Lake Elementaita

Day 1 - Lodge & Nature Walk

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After an overnight flight to Nairobi we met our guides for the week - Ben & Davis and climbed aboard two mini-vans for our Kenyan safari to begin straight away. 

Though not strictly on the itinery, Nairobi National Park borders the airport and I couldn't help but take a blurry snap of the giraffes as we sped by...  

Nairobi NP


We stopped for provisions in a petrol station, most brands were all too familiar, but for something a little different you could always try a Nosh ...

 


Travelling Kenya's roads was a quite an experience at times, maybe it explains why some of the buses had names that suggested some primeval form of safety... 

The Mother

We continued North to the edge of the Rift Valley...

At 2140 metres above sea level, looking across the Rift Valley escarpment...

Rift Valley escarpment

The stop overlooking the Rift Valley gave us our first experience of friendly coercion to visit the local shop or change British coins for Kenyan money (having seen the 'Nai-robbery'  articles and other sundry warnings in the Lonely Planet guide, we assumed this was a scam at the time, but in retrospect it may actually have been quite genuine, perhaps you can be over-suspicious).

Miche having dodged the attentions of a sort of Burberry cowboy and a white guy with only 3 well-spaced teeth all at 45 degrees to his face...




Weaver bird gathering some material for its next weave...

Weaver bird


Murals...

Murals


We arrived at Lake Elementaita Lodge (Former colonial home of Lowry Cole, 4th Earl of Eniskillen) and headed off for late afternoon a nature walk down to the lake, hoping not to get caught in the thunderstorm that was brewing atmospherically around us.

We also had to avoid the natural urge to jump over the six foot fence of course. I foolishly wore shorts for the stroll through the long grass and picked up nearly all my allocation of bites for the whole trip in one go (note to self - you're an idiot)...


The soda lake sits in the bottom of the Rift Valley surrounded by volcanic cones...

 

 




There were plenty of huge cacti, aloes, sandpaper trees and yellow acacia trees... Miche and a euphorbia...

cactus

Looking to the lake through the acacias...


Our Masai guide Joseph (right) and his apprentice...

Masai guides

 

A relatively poor showing of flamingos by the lake's high standards; the vast majority of the adult birds were at the even brinier breeding lakes in Tanzania...

 Flamingoes

This gentle introduction only had us getting up close with domestic cattle...

Cattle


Looking back down to the monument and then it was off to a very welcome dinner...

 Monument


... and an even more welcome cold beer...

Ice Cold in Alex


Day 2 - Lake Elementaita - Nakuru NP

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