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Feb 10, 2016 - 9 February 2016 - Nakuru National Park

Up very early for breakfast then onto the safari trucks for a full day safari in the National Park. It was a bit disappointing at first, as when we reached the lake there were very few birds around, whereas when we were here in 2014 it was teeming with flamingoes, pelicans, maribu stork and many others. But as the day wore on we saw so many animals: zebra, giraffe, lions, rhino, water buck, impala, Thompsons gazelle and Grant's gazelle to name a few. We got back to camp late afternoon and headed straight to the bar for a beer before tea,...

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Feb 10, 2016 - 8 February 2016 - Nakuru National Park

We started the day with a walk in Naivasha to spot wildlife, one of the only places I've been in Africa where you can actually walk close to the animals. Lots of bird life and giraffes. We then walked up to Crescent Lake, you can really see the shape of the extinct volcano that formed this park millions of years ago. In the afternoon we left Naivasha to drive to Nakuru National Park, stopping on the way to pick up supplies at the Nakomat (local supermarket). We have been to this campsite in Nakuru on our last trip to Africa and it was very...

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Nov 20, 2014 - 10 November - Nakuru

Today, Monday, we left Nairobi at 8am to drive to the town of Nakuru, around 160km from Nairobi. It's overcast and rainy today, but as we haven't had much rain on this trip we can't complain. From what we have been told, Uganda and Rwanda will be wet and probably a bit cold too. We stopped in the town of Nakuru to visit the Loving Hands Safe House, a home for children with HIV/AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. It's a new project that has been going only a couple of months and they are in desperate need of funds to purchase beds...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Nakuru, Lake & Home

Oct 22 After a restful night and the anticipation of Nakuru, we were packed and ready to indulge in some breakfast when the restaurant opened at 6:30am. We were keen on an early start since the second half of the direct route to Nakuru via Njoro being almost impassable (worse than Masai Mara roads, according to Sammy) we had to backtrack to Mahi Maheiu via Narok and then continue along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. This doubled our distance but halved the driving time had we decided to brave the direct route. We were not looking forward to...

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African Safari 2013

Oct 27, 2012 - Pokot Famine Feed

We did an interesting trip last weekend up to the Pokot region for a "famine feed". It was a 4am start in a large truck with 9 - 90kg sacks of unga (maize flour) plus 9 large sacks of cabbages. We took four of the older boys to do the negotiating and translating as this is the region where the parents, grandparents and siblings of most of the children at IHF center come from. We had breakfast at Marigat two hours into our journey, then continued for another two hours off the road on bumpy tracks that connect the villages. There has been...

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Oct 16, 2012 - IHF, Kenya No. 1

We flew from Istanbul, overnighted in Dubai, then on to Nairobi next day. Nairobi hasn't changed from what we remember from five years ago. It is teeming with people, cars, buses, matatus (14 seater vans). There was a traffic jam getting from the airport into town to the matatu station. Then the matatu had to stop at the police station, and we all had to get out to be security checked. It was night by the time we arrived at IHF (International Humanity Foundation) Center in Nakuru, a four hour drive from Nairobi. We were greeted by so many...

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Mar 12, 2012 - Day 54 to 55 - Nakuru...East Africa Mission Orphanage

Driving through Nakuru, a town about two and a half hours drive north west of Nairobi, I began the task of navigating to the East Africa Mission Orphanage, based on some sketchy directions given to us by mum and dad's tour guide. My folks had booked onto a 14 day Kenya/Tanzania Gecko tour with three other couples they regularly go on 4WD jaunts across oz with. Stopping to ask various people by the side of the road it was clear no one had heard of the East Africa Mission Orphanage (EAMO). I googled EAMO on the iPad, found a local phone...

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5 African Hornes

Sep 8, 2011 - Nakuru Park Safari and more EAMO

Lake Nakuru Game Drive Photos We didn’t pack up to move campsites this morning, we’d be returning for another night at EAMO but would be heading off for the day on a game drive while the all the kiddies were in school. Today we were headed to Nakuru National Park for a half day game drive. As we waited for Kevin to handle the paperwork and the rangers to confirm the number of people on the truck we were amused by the baboons that were climbing all over a bus full of school children also waiting in the parking lot. Remember at...

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Sep 7, 2011 - Nakuru: East Africa Mission Orphanage

Crater Lake Walk Photos We woke up this morning in our campsite in Lake Naivasha. We had some delays on the road coming to this camp so the optional excursions were to happen this morning instead. There was supposed to be two options: a walk to Crater Lake (walking safari) or a bike ride in Hell's Gate National park (apparently to see a location used in the Tomb Raider movies? I haven’t seen them so don’t know anything about it). Because of the time limit we now had the bike was no longer an option so nine of us went on the walk to...

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Nov 17, 2009 - The results are in!

Today was the day to look at the test results from all the water samples that were set up on Monday. Students anxiously met us at the door to the lab and were very excited about the techniques they had learned the day before to see the results (and so were we!) We are delighted to say that this workshop was a total success and the students and faculty were impressed with the simplicity of the Coliert tubes and the Petrifilm. All the students had followed our incubation instructions and were proud to tell others that they had become human...

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Nov 16, 2009 - The Joy of Teaching

Hello, this is Dale. After months of preparation and planning with Dr. Metcalf, today was the day we had been waiting for. We were excited as we made our way across campus to the Biological Sciences building, passing spectacular plantings which included red poinsettias the size of large shrubs. We must have been an unusual site in our dresses and backpacks, the only 2 white faces in the crowd of approximately 8,000 students and faculty at Egerton University. Our goal was to deliver the information about water testing and solar...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Final day at Nakuru and on to Egerton University

It was a 5:45 AM wake up for call for us in order to get a game drive in before breakfast and then checkout at 10. We have been enjoying our guide, the beautiful sights from our lodge, plus the exceptional pink flamingos, pelicans, and colobus monkeys that look like they are wearing someone else’s fur coat with a long tail. Today’s game drive was short but we got to experience an extraordinary sight that took our breath away. We had just finished viewing some sleepy lions and once our eyes returned to the road, we noticed approximately 14...

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