Lake Nakura National Park

As we travel to Lake Nakura we again see some subtle changes.  The people appear to be more poor in the country side, although the towns appear to be fairly prosperous.  Its the very small villages with road side business that appear to be almost without hope.  We are a bit further from the areas particularly damaged by the drought and crops, both large commercial enterprises and small individual crops are productive.


One of the few "picture stops" out on the road, was made as we went by Mount Kenya.  I attempted to get several shots as we were bumping down the road, and was pleased when Hodge made the stop. 

Taken as we went down the road. 



                                                                                                                    The best of the lot.

















Some of the road side buildings in the countryside. 

                                                                                                            Local produce for sale
















Strange, I thought, there were any number of locations selling ornamental plants and flowers, given how poor the people were, and how difficult life must be.  Each of there nurseries were beautifully maintained, large or small. 

A small nursery along the road

A larger one in he town

Notice the construction in the background of the picture - all the supports, braces, and work platforms are constructed of bamboo. 



A clothing shop











Shops and a butcher shop - no refrigeration



A beautifully maintained gas station at which we stopped


 Homes hidden behind a fence - I'll never think of Kenya without thinking of the smell of smoke

The Magnate area was known as the White Island.  When Hodge first mentioned that moniker, we asked why.  He said that during earlier colonial times, only whites were allowed to live in this area - hence - White Island.

More nurseries








Quite a mixture of huts in this small village. 

Ah, the roads!  Why were we here?  See below


A truck, on the "real road" was stuck in the mud, blocking the road. 

So we took a short detour around the stuck truck, via the area beyond the shoulder of the road.  Hodge was an excellent driver and took this all in stride

More road side buildings



Notice the carts - all human powered



The area's bicycle shop 


And we stop on the Equator

The was a tourist souvenir shop here, of course.   Several main attractions - fresh red paint on the paths to the "fancy restrooms" (see Fellow Travelers pages), several globs of spilled paint on the shop's floors, and lectures on  how to tell if you were above or below the Equator by watching water drain. 

See, the water moves clockwise



Now its counter clockwise









As the majority of the group was watching water, I wondered around and saw this flowering vine. 






  It is the Passion Fruit plant.  The flower to the upper left and a yet to ripen fruit below. 


Out in the middle of no-where, a synagogue.  The only one we saw. 


A clothing store

A supermarket and roadside stands


This was a girl's school - the only time I saw students outside, other than walking to the school or walking home

Below, a boy's school 

Incidentally, other than a picture you'll find later these were the only playing children seen in either Kenya or Tanzania






This is the Makalia Falls, at the south end of Lake Nakuru - We have motion pictures of this, but we can't get the website to present them. 

Worker's huts 


















One of only two decent roads we had the opportunity to ride while in Kenya

During the trip this day between Samburu and Lake Nakura we crossed the Equator between 7 and 9 times.  The road seemed to parallel the equator for much of the trip.

And We Arrive At Lake Nakura







As you will find as you see the pictures that follow, this was a difficult place for me to get good shots.   Quite a few of the animals were some distance from the road, and the leopard shots were taken at dusk - and my camera didn't seem to like that light - grainy pictures and difficult focus.   

On our first safari here we immediately see Water Bucks.

Then we see more of them.



                            Cape Buffalo

Notice the one below with a bird on his back and 

grass on his horns



Lake Nakura is one of few places to see Rhinoceros.  These are White Rhinoceros

A pretty rare sight!

Birds along for the ride

Birds ride the Cape Buffalo as well 

These impala make for a great picture








                                    The common eland are near the lake


Cape Buffalo with Lake Nakura  and flamingos in the background

                                                                                    More riders







Zebra and Grant's gazelles on the edge of the forest

A herd of Zebra - much like horses - bickering, biting and rolling in the dust

















Another herd coming out of the forest towards the lake


















The famous Lake Nakura Flamingos - we were told that at some periods of the year, the entire lake is pink




And the pelicans








And our last views of the White Rhinoceros







These next pictures require some explanation

One of the most prized African safari pictures are those of leopards in trees.  We came upon this leopard at dusk.  Light was dropping so quickly I took as many pictures as possible - it got to the point focusing was a guess, as was the actual location of the leopard.  The vast majority of the pictures were worthless, and you may think the ones I save are of little value.   This first picture is what the actual images looked like before I spent extensive time with PhotoShop. 











Well,  we got a couple keepers out of this small batch.


And the _________ Hawk watches in amusement








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And we're off to Masai Mara National Reserve, Keekerok Lodge