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Nakuru is the 4th largest Kenyan city after Kisumu city and it is the administrative and economic headquarters of Nakuru County situated in the Southern Rift Valley in western Kenya with its inhabitants mainly being the Kalenjin and Kikuyu. Its population according to the 2009 national census was 307,990 people with the urban areas. The township of Nakuru was established by the British to be part of the White Highlands and it gained a township status in 1904 and a municipality status in 1952 and the former Kenyan presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi established and maintained their semi-official residences in this very Nakuru City.
Higher institutions of learning and research like Egerton University, Kabarak University, Rift Vally Institute of Technology, Kenya Institute of Management and Kenya Industrial Training Institute are all based in Nakuru including branches of Nairobi University, Kenya University, Mount Kenya University and Laikipia University among others.
Primary and secondary schools like Menengani High School, Nakuru Boys High Scchool, Nakuru Girls High School were all founded in 1926 by the Europeans.

What to do and see in Nakuru as a tourist

Nakuru alone is home to several of Kenya’s tourist attractions that include the following:
Lake Nakuru- Lake Nakuru is regarded by birders as the greatest World ornithological spectacle on Earth famous for its multiple pink flamingoes in adition to being a rift valley soda lake. It is where Lake Nakuru National Park derives its name from.

Lake Nakuru National Park- Nakuru National Park protects the salty Lake Nakuru in the rift valley of Kenya with algae attracting a variety of pink flamingoes and other bird species ashore. Game drives are organized for visitors to view animals like warthogs, baboons and large mammals like black and white rhinoceros introduced in a rhino sanctuary and Rothschild giraffes.

Menengai Crater- This is the largest volcano caldera in Kenya and second largest in Africa rich in loam soil favoring the farmlands establishment around its flanks in the Great Rift Valley.

Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site and Museum- It was proclaimed to be a national monument in 1945 and became open to the public in 1965 and subsequent archeological excavations carried out by Marry Leakey in 1938 confirmed the existence of Iron Age and early man.

For the sports lovers, Afraha Stadium constructed in 1948 is present with a seating capacity of 8,200, Rift Vally Sports Club in the heart of the city hosts several of the activities but the commonest id cricket, and sports racing takes place at the Nakuru park.

RENT A CAR IN NAKURU - Planning to visit Nakuru or already in town and require a rental car for self drive or guided tour, we at Nairobi Car Rental Services will be more than happy to offer you our services. You can get in touch with us by sending an email to or call us on +254-713510387 to speak with the reservations team.