Part 3: Lewa Downs and Mbweya

By Lyndon and Jason Duplessis, Fish Eagle Safaris

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Day 6 – Lewa

We left early in the morning for Lewa Safari Camp. The drive was about an hour and a half during which we gained approximately 5,000 ft in elevation, making it much cooler then Samburu.

This was our room at Lewa Safari Camp.

On our afternoon game drive, the action started almost immediately as we came across 3 lions walking toward us on the road. We followed them a little ways as they found a spot to sun themselves.

Lewa is definitely a spot to see rhino as well, and we did manage to see a crash of three at a distance and one up close. Unfortunately the photos did not come out well enough to publish. We also came across two male cheetahs just as the sun went down. Our guide said they looked distressed, and sure enough they were calling out for their brother. Luckily after a little while we heard him calling as well. Following a nice reunion they promptly vanished into the night.

Day 7 Mbweya – Lake Nakuru

We got to witness an interesting spectacle as we were leaving Lewa early in the morning. There had been a moderate rain the night before which triggered millions of termites to come out of their nests and attempt to fly off. Seeing as it was the morning when this happened and not at night, the termites were sitting ducks for a multitude of hungry birds. If any made it out alive, we didn’t see them. The birds were amazingly efficient in snatching every last termite.

The drive to our next stop, Lake Nakuru, was quite long and at times very bumpy. The drive took us through the heart of the Rift Valley. I believe we crossed the equator at least nine times on a twisting road.

We stayed at Mbweya Lodge, which is actually a short distance outside of Nakuru National Park.

This was our room at Mbweya.

Nakuru is quite a large park and there’s plenty of variety to spend at least a couple days in the area without being repetitive. Due to our time constraints we only had one drive through the park but it proved to be extremely productive. Of course we had to make a stop at Lake Nakuru to see the famous flamingos.

There had been a healthy amount of rainfall in the weeks preceding our visit so the water level was nice and high and flamingos were plentiful. In close proximity to the lake, we ran across this lone rhino as well.

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