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Dec 11, 2017 - Lake Naivasha

Arrival at Lake Naivasha was a proper shock to our system. After arriving at our guest house, we headed down to the local “harbour”. Picture this harbour scene - throw the smell of burning fish nets, 2 dozen outboard powered canoes, fish guts from the market being devoured by a host of marabou storks, a few goats lurking around, loads of donkeys and motorbikes carrying up to 5 men, into a cauldron and you have the makings of a true witch doctors potion. Linda and Hanna remember the stench, Tristan the trees he could climb and the barbed...

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Jun 19, 2017 - The Great Rift Valley

We woke up early Monday at The Ark and were again greeted by dozens of elephants and buffalo. The mineral lick was obviously a big draw overnight. About 7:00 the staff called us to another immense breakfast buffet, followed by a little clean up and pack up. By 8:00 it was back on their crappy bus (they wanted us to leave via the “special” walkway, but Jill and I opted to get on the bus right at the hotel front door - one can only stand so much fun) at 8:00 for the 1 hour ride out of the park to Aberdare Country Club. By 9:00 we were back in...

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Feb 10, 2016 - 7 February 2016 - Lake Naivasha

We left the hotel early for a short drive to our first night stop at Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. It is a lovely campsite on the edge of the lake, with resident maribu storks and hippos honking away in the lake. In the afternoon we had a visit to Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamson of Born Free fame, which is now a museum. Very beautiful, and afternoon tea on the lawn was delicious. Back at camp a few of us opted for a boat trip on the lake before tea to see the hippos, with storm clouds looming above us. Tucked up in bed...

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Jan 12, 2013 - On Safari

Our guide is David & the driver is Alex. They are very friendly and knowledgeable and really made our journey enjoyable. We leave Nairobi and drive through the central highlands area. It is hilly, lush, green, with fertile red soil where coffee and tea are grown. In Kenya, tourism is #1 and agriculture #2 in the economy. The temperature is just nice, not too hot & no bugs so far. We passed thru Nyeri Town where Lord Baden Powell is buried (he lived nearby). For our first night on safari we stay at The Ark Hotel, a unique lodge that...

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Mar 15, 2012 - Day 57 to 59 - Lake Naivasha...Sunburnt and burnt out

Leaving the orphanage that morning I couldn't help feeling like I was abandoning some of the children we'd bonded with. We promised to come back later in the year when we returned to Kenya and spend more time with the kids. A wonderful initiative in the pipeline at the orphanage (which I failed to mention in my last entry) is the trade school Ralph is working on setting up. To give the kids an edge when they finish high school, the trade school will teach skills such as carpentry, mechanics and welding. Ralph plans to host semi-retired...

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5 African Hornes

Feb 29, 2012 - Days 42 to 43 - Lake Navaisha...school of outdoors

Having booked into the cottage at Fisherman's camp for three nights we made the most of having some creature comforts. We ventured into town to get supplies and top up credit on all our devices. It was great visiting a supermarket knowing we had a fridge to keep all our goodies cold. Pushing two trolleys around the supermarket in Navaisha drew more attention than I cared to attract. At the checkout most of the other customers had a few basic items each, purchasing only what their budget allowed for that day. Unloading Camembert, feta dip,...

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Feb 27, 2012 - Days 40 to 41 - Lake Navaisha...cycling to the gates of Hell

The entrance to Hell's gate National Park is 5km from Fisherman's camp so we decided to drive to the gate, then the kids and I would cycle to our campsite within the park. Jason would follow in Fatboy as the support crew. As I began peddling with Harry on the back of my bike, Olie chewing up the dust way out in front and Saba glued to my side on her own bike fearing wild animals, I questioned my decision to cycle through a game park with three kids in the midday sun. Meanwhile Jason brought up the rear of our sorry procession, windows...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Day 38 to 39 - Lake Navaisha...Born Free

The mist shrouded the lake and campsite when we woke up the next day. The kids spotted the electric fence by the lake shore and demanded an explanation. "To keep the hippos out and the children in" we told them. We met a Dutch couple who had spent five months in Kenya waiting to adopt a little Kenyan boy and girl. The two children, who spoke only Kiswahili until five months ago, were now fluent in Dutch and English. It would take the couple another seven or eight months to complete the adoption process at which time they could take the...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Day 37 - Grumeti to Lake Navaisha..dust storms and twenty questions

Leaving Grumeti at 7am we headed for the border crossing back into Kenya. Almost immediately we could see the difference between Kenya and it's poorer neighbour Tanzania. In the parts we'd been, tz showed no sign of agriculture on a scale bigger than the subsistence farming plots clustered around each village. However minutes after crossing over into Kenya the land was carved up into large farms growing mostly sugar cane, coffee and tea. The direct result being there is employment on the farms and the towns have far more shops offering a...

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Mar 10, 2011 - Lake Naivasha

I was very excited to go to Lake Naivasha. I had previously read a book called ‘Wildflower’ about a woman called Jane Root who tried to change the local use and perception of the lake. She was a very strong conservationist who did everything in her power to protect the lake from flower farming, excessive fishing and animal poaching. In 2006 she was murdered in her home on the lake and her murder remains a mystery. When we arrived Jono and I hired bikes and rode to a conservation center called Elsamere Lodge which was the house of a friend...

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Tess and Jono 2011

Jul 18, 2009 - Pull up a seat for the Fish Eagle show

Today a much more relaxed pace. Our first activity was to take a boat ride (advertised on a hand made sign as a Hippo Safari) on a cut-off portion of Lake Naivasha. We did see hippos and more hippos…probably about 100. We also saw about a dozen African Fish Eagles. Our boat driver picked up a couple small dead fish from some men across the lake, then whistled and threw the fish to lure the fish eagles into “fishing” close to the boat. This was a beautiful sight, even if it was cheating somewhat in terms of wildlife viewing. Simba Lodge, we...

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Jul 17, 2009 - The "pink" lake

Our first stop on the morning game drive was a photo op….thousands of pink flamingos in the early morning sunlight. The morning game drive took us to areas of the park not visited yesterday afternoon. We had no luck finding leopard or tree-climbing lions. We did hear a rumor that a security guard at the lodge saw and heard two male lions fighting just outside the grounds at 8:30pm last night. The lodge has a cattle guard and very tall electric fence to prevent those fights from coming on the grounds and involving the tourists. We did,...

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