On to part two of the safari. See part I here. After spending a few weeks in Tanzania, I traveled north to Kenya to visit two more parks: Lake Nakuru and Samburu. Lake Nakuru is a small park in the middle of the city of Nakuru. It's really more a fenced reserve than a park. It is famous for it's flamingos, which can sometimes number in the hundreds of thousands. When I was there the lake level was low so there were only a few thousand. The park also functions as a reserve for the black rhino. If you want to see Rhinos in the semi-wild this is the place to do so.
Samburu is further north in Kenya and as you see from the photos is much drier. The animals here were much skinnier than in Tanzania. The Samburu river runs through the park and acts as an animal magnet. I spent an afternoon visiting the nomadic Samburu tribe that lives in the park. Very cool experience. A week after I left the Ewaso Nyiro river flooded and utterly destroyed the lodge where I stayed along with bridge infrastructure and an elephant research camp. People were airlifted to safety. I heard the tribe left safely, there were reports of several animals that perished. See a BBC report here
I would have to think you work for National Geographic. These photos are nothing short of brilliant. Amazing work my friend.
"But a city can be smothered by too much reverence for its past. The skyline must keep acquiring new peaks, because the day we consider it complete and untouchable is the day the city begins to die." - Justin Davidson - May 2010 Issue of New York
Did you get the feeling that the tribes people were being authentic, or was it a little show that they put on for tourist?
I'm pretty sure we paid something like $30/head to visit the tribe. They use that money to survive and are pretty welcoming to tourists. I don't think what I saw was really authentic, the songs and dances, etc. However just getting a brief glimpse into their way of life was eye opening.