Zebra Crossing

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The Zebra at Hell’s Gate National Park at Naivasha, knowing my sense of humor, kindly posed for this photograph.

I went to Lake Naivasha with Christine (another VSO who arrived in Kenya with me) and her friend Shauna. It was a fantastic weekend, more photos and stuff below…

tent (17k image){{popup hellsgate.jpg hellsgate 943×250}}hells gate We camped at Fisherman’s Camp by lake Naivasha. The camp site had Colobus Monkeys in the trees and a Fish Eagle overhead soaring and swooping, and making a dreadfully undignified noise. On Sunday we rented bikes and rode up to Hells Gate Park.

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The rock in the picture on the left is the same one in the valley where I’m looking in the one on the right. For KSH 300 we could have climbed it, there was a man there with all the ropes and paraphernalia.

gazel (5k image)There were antilope and gazelle in the park. Some gazelle are very small; these ones were a long way off.

Its one thing to see Zebra from the window of a car, and quite another to pass them on your bike!
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Two blurry photos of a hippo that came out of the lake by the camp site and mowed the grass 50 feet from where we stood.
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Mark and Christine with Lake Naivasha in the background.


  1. Drew Says:

    🙂 Wow cool hot cycling safari funky zebra camping big rock fuzzy hippo splendifurous fun ness 😎
    good to see you’re having fun

    (thats a lot of hits for a page that’s only been up for one hour . 😉
    1 hit muhahaha,
    2 hits muhahaha….
    94 hits muhahaaaa….
    ummmm sorry, i kinda got carried away :rolleyes:

  2. Mark Says:

    Good point. I have done this page incrementally and it counts every hit from me when I refresh to see if the photos look right. I need to turn it off so It ignores me but I’ve not yet found out how to do that.

  3. tygger Says:

    uuuuuuuu… animals … i’m so jealous!!! I wanna go on safari too!!!

  4. Lydia Says:

    Fantastic scenery! You are so lucky! Like the bike photo! And you look like you! Is that a moustache? 😀

  5. Mark Says:

    yes, its a moustache. I’ve had this goatee for the last 16 years. Ever seen it?

  6. lydia Says:

    😛 Ooh Mr Sharp! Have seen your goatee. It was grazing on the front lawn. (NO NO that came out all wrong! I didnt intend an innuendo. Apologies to all innocent bystanders) Signed The Goatee Appreciation Society

  7. Cad Says:

    A tash!

    And with the bald head and a sharp suit you could be like Hercule Poirot!

    Except taller…
    And with a Lowestoft accent…
    And a tango-orange rip-stop nylon suit.

    Still, why should that stop us.

    "Ah-ha, that is where you are wrong!" (says Poirot, before sinking a pint of James White’s Suffolk Cider, tugging his goatee and jitterbugging the dawn away).

  8. Mark Says:

    You’re all bonkers! :hehe:

  9. Mayke Says:

    Hi Mark,

    this is Mayke from Fisherman’s Camp! I just visited your website and showed the hippo to my children! "This is the hippo I saw – exactly this one!!!" Pretty cool, ey?!

  10. Chris Says:

    Pinstripe Safari Trousers! Hurrah!

    Is it true that Hippos are very dangerous and kill more people than, erm, other big dangerous things? Or are they only dangerous if they fall over on you while you’re cycling past?

  11. Mark Says:

    Its true, and the hippos are very proud of it. If word gets out that giraffes have massacred a small village, the hippos will gang up and march into the city on a killing spree…

    I have not verified this, but lots of people told us they are dangerous and not to come between a hippo and the lake.

  12. veronica Says:

    the hippos are looking nice,they posed nicely as if they new you were taking a photo.am shocked that you managed all that,how come you never got scared of the hippos?

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