Camping with Hippos on Lake Naivasha
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I have a new found respect for hippos! Even though they kept Aaron awake all night the first night and they are rather "large" animals you can not see one when they are eating grass meters from you!!!!! The campsite while basic (another set of long drops) was in a perfect position as the hippos come and graze there in the evenings and it was full of little monkeys (that are damn clever and are intent on stealing anything and everything that they can get their paws on).
Our first day there we went on a "Game Walk" in a totally safe spot with no major predators (so i wasn't going to be eaten by Lions mum). We walked amongst Giraffe, zebra, antelope and warthogs. Then we went up to the Crater Lake which is a bright green colour due to all the algae from the sulpher in the water, as it used to be an active volcano.
This was an amazing and very real expierence. Less of a village and more of a shanty town the dirty and rubbish everywhere that the children play in and the animals eat out of is at first shocking. Built on the edge of a hill because no one else can or wants to use the land it is a very insular area, which is self sufficient with shops for everything that they need.
We can both say that this place affected us and so other than handing out sweets to all children that we saw, we arranged to go back to the school the next day to help out.
We returned to the school with a football. an assortment of writing and colouring pencils and some sweets for the children there. The teachers were very accomodating and we spent the first hour playing games and singing songs with them.
We spent 45 mins that night hippo shadow watching but to no real avail and so got to bed early (again!!!) and there was another day on the road planned for the next day.