waterbuck etc, kept us entertained for a few hours. The park is very varied and beautiful, though somewhat strange to see the town and farmland surrounding the park from the high points. Not cheap at $200 per day , the “campsite” a couple of run-down toilets with no doors and no water and thats it for $25, -they really are taking the piss, we prefer the bush toilet anyway, having had no real choice in the matter!
The next morning we were up at the crack of dawn, never hard when your’e in bed at 8:00 pm, we searched the forest for Black Rhino and failed, lot’s of Waterbuck, very dark and pretty here, came across some rare Rothschild Giraffes (white legs) at close quarters this time. The roads were a bit of a nightmare, as there’s no signage and half the roads havedisappeared under the lake. Lot’s of butch Buffalo everywhere, big family herds,
finally we stumbled across Rhino central, various groups, pairs etc, a grand total of 18, this really must be the easiest place to see Rhino, given the relatively small numbers compared with say Umfolozi in South Africa. Always such a thrill to see them them!
Left the park, stocked up our supplies in Nakuru and headed south for Lake Elmenteita, this is the main road through Kenya, linking Mombassa and Nairobi with the interior. Without doubt, wev’e already witnessed some of the worst driving wev’e seen, made worse because the roads are so good, therefore the speeds are higher. Kamikazi pilots are girls blouses compared with the drivers here, it is simply unbelieveable, no wonder the death rate is the worst in the world. This is not just an occasional looney, it’s each and everyone.