The Nakuru campsite was probably the best we have been to so far, with brilliant showers and pool. A vegetarian dinner and an early night in prepared us for the day ahead. We were at altitude and immediately noticed the cold at night. The temperature rises quickly in the day, scorches through noon and then clouds over early for a pleasant afternoon and evening.
The next morning we rose at 5.30am and split into two open roof vans to explore the Lake NakuruNational Park. The conservation area is small, but famed for its birdlife, in particular flamingos, maribu stork and pelicans.
Within the first twenty minutes, a black rhinoceros was sighted in the open, herds of waterbuffalo and zebra roamed nearby.
Nearer the lake, a gang of baboons provided a good amount of entertainment. Sex and violence was the common theme – one rookie bachelor had a bit of rub and tug, then struggled to get the superglue off his digits.
After seeing some white rhinoceros we wound up the hill to the Baboon Lookout. Several RockHyrax (oversized hamsters) shared the warm rocks with a few lizards while the tourists rolled in in droves. This attracted the local baboon population, who wasted no time in swiping a few snacks. The cheeky big bugger below managed to pluck a whole packet of gingernuts and promptly tear into the plastic, eating the lot without sharing, or dunking.
After a good laugh and guarded munch we visited the Nakuru Lodge, probably the best restrooms we have been in in days. We shared an icecream and watched more baboons doing what they do best behind the electric fence.
The trip back saw a group of lions, many giraffes and of course, baboons. Over the next few days we will visit Eldoret, home of the fastest Kenyan distance runners, before departing Kenya for Uganda.