Lake Nakuru National Park Journals

Lake Nakuru National Park

A September 2002 trip to Lake Nakuru National Park by chloe_day

Lake Nakuru Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya More Photos
Quote: If you're in Kenya and would like to go on safari but don't have much time to spare, Lake Nakuru National Park is definitely worth a visit, and you can do it in a day.

Lake Nakuru National Park

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Overview

Lake Nakuru Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake. When the water level is low you can see a white soda crust which forms around its edge. A lot of the flamingo, which had gone to Lake Bogoria, seem to have returned and from a distance they just look like a pink rim around the lake, inside the white of the soda. This is a good park to visit because it has a variety of habitats. There's the lake itself, open grassland, acacia forest and crags. This means that although you won't see all of the 'Big Five' here, there is a wide range of wildlife to be found. This includes 400 species of bird, baboons, vervet monkeys, hyrax, warthogs, leopards, water buffalo, both black and white rhino, giraffe, ostrich, zebra, im...Read More
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The Hotel Le Rhino is (as with most of the places I stayed) a budget option. It has basic, but clean double rooms with a shower for KSh1000 (£10/$15) per night, and they don't seem too bothered about you wanting to sleep more than two people in them if you want to save money. There are also single rooms available. The hotel has a fairly lively bar and a decent, very reasonably priced restaurant, both of which are popular with the locals. And of course there's the added bonus of a video shop and butchers on the ground floor! There's something about that Kenyan tendency of having joint hotels and 'butcheries' that's not quite right. The only irritating thing is that early morning prayer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Hotel Le Rhino
Mosque Road
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
254 37 42132

Midland Hotel

Restaurant

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The Midland Hotel is one of the best hotels in Nakuru and has a nice restaurant. The main room is quite large and nicely decorated, although it's not all that lively as it's never very busy. There is also an open-air bar just outside the main room which is said to serve good barbecued chicken.

The menu is quite varied, with numerous meat and vegetarian dishes on offer and also very nice pizzas, all of which are reasonably priced.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Midland Hotel
Geoffrey Kamati Road & Moi Road
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
(037) 212-155

Menengai Crater

Attraction

Menengai Crater Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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The Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano, 8km north of Nakuru. You can get right to the rim and there are some great views to be seen over the forest below, and across to Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria (another place worthy of a visit, to see the lake and hot springs). There are also some (very average) craft stalls at the top, as well as a quite amusing signpost thing that was erected by the Rotary Club of Nakuru and declares the distances from the crater to various places in the world, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cape Town, London, Cairo and Mecca. If you've got a car, you can drive yourself up Menengai Drive. I personally wouldn't walk it, as it's about a 2-hour hike from the centre of Nakuru, it'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Menengai Crater
North of Nakuru
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Pega Tours - Safari Operator

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Story/Tip

Safari Van Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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We used Pega Tours for our day-long safari to Lake Nakuru National Park and I would recommend them to anyone starting a safari in Nakuru. Pega Tours operate safaris in most of the main parks in Kenya and Tanzania, using matatu-style vans with pop-up roofs. The vans were comfortable and practical and our drivers (Peter and Paul) were friendly, funny and very informative. The company office is just around the corner from the Hotel Le Rhino where we were staying. You can get a very good deal as they are keen to haggle. We took two vans as there were 13 of us, and we paid about KSh650 (£6.50/$9.75) each for a 6-hour safari around the park and up to the Menengai Crater. This price does no...Read More

About the Writer

chloe_day

chloe_day
Wakefield, United Kingdom