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Guest Blog: Cecile on Safari at Lake Nakuru

Arriving on Saturday we spent the first night at Lake Nakuru and then on Sunday we were submerged in the world of the Lion King – Safari!!

We set off early with our driver (Alex – this name  for drivers became very familiar!) and ample supplies of vegetable samosas, mendazi (doughnuts) and bananas. On our way to the safari park, we encountered an athletics team training. May I just take this opportunity to say that we don’t stand a chance at the olympics! Their training was fierce! Try zig-zag hopping with one hand behind your head and a huge smile on your face in the soaring heat. Not possible? They did it!

On arrival at the park we were greeted by many baboons….and a man with a machine gun. Of course. We paid our entry, had a tally of people in the bus taken to ensure that no one would be ‘accidentally’ left in the park… and off we went!  Will was determined that we would find the lions, so Alex took us on a slightly unusual route. We came across the baboons once more, with the little ones learning how to (not so successfully) swing from tree to tree.

The lions were being typical cats and playing hard to get so we tried another route, and came to a blocked road leading to the edge of the lake with masses of pelicans and malibou stork. We decided to explore the blocked road (wise?!) and found some fresh lion tracks. So we followed them, whispering, with me as a straggler thinking ‘I’ve seen this bit before in wildlife shows – the straggler gets it’.

We followed the lake, up to a baboon outlook i.e. a sheer drop off of a cliff, all doing the obvious and leaning over the edge (mothers of all those on safari – ignore that bit! 😉 We had lunch with monkeys – not by choice! Many a banana was stolen from us. Andrew informed us they are only scared of men, so Becky boo put on her best male voice and chased them while Joan flapped a plastic bag at those trying to climb into our van. Kodak moment and a half!

We spotted many more birds and trees…giraffes… no, trees. It was a giraffe! And penguins (Angie) …no, pelicans 😉 . We also spotted a hippo and several white rhinos. We saw a pumba (warthog) but alas, no timone. The hunt for simba continues….!

Having the opportunity to go on safari was absolutely incredible. The landscapes we saw were phenomenal and seeing all of the creatures in their natural habits was such a blessing. I think we were all blown away by what we saw and will probably be humming ‘the circle of life’ for the remainder of the trip! Beautiful!

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12 comments on “Guest Blog: Cecile on Safari at Lake Nakuru

  1. Becca
    February 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful “Lion King” safari! Hope you were singing “Hakuna Mutata,” too? Enjoy the next part of your Kenyan adventure.

  2. Brigitte
    February 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    So. Big animals, but not too many insects then, apart from a black and yellow spider the size of a 20p coin? I hope the long drive to Rush didn’t spoil that wonderful safari experience. Continue to enjoy…

  3. Melanie Jeffery
    February 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Greetings from cold England. Lovely pictures, great to see you all having a lovely time. God Bless all, Melanie x

    xxxxxxxxxxx 4 Gabi

  4. Joëlle
    February 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Joëlle :

    impressed by your very beautiful photos ! Big kiss Cécile and enjoy your travel !
    gros bisous !

    • Cecile
      February 23, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Thank you! 😀

  5. caroline morrison
    February 15, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Hi Cecile, loved those photos, looks like you are having fun to. look forward to more shots. no more drama’s. how are you sleeping with all those wild animals around. take care, from Auntie Caroline.

    • Cecile
      February 23, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Hi Auntie Caroline,

      It was an absolutely incredible experience! I can’t wait to go back again! The wild animals weren’t a problem while we were out there, but the cockerels did stop me from sleeping!

  6. Angie Cookson
    February 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Hey Becky boo I hope you told the warthog ‘you can be a big pig too!’ ;D love wozzles xxx (mamma and Lyds send lots of love too!)

  7. Mils
    February 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like you’re having an amazing time! The baby zebra has to be the cutest thing in your pictures so far! I’m rather jealous I will admit! Placement is no where near as fun! 😦 xxxx

  8. susan
    February 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Amazing photos, thanks for sharing. Bryony says HI to Gabby! 🙂

  9. angela Hope
    February 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Thank you Cecille for putting this amazing experience in words. I had almost forgotten the amazing scenes we saw at the beginning of our amzing stay in Kenya, thank you again for grounding me. I willl forgive you will for blocking my view when I was trying to take my photos!

    • Cecile
      February 23, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Did I block your view Angie?! I had no idea! So sorry! You should have asked me to budge! Next time! 😉

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