Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lake Nakuru

Baboon sitting on someone's car wanting the food inside. They were pretty aggressive and really liked human food.

My roommate Beth and I overlooking Lake Nakuru.

African Buffalo - these guys are mean. They get mad when you drive by and charge the car.

White rhinos taking a nap in the shade.

The vervet monkey. He looks cute but he is a bit on the annoying side. One of these monkey jumped on top of our van and was trying to get in and get food. It was quite scary!

In Kenya they have a saying "The Big Five" - which are the five animals deemed the most dangerous in Kenya that people try to see on Safari. Well , I went on my first safari this weekend and saw four of the Big Five. So the big five include: elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo, and leopards. We saw everything at Lake Nakuru except elephants (because there are no elephants at Lake Nakuru).

It was truly an amazing, beautiful experience. It is hard to put into words. We left Saturday morning and drove two hours to Lake Nakuru National Park. We had a safari van, where the top opens up and you can stand up to see animals and take good pictures. We spent a total of 5 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday driving around the park seeing amazing animals. The park was huge and centered around a beautiful lake. We stayed at a resort lodge within the park. Overall, it was an incredible weekend. I hope you enjoy some of these pictures.

Here is the list of animals we saw this weekend: lions, leopard, black-backed jackel, spotted hyena, vervet monkey, yellow baboons, white rhinoceros, plains zebras, african buffalos, warthogs, giraffes, common eland, impala, waterbuck, gazelles, marabou stork, great white pelican, flamingo, southern groun hornbill, common ostrich, helmeted guineafowl, and long-tailed windowbird. These are the animals we could identify in my travel book!


  1. Sounds like you're having a blast! I'll keep praying for your safety!

  2. Wow - this is incredible! What an experience, and I love seeing the pictures. Thanks!