The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - Early Morning Thrills

As many people are aware, it is possible to see wildlife at any time of the day. But there is something special about the freshness at the dawn of a new day. The feeling that something special could be seen at any moment. Yet so few people seem to want to get up very early.

Some years ago a ranger said to my father, " Mzee, I do not understand City people! They always come to me and ask where the big cats are? Then I just shake my head because their timing is so opposite to such animals.

As the sun sets so the hunters awaken and they hunt mostly in the cool hours up to the early morning. So when the big cats are awake, the city people mostly sleep and when the city people finally arrive to look for big cats the sun is already high in the sky and most of the big cats are already asleep.

But then those who make the effort to get up early and drive slowly while looking carefully will often be rewarded with great wildlife encounters.

Just last week, I drove in early through the main gate and soon found a van with thrilled tourists watching two big male lions walking down the tar road. Why not try it? Get up early and just enjoy whatever you see including the many beautiful birds as well.

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00. For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.org or on facebook .

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