Travel report of our safari to Kenya.
The great rift valley, almost exactly at the equator
First stop, the great rift valley viewpoint
Our driver at the gate of Hell's Gate National Park.
Map of our long walk from Elsa Gate to Hell's gate...
Wheatear, Mourning (M)
Wheatear, Mourning (F)
Most people go by car or bike... we are walking.... pfff
Always looking for (small) animals
A little shortcut over the hill
Hot, but we made it!
We are being watched!
A pause so the buffalo can move on before we descend.
This guy had interest in the appels we were eating!
Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi
The walk through the park took us 2,5 hours and was very hot, but well worth it
After a steep descent we reached the bottom of Ol Njorowa Gorge
Paradise-flycatcher, African (M)
Walking down the Lower Gorge in Hell's Gate National Park
Water eroded walls so narrow that they almost block out the sky
Wagtail, African Pied
The famous hot springs - doesn't look like much but the water is real hot!
Sunbird, Variable (M)
Weaver, Baglafecht (M)
Egret, Great White
View from our tent at Crated Lake Camp
Citril, Abyssinian (M)
Mau Forest Guereza, very noisy in the early morning!
View of the Crater Lake seen from the crater rim
Crater Lake Camp seen from above
Landscape of Crater lake Game Sanctuary
Chat, Northern Anteater
After seeing a small Thomson's gazelle we are now walking straight up to a giraffe.
Next up are a couple of Black-backed Jackal - I love game walks
Village life in Kenia
Giraffe just browsing near the road to Naivasha
Fully dressed in school uniforms - even on hot days
We reached Lake Nakuru, the first completely fenced national park we visit.
Our first view of Lake Nakuru
Code red is no surprise, it's really hot and very very dry.
Joni has already found a guineafowl feather to decorate her shirt. Using the waiting time at Nakuru gate to look for birds.
Yes, found a Hadada Ibis!
Sunbird, Variable (F)
Our tent at Flamingo Hill tented camp Lake Nakuru
Restaurant area at Flamingo Hill tented camp
The best lunch we had all holiday - freshly baked nan bread
Wine tastes better in Africa - especially if you each order your own favourite :-)
Beuatiful tables in the bar area at Flamingo Hill tented camp - would love to have one at home
Afster dinner they bring out the chairs and lit the fire under the Jacaranda tree
Using the camera as a pair of binoculars
The dead trees look a bit sinister early morning
Always a special moment, a Black Rhino crossing in front of our car.
Fever trees bordering the lake
Cordon-bleu, Red-cheeked (M)
Cordon-bleu, Red-cheeked (2xM)
Cordon-bleu, Red-cheeked (M/F)
Landscape of Lake Nakuru National Park
Fish-eagle on the lookout
Eagle, African Fish-
A luxurious toilet for the tourists
An obligatory stop at Thomsons Falls
No signs but this is our exit!
On our way to Laikipia, off the beaten track.
Beautiful Grey Crowned-Cranes in the field!
Crowned Crane, Grey
We pass enormous herds of goat in this dry country.
Communication facilities in the middle of nowhere
That's the way we like it!
Masks to protect the driver from the dust
Another local transporter
What is he doing?
The first dry-country special five we see is the reticulated Giraffe
Laikipia Wilderness Camp, our absolute favorite of this trip!
Elephant, African Bush
Afternoon walking safari in Laikipia
We're sitting outside, watching them from 200 meters
We didn't know they have hedgehogs in Africa, but they do!
Tracking the wild dogs
Hornbill, Red-billed (F)
Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata
Hornbill, Von der Decken's (F)
The Ewaso Ng'iro river is almost dry
Tracker Steven looking for Lion spoor
Eland, Common (M)
Spilopelia senegalensis & Streptopelia capicola
Dove, Laughing & Dove, Ring-necked
Eland, Common (I)
Quelea, Cardinal (F)
Preparing for a coffee break during the morning safari.
Beautiful Opuntia ("prickly pear") but invasive and actually a real problem.
Flycatcher, African Grey
Typical landscape of Laikipia
Game drive circuit in Laikipia
Posing and eating does not always go well at the same time
Goodmorning everybody, allmost seven o'clock. Start of the golden hour.
A new day, a new chance of finding the wild dogs
Trying to find the signal on higher ground
This morning the fever started to rise. Fortunately, it was over again after a day.
An extremely dry season in Kenya this year
Go-away-bird, White-bellied (F)
African endless roads
View of the complete camp
Vegetables and exotic fruits
Isiolo, one of the bigger towns up north
Street view on our way to Samburu
A typical Samburu village
Lion King Bush Camp on the map of Samburu National Reserve
The Ewaso Nyiro is the same river as in Laikipia
The main gate of Samburu National Reserve
Wow, we love the Samburu landscape
Our tent at Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
Samburu people digging for water