Before I took these pictures, I was extremely excited about exploring my home town. Ever since I came back home I have noticed that the number of foreign tourists have increased. Why? Because they are in a town that has a bit of everything in Kenya. Who wouldn’t want to be in a town where you can go to the national park and see lions, giraffes, buffaloes, hippopotamus (moto moto in Madagascar 😉 ) FLAMINGOES (yes the pink birds), monkeys and baboons, astounding view of the town, bird watching; buy African ornaments on the main town street; travel from one place to another with different modes of transport (car, tuk tuk, motor bike, bicycle); eat scrumptious barbecue meat; aaahh the list is long. You can experience all these things and more in Nakuru town and county as a whole.
This blog post explorers two places that I went to visit last Sunday. These are Menengai Crater and Lake Nakuru National Park.
Menengai Crater is a dormant volcano. The walk or drive to the top of the crater is far but worthwhile. If you decide to walk from the main gate to the top, get ready for 2 full sessions of physical exercise. Maybe on your way back, you may come down with a six pack. Menengai Crater boasts of its gorgeous view of the Rift Valley, caves that worshippers use to pray to God, Geothermal sites for electricity production, and ever green vegetation. Below are the pictures and captions of our way to the top.
Below is the view before getting to the top
The road toward the cliff. Finally, we reached the top
Curio shops where you can get souvenirs to remind you of your trip
The lady volunteered to narrate stories of the crater to the tourists. She did not ask for a single shilling :0
Isn’t it a beauty?
Below are distances to different destinations from Menengai Crater. Tokyo, New York, Karachi, Kinshasa, Nyahururu, London, Capetown, Rome, Mombasa
Human settlement near the geographic attraction
Larger picture of the view towards part of Nakuru town and crater. When in Nakuru make plans to go up there and enjoy the view. There is a lovely lady who will volunteer to tell you stories about the Crater.
Lake Nakuru National Park
One species that stands out in this exotic national park are the flamingoes. Home of the flamingoes
Lake Nakuru’s treasures start from the gate where people are greeted by small monkeys, and baboons. From the fence of the main entrance one can see buffaloes from a distance. Although I did not manage to go inside the park, below are photos I took and others I got from other sources.
The view of the lake, when we drove down from the Menengai Crater. The view of Lake Nakuru can be seen from different high viewpoints.
Finally, we reached the entrance
Baboons enjoying the last evening sun before they retire to their trees.
This is the new front entrance to the park. The old entrance is flooded due to the high water levels of the lake. KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) had to map out new routes where tourists can see the animals.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is the overflowing Lake Nakuru.
The training centre near the entrance
“Hey wait for me. You know I’m the one with the keys to the tree.”
Best time to see lions is early in the morning before the sun becomes too hot or in the evening when it is cool. During those times they are always in the open, ready for a photo shoot.
It is very rare to spot a leopard in Lake Nakuru. If you do, please take a photo and share.
Moto moto’s cousin heading to the waterhole
Baboon cliff is known to be home of the baboons. Once in awhile you would find them there while other times, they find you there. Make sure you lock your car windows just in case you did not want to share your meal with them. The view from the cliff is exquisite. You get to see the lake, giraffes, gazelles, and warthogs down below.
“This is my photographic side. Can I go now?”
“Ehy, don’t touch the fur. Women and children only!”
Isn’t this a remarkable view? Sunset in Lake Nakuru National Park.
That marks the end of our safari in Lake Nakuru National Park.
I hope you enjoyed the safari as much as I did.
Remember, keep on travelling. You don’t have to go to an exotic place to be a traveller.
If you have any photos that you would like me to post on my blog or places you would like me to visit, leave a comment below. Thanks for taking time to travel with me. If you know a friend, relative, partner, or family members that would love this safari; share this post. If not, still share with them.
Let’s meet again next time to discover a new place together. Kwaheri.