Practical Information in NakuruEdit This
For the first-time travelers to this National Park, it is useful to have the basic Nakuru practical information for a safe and pleasant trip.
Accommodation at Lake Nakuru
The tourists who plan to stay overnight at the Lake Nakuru National Park have the option of staying at a lodge, a youth hostel, a guest house or in one of the camping facilities. The city of Nakuru is not far off from the park, so accommodation can be taken in the city as well. Camping is the cheapest option, and there are high-end lodges for those who are looking for a comfortable place to stay.
Restaurants and cafeterias are available within the high-end lodges only. Bar facility is also available at such accommodations. Cheaper accommodations have no provision for meals, so the tourists should carry their own food if they plan to stay at low-end lodging. There are also no options for night entertainment or shopping in and around the national park. Tourists can buy souvenirs around the entry points of the park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is easily reachable from different parts of the country, and road travel is the most common option to reach the park. There is an airstrip to receive private flights at the park. The park has three entrances, and the main one is located about 4 km from the town center. Roads within the park are in decent condition, but there are no car rental facilities at the park.
Moving within the Park
Tourists who arrive independently, and not as a part of a group tour, can hire a taxi at the park. Some price bargaining can be done with the taxi drivers. Walking in the park is prohibited. The guards posted at the park entrance are helpful, and any assistance may be sought by those who are not a part of a group tour.
Cost of Entry
There is an entry fee to Lake Nakuru National Park for both locals as well as foreign tourists. Foreigners are required to pay US$ 40 per adult and US$ 20 per child.
If the tourist plans to stay overnight at the park or uses a driver's services for the entire trip, a tip of US $10 to $20 is expected to be paid to the driver as well as the lodge attendants.
Tourists should protect themselves against the risk of mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent, and preferably should cover their body with full clothes in the evenings. Anti-malaria tablets should be taken as per doctor's advice for adults as well as kids.