Saturday, July 31, 2010
July 27, 2010. Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Today we left the hotel at 8:00 AM.
On the way we passed a point along the highway which indicated we were officially at the equator. There was a man there who performed a "scientific experiment" on the "north" side of the sign using water and a floating match, and then performed the same experiment on the "south" side of the sign. We took pictures and then he told us we could get a certificate at the gift shop - for $5! Of course I bought one.
We arrived at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort which is beautiful. The grounds are right next to Lake Naivasha and the are water bucks and hoses roaming freely on the property. They ado keep a couple of giraffes. There are tons of velvet monkeys and birds everywhere. The main lodge building is circular, wood with high ceilings and beams, fireplaces and big leather furniture. We are at 7200 ft. And I feel every inch of it. There is a gorgeous swimming pool and tennis courts-even swings for adults to swing on. Our rooms are also gorgeous, they are suite with a separate entrance way, a sitting room and a big window overlooking the grounds. The bathroom is huge - all blue tile and modern with a bidet. There are four room to each separate little cottage and the cottages look like they came put if Alice and Wonderland.
We went for a walk down to the lake. Kathy found a new favorite bird, the lilac breasted roller - it looks like a butterfly when it flies, There was a whole herd of water bucks in the forest. When we arrived at the dock there was a Maasi groundskeeper to greet us. We walked out on the dock and could hear the hippos across the lake. The light on the water was beautiful in the late afternoon and I took pictures of papyrus and waterlilies. While walking back we spent. some time on the swings.
Back at the room, Kathy spent the evening out in front watching animals and smoking with one of our fellow travelers. A parade of monkeys played right in front of our room and later a line of water bucks walked by. Hippos come ashore at night and grazed on the grass.