Kenya – Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru

We left Masai Mara very happy and full of energy and inspiration. Messy hairs after the wind in the safari van and some bruises from crazy drives in search of wildlife in the reserve – that was us! We were looking forward to visiting the Nakuru game reserve. But first, our driver dropped us at Lake Naivasha for a water safari. We decided to skip passing through the Equator in order to just take a fancy photo. Our driver (and guide) Toni was a practical person so he convinced us what’s best for us. We headed to the so-called port to board the boats for our lake safari…

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

Water safari at Lake Naivasha National Park

Many boats arrived and departed empty without anyone waiting to be boarded. This is Africa! It is pointless to ask why and to look for reasons or explanations. Just go with the flow and wait until someone puts the life jacket on you and help you get on board. Potential drowning didn’t seem much of аn issue there with all those nice and friendly hypos. They were indulging in the lake waters and sunbathing until we arrived with a motorboat to disturb their peace. So they could have become not so nice and friendly but our safari guide reassured us motorboats are faster swimmers than the angry hypos. We are so glad we didn’t have to really test that theory.  We were also impressed by the dry crowns of trees, submerged in water and forming a labyrinth. They were the home to their own ecosystem.

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

Good news! Lake rises! So even the improvised port will have to be moved. Once upon a time, there was an airport in the area where today the Naivasha lake is. The only flying things nowadays are some diverse birds.

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park

At noon we were already at Nakuru reserve. Chilling out at the terrace with an amazing view of the greenery and the lake.

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

The safari landscape was much different than the one at Masai Mara. We had to drive through thick forest to get to a lake. There were only a hundred of flamingos forming different formations and attracting lenses from all over the world. This was the second time they allowed us to get off the vehicles and walk to the edge of the lake to feel little waves crashing at our feet. During migration periods you can see thousands of flamingos – this is the reserve’s specialty. We were very lucky to see a couple of rhinos much closer to us. We know they look harmless but they actually are the most dangerous to the humans in the area. In the lowlands we observed buffaloes after a bath, giraffes running a marathon, symbiosis between a buffalo and a bird, naughty zebras playing with “harmless” rhinos and student-gazelles.

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
Naivasha reserve, Kenya
Symbiosis and friendship
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

In the evening Santa Claus was handing out gifts to the children and there was a Christmas Eve concert with traditional music and dance. We can’t share the recording as we lost all the videos. Behind the stage, you could see the warming of the skins of the drums. That’s how we met the traveling musicians, collectors of national flags.

journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya
journey to lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru in Kenya

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