Flamingos and storks at Lake Nakuru. The flamingos feed on the abundant algae on the lake.

My traveling companions at the equator. The pitchers are for water demonstrations of how water spins in different directions on each side of the equator. The locals will happily give you a demonstration for a price. I found the Kenyans to be charming, patriotic (the slogan for the local brew, Tusker, is My country, my beer) and friendly. Most of the signs are in English and the currency is the shilling, a legacy of the troubled history of the British presence in Kenya. Many, but not all of the Kenyans I met were fluent in both Swahili and English.

Prices are negotiable in Kenya. If you are planning on going there you might want to learn the phrase
Bei yako ghali which means Your price is too high.
An impala. They served us impala one night at dinner. I didn't try it. My father drove a Chevy Impala when I was a kid.
A young black rhino that we saw near Nairobi.

This is Treetops Lodge which is built on stilts and overlooks a salt lick and water hole high in the Aberdare National Park. In February 1952, Princess Elizabeth was staying here when she became Queen on learning of the death of her father, King George VI.

The rooms are very small and you are asked to make as little noise as possible so as not to disturb the animals which come right up next to the lodge to use the salt licks and water hole. The rooms have buzzers that send an alarm during the night if an animal worthy of observation approaches. There are good views of Mount Kenya in the morning when it's clear.

While exploring Treetops, I encountered a large baboon on the fire escape. We both were startled and retreated warily from one another until the baboon leaped off the steps onto a tree and scampered away into the forest.


Mount Kenya

Maasi Mara


Map of Kenya