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Things to do in Nakuru County

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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8:00 a.m, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views. Arrive in time for lunch after check-in at your hotel. In the evening depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve.  Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big, private tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you scale the Mara beauty and splendor. This day you will go all the way to the river where the wildebeest cross into Mara from Serengeti. All year round there are lots of resident Hippos and crocodiles sited at the banks of Mara river. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner, merriment and overnight. Day 3: Enjoy your breakfast, check out and Game drive enroute out of Mara Reserve. Journey to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Option: Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

2. Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

Day one begins with pickup from Nairobi and travels along the Great Rift Valley towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Stop along the way to soak up the view from a magnificent lookout, then arrive at the park just in time for lunch. Later, set out on an epic evening game drive across the rich, tree-studded grasslands and rolling hills. The famous Maasai Mara is renowned for its great herds of black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and virtually every type of Kenyan wildlife. After a restful night’s sleep at your camp, enjoy a picnic-style breakfast to set you up for day two. Head out on a full-day game drive, with a visit to the Mara River which is home to a large concentration of animals. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, have lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the crocodiles and hippos lazing in the river. Afterward, you have the option to visit a Maasai cultural village to gain insight into the homes and social structure of the Maasai people as well as how they live in harmony with the environment and the animals. Wake up early on day three with another fantastic game drive, then re-energize with a late breakfast before departing to Nakuru National Park. Stop over for a picnic lunch along the way and soak up views of the magnificent Kenyan landscape that surrounds you. Arrive in Nakuru and, if time allows, pass by Naivasha for a boat ride, at your own expense. Day four begins with a hearty, early morning breakfast followed by a tour through Nakuru Park, which is home to over 350 species of birds including colorful flamingos. The park is also home to black and white rhinos and has been established for the protection of endangered species such as this. After an unforgettable four-day experience, relax and reflect on the return journey to your hotel or airport in Nairobi.

Nairobi: Full-Day Mount Longonot Hike with Boat Tour

3. Nairobi: Full-Day Mount Longonot Hike with Boat Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup you from your Nairobi hotel/residence at 6:00AM. After driving for approximately 1 hour, you will begin the ascent at 6,000 feet. Like all good uphill hikes it will lull you into a sense of false security with a slow gentle rise to the first peak. This will give you the chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section, which is the best section. At the end of each section there is a rest point where you can prepare yourself for the next part of your journey. You will have started early to avoid the heat of the sun, but by the time you reach the end of the second section you will have generated plenty of your own heat. This hike is not an easy hike, but is achievable by people of average fitness. Your guide will accompany you all the way to the top. The whole tour is only about 8–9 kilometers long but very steep, so that the round-trip from the park gate to Longonot Peak takes around 5 hours. At the conclusion of your tour you will visit Lake Naivasha for a sunset boat ride to see hippos, before your return drive to Nairobi.

Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

4. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

5. From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara At 8a.m you will be picked up from your hotel. Commence the drive to Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint where you will stop over to view of the floor of the Rift Valley. Arrive at Miti Mingi Eco Camp or similar in time for lunch, check in. Enjoy a sunset game drive from 4.30-6.30p.m. Return to camp for dinner Day 2: Full Day in Maasai Mara Spend the full day exploring Maasai Mara in search of the Big Five. You will have picnic lunches in the Reserve as you scale the Mara beauty. This day you will go all the way to the river where the wildebeest cross into Mara from Serengeti. All year round there are lots of resident Hippos and crocodiles sited at the banks of Mara river. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nakuru Breakfast, checkout as you game drive enroute out of Maasai Mara. Option: Masai village visit $20 per person Thereafter commence the drive to Nakuru. Arrive in time for lunch followed by relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Lanet Matfam Private safari to Naivasha and Amboseli National Park. Day 4: Nakuru to Naivasha Breakfast. Depart by 7 a.m straight to the park. It's a small park with magnificent, rare white rhinos. Possibly observe the pink flamingos. The game drive lasts 3 hrs, after which you depart on a 1-hr drive to Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch at Astorian Hotel. After lunch, head to Hell's Gate for a biking safari. Later go for a 1hr boat ride on Lake Naivasha for bird watching and hippo viewing. Day 5: Naivasha - Amboseli Breakfast then drive to Amboseli National park which is famous for its scenery, backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro which dominates the landscape and open plains. Arrive in time for lunch. Check in at AA Lodge Amboseli have lunch and a short rest. Afternoon game drive in search of its game animals with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Later return to AA Lodge Amboseli for dinner and overnight. Day 6: Amboseli Full day Breakfast, and spend the day in Amboseli National Park. Known for large elephant herds, and views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and hundreds of bird species. Day 7: Amboseli - Nairobi After breakfast check out with a short game drive enroute to Nairobi. We will provide simple complimentary snack lunch on the way. You will be dropped off at your hotel or the Airport.

Day Tour To Mount Longonot Park From Nairobi

6. Day Tour To Mount Longonot Park From Nairobi

Depart Nairobi for Mt Longonot National Park, heading through the Kikuyu lush green highlands. You will make a scheduled stop at the Great Rift Valley view point. The Rift Valley system was formed 5 million years ago and runs from the Red Sea through Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. The Rift Valley is an active volcanic area - you will actually be able to see the volcanic Mt Suswa and Mt Longonot from this viewpoint. Then, arrive at the Mt Longonot National Park for your hike up to the crater. The hike requires medium physical fitness and you will climb through the gulleys that dot the sides of this mountain. You can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below. If you have the strength for it, you can go round the rim of the crater. Descend from Mt Longonot to the base at the Park headquarters. Relax for a while and have lunch at Marina Camp by the lakeside. Go on an hour-long boat ride during which you will see many birds, including the diving African fish eagle. You will also go to the hippo pool and see the hippos as they swim in the water while opening their mouths to over 180 degrees. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at your Nairobi hotel.

Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

7. Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

7:00 is the departure time from your Nairobi hotel to the Lake Naivasha. On the way you will see the Great Rift Valley and spectacular part views of the corridor of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Once there, you will also take a boat trip to Crescent Island for about 1 hour, then come back in time for buffet lunch at Elsamere Gardens. Watch the Joy Adamson story, a 40-minute video about Joy Adamson work, their experience with the lioness Elsa and the consequent release of the movie Born Free. Visit the museum, which houses memorabilia from the movie Born Free, Joys prints of tribal paintings and other books they wrote translated to different languages, photographs and some of the awards they won for their conservation efforts. Enjoy High Tea, a tea or coffee with variety of cakes and biscuits, before departing for Nairobi. Please note that the boat ride will depend on the tides at the time. Please also wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, suncreen and a hat or cap. 

Elephant Orphanage,Giraffe Center&Karen Blixxen Day TripTour

8. Elephant Orphanage,Giraffe Center&Karen Blixxen Day TripTour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts. You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants. Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk. After giraffe center you vist the Famous Karen blixxen museum of Out of africaKaren Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title. Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women. We finish the tour and drop you at the hotel for desired rest or Airport drop off to catch flight home

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

9. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara Your tour will begin as you depart from Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara Reserve via the Great Valley Viewpoint, where you will have a stopover for sightseeing (weather permitting). From there you will arrive in a tented camp in time for lunch and will later enjoy a game drive in this breathtaking land to truly enter the wild. You can hunt for the "big five", as well as the plain game such as the gnus (which are are abundant in this area). Day 2: Masai Mara On your second day you will enjoy a full day of game viewing through the rolling grass of the Mara, which consists of endless plains where more than 2 million wild beast gnu's migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania with their calves. You will then visit the banks of the Mara River to try and spot hippos, before having the option to visit a Maasai village to learn of their unchanged traditional culture. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nairobi Your day will begin with a morning drive to try and search for what you have not spotted so far, before you return to the camp for lunch and checkout. It will then be time to say "kwaheri", a Swahili word for good-bye, to the pastoral Maasai as you depart for your return trip to Nairobi.

From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

10. From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

Your adventure begins at 6:00 AM with pickup in Nairobi. From there you'll head straight to Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species at times. There can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds at Lake Nakuru. As a result the park is referred to as the "Birds' Paradise". The National Park is also a rhino sanctuary with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll enjoy wildlife viewing as soon as you enter the park gates, and when it's time for lunch, you'll stop at the lodge where you can purchase a meal at a local restaurant.  After lunch, continue to enjoy wildlife viewing on the drive out of the park. You'll leave the park at approximately 3:00 PM and head to Lake Naivasha for an optional 1-hour boat ride. If you'd like to include the boat ride, be sure to select the correct option when making your booking. On the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. At the end of the boat ride, you'll head back to Nairobi for a 6:00 PM arrival.

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What people are saying about Nakuru County

Overall rating

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based on 146 reviews

Simon answered all my inquisitive questions about wildlife & knew every species of animal we saw. He knew their mating habits, some of their origins and more! He waited for me despite my later flight landing, then Picked me up straight from the airport and dropped me right back off during my long layover. He waited at a café for me to get breakfast which was super accommodating—- and had Wi-Fi as well as electricity for charging your phone within the car all day. He had great driving skills and navigated my day well. Still took me on a solo tour which allowed me to nap in the back seat and pivot to all looking points of the safari car. Took the best pics of me and we had some good stories shared. Thanks so much for the short experience in Kenya!

Awesome safari ,starting from easy reservation through Emirates Airlines and easier with Get your guide application ,we found everything written in detailed program as it is We were lucky enough to see Leopard hunting and eating impala,Lions,Lioness,Cheetah, Fox,Hyena and her cups,Zebras,wildebeest,Thomson Gazelle klipspringer and other species of those look like,Giraffe,Elephants,Buffalos,Hippos many ,Crocodile, Mongoos,baboons,Monkeys,Rhinos,Flamingo birds in nakuru lake ,Eagles ,colorful birds ,Ostriches ,Masaya Mara village and local people Accommodation not bad with jungle spirit ,try to lower your expectation ,Food not only in camps also in restaurants almost good .. keep same what's app to be easier for you I'VE LOVED THAT SAFARI

PERFECT SAFARI WITH MOSES! I saw all of the Big 5 before 2pm. I stayed in the tent and felt comfortable the entire time. This was very important because I am female solo traveler. The food was also amazing. There is an upscale option that I saw when picking up the other group and they had wi-fi and a bar. But for only two nights I could stick it out with limited electricity in the tents. I was surprised that the tents had their own bathrooms, major plus!

The elephant orphanage and giraffe centre trip was an incredible experience and not to be missed. A great opportunity to get up close to and learn more about the animals and the excellent care they receive. Our guide was friendly and informative, with great communication, and even took us to additional locations like the bead factory. Would highly recommend doing this while in Nairobi

Saw the big 5 as well as a load of other amazing animals. Our driver and guide was outstanding throughout the trip. Hells gate bike ride was really great fun too