Lake View Estate

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  • Day35

    Day 30&31 Nakuru Game Park

    May 13, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Packed up in the morning and headed out for the Nakuru Game Park (fenced in). It is only 150 km from Eldoret, but it took more than three hours to get there. Two lane highway, no shoulder and way, way too much traffic. Speed limit is 100 for private vehicles and 80 for trucks and public transportation - so the real speed ends up about 60 km/hr. We think that Mexican driving is a little crazy, it is much worse here. Drivers are desperate to pass and will pull out with very little space between them and oncoming cars and everyone travels so close, there is very little space to pull back in quickly if need be. The only thing that makes it all work is that the speed is relatively slow.

    I gave Sherry my camera to take photos from the front seat.....sadly, the SD card wasn't seated properly and none of the many, many photos she took were not saved. :(. There was lots to look at, my favourite were the ladies transporting firewood on their heads. Every little town had vendors selling the local whatever. Some were wood, some were carrots, some were fish, some were corn, some were cabbages. As we came from Nakuru to Nairobi Saturday evening there areas with stands of various fruits.

    It is quite amazing how the locals spot a vehicle with foreigners in it and stare and wave. The children are especially fun to greet.

    Nakuru is a smallish city, but from our first glimpse, seems very nice. It's built on/around one of the largest volcano craters in the country (maybe world?). The volcano is extinct, but they harvest geothermal energy from it.

    We stayed at a brother and sister's place. 10 years ago the built a fairly large home and run it as a guest house. They open it only to Witnesses and she says they only get a few guests a year. So, they have started renting rooms to long term tenants - Currently there is an Italian pioneer couple from the sign language congregation living with them. Basic, simple room, with a shower, toilet and time we will remember to bring towels! USD15 per couple.

    Saturday to the Game Park
    Tom and Sherry checked the internet and found out that the park opens at 6 am. So, we were up at 5 and out the door at 5:30. Got to the park at 5:55 to be told we would have to wait because it doesn't open until 6:30.

    The only one of the big 5 we hadn't seen yet was the Rhino and we were hoping to see one. Within about 1 and a half hours we spotted a group of 3 (including a baby) grazing along with a group of water buffalo. Our safari experience is complete...

    We just wandered around the park for the next few hours, watching giraffe, zebras, many many buffalo, warthogs, and various birds. As we were heading toward the park gate to leave around 4pm we spotted three jackals and then a final rhino. The route he was taking was going to take him across the road in front of us, so we waited. He didn't seem to appreciate our presence and he started making moves as if to charge us. Real enough that Tom hit the gas to get out of his way. The Diesel engine didn't respond so quickly and we were thinking that we might actually get rammed. Ended up it was only a mock charge and the rhino stopped about 6 feet short of the car - close enough to get us excited.

    We headed for Nairobi - another 150 km away and another 3-3.5 hour drive with the same traffic conditions. Stopped for a delicious Chinese dinner at a restaurant Tom and Sherry know. Reasonable (not cheap) prices and at the end they gave us all a little gift to take home. 10 minutes after dinner we were at the Kenya Branch. Tom and Sherry arranged for us all to stay. We were given a very nice room with a separate bedroom and kitchen. Shower and bed never felt so good.
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  • Day5

    Naar Flamingo Hill Camp

    September 10, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Vannacht geen wake up call gekregen voor ons gewenst wild... wel uitgebreid nog mogen meegenieten van de 'paringsrituelen' van een paar Homo Sapiens in de kamer naast ons ;) Omdat 'safari': 'sta lekker vroeg op' betekent, worden we om 06.30 uur begroet door de wekker. We hebben weer een flinke rit voor de boeg dus na het Happy Birthday gezang van Michelle, slaan we een gat in de cake die we gisteravond al hadden gekregen. Tijdens de rit passeren we de evenaar. Uiteraard staan naast het bord 'Equator' direct de nodige shops met prullaria. Tevens kunnen je kijken naar een demonstratie over hoe aan de ene kant van het bord het water linksom kolkt en aan de andere kant van het bord, rechtsom... tuurlijk... Mede opmerkelijk omdat volgens de GPS het bord niet precies op de evenaar staat :) Rond de lunch komen we aan in Flamingo Hill Camp. We relaxen even bij het zwembad voordat we weer de auto in stappen om 16.00 uur. De game drive levert weinig (zichtbare) flamingo's op. Door het gestegen water van het meer is het minder zout en dus minder interessant voor de flamingo's. Gelukkig zijn er nog genoeg andere dieren en met het zien van de neushoorn en de buffel maken we de Big Five compleet. Bij het eten blijkt dat de niet ontgaan is dat Gordon jarig is. De complete keukenploeg en bediening komt onder luid gezang met een taart door het restaurant ge-polonaist. Na het uitblazen van de kaarsjes moet er gedanst worden - yeahhh. Uitgeblust vallen we snel in slaap in onze nieuwe - wederom luxe - 'tent' :)Read more

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