October 4, we were picked up by our driver, William of WildTrek Safaris and as we dropped down from the Kenya highlands into the Great Rift Valley the panoramic views were spectacular. At this point the valley is 30 miles wide and it wasn’t long before we started seeing our first few wild animals. The closer we got to Lake Nakuru the more animals we began to see.

We stayed at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. This was a perfect choice of where to start our safari. The lodge is very beautiful, accommodating, and well located for enjoying the park.

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The birdlife on the shores of Lake Nakuru is amazing. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of flamingos and pelicans ring the lake shore along with smaller dotted groups of marabou stork and other birds.
Lake Nakuru is by far the smallest of the parks that we visited, only about 65 square miles but it makes up for its small size with beautiful vistas and plenty of easy-to-see wildlife. The varied areas of forests, open land, marshes, and lakes make stunning backdrops for wildlife photography.
The millions of flamingos, pelicans, and other birds are what the park has long been famous for but in recent years this has become a rhinoceros sanctuary. This was the only place we saw colobus monkeys plus we also saw a few eland, giraffe, hyena, jackal, leopard, lions, secretary birds, warthog, and lots of baboon, black faced vervet monkeys, cape buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, marabou stork, waterbuck, and zebra. This must be very much like what the Garden of Eden must have been like.
Lake Nakuru has been designated a rhinoceros sanctuary and we saw 17 white rhinoceros in a single day! Cape buffalo Colobus monkey Eland Olive baboon
Reticulated giraffe
Reticulated giraffe
Zebra and baboon
Lions in trees … very unusual.
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While at Baboon Cliffs we came upon a bus load of schoolkids on an outting to the park. We really enjoyed interacting with them and they seem like really great kids! As I promised here are the photos we took of you ... send me an email to let me know that you've seen them. Thanks.

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