Friday, September 25, 2009

16th Sept = Navaisha

We stayed at Fishermans Camp on Lake Navaisha. It's a very big Camp with a lot of big old Acacia trees with lots of grass to park on. We stayed 2 nights, the first night we got friendly with the manager and his wife - Brendan and Val, at the restaurant. She's Kenyan, English and he is Australian born ex. We all got fairly trashed that evening. After lots of coffee the next morning we cleaned up the trailer and sorted our clothing and bed linen because this was going to be the last night we were going to camp for about 10 days as we are going to our time share week in Mombasa, and then probably on to Lamu Island which I hear is much better than Zanzibar and far less touristy and much cheaper, which of course suits us nicely. The bird life here at Fishermans is the best so far. Fish eagles, Oriol's by the dozen, hoopoes, wood pecker and chiselling away all day, just to name a few.
It has just recently started to rain in Navaisha and was lush and green but the rest of the Rift Valley and throughout Kenya is exceptionally dry. They are having a serious drought. We saw quite a few (freshly) dead zebra on the side of the road after leaving Lake Bogoria, apparently because of starvation. The goats were fat, but most of the cattle were there showing all ribs from the lack of good grazing, and this seemed to be the norm throughout Kenya, very sad indeed.

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