Our travel had four specific experiences planned: safari, Rift Vallay, Lake Victoria and rain forest, all concentrated in western Kenya out of Nairobi, skipping the great Indian Ocean cost this time, as well as the famous mountains in the area (Norwegian do not go to Africa for cold experiences!).
We started with safari in The great Masai Mara Nature Reserve, the classical grassy open savanna picture which we all relate to as real Africa! The area is an unfenced park, connected with the Serengeti in Tanzania, where man and wildlife seems to be too close to each other. But the safari experience was great: elephants, hippos, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, lions, gepard, buffalos, gnus (a few at this time of year) were all seen at close range!
|Male Ostrich, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, February 2012|
|Male Lion, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, February 2012|
Going back to Rift Valley we stopped over at Lake Nakuru, one of the soda lakes in Rift Valley. Again under heavy pressure from the nearby villages, the Lake and it's southern shores and National Park, was magnificent. Here here we met the rhinos, a species under heavy hunting pressure, but still present and well tended in this small park (actually the southern subspecies, imported from South Africa). And again, a lot of birds, flamingos being the lakes most famous inhabitants.
|Augur Buzzard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, February 2012|
|White Rhino (Grass Rhino), Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, February 2012|
|Sunset over Lake Victoria, Kisumu, Kenya, February 2012|
|Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Kisumu, Kenya, February 2012|
|The Luyha Tribe offered entertainment, Rondo Retreat Center,|
Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya, February 2012
|My daughters, at 2900 meter above sea-level, Equator, Rift Valley higlands, Kenya, February 2012|
|Yellow-billed Stork, Lake Naivasha, Kenya, February 2012|
|African Fish Eagle, Lake Naivasha, Kenya, February 2012|
Our recommandations is still clear, Kenya is a great African country!
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