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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →