Nakuru Flights:

Flights to Nakuru

image of NakuruNakuru is a provincial capital in central Kenya, and one of the largest cities in that country. It lies in the heart of the Rift Valley and there are protected nature areas in every direction.

The Nakuru Airport (airport code: NUU) is not handling any commercial flights to Nakuru at this time, but the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (code: NBO) in Nairobi is just 150km away. There are both buses and trains that cover that distance between the cities. From South Africa you can fly to Nairobi with either South African Airways or Kenya Airways with no stops, or with Air Botswana for a connection in Gaborone. With Ethiopian Airlines, a flight to Nakuru has a connection in Addis Ababa.

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The Tourist Attractions of Nakuru:

Lake Nakuru National Park

The Lake Nakuru National Park extends right into the city limits so you may even be able to walk through the park from your hotel. The lake itself if the main attraction of the park, or more specifically the huge flocks of pink flamingos that are almost always found there. Rhinos, giraffes, baboons and warthogs are all also common residents of the park. Aside from the lake itself, most of the park is flat open grassland.

Aberdare National Park

As a stark contrast the flat Lake Nakuru Park, the Aberdare National Park is much more mountainous for a change in landscape. The park is east of Nakuru but the best road to access it will take you to the northern tip of the park instead. The area is filled with forests, waterfalls, ravines and many other rugged scenery. It is wonderful for hiking if you don’t mind a little strenuous exercise. There is a large population of rhinos here, as well as bushbucks, elephants, lions, baboons, Colobus monkeys, jackals and many different species of antelope. The park is well-equipped with picnic areas, lodges and campsites if you plan on staying more than an afternoon.

South-Western Mau National Reserve

The Mau forest is west of Nakuru and there is mainly heavy rainforest through the entire park. Within the park you can see forest elephant and several small species of antelope such as the duiker and the bongo. Bird species are very numerous and it’s a great park for bird-watching.

Hyrax Hill

Not everything around Nakuru involves the nature parks. Hyrax Hill was discovered in the early 1900s and has been dated to approximately 1,500 BC. The site is made up of stone ruins of homes, tombs and a larger fortress. There is also a small museum on the site filled with Iron Age artefacts that have been discovered among the ruins.

When Should You Visit?:

Nakuru is warm through the year but generally it is a comfortable place to visit. The highest heat is usually around 24C (75F) and that happens in February. January and March and only just slightly cooler. The coolest season is in June and July when it only gets to 20C (68F) in the daytime. At any time of the year, it will drop by at least 10 degrees in the evenings so you should pack for cooler weather if you plan on going anywhere after dark. Rain is usually not a problem for this region but it will be wetter than average in April.

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