10 Places for a Family Outing in Nakuru
As a parent it can be hard finding outings suitable for the whole family. Nakuru has lots to choose from so the next time you’re stuck, you’ll have options. Here are some great places to consider!
1. Westside Mall
You can’t go to Nakuru without visiting the biggest mall they have. Located at the junction between Nairobi-Nakuru highway and Kenyatta Avenue, it is a one-stop in the region full of shopping stores, kid-friendly restaurants, banks and even Aga Khan hospital.
2. Lake Nakuru
This is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at elevation of 1,754 m above sea level. Lake Nakuru is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru’s abundance of algae used to attract a great number of flamingoes to the shore, a sight in itself.
3. Menengai Crater
Menengai is the single largest surviving volcanic crater, located on the northern side of Nakuru. This is an extinct volcano, offering a striking view of Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. It is believed that Menengai is a historic ground for battle between different clans from the Maasai community.
4. Lord Egerton Castle
Also known as the “Castle of Love”, it was built by Lord Egerton in 1938 for his bride-to-be after she claimed that the 6 bedroom house he lived in was as small as a chicken coop. He never married, never wanted to see any woman and also banned any woman from his property. Lord Egerton spent the rest of his life in solitude, until his death in 1958.
Ironically, Lord Egerton Castle is now a favourite spot for lovers, weddings, engagement proposals and lovers’ picnics on a regular basis. It is a certainly a spot worth visiting.
5. Merica Hotel
Located along Kenyatta Avenue – next to Nyayo garden or General Post Office. This 18 year old is one of its kind in the region. Great for family lunches, bed and breakfast and even professional seminars.
6. Kenana Knitters
Kenana supports women in the local community, directly providing them with a source of income. Each design is hand-crafted in Kenya and bears the signature of the woman who made it.
KraftyArtZ is a workshop based in Nakuru, in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley. A great space to pick up hand crafted and decorated gifts and homeware of high quality.
8. Kariandusi Museum
This archaeological site is one of the first discoveries of Lower Paleolithic sites in East Africa. The site is known for its camp site, nature trail, monumental church building and bird watching.
9. Midlands Hotel
If you are in Nakuru and looking for an old gem with amazing food (especially chicken) this is a spot you can’t afford to pass.
10. Lake Elementaita
Lake Elementaita attracts many visiting flamingo, and it shores are grazed by zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog. The lake and its surrounding forests are perfect for long walks and bird watching It is protected due to its birdlife fame and also it has been named as one of the heritage sites together with the Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria by UNESCO.
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The close distance to Nakuru offers the chance to stay at one of the lodges at Lake Nakuru and make a day trip to Elmentaita. Nevertheless, this lake has its own lodging choices. We recommend that you visit during the dry seasons that occur from July to October, January and February because wildlife viewing is better.
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