Lake Nakuru, Kenya

After around four hours drive (African time: insert own road-based horror story here) north-west of Nairobi we reached Lake Nakuru.

A party of baboons met us ahead of the main gate, and loitered whilst we pitched the tents. They are annoying little so-and-so’s who steal your food in a heartbeat, but they can still be cute.

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I can also report sightings of white rhino
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…followed by the even rarer black rhino the following day.

Giraffes, as I think you may be aware, are pretty awesome.

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At this point I’m afraid to say it’s rather dull waiting for slow campsite wifi to upload pictures, so I’ll add more at a later date.
In the morning I’m heading further west across Uganda to see the Chimpanzees, then into Rwanda for a trip of a lifetime gorilla safari.

Merry Christmas X

Singapore Zoo

Landing from Borneo with 12 hours before my flight home, there was time enough for more exploring of Singapore. Having already seen a barrel load of monkeys on this trip, I decided to enlarge the barrel!

With my finances in end-of-trip mode I decided against an airport taxi, and opted for public transport to Singapore Zoo (it’s an easy ride to Ang Mio Ko MRT station, then a 138 bus, should you ever wish to try it for yourself).

You can buy a joint ticket for the Zoo and Night Safari but, having visited the Night Safari at the start of my trip, I can confirm it’s not worth bothering (too dark to see most animals properly. Or at all, in some cases).

Top tips:

1. Walk round, don’t take the zoo train. It’s not a huge area to walk round even in the heat (and/or heavy rain), and going at your own pace means you get to spend more than seven seconds with each animal.

2. After the entrance, turn immediate right for proboscis monkeys. Easy to miss, hilarious to look at with those noses.

3. The best bit (of course!) is the orangutans. Head to the center of the zoo, behind the middle restaurant, and you can see them swinging on ropes directly over the footpath. And your head! Here’s the most expressive Mother and her two babies (she’s carrying one) playing tig
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4. Don’t ignore the Primate Zone (oh, and the zoo train can’t get in here), which has about eight different species.
Walking round a corner to see the Hamandryas baboons, in their enclosure carefully built to resemble their natural habitat of the African Rift Valley, I thought I’d stumbled upon a war council on the Planet Of The Apes
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By the way… what is the collective noun for a group of baboons?
I’m going to refer to it as a ‘bum rush’ from hereon in!

5. Observe all signage
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Other animals are, of course, available, but I concentrated on those looking a little like small dinosaurs in a certain light
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…the ‘cool as’ penguins
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…and otters . Who move too damn quickly to photograph (they probably have a very good agent who’s fiercely protective of their image rights. Or something).

Anyway, back to the monkeys…
I was taking this selfie with a statue of a famous former resident when the lazies in the zoo train (see above) came past. Cue much laughter.
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I think I’m in a lot of people’s holiday photos.