Nakuru, Kenya - Lake Nakuru provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best known images. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingo are a breathtaking sight.
The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with colour.
The lake is extremely variable in size- changing from 5 up to 30 square kilometres in area.
Nakuru has more than just flamingos:
This is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino. Both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore.
The park abounds with game. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more.
This is one of your best chances of seeing Leopard in Kenya, and there are several large prides of Lion.
Exploring beyond the lake is always rewarding and there are forests, cliffs, waterfalls and more to be found here. Nearby Nakuru town is a busy and thriving local centre with a bustling market.
Nakuru town is a hub for local transport and travel. and is considered the fastest growing town in East Africa.
Things to do while in Mile46/ Elangata-wuas - 1. Visit the vultures den about 20km from Mile46 shopping centre.
2. Visit the home stays; visit local families, spend a night or two with them sleeping on a cow's hide.
3. Men can accompany the young Morans and take the animals out to graze in the bushes. (its life time experience you will love it).
4. Women can accompany the Masai women/girls to the river to fetch water or to the bushes to collect firewood, milk the cattle / goats in the morning and evening.
5. Visit the indigenous local Masai market every Saturday. Get to see the locals buy and sell various things including livestock (cattle, goats, donkeys and sheep).
6. Visit the local library in Elangata-Wuas primary
7. Volunteer to teach in Illoodokilani secondary or Elangata-Wuas primary.
8. Take a tour to the magnificent view of the seasonal Toroka River.
9. For adventure’s, walk to Lake Kwenia/Lake Kapongo (all are seasonal) spending nights in Masai's families along the way and experience their amazing hospitality.
10. And most adventures walk from Mile46 to Mount Oloorgisalie Historical site or Lake Magadi in a day or two. (please note that the weather conditions could be severe ) alternatively, you can drive to Magadi and Mount Oloorgisalie.
11. While in Mile46, accommodation at Kudu Hills camp located in Indonyo oo Siruai Hills about 7 Kilometres from Mile46 shopping centre.
in all the above there is a Masai dance every evening and Roasted meat done the Traditional Masai way.
An exceptional Experience, not only because of what you get to see, but also because of how - The Mara Naboisho Conservancy has a higher density of wildlife than the adjacent Masai Mara National park.
The conservancy has the big cats in big numbers. In fact, with roughly 100 lions living in the vicinity, it has one of the highest lion densities in the world. The largest pride in the Greater Mara Region - comprising 20 lions - has made the conservancy its home. Of course, such a healthy lion population would not be possible without an equally healthy wildlife food chain below it.
The conservancy boasts impressive herds of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, and zebra. It is also home to Kenya's rare wild dog. In addition to the abundance of resident game, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy also serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east. The existence of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy ensures that migratory cycles and patterns are not disturbed or forced to change.
What sets the Mara Naboisho Conservancy apart is not only the quantity of wildlife, but also the quality of game viewing. Because of its size and the limited number of guests, you will never find 20 vehicles huddled around a kill at the conservancy. In fact, it is unlikely that you would even find four. While high game-viewing standards are enforced - not only to improve the viewing experience, but also to protect the wildlife - the conservancy is free of the restrictions that make so many national park safaris pedestrian. Put simply, the experience is exceptional not only because of what you get to see, but also because of how you get to see it.
Nadine Jansen Van Rensburg South Africa
Never knew such a place ever existed..... - The time I boarded the flight for Johannesburg from Nairobi, my mind started playing the tricks with me; the memories of last 2 days spent in the lap of nature were so vivid that it was getting increasingly difficult to say adios to this beautiful country with its beautiful people.
It was not long back that I had planned a business visit to Kenya and after watching those incredible videos and documentaries about the wild life in Masai Mara national game reserve so many times on the satellite channels viz National Geographic and Discovery, I had scheduled myself for that life time experience too. However, when finally on that fateful morning, I found myself right in the middle of the Savannah grass lands, having an eye to eye contact with the biggest cat on the earth, I was awestruck..... words fail to describe the feelings when something you coveted for so long suddenly is a part of your life, probably the best word I can use for those moments was "Heavenly". Those sparkling eyes of the big male Lion had probably some hypnotic impact because of what nearly 20 Safari vehicles were magnetically pushed towards him.
The widely spread jungles boasted of a huge number of wild species and the famous big 5; eventually I can also boast of witnessing the Big 5 and many more mesmerizing creatures and animals right there in their own habitats. So many sights of the long necked Giraffes, the neatly dressed stripped Zebras, the elegant and vociferous Elephants, the Calm but stern black Rhino, the nimble footed Antelopes, the boisterous Hippo, the Deadly jaws Crocodile, the tireless Wild Beast and last but not the least The Regal Lions pride. Could have never asked for anything better....:)
Town of Maasai Mara National Reserve
Great views, great experience - Rekero was the perfect place to experience the Masai Mara! The tents are nice and when we were there they were telling us about their upcoming renovations to the mess tent (Which is pretty nice anyway!). It's right in the centre of the reserve and is easy to get to pretty much anywhere you want to go.
The only downside to our experience had nothing to do with Rekero at all, but to be honest we were really disappointed in the lack of courtesy and regulation with regards to game viewing. Yes, we saw some wonderful sightings (leopard with cubs, lion with cubs etc), but at times there were over 25 vehicles trying to watch the same animal (poor thing!). We also spent some time in the conservancies adjoining the Mara and I would definitely stay there again - you see the same wildlife, BUT they have regulated game viewing (ie, there is a maximum number of vehicles allowed at any one sighting! and it is an 'honour code' amongst the camps and our driver said they all stuck to it which is great news). The other really positive thing about the conservancies is that no mini-buses or day visitors to the Mara are allowed onto the conservancy, so you will literally only see the people staying at your camp and MAYBE at one of the other camps... it was a much better game viewing experience.
Next time I go to the Mara I'll definitely stay in the conservancy and just drive into the actual reserve for a day trip.
That all being said, Rekero was really nice and if you do choose to stay in the Mara, I don't know if you can beat this place for location and experience. Enjoy your Kenyan adventures!
Room Tip: All the tents are on the river anyway, so I don't think it really matters...
Nadine Jansen Van Rensburg South Africa