Nakuru is a city in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya.


Nakuru is the administrative and economical headquarters of Nakuru County. Convienently situated between Nairobi and Western Kenya, it also serves as a transit city for many travellers.

Get in

By plane

L.Nakuru airstrip is available for landing.

By train

There is only one train line, the Nairobi-Kisumu train, however it is not operating currently (for some years now).

By car

From Nairobi, the 158km (100 Miles)journey would take approximately 2hours. The newly renovated roads can be dangerous as only 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 kms. from Nakuru to Nyahururu it is 65 kms. and from Nakuru to Eldoret it is 156 kms.

By bus and Shuttle

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. has only 10 seats per minivan. takes 3 hours.

The large bus companies have Nairobi to Kampala coaches which stop in Nakuru. Busways have booking offices opposite the mosque.

Akamba has buses to Nairobi 3 hours. and Eldoret 3 hours. there are also buses going to Kericho and Nyahururu.

the Large bus fare from Nakuru to Nairobi (Oct 2015) was Ksh 400.

Get around


Lake Nakuru National Park is home to the famous pink flamingoes. It also offers viewing of various other species of animals and birds.

Menengai Crater is a dormant volcanoes that still spews out smoke. A view from the edge of the crater is a must.







Local drinks (Tusker)from the local bars, pops are available.


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




At the Westside Mall (intersection Kenyatta Ave and West Road) is a new Java Coffee (like Starbucks) with free Wifi and good coffee. There are also many "Cyber" (internet cafes) all over down town.

Stay safe

Nakuru is safe to walk around during daytime. In the evening, Bazaar Road and the small side lanes don't feel too safe anymore. After 23:00 the night security guards in front of the banks on main Kenyatta Road start to fall asleep and nobody seems to walk on the streets anymore.

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