Nakuru is rapidly evolving and is becoming one of Kenya’s most amazing cities. The historic colonial center for European activities is now a major agricultural and transportation hub. In addition, Nakuru is the place to be for adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and anybody wishing to unwind, with its world-class attractions and breathtaking lake vistas, as well as its rich history and abundant wildlife.
If you have spent some time here, you will agree that it is one of the best places to be. If not, fret not; here are seven fun things to do in Nakuru to get you going.
1. Visit Lake Nakuru National Park
After the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s most well-known national park. It is one of the most favorite activities to do in Nakuru. On the main A104 road, it is 156 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. The main gate, located 4 kilometers from Nakuru Town Centre, is the most commonly used entrance to the park. The Lanet gate and the Nderit gate are two other entrances.
Are you curious about what to expect at the park? Here’s a sneak peek.
Come witness the incredible sight of thousands of pink flamingos feeding on the surface of the lake. Later, proceed to the Baboon Cliff, the most famous viewpoint in the national park due to its breathtaking lake views.
Discover the vast range of creatures attracted by Makalia Falls. You can also go on a safari to see white rhinos in their natural habitat, as well as the indigenous family of baboons, which are typically friendly but can be aggressive at times. Finally, drive to the steep hill at the Out of Africa lookout and indulge yourself in the iconic vistas that inspired the film Out of Africa.
The park entry fee for non-residents is $35 for adults and $20 for children, while residents pay KSH800 for adults and KSh200.
2. Explore Lord Egerton Castle
Lord Egerton Castle is 14 kilometers from Nakuru. Lord Egerton began construction on the castle for his bride-to-be in 1938, and he completed it in 1954. But, unfortunately, she declined, referring to his (six-bedrooms) home at the time as a “bird’s nest.”
Despite his heartbreak, he persisted with the castle construction. The charming and spectacular 53-roomed mansion is surrounded by large green grass and seductive colorful gardens on all sides. Its historic architecture is a true definition of fine craftsmanship.
Lord Egerton never married, and he forbade all women from entering his estates. Egerton University now owns the castle as a tourist attraction.
3. Hell’s Gate National Park
Did you know that Hell’s Gate National Park’s canyon inspired Hollywood films such as “The Lion King” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider?” Pretty cool, right? The views of the gorge from these standpoints are captivating, and it’s also a great place to go birdwatching and see zebras, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, and antelopes.
Hell’s gate spans about 68.25 square kilometers. The park, which is naturally landscaped, was founded in 1984 and is named after a narrow break in the cliffs.
In the park, you can visit the animals by cycling or walking. Hiking in the park’s water-carved canyons is permitted, but only with a qualified guide. Hell’s gate is open to the public between 9 AM and 6 PM, seven days a week. Charges for residents are KSH 300 for kids and adults KSH 600 while non-residents $17 and $26, respectively.
4. Crescent Island Naivasha
Crescent Island was formed in 1988 when the water level in Lake Naivasha decreased dramatically, allowing Crescent Island to become a part of the mainland. It is one of Naivasha’s well-kept secrets. The game reserve is located on Lake Naivasha’s eastern shore.
It is accessible through a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland or by road via the Horse Riding Complex. Only a two-hour drive from Nairobi provides visitors with a break from the monotony of life. While there, people can participate in hiking, motorcycling, trekking, and game viewing.
Visitors can also see giraffes, elands, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, and other creatures.
In addition, there are guided boat tours that allow you to witness various bird species on the banks, including pelicans, fish eagles, Lili-trotters, cranes, and smaller brightly colored birds. Residents pay KSH 600 for adults and KSh 400, while non-residents pay $20 and $12, respectively.
5. Menengai Crater
Menengai is a Kikuyu name that means “place of many gods.” The magnificence of the neighboring natural wonders, plantations, mansions, and seductive lakes may be seen and marveled at from the craters’ rim.
The crater is 90km2 in size and 2500m above sea level. It is such a calm spot where you can enjoy spectacular views of Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. Hike or bike along the nature walk winding through the Menengai forest with your buddies while enjoying the breeze and the site of Kenya’s raw beauty.
The crater is a popular destination for travelers who wish to go hiking, running, or picnicking. Undoubtedly, no photos can convey the crater’s beauty. Therefore, it is worthwhile to plan a trip to see it for yourself.
6. Hyrax Hill
Get a quick lesson in history in the archaeology section at Hyrax Hill, one of Kenya’s most important archaeological sites. Hyrax Hill is a 1945 declared national monument and was publicly opened in 1965. The excavations done on the site have led to many discoveries and findings of materials that range from being 5000 years old to 200 years old.
The museum exhibits bamboo-made objects, musical instruments, metal works, and pottery and hunting gadgets. One can also view the whole archaeology of the site in the museum’s gallery. The historical significance and the uniqueness of the Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site and Museum have always been a major attraction among the tourists of Kenya.
7. Lake Naivasha National Park
An adventure in Nakuru is not complete without a visit to Lake Naivasha National park. The lake, also known as “sheer adventure,” is located in the rising portion of the enormous rift valley floor.
Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano located near Lake Naivasha and a dense forest that runs along the mountain, distinguishes the area.
In the park, umbrella acacia trees dominate the landscape, with the majority of them clustered near the lake’s shoreline.
Game viewing, bird watching, horseback riding safaris, and a boat trip are some of the outdoor activities at the park. The National Park is home to over 350 species of birds, zebras, giraffes, waterbuck, and wild beast.
While in Nakuru, there are many other fun things to do; these seven are but a few. Check out our website at Destinations Kenya to discover more about other great places to visit.