NP Nakuru is not as bulky as other national parks of Kenya, here visitors come mainly because of the huge flocks of flamingo birds. There is a circular path around the lake, which visitors can ride alone with own car, without the usual accompaniment of rangers. It is believed that the track is safe and that to visitors cannot happen unwanted encounters with dangerous wild animals. However, this security is relative because we all are curious characters and we like to put on test our courage.
Near the paths you can meet rhino, buffalo and baboons and this can be very dangerous animals. Photographing wildlife, at close range, is a desire of every visitor. The crucial question is how close we can approach? When I was in Kenya for the first time, an experienced ranger had taught me the way in which I can come close to the animal and that it is not troubled.
"Make a step or two and then stop and wait, watch the reaction of the animal and if not disturbed eventually move on".
There is no rule range of safe, nothing is certain except one, if feeling troubled and threatened or if protecting own baby, the animal will attack you. This time I was very lucky with buffalo but had to move away from rhino and baboons because they become troubled, as can be seen on my pics.
Beware not to be conned by anyone trying to sell you tickets to the park. There are new rules anyone visiting the park should have a gate pass named "smart card" which is issued at the gate and should be carried all the time when visiting any of Kenyan parks.
Kenyans call them simply Monkey, have never heard any other name for this specie. This animal is almost alike to domestic, living close to the hauses because it is the easiest way to get some food. Usually they stay at the rooftops or nearby trees, observing carefully people around. In case one is eating something, Monkies will come closer waiting to get some food or if not to steal it.
Do not stop your car with the open windows, especially if having food inside it, any kind of food.'''''''.....
Be aware that it is extremely dusty on safari.Wanting to keep my camera close I often had it in my hand . Quickly however I realized it was causing my lens to stick . I thought I was out of luck when eventually my lens wouldn't open at all . With careful cleaning however it all worked out and I kept it covered there after.
Do not leavey any food out. The vervet monkeys will get it. They are very fast and cunning and not afraid of anything. The will jump out of trees to get through an open window. They are also quite viscious and will bite if provoked. Zip up your tents as well.
- National/State Park
Bottled water only!
Use only bottled water to brush your teeth!
Do not rinse your mouth out with tap water. Although lodges will tell you that some of their systems utilize filtration methods to get their water, don't trust it.
A bad case of dysentary will quickly ruin your vacation! Best to be safe than sorry.
NOTE: Once inside the park, you're not allowed to leave your vehicle meaning that if you're in a group of people and you suddenly have the "urge" you will have no place to go other than your pants.
Groups look down upon a driver having to make a hurried turn around and rush back to the lodge because of ONE person's carelessness to heed such a simple warning - especially if you're in the process of watching lions feed in the wild!
You're liable to be sacrificed to the beasts! he he he.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARBAGE, DON'T FEED THE BABOONS!
Most of these guys are spoiled! I said it before. This BABOON, alomost next to our truck. Didn't care. He was playing with a:
BEER BOTTLE CAP!! Fun to watch, but this stuff should not be laying around! He was trying to bite it. He also washed it! I'LL GIVE YOU ONE GUESS HOW!!!!!
Its advisable to take prophylactics as a precaution against malaria before and after the visit. and aslo ensure that you sleep under a net and use mosquito repellant.
First you'll find them funny and cute...
untill they steal your lunch or even worse, your camera.
So, watch out and don't feed them.
- National/State Park
"DON'T GET CAUGHT BETWEEN THE "HORNS!"
Two of THE BIG-5 HERE! Many BUFFALO in this park. We had one swing it's head at our truck! The RHINOS here are a bit boring!
But stay in your truck. THEY WILL CHARGE!
Only kidding!! ROCK-HYRAX! Really cute.
Don't bug anyone. On top of that hill very windy
against the rocks. These little guys are trying
to keep warm.