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Narok to Naivasha and Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya, Africa - 5th November 2010

The next leg of our honeymoon in Kenya takes us back up the unbelievably-potholed road to Narok and Mai Mahui and then left towards the town of Naivasha, or more precisely the lake nearby. Apparently home to the largest expat population in Kenya, as well as hungry, hungry hippos, it's a popular stop on the regional safari circuit. We spend just one night there, but cram in a boat trip on the lake and watching hippos graze at night. The next day, Will gets hold of a bunch of bikes so we can cycle around Hell's Gate National Park, just up the road from the lake and one of only two parks in Kenya where walking or cycling are permitted. Nosher's bike barely makes it up driveway to the park entrance before the chain snaps, and so an alternative bike is sourced. From there, it's a nice cycle around - although the bike doesn't exactly fit - and we get to see a bit of the local wildlife: giraffes, warthogs, gazelles and numerous birds. We park the bikes at the ranger station and then head off for an energetic but rewarding hike through the gorge and generally get shown up by the hordes of school kids out for a ramble who clamber up and down the rocks and trees like there's nothing to it. At the end, we return the bikes and drive back to Nairobi.

next album: Long Train (not) Runnin': Tiwi Beach, Mombasa, Kenya - 7th November 2010
previous album: Maasai Mara Safari and a Maasai Village, Ololaimutia, Kenya - 5th November 2010

2010 Walking around the village

Walking around the village

2010 A load of washing on the line

A load of washing on the line

2010 Sheep are herded past a pond

Sheep are herded past a pond

2010 A woman in the bush

A woman in the bush

2010 We're back on (or off) the road

We're back on (or off) the road

2010 A goat herder

A goat herder

2010 We stop off at a 'truck stop'

We stop off at a 'truck stop'

2010 Souvenir belts, and bananas for sale

Souvenir belts, and bananas for sale

2010 Isobel gets a coffee in the café

Isobel gets a coffee in the café

2010 The Cactus Bar

The Cactus Bar

2010 Along the road are bundles of wood for making charcoal

Along the road are bundles of wood for making charcoal

2010 A street scene in Narok

A street scene in Narok

2010 Outside the Narok Highway Pharmacy

Outside the Narok Highway Pharmacy

2010 A petrol station by the Meeyu Bookshop

A petrol station by the Meeyu Bookshop

2010 Construction work in Narok

Construction work in Narok

2010 A lorry park in Maai Mahiu

A lorry park in Maai Mahiu

2010 An ancient car sits on old tyres in Maai Mahiu

An ancient car sits on old tyres in Maai Mahiu

2010 The Musafi Hotel does chips, apparently

The Musafi Hotel does chips, apparently

2010 Shops in the rain, Maai Mahiu

Shops in the rain, Maai Mahiu

2010 The bucolic Fisherman's Camp by Lake Naivasha

The bucolic Fisherman's Camp by Lake Naivasha

2010 A view out over Lake Naivasha

A view out over Lake Naivasha

2010 Isobel looks around as a bottle of Tusker beer awaits

Isobel looks around as a bottle of Tusker beer awaits

2010 Isobel in a pizza café

Isobel in a pizza café

2010 Nosher and Isobel

Nosher and Isobel

2010 Isobel and Will stride out to the boat

Isobel and Will stride out to the boat

2010 Will and Tony: a study in fluorescent orange and green

Will and Tony: a study in fluorescent orange and green

2010 A random dock-side stall

A random dock-side stall

2010 Isobel surveys the lake

Isobel surveys the lake

2010 Nosher, with a stubble thing going on

Nosher, with a stubble thing going on

2010 Tony, Isobel and Nosher

Tony, Isobel and Nosher

2010 A heron perches on a flimsy tree

A heron perches on a flimsy tree

2010 Pelicans hang around

Pelicans hang around

2010 A pelican takes to the air

A pelican takes to the air

2010 Floating lily pads and spindly trees

Floating lily pads and spindly trees

2010 A blurry hippo

A blurry hippo

2010 More floating lilies, and the calm waters of Lake Naivasha

More floating lilies, and the calm waters of Lake Naivasha

2010 A hippo out to graze, only tens of metres from the bar

A hippo out to graze, only tens of metres from the bar

2010 Our cabin's facilities

Our cabin's facilities

2010 The bathroom 'sink'

The bathroom 'sink'

2010 Isobel sorts out the ever-present mosquito net

Isobel sorts out the ever-present mosquito net

2010 Our cabin

Our cabin

2010 Another view of our camp

Another view of our camp

2010 Isobel heads off

Isobel heads off

2010 Our luxury apartment

Our luxury apartment

2010 A Splendid Starling pokes about

A Splendid Starling pokes about

2010 A side street overlooking the lake

A side street overlooking the lake

2010 Will cycles one of our rented bikes towards Hell's Gate

Will cycles one of our rented bikes towards Hell's Gate

2010 Isobel and Will on the dusty road

Isobel and Will on the dusty road

2010 We cycle into Hell's Gate

We cycle into Hell's Gate

2010 Cycling around near Fischer's Tower at Elsa Gate

Cycling around near Fischer's Tower at Elsa Gate

2010 Isobel heads off

Isobel heads off

2010 Isobel pauses so we can catch up

Isobel pauses so we can catch up

2010 Isobel nearly misses the giraffe poking about in the trees

Isobel nearly misses the giraffe poking about in the trees

2010 A large eagle or falcon surveys the scene

A large eagle or falcon surveys the scene

2010 Isobel by a picnic spot

Isobel by a picnic spot

2010 We head off into the gorge

We head off into the gorge

2010 We clamber down in to the gorge

We clamber down in to the gorge

2010 Perfect layers of sedimentary rock

Perfect layers of sedimentary rock

2010 The going is tricky and wet in places

The going is tricky and wet in places

2010 Will and Isobel walk along the dried riverbed

Will and Isobel walk along the dried riverbed

2010 Isobel stops for a moment

Isobel stops for a moment

2010 Years of graffiti carved in to the sandstone

Years of graffiti carved in to the sandstone

2010 Will and Isobel in the gorge

Will and Isobel in the gorge

2010 Isobel pauses with a group of school children

Isobel pauses with a group of school children

2010 Another 'school photo'

Another 'school photo'

2010 Nosher and Isobel wait to climb down

Nosher and Isobel wait to climb down

2010 A large crowd of schoolgirls waits for us to pass through

A large crowd of schoolgirls waits for us to pass through

2010 One of the boys seems to have taken a shine to Isobel

One of the boys seems to have taken a shine to Isobel

2010 A lad fills his bottle with hot water from a thermal spring

A lad fills his bottle with hot water from a thermal spring

2010 Isobel takes an impromptu shower

Isobel takes an impromptu shower

2010 Inspecting the warm water

Inspecting the warm water

2010 Nosher and Isobel back on top of the gorge

Nosher and Isobel back on top of the gorge

2010 Will is nearly overwhelmed by dust from a passing van

Will is nearly overwhelmed by dust from a passing van

2010 Another pause on the bikes

Another pause on the bikes

2010 Back on the road, we stop off outside Maai Mahiu

Back on the road, we stop off outside Maai Mahiu

2010 Authentic roadside grub at Maai Mahiu

Authentic roadside grub at Maai Mahiu

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Walking around the village