Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya (Revisit) - August 25 - 27, 2008

This gallery is a continuation of our 2008 safari to Kenya. On the morning of August 27th we had a short morning game drive in the Samburu National Reserve before continuing on to the second of our three stops while in Kenya. The drive from the Samburu down the rift valley to Nakuru took the better part of six hours on roads either under construction, in extremely poor condition, or through small towns with lots of congestion. We arrived at Lake Nakuru National Park around 1500 hours and immediately began an afternoon game drive before checking into our hotel.

Lake Nakuru sits in a bowl about 48 km (30 mi) south of the equator and about 175 km (105 mi) northwest of Nairobi. The lake is one of the many soda or alkali lakes that dot the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. The area teems with bird life and is noted for its flamingos and pelicans. I have heard and read recently that the flamingos have left Lake Nakuru due to changes in the salinity of the water and subsequent loss of the algae that is their primary food source. Another of the main attractions of Nakuru other than the birds is that it is home to one of the last wild herds of White (wide) Rhinoceros in Kenya. It is also one of the only locations where the Rothschild’s Giraffe can be found. The first night at Lake Nakuru we had a very serious thunder storm that lasted from sunset to well after midnight. I don’t think I have ever seen so much rain for such a long extended period.

The reason for the revisit of the 2008 images was for me to review my techniques and
compositions so that I may improve the quality of images from Tanzania. All of the images
presented here have been reprocessed using newer techniques and software. Also, many of the images have never been shown before.

I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did reviewing, processing, and remembering the days at Lake Nakuru.