Hell’s gate is a special park in Kenya in the sense that you can cycle or walk around. It’s located near Lake Naivasha, 150 km from Nairobi. The main attraction is the Gorge, located 8 km from Elsa Gate. The Routard said it could remind us of Petra in Jordan… well let’s not exagerate please… But the Gorge can get water and there there were hot springs were you can even boil eggs!
The other beautiful part of the park is the scenary. Huge special rocks I hadn’t seen anywhere else in Kenya…
And zebras, warthogs, many birds…interesting plants, flowers… insects.
I chose to ride a cycle myself, and I thought I saw a buffalo from a distance. Then I laughed at how ridiculous this was: there could not allow people to walk or ride around if there were actually buffalos inside the park! Buffalos are the most dangerous aggressive animals, that was literaly impossible…So I proceeded to the Gorge.
And on the way back I saw not one but many buffalos… staring at me….mmm… let me take a deep breath…as I cycle past them…
Waooo….that was scary!
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Lake Naivasha… 150 km away from Nairobi, accross the Rift Valley…139 km2 a fresh water lake unlike the saline Lake Nakuru…
I was imagining I would have a wonderful walk around the lake… which is totally impossible. Aroud the lake there are hotels who own the land and rosegreen houses … each rose drinks 10 litres per day… but then this is why the Kenyan roses do smell. They are also exported all over the world.
The area is home to more than 600 bird species…
In any case, just reaching and seeing was so relaxing.. these are all the animals I could spot at the Fisherman’s camp where I actually camped! The place is full of yellow feaver trees which appear golden as the light declines…
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The variety of wonderful corals of Diani, Mombasa
Probably the highlight of my visit to Lake Nakuru’s National Park is to have been blessed to see a new-born Thompson Gazelle make its very first steps in life. She was still wet from birth, her mother had been licking her to clean her. Both for this reason were harassed by flies. At first I was surprised to see that they were far from the group of gazelles.
I was waiting for the moment… I was so absorbed in it, that I even forgot to film it! How I regret not having caught with my camera the moment when defying gravity the calf stood on its thin legs for the first time in its life! Where could he find the strength after the tremendous effort of birth, to fight against gravity? A new-born human baby would require months before finding the strength for such an effort: but in wildlife, they couldn’ t afford such luxuries…
What was the motivation behind this instinct? Maybe hunger and thurst after the effort… Here we see the perfection of creation. It was so hungry and thirsty that this made gave the new-born strength! Indeed it was impossible for it to feed if sitting. And the mother would certainly not bend down for him. She would empower her calf, to stand up to her! What an amazing mum! Continue reading
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Lake Nakuru is a saline lake located at north west of Nairobi. It is known as the birdwatchers paradise. The lake’s water level varies: twice it dried up completely: it depends on rains. Two species of flamingos inhabit the lake : the lesser and greater flamingo. They are the pride of Lake Nakuru.
The park is home to white rhinos – 100 individuals-, a few lions, waterbucks, impalas, Thomson gazelles, a few leopards, buffalos, rothchild giraffes, zebras and more than 400 species of birds.
The Reserve was created in 1963.
This is how magical it looks, at dawn..
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Le lac Nakuru est un lac alcalin situé au Nord-Ouest de Nairobi. Il est surnommé le paradis des ornithologues. La niveau de l’eau du lac varie, à deux reprises il a été complètement asséché, car il dépend de la pluie. Le lac est habité par deux espèces de flamants: le flamant nain et le flamant rose qui font la fierté du lac.
Le parc contient aussi des rhinocéros blancs – une centaine d’individus- quelques lions et léopards, des gazelles de Thomson, des kob defassa, des girafes de Rothschild, des zèbres et plus de quatre cents espèces d’oiseaux.
La réserve a été créée en 1960.
Admirez la magie de l’aurore qui fait baigner le lac et ses habitants dans sa lumière dorée.
Out of Africa, by Karen Blixen
Once I killed an iguana. I was rejoicing in advance, thinking of everything I could do with its skin. I then saw something I will never forget.
As I walked through the twenty steps that separated it from me, I saw it wither before my eyes as if all it’s shine expired in a long breath, and when I got to touch it it was just a lump of cement, grey and dull.
It is the blood that runs under its skin that gives this magnificent shine. Once the flamme has been put out, and the soul has flown away it does no longer exist: it becomes a lump of sand”.
“J’ai tué une fois un iguane, je me réjouissais à l’avance de tout ce que je pourrais faire de sa peau, et je fus témoin d’un phénomène que je n’ai jamais oublié.
Pendant que je franchissais les quelques vingt mètres qui le séparaient de moi, je le vis se faner sous mes yeux, comme si tout son éclat s’exhalait en un long soupir, et lorsque je pus le toucher, ce n’était plus d’un bloc de ciment, gris mat.
C’est le sang qui court sous la peau de la bête qui lui donne son merveilleux éclat.
Lorsque la flamme s’est éteinte et l’âme envolée, l’iguane n’existe pas plus qu’un tas de sable”.
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