Cycling in Florida – Flamingo, Florida and Crocodiles

We woke up this morning with frost on the picnic table but with a nice blue sky overhead so we decided that cycling to Flamingo to see the crocodiles would be a good way to spend the day. We decided that peddling the 65 mile round-trip distance might be a bit too optimistic so drove part way by truck.

One nice thing about cycling in the Everglades is that there are no hills to climb although we did have to navigate through one ‘pass’ where the elevation above sea level was 4 feet and through another location where the elevation was five feet.
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African Safari – Lake Manyara National Park – Background information

African Safari – Lake Manyara National Park – Background information

The entrance to the park is quite nice with an interpretive centre, a nice nature trail and modern washrooms.

Our directions were simple for the day “Show us the tree-climbing lions”. We saw monkeys, owls and baboons in trees but alas no lions in trees during our visit to the Lake Manyara area.

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African Safari – Arusha to Lake Manyara

African Safari – Arusha to Lake Manyara

As we were driving along the road from Arusha to the Lake Manyara National Park we would pass by some Maasai villages and many donkeys doing their thing as beasts of burden.
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African Safari – October 25th – Evening game drive – Lake Nakuru National Park

After a quick lunch we headed out for our first game drive at Nakuru Lake where we had our safari vans with pop-up roofs. There were a lot of animals, but our first of the big five was the White Rhino! The White Rhino is differentiated from the Black Rhino by the shape of its mouth and not by its colour so when we first saw rhinos in the woods we thought we had black rhinos but our guide/driver assured us that we were seeing white rhinos.

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African Safari – Getting to our Lake Nakuru Accomodation

African Safari – Getting to our Lake Nakuru accommodation

After leaving the monkeys at the gate of the park, we began the journey on rough, unpaved roads to the end of the lake where our accommodation was located. We would be staying the night at: Lake Nakuru Lodge.

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African Safari – Lake Nakuru National Park – Monkey Video

Lake Nakuru – Background Information and video

I’ve put the wildlife video of the animals that we saw at the park in this post (rhinos, hyenas, etc) while the other posts on the park will follow specifically what we saw on each day/drive. – Graeme

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The following information was provided to us by our tour operator GAP Adventures in their tour itinerary – Ron

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African Safari – October 25th – Lake Nakuru National Park and Monkeying around

African Safari – October 25th – Lake Nakuru National Park and Monkeying around

After a long drive along some bumpy roads, we arrived at our first National Park. Before even getting through the gates, we saw some monkeys, photographed some monkeys and even got chased by some of the little monkeys.

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African Safari – October 25th – Driving through the Great Rift Valley

African Safari – October 25th – Down into the Valley

Once we had crested the top of the escarpment and stopped for a bit of time to take in the view and visited the curio shops that perched precariously on the edge of the escarpment, we headed downhill to the floor of the Great Rift Valley and continued further along to our destination.

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African Safari – October 25th – Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley

African Safari – October 25th – Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley

Having survived our long flight without incident we awoke early for our first day of our safari.

6 AM – heading for breakfast.
6:05 AM – Didn’t have to go far to photograph the “BIG FIVE”. 🙂

Our destination for today was Lake Nakuru National Park – Approx travel distance 180km. Approximate travel time: 3 hours.
Before heading out in the vans for the day, Graeme and I had a few moments to take photos of some of the vegetation in front of the hotel before we got settled into the vans for the long drive ahead of us.

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Animals to Photograph on Safari

Young Giraffe - Audubon Zoo - New Orleans

Animals to Photograph on Safari

As we prepare to go on our trip, I’m starting to develop a “hit list” of animals I want to capture photos and videos of (in the wild, outside of a zoo) while on our Safari. Of course, the “Big Five” come to mind, but there are some other animals I would love to get pictures of while in Africa.

Cheetah – I have yet to get a picture of a cheetah in my collection. What I’m hoping for on this safari is to get some footage of one in action (running down some prey). Continue reading