Nakuru

Travel Guide Africa Kenya Nakuru

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Introduction

Nakuru is the gateway to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its large numbers of flamingos. It's also a transit town for travellers moving between Nairobi and Uganda. Nakuru is the administrative and economical headquarters of Nakuru County. Conveniently situated between Nairobi and Western Kenya, it also serves as a transit city for many travellers. Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya after Kisumu City.

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Sights and Activities

Lake Nakuru National Park lies a couple of kilometres south of the centre of Nakuru. The park is most famous for its enormous flamingo population, consisting of both the Greater and Lesser species, though its white rhinos, leopards, and tree-climbing lions are also a draw. The entry fee is $60/$75 per day in low/high season (2011) for non-East Africa resident adults. The park is often visited on safaris starting in Nairobi that include the Masai Mara.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max27.3 °C27.9 °C28 °C25.8 °C24.8 °C24.4 °C23.8 °C24.1 °C25.5 °C25.3 °C24.4 °C25.8 °C
Avg Min8.7 °C9.2 °C9.9 °C11.6 °C11.2 °C10.2 °C10.1 °C9.8 °C8.9 °C9.1 °C10 °C8.9 °C
Rainfall29 mm45 mm69 mm141 mm130 mm79 mm92 mm105 mm89 mm70 mm70 mm44 mm
Rain Days66917151112141112136

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Getting There

By Plane

Nakuru airstrip is available for landing.

By Train

There is only one train line. However it has not been operating for some years now.

By Car

From Nairobi, the 158-km journey would take approximately 2 hours. The newly renovated roads can be dangerous as not all sections have dual carriageways. The scenery is beautiful, from Nairobi you will see the Great Rift Valley below from the highway. from Nakuru to Kericho it is 108 km, from Nakuru to Nyahururu it is 65 km and from Nakuru to Eldoret it is 156 km.

By Bus

Mololine Prestige Shuttle, Crossroads, 2NK shuttle offer 9-seater up to 14 seater minivan services to Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret. Mololine Prestige Shuttle cost Ksh 500 from Nakuru to Nairobi. and is known for its excellent service and security. It has only 10 seats per minivan. Takes 3 hours. The large bus companies Easy coach & Modern Coast Express have Nairobi to Kampala coaches which stop in Nakuru. Busways have booking offices opposite the mosque. Easy Coach & Modern Coast Express has buses to Nairobi 3 hours. Eldoret 3 hours. Kisumu 3 hours. There are also buses going to/from Kericho, Nyahururu and Kisii.

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Eat

Ribbons, Mburu Gichua Rd. African food for around Ksh 100-150 per course.
Taidys (Mburu Gichua road at the south end by the roundabout.). A mix of African and Western food. Pizza Ksh 300, most courses a little less.
Merica Hotel (West end of Kenyatta Avenue). Western food in an upmarket hotel. Meals for around Ksh 500, they also have a pool you can use for Ksh 300.

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Drink

Blue Magic bar and lounge (Blue Magic bar and lounge), Kiti,mawanga. (Taxi, motorbike, tuktuk), ☏ +254 722437761, ✉ reevjay538@gmail.com. 10AM-midnight. Local and international quality drinks all at affordable prices. Wide variety of whiskeys, vodkas, brandy and beer. A place you definitely want to visit and share the experience with friendly staff and clientelle. US$10.

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Sleep

There are a great many budget hotels available in Nakuru, many are within 5 minutes walking distance from the Matatu station.

Nakuru Backpackers Hostel, Oginga Odinga Aveune, ☏ +254 721 543 406. Check-in: 24hr, check-out: 10AM. Hostel with a bar and hot showers. Ksh 1000 per person.
Shik Park view Hotel, Kenyatta Ave (Right at the start of Kenyatta Ave when coming from the Matatu station.), ☏ +254 20 2614381. The cheapest are very small rooms with bathroom, reasonably clean, with mosquito nets, and good security. Downstairs is a restaurant and a quiet bar. Ksh 1000.
New Mount Sinai Hotel, Bazar road. Has single and double rooms. from Ksh 1,000.
Care Guest House, Pandhit Nehru road (very near new mount sinai hotel), ☏ +254 721636447. Single/double room with own bathrooms. From Ksh 1000.
Joska Hotel, Pandhit Nehru road (near the care guest house), ☏ +254 51 2212546. Single/double rooms From Ksh 1000.
Carnation Hotel, Mosque Road, ☏ +254 51 2215360. Single/double rooms. Ksh 1,550.
Salama Resort, Market road. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10AM. Double room with own bathroom and mosquito net, TV, free breakfast. Ksh 1000.
Kaka Guest House, Mosque Road. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 10AM. Double rooms with own bathrooms and TV. Ksh 1,000.
Pekars Lodge, Mburu Gichua Road. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 10AM. Double rooms with own bathrooms, TV, free Wi-fi, free buffet breakfast. Ksh 1,150.
Rhino Campsite, Off Kabatini Road. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10PM. Camping in rhino campsite tent. US$13 for two persons.
Amigos Guest House, Gusil Road.
Tropical Vlley Lodge, Moi Road.
Amoodis B&L, Nehru Road, ☏ +254 51-2241939. Double room with hot water bathrooms. from Ksh 1000.
Avenue Suites, Kenyatta Avenue., ☏ +254 51-2210607. Single/double rooms with own hot water bathroom, nets. From Ksh 1,400.
Pivot Lodge, Lower Factory Road, ☏ +254 714-471111. Single/double rooms with own hot water bathroom, nets, DSTV. From Ksh 1,500.
Pandoria Hotel, Mosque Road (has six floors.). Double room with own hot water bathroom, views over the lake. Ksh 1000.
Kivu Retreat Resort (out side the center close to entrance of NP.). Camping/double room with own bathroom. Swimming pool. Ksh 600-1000.
El mawanga bar and lodge (El mawanga bar and lodge) (Taxi, motorbike), ☏ +254 722437761, ✉ reevjay538@gmail.com. Bar and lodge away from the town center. Safe, secure and affordable. Staff is very courteous. US$10.
Chester Hotel, General Kariba Street, near Moi Rd (100 metres west of Afraha Stadium), ☏ +254 020-2327654. Check-out: 10AM. Clean, secure, and comfortable hotel with pleasant staff. Wireless internet in lobby, good restaurant. US$40/single, $60/double, $85/triple.

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Keep Connected

Internet

As far as communication technology is concerned, Kenya has gone through a tremendous modernization. Nowadays visitors to Kenya can carry their portable digital devices, ease of use is guaranteed with the advent of wireless (hot spots) environments within upmarket tourisms resorts. In some restaurants, a cup of coffee can allow you the use of the free hot spot for your laptop. However in most places the bandwidth is severely limited. Internet cafés are common throughout Kenya and usually offer decent link quality. Expect prices around 1KSh per minute. Most cyber cafes now charge 0.5KES per minute.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Kenya boosts a number of good mobile phone operators like Zain, Safaricom, Orange, Yu and Telekom. Roaming is easy with most European contract mobile phone tariff plans. Prices can be high though, so try and get a local SIM card or avoid data roaming.

Post

The National Postal Company offers services throughout the country and abroad. Prices are reasonably but services, although better than in the past, are still not very good. It is pretty slow and not always reliable. If you want to send a package, you'd better use international companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they are not much more expensive yet reliable and fast.

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