The second park we visited in Kenya was Lake Nakuru National Park. We knew that we would get to see hundreds of pelicans and bright pink flamingos, but we hoped we would have the privilege of seeing a leopard. They’re super shy cats and not everyone who goes to the park gets to see them. In fact, it had been some time since anyone had seen one in the park and so when our guide spotted one relaxing camouflaged in the shade back from the road, he got on the radio right away and let all the other guides know the location. We were hushed several times in our excitement at seeing the leopard, lest we scare him away before the other tourists got to see him. And in fact after several vehicles pulled up, the leopard decided it didn’t like being in the spotlight and retreated deep into the forest.
I’m still in awe of that one – how close we got to this shy and beautiful animal…..how close we got to all these animals! Such an amazing experience.
Here are some more photos from Lake Nakuru:
You can see all the photos (and larger versions of the ones above) on My SmugMug site.