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Day 4 (Wednesday, 8th November)


 

Walking at Lake NakuruWe set off from Treetops at 8:30am in the pouring rain, with no animals to be seen at either of the water holes, apart from a trio of Grey-crowned Cranes which had flown in during the night. Apparently, the heavy rain had been widespread, and we heard that Samburu had been flooded, bringing to a halt all game drives and even transfers into and out of the reserve. Once we had picked up our bags from the Outspan Hotel, we made our way to Lake Nakuru through tracts of broken cloud and rain. Once at Lake Nakuru reserve, the weather had brightened up somewhat, with little or no rain throughout the drive. Vervet Monkeys again greeted our arrival through the gates, which mark the beginning of a 12km or so track on the South side of the saline lake, slicing through open grassland bordered by woodland. The myriads of Lesser Flamingos were expected, but the herds of mammals weren’t. We quickly passed Plains Zebra and African Buffalo, finding 3 feeding Rothschild’s Giraffes amongst the bushes and trees. The pair which were closest to us seemed to be about the same size and age, until one started to suckle from the other. A pair of White-fronted Bee-eaters was near to the Giraffes. Nearby were both Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles, interspersed by the odd Warthog and troops of Baboons. After feasting on close views of a pair of White Rhinos, we stopped the safari bus and walked closer to a selection of the Lesser Flamingos, with the familiar stench of salty mud all around us. We had almost completed the South side tour when we passed two feeding Warthogs, which stopped their culinary foraging as we stopped, and proceeded to have a bit of a battle instead. We were due to have lunch at the Lake Nakuru Lodge, and as we approached from the end of the lake, good numbers of Northern Anteater-chats were encountered, with a Lilac-breasted Roller standing sentinel outside of the entrance gates.

Lesser Flamingo

Plains Zebra

Lesser Flamingo

Plains Zebra

Rothschild's Giraffe

White Rhino

Rothschild's Giraffe

White Rhinoceros

Lake Naivasha jettyThe final part of the day was the journey from Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, traversing a wide variety of roads, from brand new and gleemingly smooth, to some of the worst postholes and ruts we had yet encountered. We arrived at the Lake Naivasha Country Club at 5pm, and found the comfortable rooms to be set in spacious grounds, which rolled down to the shores of the lake itself. Walking down to the jetty, we were immediately overlooked by 3 Rothschild’s Giraffes, but no signs of any of the African Fish-eagles for which the lake is well known. Many other water birds were in the vicinity, with pride of place to the Pied Kingfishers fishing from and above the jetty itself. A small group of Hottentot Teals and a Yellow-billed Duck were in the water, with Pelicans, mainly White, in the distance. A mixture of waders were feeding along the mud-fringed shore, with Three-banded Plovers and Marsh Sandpipers being picked out of the throng. A group of 4 Hippos made themselves known, wallowing in the water about 50 metres away. As I approached our room, with the light fading, there was a great deal of commotion and noise from the two palm trees above, and this turned out to be a roosting site for Fischer’s Lovebirds.

Pied Kingfisher

Three-banded Plover

Pied Kingfisher

Three-banded Plover

Little Egret

Grey-headed Gull

Little Egret

Grey-headed Gull

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