Bird watchers paradise
After an amazing 2 days in Masai Mara we travelled north to a totally different oasis, lake Nakuru. Nakuru means dusty (i think ) in swahili. Its an extremely fitting name as the roads to get to the hotel were so dusty that the visibility was a challenge at times. Our lodge was perched at the top of a hill with spectacular views of the lake down below. The weather here was slightly cooler comparatively and generally tends to suffer from heavy rain at times. As a result the lake has expanded, the roads are rough, and the vegetation suffers. It was a much greener terrain than what we saw in Masai Mara.
Lake Nakuru is known as bird watchers paradise. We took a morning game drive and were lucky to see pink flamingos as well as a blanket of pelicans covering the lake. I never thought I would find birds so beautiful! The park itself is full of other animals- zebras, elephants, rhinos, lions, water buffalos, gazelles, etc.
Apart from weather one of the interesting challenges the park is facing is from the local communities surrounding the park. They are keen on acquiring the land for agricultural purposes and therefore set fires to the parks from time to time. As we have been traveling through Kenya we are learning so much about the challenges between the wildlife protection groups, the parks and the local communities.
Lake Nakuru is a heavenly place and i would highly recommend it. Next stop- amboseli.