Welcome to Nakuru
Nakuru is changing fast and, in the process, transforming into one of Kenya's more agreeable towns, gentrifying around the edges and adopting some of the better aspects of Nairobi – minus the stress and the crime. Most travellers speed through the town on their way to the lakes and if that's all you do, you might wonder why anyone would choose to stay here – at first glance, Kenya's fourth-largest city can appear grim and provincial, without much to offer besides a convenient refuel. But stick around longer and we bet you'll start to like it.
If you don't want to fork out to overnight at Lake Nakuru, the city makes a good base for exploring the park and surrounds.