Kenya Trip Report Part 11 – Lake Nakuru and Mbweha Camp

On the equator

We were up early to get on the road and the staff had a great breakfast ready for us. We met Kehara by the car at 7am and got on the road. This was our longest journey of the trip, but the scenery was beautiful. We passed Mount Kenya and lots of hills and valleys.

Mount Kenya in the distance

On the way, we made a stop at the equator. We had passed it on the way north, but this time, we stopped at a souvenir store and received a demonstration from a local on the Coriolis effect. It was pretty interesting to see the water swirl different directions 10 feet either side of the equator sign and not at all right at the equator. We all received a certificate for crossing the equator (for a price of course!)

The scenery on this long drive looked much different than the dry and dusty Samburu area. We made a couple of bathroom stops on the way before finally arriving around 2pm at Mbweha Camp.

We were shown to our cabins. They weren’t really tents at this camp as the buildings were built out of mud bricks. It was probably the nicest room of the three camps. All of the buildings were named after animals and we were placed in Dikdik (the smallest antelope.

After a late lunch (chicken was dry by then according to my notes), we went on an afternoon game drive to Lake Nakuru in search of the black rhino. The park entrance was only 15 minutes away from the camp.

Lake Nakuru

We lucked out as we saw some rhinos in the distance, but they made their way over to where we were driving. Unlike Samburu and Masai Mara, there are more strict restrictions on driving off the trail in Lake Nakuru so we had to hope the rhinos would come to us. Luckily, they did.

Rhinos with water buffalo in the background

We drove around the park and saw some other wildlife.

We got back to camp around 6pm and my younger daughter and I had a dip in the pool. The stairs were extremely slippery, and I wiped out. Lucky for me, I just had a bruise on my back and nothing worse.

Dinner was at 7:30pm and we asked our driver/guide to join us as by this point, we had bonded with him.

We had an early start the next morning to head toward Masai Mara. We woke up at 6:15am and grabbed breakfast. It was good, but not as good as Elephant Bedroom. We headed out around 7:45am on our way to Masai Mara.

Mbweha camp was a quick one-night stop between Samburu and Masai Mara and the camp itself was fine. There was no Wi-Fi in the room and barely any cell phone reception, but as it was one night, that didn’t really bother us. Wi-Fi at reception was fine. The food was similar to Elephant Bedroom but not quite as good.

Up Next: Masai Mara Game Drives and Balloon Ride

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