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Nakuru – Kenya

Nakuru means ‘City of the Waterbucks’ and it is an important agricultural city, trade centre, and transportation hub for the whole of Kenya. Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya and has preserved its habitual settlement in the Southern Rift Valley region.

The city can be typically characterised by scenic its attractions and is a favourite destination spot for travelling enthusiasts because of several attractions and affordable accommodation perfect for tours, sightseeing and vacation.

Nakuru is not only an international tourist hotspot but has become a popular ‘go-to’ destination for citizens of the capital, Nairobi looking to have a great weekend away from the big city. This Rift Valley town has managed to keep the cost of living tamed making your money go a lot further.

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Why visit Nakuru

  • Tourism: Nakuru boasts an excellent tourism infrastructure and has many interesting attractions for sightseeing. The fast-growing town prides itself with its amazing hotel facilities, excellent transport system, and friendly atmosphere.
  • Lake Nakuru National Park: It is situated 4km from Nakuru town, one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. The park’s ecosystem features Lake Nakuru and nearby grasslands, over 50 species of animal species including white rhino and about 450 species of birds including flamingos.
  • Mt. Longonot National Park: Located about 90km from Nairobi, it is a young volcano which towers above 2,776m above sea level. The park is a stunning sight for tourists visiting the Naivasha basin.
  • Hyrax Hill Museum: The ancient museum, which was once a colonial farmhouse, is set atop a hill in Nakuru.  The museum features a collection of artefacts and showcases the lifestyle of the Sirikwa people dating back to 3000 years ago.
  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KSh, often written as =/)
  • Driving: left-hand side of the road
  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’
  • Closest airport: Nakuru Aiport serves as the region’s airport
Best time to visit

The climate in Nakuru is mostly mild during the summers and can get quite cold during the winters. During the wet season, it rains decently and sometimes it rain when least expected – at odd times of the year.  During the winters, the weather in the Nakuru ranges from pleasant and mildly cold to bitter cold. When planning your holiday to Nakuru, you should consider the weather so that you can enjoy yourself.

Sights and sounds

Nakuru is one of the largest cities in Kenya and it’s located in the North-western part of Nairobi. Nakuru isn’t dominated by a single tribe but a wide range of tribes. You will definitely feel the diversity in the festivals, food, events, and culture. Situated just outside Naivasha town, Lake Naivasha draws a huge array of wildlife to its shores – including buffalo, giraffes and hippos. The lake offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Parading over 350 bird species and counting, Lake Naivasha is a great birding destination.

Visitors to Nakuru cannot claim to have a complete experience without checking out the mind-blowing Hell’s Gate National Park. It is situated close to Lake Naivasha, a perfect spot for rock climbing and biking. The park supports a thriving population of wildlife, which includes cheetahs, leopards, and lions. Lord Egerton Castle is a must-visit attraction situated on Ngata Farm. Other attractions include Nakuru Golf Club, Menegai Crater in Rift Valley, Kariandusi and Hyrax hill museum.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Visit the local bars and pubs to enjoy local drinks such as the Tusker Beer, among others. All kinds of food are available for your culinary pleasure including Chinese, Italian and Continental dishes. You can try the Ethiopian dish called Injera, a lovely dish usually spiced with some sauce.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Many of the locals are Christians, with a small number of Muslims and Hindus present in major towns. The Kikuyu people speak Gikuyu, a language widely spoken across the country even in major towns where many people speak Kiswahili.

Cost of Living

Nakuru has managed to keep its prices relatively inflation resistant and goods and services are more affordable when compared to larger cities like Nairobi or Mombasa.

This is roughly what you can expect to pay in Nakuru for:

  • Domestic beer in a supermarket (0.5-litre bottle) – 179KSh
  • Imported beer in a supermarket (0.33-litre bottle) – 228KSh
  • Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) – 200Ksh
  • A bottle of coca cola / pepsi (0.33-litre bottle) – 56KSh
  • A small bottle of water (0.33-litre bottle) – 48KSh


  • The Menengai Crater is 2,490 metres high and it is the world’s second largest existing volcanic crater covering 90 sq km
  • Kimani Maruge is a popular personality from Nakuru County. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest student in school when joined class one at the age of 84 in 2004. He died in August 2009

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