On 28th January 1904, Nakuru was declared a township. Four years previously, in 1900, the railway line had reached the shores of Lake Nakuru which was back then an uninhabited near wasteland. In 1895, Nakuru was part of the British Protectorate of Kenya. The following year, Nakuru was incorporated into Uganda until 1902 when it reverted back to Kenya. ….…read more about Nakuru
Nakuru Tourist Attraction Sites
There are plenty of tourist attractions and sites in Nakuru. For any foreign or local tourist planning to visit Nakuru, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Away from the famous and known attraction sites, there are plenty of other lesser-known tourist attraction sites in Nakuru.
Nakuru Town and Nakuru County in general has a rich history. Considered a favourite settlement by the whites for its rich fertile lands and conducive climate, Nakuru’s history can be traced back to thousands of years.
Nakuru is what it is today because of the people who have walked its grounds making contributions over the years. From the people who built and those who continue to build the town and surrounding areas, the sportsmen and the politicians, we cannot talk about Nakuru and forget the people.
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Frequently asked questions
Generally Nakuru town is safe. There are some few cases of muggings especially due to the proliferation of street families.
The greatest threat to security in Nakuru, however, is the Confirm gang. The gang has its origins and base in Bondeni slums and Flamingo Estate.
Nakuru has a number of interesting places that a person can visit. The world famous Lake Nakuru National Park and Menengai Crater lead the pack. Other little known but equally interesting tourist sites around Nakuru include; the Lord Egerton Castle, Hyrax Hill Museum, Njoro Caves, Kariandusi and Lake Elementaita.
Nakuru City is approximately 150KMs from Nairobi via the Nairobi – Nakuru Highway. The journey usually takes about 3 hours from Nakuru to Nairobi and vice versa. However, due to traffic jams, especially in Nairobi, the journey can sometimes take more than three hours.
Nakuru is famous for the lesser pink flamingoes found at Lake Nakuru. It is also famous for being home to Menengai Crater.
Additionally, Nakuru is famous as a political hotbed and has been home to some of Kenya’s coloful politicians like Koigi Wamwere, Kihika Kimani, Susan Kihika, Mirugi Kariuki, Kariuki Chotara. It is also home to two former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi.
Yes, Nakuru has some very good hotels. Some of the best known hotels in Nakuru City include Merica, Waterbuck, Sarova, Cathy and a host of many many others. Whatever your bugdet or preference, you will find a ideal hotel in Nakuru.
Nakuru County has 11 Sub-Counties (Constituencies). The 11 are Naivasha, Kuresoi North, Gilgil, Kuresoi South, Nakuru Town East, Molo, Nakuru Town West, Njoro, Bahati, Rongai and Subukia.
Nakuru County has a population of 2,162,202 according to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census (KPHC) conducted in August 2019.