Road Trip to Lake Nakuru from Masai Mara

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Road Trip to Lake Nakuru from Masai Mara

It was October 3rd., early morning weather was crisp and cool in Masai Mara. Another excited morning of game derive waiting for us at 6:00 am at-least for few hours before we head towards Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is one of the park in Kenya where you find beautiful tall trees, cool weather, beautiful lake, waterfalls, green vegetation and definitely birds and all kind of wildlife specially white Rhino. Therefore it is one of my favourite parks, furthermore it’s easy to get to and easily digested.

Morning Game Drive in Maasai Mara NR

Another exciting game drive in the morning between 06:30 to 09:30. I have already spotted all the big five Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo the day before but eager to see even more specially the lions and leopards. They tend to hide in bushes and up in the trees to avoid mid day heat so morning is the best time of the day to find them.  When it’s cold seems like best place for Cheetah’s to be is under the morning sun. 

Cheetah in Masai Mara

Cheetah under the morning sun in Masai Mara

There is no better place to find giraffe than to head towards the area where all the trees are and that’s what our guide did, due to that was able to spot many of them out there having there early meal of the day.  

Masai Mara

Early morning game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve

After couple of hours of game drive we came back to our camp, had our breakfast and later left for Nakuru National Park. 

Road to Lake Nakuru

Even drive is only about 150 miles (240 km) from Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru, but it took us approximately 6+ hours to get there. The first 2 and half hours of which is unbelievably dusty and bumpy where I had to roll up the window frequently to protect us from the dust getting inside the 4×4. On the way we passed through many small towns and saw traditional Masai villages surrounded by tree branches filled with thorns to protect them from wild animals. 

1st Stop at Rest Area

Finally after 2 and half hours of bumps, dust and pain we got on to decent highway and arrived at our well deserved first stop Olare Gift Shop. After a quick 30 minute break, we were back on the road again heading towards Lake Nakuru.

2nd Stop at Georges Resort for Lunch

At around 1:00 pm we arrived at a small town, and our driver stopped at Georges Resort for lunch. This restaurant was serving both buffet, as well as, cook to order items such as their traditional Nyama Choma – grilled meat and Mukimo. 

Georges Resort, Kenya

On our way to Lake Nakuru we stopped at Georges Resort for lunch !

After an exciting game drive and a long bumpy ride I definitely deserved something special lunch from Kenyan traditional menu. Had freshly grilled Lamb called Nyama Choma and Mukimo make with potatoes, fresh spinach, soft maize and chopped spring onions(photo on the left)

raditional Nyama Choma - grilled meat and Mukimo. 

I am having raditional Nyama Choma – grilled meat and Mukimo for lunch

Quick Stop at Lake Naivasha 

After 6 hours of driving from Masai Mara we arrived at the beautiful freshwater Lake Naivasha which is part of the Great Rift Valley. Taking a boat ride in the lake is something you should not miss not just because of it’s stunning beauty but also for a great photo opportunity.   

Naivasha, Kenya

My Boat ride in Lake Naivasha starts from here, Kenya

After enjoying the boat ride in Lake Naivasha we were back on the road. While driving through the valley I enjoyed watching the roadside actions like local people wearing their traditional dress engaged in their daily activities and small rural markets we passed by all were so fascinating. 

Highway to Nakuru in Kenya

Highway to Nakuru in Kenya

Final Destination Lanet Matfam Resort

Finally at late afternoon after about 6+ hours of driving we arrived at Lanet Matfam Resort in Nakuru where I stayed one night.  Lanet Matfam Resort, Lanet – Ndudori Road, Opposite Nakuru Barracks, Nakuru. 

Lanet Matfam Resort

Lanet Matfam Resort, Nakuru, Kenya

My Opinion and Tips

Have you been to Nakuru, Kenya? Any additional tips to share?

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