Our drive to Lake Nakuru from Amboseli took 7 hours .We travel via Nairobi . We aren’t entirely sure this is the normal route as we had to change vehicles here as well .
The ride was hair-raising to say the least, especially from the Nairobi on part. No divided highways here and passing lanes are unheard of . Everyone just ducks out in a kind of "chicken game" and hopes nothing is coming the other way. Often there is a vehicle coming over the next hill, head on and miraculously they seem to squeeze by. I was quite relieved when we arrived.
It was really too long a trip for a one night stay in Lake Nakuru. We realize we should have planned on two nights here.
Lake Nakuru is very low during this time of drought and we can see lots of soda on the shores where the water used to be leaving a white residue. Although the animals are suffering here too as a result of the drought they appear to be in better shape than those in Amboselli.
We just got back from an unforgettable safari in Kenya organized for us by Simon Koech of Dawn@ Dusk Travel. www.d2dsafaris.com
As seniors, we were cautious about whom we chose and this outfit did not let us down.
The drive guide Simon sent us with, Matu Michael, was knowledgeable and experienced.
We drove in a safari van from Nairobi to Treetops, Nyeri, spent one night there, then went on to Lake Nakuru. This was our favorite place in the whole safari...we saw leopards, white rhino, tree climbing lions, wild buffalo, giraffe, zebra, pelicans, flamingos and many other animals/birds.
We stayed at the amazing Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, a dream come true place. Morning and evening game drives in the hands of Matu, were amazing. Lake Nakuru was my all around favorite place in the whole safari...but do include Masai Mara if you can.
The easiest way to do things for us seniors was to get into a trip organized for the two of us with a reasonably priced company which included all food, lodging, transport, entrances to parks etc...that way we could relax and enjoy the safari. The road to Nakuru in a good vehicle is fairly comfortable. I priced this trip with ten outfits and got the best deal for us in every way.
Simon and Matu took such good care of us and were so diligent in making sure we got the most for our money.
Our safari with Dawn2Dusk was preceded with a day sightseeing and shopping in Nairobi and a day in Treetops, one in Nakuru, one in Naivasha, two at Masai Mara. Back in Nairobi we had a day room to rest in till our flight that night.
The safari, in the hands of Simon and Matu, exceeded our expectations.
The park has a tarmac road 157km North west from Nairobi. the most commonly used entrance is the main Gate 4km from Nakuru town. Its advisable to use a four wheel drive to the game park and a tour guide.
We arrived at Lake Nakuru per air, using one of the small airplanes of the ASC Skytrail.
I would guess it is the more convenient way, compared to the roads, especially if you bear in mind, that this National Park is not so close to Nairobi and very far from Mombasa and the road conditions can be, well, straining.
Distances per air: 1/2 an hour from Nairobi and Masai Mara, 1 1/2 hours from Kilimanjaro, 2 1/2 hours from Mombasa.
The air strip is just that: a flat place to land the airplane. Not tarred. It is enough.
In the picture you can also see the cars (Toyota Hiace and such with a roof you can open) that are used for the safari here.
The roads are better than in other parks, but also gravel and I saw that often the signposts (or - stones) are missing, so it would not be easy going around here without a very good map.
During our Kenya - Uganda trip, we travelled around with a big Overland truck.
The transport was organised by Gametrackers (a company from Kenya). Beside the truck and the driver they also provided a cook.
Unfortunately, this truck was not very comfortable at all. Of course the roads are bad sometimes, but there was a very bas suspension and it did not have a 4-wheel drive system.
And as we had some long days of travelling, most people left the truck sick of with the feeling to be completely broken after the many hours of bouncing in the seats.
But not everything was bad, as it was sometimes very handy, to visit a Park wit such a big truck, as we were seated high we could look over the bush and over the jeeps when there was something to see.
Up the look out point you can get out. Like
along the shore. Feel NAKURU under your feet. Great view from up here. Take a short walk, don't go far. There are LIONS and
LEOPARD here! JOHN & JAMES
As all of you can tell I need my 4 x 4! ROUGH n TOUGH! Everyone stops to look or wave at us! WHAT A FEELING!
Rent a minivan with driver. He guides you through the best parts of the park on your photo hunt for the wildlife.