white rhinos approaching in the distance
Lake Nakuru National Park:
white rhinoceros, ants, lions
Continuing around the lake, we stopped to watch a white rhinoceros mother
and calf off in the distance. As we watched they came closer and closer,
trundling along, grazing, with no concern for us at all, and eventually
crossed the road maybe five metres behind our vehicle.
ant mating swarm
There were dense swarms of flying ants, so thick they sometimes got in
the way of photographs. The start of the rains had induced the
colonies to launch their winged males and females on their mating flights
— the fertilised queens then need soft damp soil to dig a new nest.
Continuing around the lake, a small burned out area revealed a group of
lions under what was left of a tree, and we saw more antelope, including
some male waterbuck jousting, and vervet monkeys.
vervet monkey portrait
Somehow, without ever seeming to hurry us along, Kassim and Duncan had
managed to time the drive so we got out of the park right on 1pm, just
in time for lunch back at the lodge.
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