After the Maasai Mara trip yesterday, the local tour drove us to another famous national park in Kenya, Nakuru National Park. It seems this Park is smaller than Maasai Mara and yet, it was still amazing!
It is near a lake so the wildlife we saw was slightly different – we could see birds that I believe don’t inhabit in Maasai Mara.
We went to Nakuru National Park in the morning. When our vehicle arrived at the entrance, the tour guide told us to stay inside the car while he got the entrance tickets for all of us. He locked all the doors and opened the windows before he left. We patiently waited in the car… until…
The monkey looked as if it wanted to get into the car and share a seat with us. We had never been so close to the wild animals before. We didn’t know what to do. Some of us screamed. We tried to get out of the car but it was locked! The monkey was still looking at us. It was probably just curious but we didn’t want to place a bet. After all, it was not tamed and we shouldn’t do anything to any untamed animals. That’s common sense. We watched intently at whatever move it made. We and the monkey stared at each other for I don’t remember how long and then luckily, it jumped off the rear-view mirror (when it jumped, we screamed too cos we didn’t know what it was trying to do) and landed on the ground. The monkey and all of us were safe.
The driver and the tour guide came back. It was like those old corny movies where the protagonists had finished everything before the police appeared. The driver and the tour guide basically knew nothing about the monkey. Did we tell them? I don’t remember. Perhaps we did but I doubt they’d react like the way we did anyway.
The driver drove us to the lake first to see the flamingos and some other birds. You will see many photos of the birds below. Enjoy 😊
The safari journey ended here but the animals’ and our journeys hadn’t ended yet. They’d continue to live in the grassland and do whatever they had been doing there and we’d continue with our lives just as we had had. Our visit didn’t change much of their lives. I think that’s the idea of co-existence. Humans have been interfering with the wildlife and natural environment too much. Just last night, I was thinking what if we had never built any concrete buildings? What if we continued to live in the caves? Would there be enough caves for humans? Then the overpopulation problem came into my mind…
Wait, did our visits really change nothing to the animals?
I don’t know.
I hope not.
Back then when I was in the tour and now when I write this journal, the scenes from the poem ‘Mountain Lion’ (by D.H. Lawrence) kept lingering in my mind…
11 August 2011
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