4 April 2016 – The highlights of Day 4 were seeing white rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park, which meant that I had my ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), and an optional cruise on Lake Naivasha that the guys suggested. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have seen all five of the ‘Big Five’ on my first safari.
The afternoon at Lake Naivasha was not part of the itinerary but when Mohammad suggested it, Tom said he could take the vehicle in for servicing while we spent a few hours exploring this huge lake in a small boat. There were more water birds than I even knew existed, and I was able to see and recognise an old friend, the African Fish Eagle.
In addition to all of the birds and the hippos, which are indigenous to Lake Naivasha, there were also some animals, such as giraffe and gnu, that had been brought there in the early 1980s for the filming of Out of Africa. Why the film crew didn’t just go to where the animals lived puzzles me. Anyway, these animals have no predators so they die of old age. I asked our guide (who was also driving the boat) why these animals do not become overpopulated and he answered that their population is managed. Healthy young are taken to other parks.
After another truly amazing day, the ‘boys’ left to head back to Nairobi, while Tom and I headed to Amboseli.