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Visiting Lake Nakuru National Park Safari – Photo Essay

Visiting Lake Nakuru National Park for a Game safari is one of the best things you can do in Kenya. Especially if you want to see 4 of the “Big 5”.

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Young Male Lion Lake Nakuru Kenya

The first glimmers of sunlight slowly spread across the sky to the East as our 4WD Safari Van pulled into Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Various shades of pink, orange, purple and blue began to break into blue as the sun rose above the reflections of Lake Nakuru.

Lake Nakuru National Park Sunrise

Lake Nakuru National Park Sunrise

On only the second day of my Oasis Overland 75 Day tour from Nairobi to Cape Town the excitement levels were high.

Especially since Lake Nakuru National Park contains some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in Africa with 4 of the “Big 5” on offer. The only one missing is the almighty Elephant. And within seconds I was ticking them off the list.

Only 100m through the gates entrance we parked next to two gargantuan Water Buffalo 10m away in the grass. Exiled from their herd for becoming too old they were left to roam the Game Park by themselves without companions for their final years.

Water Buffalo in Lake Nakuru Game Park

Water Buffalo Lake Nakuru Game Park

Perhaps the closeness of the entrance provided them with a sense of protection from the predators wandering the grassy plains.

As we continued along the narrow winding road beneath the blanketing Acacia tree forest the chatter of Baboons was the only sound breaking the silence above our vans engine.

Lake Nakuru Game Park Baboons

Lake Nakuru Game Park Baboons

They are quick to realise that Safari vehicles mean food and all the view points over Lake Nakuru National Park are infested with Baboons trying to climb through open windows after a tasty snack. Unsuspecting tourists are jumped upon and pieces of fruit snatched from their hands.

Nasty, nasty animals.

Baboon Lake Nakuru National Park

Baboon in Lake Nakuru National Park

Just as common as the Baboons are the Zebras.

In their distinctive black and white stripes they graze across the grass amongst the other herbivores in herds spread across several hundred meters. We were even lucky enough to see several fights as they nipped and bit each other as they ran.

Zebra Fight Lake Nakuru Game Park Kenya

Zebra Fight Lake Nakuru Game Park Kenya

Plodding along between the Zebra, Impala and Water Buffalo are the fierce looking, but majestic, Black and White Rhino.

The conservation efforts and anti-poaching Rangers patrolling Game Park means that the Rhino has flourished here. And with over 70 of each species in Lake Nakuru National Park, spotting the 2nd of the “Big 5” is very easy to do.

White Rhino Lake Nakuru Game Park Kenya

White Rhino in Lake Nakuru Game Park

You aren’t just limited to Baboons either. Cheeky Vervet monkeys clamber among the branches of Acacia trees with their babies clinging to their backs as they chatter to one another.

Vervet Monkey in Lake Nakuru National Park

Vervet Monkey Lake Nakuru Game Park

One of the animals I was dying to spot was the Giraffe. And with two shy Giraffes hiding in the forest I was getting worried we might not see any clearly.

I am not sure what I was worried about.

As we crested one of the hills the plains dropped away in front of us revealing over 50 strolling across the grass. Straight across our path they walked, stopping to strip the juicy leaves from the high branches. Their tongues wrapping around each leaf before moving on their way.

Giraffe Eating Acacia Tree Lake Nakuru

Giraffe eating from an Acacia tree in Lake Nakuru

It was here that our Guides radio began chirping like mad. With a grin over his shoulder he said he had a surprise for us just up the road.

3 lion cubs around a year old resting under the shade of a tree out of the baking hot Kenyan sun. As we switched off our engine another curious older Male slouched into the open to eye us up.

Young Male Lion Lake Nakuru Kenya

Young Male Lion in Lake Nakuru Kenya

I could have sat and watched them rest just 5 meters from our Safari van for hours, but there was just too much else to see.

Lake Nakuru National Game Park Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Game Park, Kenya

One of the things that Lake Nakuru is most famous for is its Pink Flamingos.

Pink Flamingo Lake Nakuru

The famous Pink Flamingo on Lake Nakuru

It seemed like our luck wasn’t about to run out either.

As we turned towards the main gate our journey was interrupted by the chatter on the radio again. This time a Leopard had been spotted several KMs from our current position.

We didn’t have to be reminded how rare it would be for us to see a Leopard either. I hadn’t even factored in seeing one during my entire Africa adventure and with less than 10 in Lake Nakuru National Park I definitely didn’t think it would be today.

Leopard in Tree Lake Nakuru Game Park Kenya

Leopard in tree at Lake Nakuru Game Park, Kenya

A lone Leopard resting 20 feet off the forest floor on a branch. Its front left paw hung on one side while it rested its head on its right. As we switched off the engine it raised its head and stared directly down my camera lens sending shivers down my spine.

It was the perfect end to a magical day that I will never forget.

Oasis Overland have provided me with a small discount off the price of the trip. However, as always, my thoughts on telling it how it is are never influenced by anyone.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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35 Comments

  1. Mike (Nomadic Texan)

    May 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Cole,
    An amazing experience, I imagine. Have to say I agree, I like the Leopard photo best as well! Be Safe!!!
    Mike

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Thanks Mike 🙂 Can’t wait to explore the rest of the parks throughout Africa now on my journey!

  2. Thomas Dembie

    May 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Beautiful photos! I especially like the sunrise shot. I was there in late December and loved it. It was a great first safari experience. Plenty to see in a relatively small park. Can’t believe you saw a leopard there. Very lucky!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      We were EXTREMELY lucky to see a Leopard in Lake Nakuru Game Park! Wish they had Elephants too but that will have to wait until next time 😉

      • Rolph Lemayan

        June 24, 2015 at 1:00 AM

        Hi Cole. That is a nice profound post about Lake Nakuru National Park or also known as the Pink Lake.In the event, you desire in watchings herds of elephant, I would recommend you visit Amboseli National Park where you will get them in large numbers with a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the major attractions in Amboseli.

  3. Kimmy @ AfterGlobe

    May 6, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Beautiful pictures! You were for sure lucky with all of the animals that you got to see. I love so many of these pictures I couldn’t pick just one for a favorite.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Hopefully at the next park I can finish off the Big 5 😀

  4. Kristy of Family Visa

    May 8, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    The pink flamingo on Lake Nakuru is so sexy and at the same time the leopard on top of the tree is a hunk.

  5. Kea Watson

    May 10, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Zebra hug! Aww how cute

    • Cole Burmester

      May 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Very cute, although I think they were fighting haha.

  6. Luke Hartung

    May 10, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Great photos guy!

  7. Rory Schultze

    May 10, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    I think I’d be so scared coming face to face with a leopard like that

    • Cole Burmester

      May 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Luckily it was about 50m away in the tree then haha.

  8. Jessica @ A Passion and A Passport

    May 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    You got such great shots of all the animals you saw! Wow! And this was only day TWO! Another wow! Next up- elephant spotting!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 17, 2013 at 5:41 AM

      Spotted elephants while I was Gorilla trekking of all things haha 😉 That post is coming soon!

  9. Nicole @ Green Global Travel

    May 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Wow amazing photos! Big cats are my favorite wildlife. Id love to see them in the wild, would be amazing! Great post!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 18, 2013 at 5:46 AM

      Cheers Nicole 🙂 Hoping to spot some further south in Africa too!

  10. Endri Hasanaj

    May 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Wow what beautiful photos! Ahh what I’d give to be able on a safari now! It’s really one of the most interesting things to do on a trip or maybe it seems like that to me cause I love the wild animals in their natural habitat. Thanks for sharing these mate!
    Greetings from Athens

  11. Lucy

    May 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Loving the safari photos, especially the leopards, what a privilege to see them in their own environment. Got to start saving up for a safari trip soon!

    • obai

      February 23, 2017 at 10:04 AM

      highly welcomed to Kenya

  12. Charli l Wanderlusters

    May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Jeepers Cole, what incredible photographs. I love the leopard but I think that sunrise is just stunning. You’re got me longing to visit Kenya!

  13. James @ Africa Tours

    July 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I am really intrigued by these shots. I am now motivated to try something similar. Thanks!

  14. Gabriel

    September 3, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    The Rhinho seems like such a huge and awesome animal. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see one in person. Looks like you had an awesome time with lots of great animal sights.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 3, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      It was a beautiful experience and so glad I had the chance to see them all.

  15. Jeff

    October 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Great shots. I call it a life time experience. You really enjoyed.

  16. Anne @ Pretraveller

    December 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Cole, I see you posted this a while ago but it definitely brings back some fond memories for me! My family lived in Kenya as expats for a few years when I was only about 8 years old and my parents made a real effort to get out and about. Lake Nakuru was one of the many places we visited!

  17. Katherine E Bland

    January 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I am now motivated to try something similar.

  18. Nelvino

    March 25, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Lovely experience…like u I couldn’t spot all the big fives when I went to hluhluwe in South Africa…Leopards are almost impossible to b spotted.
    Good luck next time

  19. Marsha

    April 24, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    These are amazing photos: what an experience!! I cannot wait to visit: I am planning a trip for next year.

  20. Ticking the Bucketlist

    May 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Ahh…you got to see the cats here!
    We were happy with the flamingos and the rhinos…no cats for us until we reached Mara!

  21. Tom Verdon

    September 6, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Jambo Cole. Lovely photographs of Africa’s vanishing wildlife. You should be aware however that the picture of Buffalo that you have posted is NOT a picture of a Water Buffalo! A Water Buffalo is a creature of Asia and a Buffalo in Africa does not become a Water Buffalo, simply because it happens to be in the water. In Lake Nakuru National Park, any Buffalo that you see are the much more impressive and far more dangerous African Cape Buffalo, Syncerus Caffer, whose credentials as one of the most efficient and deadly of Africa’s big five killers have been discussed at length by numerous African experts far more knowledgable than I. Best. Tom

  22. Mark @ NWFamilyTravel

    September 4, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    I’ve always wanted to go on a safari and your photos have only made that a deeper desire. Stunning, really. Thank you for such a great look at this impressive park and the animals who live there.

  23. lukas kae

    May 29, 2017 at 11:25 PM

    thanks for sharing your experience with us
    awesome post with amazing pictures

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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