There is a limited amount of mid range - top end accommodations within Nakuru, but the great options within the Lake Nakuru National Park and Kembu campsite add to the selection.
Hotel Waterbuck Nakuru
(west Rd;s/d/tw incl breakfast Ksh 2000/2500/2000
Beneath the boring exterior lurk large kitschy African themed doubles. Although a bit brash, they are, in fact, comfortable and more memorable than any other room in town. The singles and twins are small, boring and lack balconies. Kindergarten colors surround the courtyard and swimming pool. Non- guests can take a dip for Ksh 100.
(Geoffrey Kamau Rd;s/d incl breakfast from Ksh 2300/3700)This popular place has a range of rooms ( most with carpets) with varying levels of comfort. A third wing has recently been added; the names ‘old wing’ and ‘new wing’ have already been taken. We are wondering what they will call it.
Merica Hotel Nakuru
(Kenyatta Ave; half Board s/dUS$65/110) Opened in 2003 this contemporary tower hosts Nakuru’s only top- end rooms. Ride the glass elevators up the sunlit atrium to your large well appointed room. Besides modern comfort, there’s a classic fun in Nakuru’s best swimming pool (non guest Kshs 200)
Eating places in Nakuru Kenya
We could state the obvious and tell you that you will have no trouble getting pleasantly stuffed in Nakuru, but we won’t.
(Kenyatta Ave; meals Kshs 185-500) Take pizza, pasta, a tender steak or a fine Indian curry as a poolside table in Nakuru’s highest rated restaurant.
Bamboo Hut Chinese Restaurant
(Giddo plaza, George Morara Rd; meals Kshs 300-700). Highly recommended by Nakuru’s expat community, this place serves great Chinese fare.
(Off Court Road; meals Kshs 250-500) this place scratches a variety of stitches, from Indian to Italian and from beef stew to sea food. The chicken pililpili (pan fried chicken flavored with coconut cream, green chilies and turmeric) is rather enjoyable. As the name suggests it’s got a nice courtyard.
(Gusii Rd; meals Ksh 50-200) One of the best restaurants for cheap Kenyan dishes. There’s a balcony overlooking the street and the servers are pretty in pink.
Café Lemon Tart
(Moi Rd; Meals Ksh 100-200) A bright and poplar café serving Kenyan fare. No alcohol is served, which guarantees a peaceful ambiance.
(Gusii Rd;Meals Ksh 100-250 )A fast food feel, complete with 1970s swiveling chairs. It is well liked by locals, and offers reasonable value fro Indian and western food, although dishes can be greasy.
Nakuru Sweet Mart
(Gusii Rd) A perennial favorite, this bakery dishes out Indian sweets, puff pastries and tasty ginger bread men.
Nakuru Sweet mart (II)
(Moi Rd;Meals;120-220) This second outlet is more of a sit-down option and serves sandwiches, burgers, greasy fried chicken and chips.
(Off Moi Rd; Meals Ksh 75-200)Serving simple local dishes. Planet kitchen is usually busy with the after work business crowd. There are several well stocked supermarkets fro self caters.
Drinking Places & pubs in Nakuru Kenya
There are plenty of places pouring wobbly pops (beers), including the top-end hotels, and even one wee shop that brews great coffee.
(Kenyatta Avenue) This mellow pub is the friendliest choice and had several TVs keeping local footy fans happy. Things pick up on the weekends when they host local DJs.
New Coco Savannah Club
(Govt Ave). A cavernous place with pounding music, the odd pool shark and prostitutes.
Nakuru Coffee House
For a straight forward caffeine fix, this café sells excellent freshly roasted coffee.
For a rural town there’s actually a choice of evening spots.
Nakuru Players Theatre (Kipchoge Ave). Four evenings a month this theatre stages entertaining Kenyan plays.
Odeon (Geoffery Kamau Rd)It’s a bit of a dump, but it usually screens Western movies.
Lucky Casino (Off Kenyatta Ave) For those who would like to be more proactive with their cash.
(Kenyatta Ave) With strobe lights and a dark dance floor, this is the nearest you will get to a proper nightclub in Nakuru. They were playing J Lo when we visited- we’ll try not to hold it against them. Will you?
Getting to Nakuru Kenya
Regular buses, Matatus, and the odd Peugeot (shared taxi) leave the chaotic stands off Mburu Gichua Rd for Naivasha.
Matatus fro Molo (Kshs 100, one hour) leave from Crossland Services (Mburu Gichua Rd), while services to Kampi ya Samaki (for Lake Baringo) leave further south on Mburu Gichua Rd. Kampi ya Samaki ( kshs 200, two and half hours) costs slightly more and takes 30 minutes longer to reach than Marigat.
Akamba buses leave from their depot behind the Kenol petrol station west of town. Destinations include Nairobi, Eldoret and Kisumu.
Easy Coach offers the same destinations and a little extra comfort for almost double the cost. Parking is tricky, with yellow jacketed wardens charging Ksh 50 on most streets.
Robert is a tour expert in Kenya east Africa travel. He is a director of Landmark safaris, a Kenya vacation tour operator & outfitter. Get selecting here; http://www.landmarksafaris.com/planner/?refferer=ezinearticles