So a couple of weeks ago, I went down to Nakuru with my family to visit an aunt of mine and we took the opportunity to sight see. I had been to Nakuru a couple times but I hadn’t fully appreciated the beauty of the region. I don’t know about you, but I hardly ever make local travel plans not because there aren’t amazing places to visit but because I totally take Kenya as a travel destination for granted.
Granted most of us think and/or feel this way maybe because of nationality and proximity to these destinations. I realised that this total disregard for local destinations is not just a Kenyan thing but a human phenomenon. A Swiss friend who was an expatriate in Paris told me of a rather interesting story about Parisians and their love-hate relationship with the Eiffel tower. When the decision to light the Eiffel Tower was reached many years ago, a number of them were critical of the fact that not only were they to see it during day, they had to put up with it every night because of the glittery glitz. It’s marvelling to know that what they don’t want to see, half of humanity dreams of just having a glimpse of. The same case with Kenyans and their lack of appreciating and experiencing some of the landscape and wildlife.
Taking a trip to Lake Nakuru National Park is super inexpensive especially for us locals, adults only pay an admission fee of only Ksh. 1000 while children above five pay about Ksh. 300. All foreigners pay an admission fee of about Ksh. 7000 which is $70. Seven times more than a local, which I think is absolutely ridiculous but that’s a story for another day. You can get to Nakuru in a number of ways either driving down there (might spend fuel of about Ksh. 3000 depending on the vehicle of use) or taking a matatu (public transport) which would cost about Ksh. 350 from downtown Nairobi.
So here are some facts that you might not have heard about Lake Nakuru; a lot of environmental changes are currently threatening its ecosystem. Most recently was a sewage leak that threatened the wildlife. There are a lot of other factors such as human encroachment, settlement and human negligence that have also contributed to this. People have planted along the rivers that feed Lake Nakuru; not only do they farm but they use agro-chemicals which find their way into the lake causing a PH imbalance that results in uninhabitable waters for the flamingoes. Climate change has also altered the natural levels and alkalinity of the lake also resulting in unsuitable waters for these birds. A lot of efforts are being made by the government and environmentalist to ensure that the lake and her environs are ecologically sustained. Support their efforts by visiting the park.
A drive around the park will guarantee an encounter with wildlife in their natural state. Lots and lots of zebras, gazelles and buffalos. If you are lucky enough you may even spot some lions like we did; which was truly an experience. So don’t deny yourself an opportunity to experience the breathtaking Lake Nakuru. There’s something about being in the wild and surrounded by beautiful landscapes that puts everyone is the right space and frame of mind. I highly, recommend a trip there and I hope that this inspires a level of desire for travelling local, it surely did the trick for me.
“Here I am, where I belong.” Karen Blixen.
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As always may adventure be with you.