So, continuing on from where I left off (check out Going On Safari In Kenya Part 1 if you haven’t already)…
Lake Nakuru National Park
We spent just one night at the Aberdare National Park before we were back on the road heading towards the Lake Nakuru National Park, crossing over the equator along the way. This national park houses Lake Nakuru, famed for the huge numbers of pink flamingoes that line its shore, due to its abundance of algae. It was therefore extremely unfortunate that the lake was over-flooded when we visited (due to some governmental politics at that time), which led to there being a lot less flamingoes than usual.
We did however, see a whole host of rhinos, enough to fill a lifetime. 🙂 Truly a sight to behold.
Amboseli National Park
Our last major stop in Kenya was the Amboseli National Park and the Selenkay Conservancy. One of the highlights of this national park is the ability to get really up-close to large herds of roaming elephants. I’ll be honest, it was bloody scary to be surrounded by 30 or so elephants at one point (especially when we were suddenly treated to the sight of two males fighting for supremacy amongst the rest of the females), but it really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.
We also had the opportunity to meet some members of a Maasai tribe, who treated us to a traditional rain dance. Going out on safari drives in the park, I was also equal parts in awe and disbelief when sighting Maasai individuals and children playing around in the wild, amongst all the wild animals (yes, including lions…!). They are of course, in their natural surroundings, and can read the animals as easily as they breathe.
Our final stop on the way back to Nairobi was Lake Navaisha. This lake was a superb spot for bird watching and catching sight of hippo families at lake level, in addition to providing a nice wildlife walk without the need for a safari jeep. To be honest, Lake Navaisha was a wee bit underwhelming, possibly because I had been spoilt by all of the wonderful national parks I had already visited prior. 😉 Still, it was a nice easy end to my trip, before having to return back to London.
And that brings an end to my Kenya trip. I would’ve loved to have had more time to spend exploring other parts of Kenya, such as Mombasa and Mount Kenya but I’m sure there’ll be a next time. 🙂