East Africa is a place for wildlife like no other on earth and particularly Kenya where the great ungulate migrations take place. I was first in Kenya in 1993 and have returned numerous times including other countries in sub-Saharan Africa such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. While in Kenya and Tanzania in 2015 I said that was not returning to Africa again…I lied. When I am asked why such an enchantment with Africa my response is that if you “don’t go to Africa, you never will understand the meaning of life.”
It has always a stopover on the way to the Masai Mara and the lake has deteriorated since I was there first when there was plenty of water, thousands of pink flamingos making the lake look pink as many other birds, such as cormorants and fishing eagles. Remember the Black Backed jackals chasing the flamingos and catching them in the air by grabbing them by the long legs. For a while the lake became polluted by the sewage from the nearby town of the same name but eventually a sewage treatment plant was installed. The lake in my opinion has not recuperated and the water level appeared still low while visiting now, lots of dust and dead trees. It’s also a Rhino preserve and these are habituated to the tourists as well as are the Cape Buffaloes. Once during one of my previous trips one of these suddenly charged the Land Rover and bent the rear fender; it walked away as nothing affected him. The Cape buffalo is one of the major killers of people along with the rhinos. Giraffes are abundant here too.
Most photographs the African Fish Eagles are taken here. The eagles allow their images to be taken for a price; a friend calls “supplemental feeding”. They are conditioned to catch dead fish thrown by lake fishermen that have found that photographic tourism is more profitable than chasing the fish.
Tourism has overwhelmed most countries resources to cope with it regardless of been in the First or Third world.