Travel Guide in Nakuru

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Known as a key place to catch flamingos basking in shallow waters, Nakuru in the Rift Valley has much to offer to travelers. This Nakuru Travel Guide will highlight a few of the other popular things to see and do while visiting the area.

Lake Nakuru & Lake Nakuru National Park

Perhaps the keystone stop of your visit, Lake Nakuru is a staple for those touring this area. You'll find one of the famed Rift Valley Soda Lakes, Lake Nakuru, inside the Nakuru National Park. These lakes are some of the oldest in the world. Lake Nakuru is home to many different types of wildlife as well as a dormant volcano. The national park was formed in 1961 and is protected under the Ramsar Convention on wetlands. The lake itself is rather shallow making it a warm oasis and perfect spot for flamingo spotting. It is estimated that thousands or even millions of flamingos call the lake home. To bird lovers worldwide, the lake is famous for being on of the greatest bird-viewing locations on Earth.


Apart from the flamingos, the national park also plays home to several traditional African game species that are commonly sought during safari. You can expect to find warthogs, baboons, giraffes, zebra, and black and white rhinos in the park during safari. Predators such as large pythons, lions, and leopards can also be spotted. You should check with several guides before booking your safari as different routes and price points exist.

Menegai Crater

A now-dormant volcano, the crater world's second largest surviving volcanic crater still emits steam vents from the caldera on a daily basis. The flanks of the volcano are currently covered mainly by farmland today. You can reach the summit by foot or by vehicle. The summit is located about eight km off of the main road to Nyahururu.

Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site

Discovered in 1926, this area is considered a major find. Items located here date back to not only the Iron Age, but also the Neolithic Age. Excavations here have unearthed items dating as far back as 1500 B.C. Excavations began in the mid 1930s and continue today. Famous findings include 19 bodies which were victims of odd be-headings, as well as settlements, tombs, and a fortress. Many of these items are available for viewing at a nearby museum. Siriwka Holes, used by the Siriwka people for guarding cattle in the 17th and 18th centuries, can also be found here. 

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