It was October 3rd. Early morning weather was crisp and cool in Masai Mara. Another exciting morning of the game drive is waiting for us at 6:00 am, at least for a few hours before we head towards Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is one of the parks in Kenya where you find beautiful tall trees, cool weather, a beautiful lake, waterfalls, green vegetation, birds, and all kinds of wildlife, especially white Rhino. Therefore it is one of my favorite parks best for early morning safari. Furthermore, it’s easy to get there from Nairobi and doable as a day trip if time is limited.

Morning Game Drive in Masai Mara NR

Another exciting game drives in the morning between 06:30 and 09:30. I have already spotted all the big five, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo, the day before. Still, I am eager to see even more, especially the lions and leopards. They tend to hide in bushes and trees to avoid the midday heat, so morning is the best time to find them. When it’s cold seems like the best place for cheetahs 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 giraffes than to head towards the area where all the tall trees are, and that’s what our guide did; due to that, we could spot many of them out there having their early meal of the day.

Masai Mara
Early morning game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve

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

Road to Lake Nakuru

The distance is only 150 miles (240 km) from Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru, but it took us approximately 6+ hours to get there. The first 2 and a half hours are unbelievably dusty and bumpy. 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 the decent highway and arrived at our well-deserved first stop at Olare Gift Shop. After a quick 30 minute break, we were back on the road again heading towards Lake Nakuru.

Olare Gift Shop, Kenya
A quick stop on our way to 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 served buffets and 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 the traditional Kenyan menu. I had freshly grilled Lamb called Nyama Choma and Mukimo made 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, part of the Great Rift Valley. Taking a boat ride on the lake is something you should not miss, not just because of its stunning beauty but also for a great photo opportunity.

Naivasha, Kenya
My Boat ride in Lake Naivasha starts here in 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 traditional dress engaged in their daily activities. The small rural markets we passed by were so fascinating.

Highway to Nakuru in Kenya
Highway to Nakuru in Kenya
Lake Nakuru
Highway to Lake Nakuru

Final Destination Lanet Matfam Resort

Finally, in the 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

Where to stay in Nakuru, Kenya

Ziwa Bush Lodge, Nakuru

Set among lush gardens, Ziwa Bush Lodge features traditional Makuti thatched-roof buildings, a restaurant, and BBQ facilities. It is located just 12 mi from Lake Nakuru National Park. The rooms are all decorated with local hand-crafted cedar furniture and come with mountain views and a balcony. The private bathrooms include a shower.

The restaurant serves a selection of continental dishes and Italian cuisine. Vegetarian food is also available. In addition, guests at Ziwa Bush Lodge can visit the EAM Orphanage on the same property.
The lodge is located 19 mi from Menengai Crater in the Great Rift Valley and 28 mi from Lake Elementaita. Nakuru Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

Sarova Woodlands Hotel and Spa

Featuring a terrace, Sarova Woodlands Hotel and Spa is located in Nakuru, 1.8 mi from Westside Mall. The property is around 6.2 mi from Lake Nakuru National Park, 8.1 mi from Egerton Castle, and 6.2 mi from Menengai Crater. Free WiFi and Naivas Supermarket (coffee shop) are 350 feet away. The Nakuru Golf Club is set 2.5 mi from Sarova Woodlands. A buffet breakfast is served every morning at the property. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which specializes in African and Indian cuisine.

My Opinion and Last Word

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

I loved being in Nakuru National Park, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Kenya.

Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you to improve my knowledge. 

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