Our Kenyan Safari continues at Lake Nakuru National Park, a 73 square mile park created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, an alkaline “soda lake” best known for its thousands (sometimes millions) of flamingos nesting along its shores. Andrew, our guide, told us shortly before our arrival that the flamingos had moved from Lake Nakuru to other nearby lakes because the alkalinity of Lake Nakuru had changed due to pollution and drought that destroyed the flamingos’ food supply of blue-green algae. So no flamingos at Lake Nakuru!
Of course, we were disappointed, but the sights to come would make this a very memorable visit.
As we entered Lake Nakuru National Park we drove along a road parallel to the lake about a quarter-mile away. We saw no flamingos. We saw cape buffalos (number four of the Big Five sightings for us) and a male lion a couple of hundred yards away and then came across a group of baboons foraging and playing alongside the road.
Further along the road we saw zebras in the tall grass. Our first sighting of zebras…
As we came to a very large clearing adjacent to the lake, we saw rhinoceros (number five of our Big Five sightings!), warthogs, zebra, impalas, Grant’s gazelles, and cape buffalos all peacefully coexisting. What a sight!
The sight of a male impala trying to control his harem of 40 to 50 females was comical at times. And he sure looked tired…
At last we got close enough to a cape buffalo to get a good close-up photo.
We were told by Andrew early in the safari that the leopard would be the most elusive of the Big Five for us to see. After we saw not one, but two leopards in Samburu, he was very confident that we would see all of the Big Five, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have seen them!
The next morning we departed on the drive to Masai Mara National Reserve, truly the highlight of our Kenyan safari!
Next time: Masai Mara National Reserve