18.09.2009 - 21.09.2009
Sunday, September 27th:
Thanks to a holiday, we got an extra day off this week, giving us some extra time to explore Kenya. Four friends and I headed north to Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake about 2 hours north of Nairobi. It was really nice being out of downtown, not dealing with crazy Matatus and all the noise!
With the lack of water here in Kenya, and Lake Naivasha's infamous flower farms (I didn't realize Kenya is on of the top exporters of flowers in the world), the lake is gradually receding. Plus, the hippos that live in the lake have to venture farther inland and onto campsites, in search of food.
We spent two days exploring the parks and small lakes in the area. This included a venture along Crescent Island, where we were literally 10 feet away from wild giraffes, zebras, gnus and impalas! The island has been home to movies, including Out of Africa and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider #2 we were told. Beautiful scenery and amazing sights!
Next, we stopped at Crater Lake, a tiny salt water lake nestled in a valley. The lake is home to tons of flamingos! I'd never seen a flamingo take flight...they literally run along the top of the water before taking off! I tried to get up close and personal, and began sinking in the lake's mud. Dangerous!
The weekend ended with a boat ride around Lake Naivasha to see the hippos. The people doing their laundry and filling up their water jugs just feet away from the shore was quite a sight as well. What an adventure!