Monday, June 03, 2013
Just want to share my amazing day in the Nairobi National Park. This is a wildlife game reserve within the boundaries of a Mega City.
We do game counts every 2 months from the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and they are a lot of fun.
Basically you are allocated a piece of the park and count animals you see at the same time as everybody else. I love it if I am allocated a piece on the other side, since you will drive through the whole park and get a chance to see a lot.
This was one special morning! We went in at 6am at the crack of dawn as always.
First thing we saw with in 3-4 km was a big fat Rhino walking right in front of us on the road - usually you only get to see them from a distance.
UNfortunately my camera developed a problem, so most pictures where very bad, I will only share the Best!
500m after the Rhino, right after the next bend we saw a big male lion, who was very love sick according to the sounds he made.
We had to follow him for a while, before he moved over enough for us to pass. Sorry about the poor picture.
less than 1 km away we got to one of the sign-posts and see what we found:
Then when we got to another dwam a few km down the road I saw 2 Rhino getting at each other with their horns. so we tried to get a bit closer for a better look. Turned out they were again right on the side road we choose. As we got closer they stopped quarreling and decided to walk on.
So we followed and voila, right behind the next bedn in the road we found a group of 7, including the 2 we had seen. This is a rare sight!
We had a few other sightings of Rhino & Lions and of course lots of other animals. Once you finish counting in your part you can stay in the park for the rest of the day and we always take advantage of that. We carry a picnic and just have a good time driving around or going for little walks in the few areas where you are allowed out of the car.