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Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru - Mount Kenya National Park

This is a historic journal, from our trip to Kenya and Seychelles in 1986, taken from notes I wrote at the time. Apologies for the poor quality photographs.


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Wednesday 12th November 1986

After breakfast we leave Lake Naivasha and head out of town, then north. Turning off the main road onto a dirt track, we see impala, waterbuck and even a few baboons.

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Lake Nakuru
Arriving at Lake Nakuru, we find it wonderfully non-commercialised. There is nothing there but us and a million or so flamingo plus a few other birds.

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We spot what we think is a hippo in the lake, a thought which is disputed by a couple of the others. “They are just rocks”. The others soon change their minds when the rocks get up and walk off.

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We are just leaving when we hear a noise – a hippo coming out of the water with her little baby. What a fabulous bonus.

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Crossing the Equator
At the Equator we stop for photos, on our way to Nyeri and Outspan Hotel where we have lunch.

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Outspan Hotel
A beautiful place, with a colourful garden full of jacaranda trees. When the wind blows, it rains blue petals – magical!

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Mount Kenya National Park
We continue to Mount Kenya National park and Mountain Lodge.

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Mount Kenya

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Black and White Colobus Monkeys

Mountain Lodge
This place really is something else. Built of all wood, each room has its own balcony and there is a viewing bunker right down by the watering hole. When we arrive, there are a few buffalo, bushbuck, warthogs, a young elephant and some sykes monkeys at the waterhole. I find it hard to grasp the fact that these animals are wild, not semi-tame and placed there for our amusement.

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The sound of the jungle, the noise of the buffalo horns smacking together, the birds and the frogs, a hyena laughing, the call of a distant elephant, the crunch of the forest hogs eating – these are sounds I will never forget; together with the smell of the rainforest and the eeriness of the tall trees lit up by the floodlights against the dark background of the African sky.

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Sykes Monkey, Pied Crow and Hammerkop

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Giant Forest Hogs

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A hyena comes out of the jungle, grabs something and disappears back into the forest.

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We go to bed knowing the game watchman will wake us if any animals we particularly want to see appears – we wrote out preferences and room number in a book. Such service, and so well organised. At midnight we get a call to see a genet cat, that's all.

Posted by Grete Howard 05:13 Archived in Kenya

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