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Lake Naivasha Walking Safari

Part 2 of our side trip coming from a 3-day Masai Mara camping safari is a walking safari in Lake Naivasha. The area is not very far from Lake Nakuru and both are doable in one day.

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Nakuru County and is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name means “rough water” in Masai dialect.

Our driver dropped us off by the boating area of the lake and he was going to meet us on the other side after the walking safari.

We negotiated with a boat man and we went off for a leisurely motor boat ride after. The wind was breezy, crisp and clean, the waters not so calm, and the whole expanse was just so calm to watch. There was not a lot of tourists we shared the lake with that morning.

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The boat man pointed Crescent Island to our left. Crescent Island is actually the rim of a submerged volcanic crater at the deepest point of the lake and has taken its name based on its shape. The island has gained popularity from the movie “Out of Africa” and from the scenes of the “Tomb Raider” movie.

I think the boatman asked if we wanted to visit the island, for a separate fee. Pressed for time and trying to save shillings (as this trip was an unforeseen expense), we said no and just looked forward to the walking safari after. By the way, this is the only place in Kenya that walking safari can be done 🙂

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We saw a herd of gazelles grazing.

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And white pelicans living in peace with the cormorants.

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And more birds…

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And fishermen?

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We saw a bloat of hippopotamus, lazily soaking in the cool water.

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And watched a tick bird and a hippopotamus up close exhibiting a symbiotic relationship 🙂

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Then the motorboat docked and we were about to begin our walking safari. As the name implies, rather than being on a safari vehicle, we will be among the animals in the wild. Pretty scary, right?

This path welcomed us seeming like the most peaceful place on earth. And we saw…

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…more colorful birds that we can’t identify

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This lonely waterbuck was the first non-avian animal we saw in the safari…

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…and a few more at a closer distance a bit later

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Then we reached the main safari grounds. We had the park to ourselves and we were in awe of what we saw.

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Being a few meters away from a herd of deer who don’t seem to mind our existence…

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A lot of zebras all over the place…

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And a loner zebra!

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We saw a herd of my favorite wildebeest. By the way, a herd is also called implausibility 🙂 Thanks, Mr. Google!

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And a lonely one, too…

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We saw zebras and wildebeest co-existently living in peace…

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Then when we thought we wouldn’t see a giraffe, 3 suddenly jumped to our view from out of nowhere. They were a playful lot!

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We found this old trunk with “Peter Shepherd” name on it. I wonder what his significance on this area is…

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We walked for about 3 hours in the shade of the big African trees, among the wildlife of Kenya. It was a wonderful experience to be with the animals in a natural environment, relaxing and to a degree, therapeutic.

The extra day (and shillings) we spent in Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha was worth it. Certainly, it was not a repeat experience of our 3 days in Masai Mara National Reserve.

And contrary to what I first thought, there were no tigers or lions :p

If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me? 
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
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