Nakuru, Barengo, Bogoria and the Kerio Valley in the Central Rift are full of rich natural and cultural areas to excite any holiday. Nakuru is the cheapest city among Kenya's six leading urban centers in terms of food and housing. The most prominent feature is Lake Nakuru National Lake, 5 km from the city center to the south. Waterbirds, especially flamingos, gather along thousands of beaches. Nakuru was described as the world's most fascinating ornithological site in the early 1960s, and must remain adhering to this prestigious title despite some conservation challenges that have seen a decline in the number of flamingos. The park also has a collection of large mammals, including large herds of buffaloes, impala, zebra, rare white rhinoceros and Barengo giraffe, which can be easily seen while driving the game. There are also lions and tigers in the garden, but you need a lot of patience to see them.
There are 2 inns within the garden – Nakuru Lodge Lake and Sarova & Lion & # 39; s Lodge Hill Lodge. Advance reservation of university theses is recommended, especially during the holiday season, not to mention that they are a bit expensive. There are also public and private camps. For private camps, advance booking is necessary. Other interests in Nakuru include the Meneganai crater, which can be reached by the Maram Path, 5 km north of the city. Minengai is the second largest crater in the world, providing an ancient point overlooking the city of Nakuru and the lake as well as the highlands of Ikebia and the agricultural settlements of Sobokia and Dandori. The crater is the perfect place for picnic, photography, outdoor meals and drinks.
Hyrax's prehistoric location is near the town and Lord Egerton Castle in Ngata, run by the National Museums and Egerton University. Accommodation outside Nakuru Park is plentiful and varied to suit everyone's desire and budget. There are hotels, guesthouses and private camps with a unique atmosphere and individual features to suit different tastes and interests.
Travelers with more time to visit Baringo will find an experience worth visiting. It is about 100 km from Nakuru and traffic is very small although goats and pits on the road are becoming increasingly unexpected, especially after the equator. Highlights include the entrance to Lake Bogoria to the right and the Cabarnet junction on the left, a few kilometers away. Head towards Marigat and after passing through the town, look for a diversion through which you can enter the Kampi Ya Samaki Shopping Center, the commercial base of Lake Baringo. It's fairly hot and humid, but it's a beautiful place. There is something for everyone here again, from bird watching, water sports and cultural and historical sites. More than 450 bird species have been seen around Lake Barengo, which is also famous for reptiles such as crocodiles, turtles and snakes.
A story is told of how the Masai and Samburu who lost their livestock in raids at the end of the 18th century reached this once fertile land. The Maasai identified the population I I Chamus for their alien ability to anticipate raids. Towards the end of the 19th century, they stole and began hunting. Then the Europeans gave them the name 'Njemsi' and today Njemps still retain livestock, fish and crop cultivation. The Njemps area is a major attraction, and the visit to them has become even more luxurious when the boat rides through the lake. Many hippos and crocodiles in this lake and therefore swimming is not recommended. Joseph Thompson was the first European to see Lake Barengo in 1883. He had to stand at a table to shoot the elephant because the grass was too long! Permanent streams of surrounding hills feed the lake and the area was rich in wildlife. Today, rivers have dried up, and the population is growing through agricultural activities and settlements. The place retains an aura of wildness, though.
In the 1950s, David Roberts, a crocodile hunter for Dragon Tanning Company, set up his home on the lake shore with his wife Betty and started a fish factory before building the Fish Fish Camp for tourists. In 1963, the lake rose 20 feet, flooded her home and destroyed the fish factory. In 1966, my widow Betty stayed with six children but sold the Fish Eagle camp to Mike Skinner who built the family inn which is now part of Block Hotels's Barringo Club. My home still lives above the defunct fish factory next to the famous Roberts. camp. Lake Barinog Club is still one of the leading tourist hotels in the region that offers full-board, self-catering accommodation in attractive cottages, comfortable corridors or a camping tent. Thirsty Goat Restaurant has a fully equipped bar and delicious dishes at affordable prices.
It is convenient to walk along the lake shore and bird watching. Hippos graze on meadows at night, while crocodiles can also be spotted along the shore of the lake. Guests can swim in the Baringo Club swimming pool for a small fee. The Soy Safari Lodge within Kampi ya Samaki is a safe alternative to a slightly lower budget. Sits beautifully by the lake. One can get the lake ad view of its island in the distant. The lodge has a swimming pool and offers boat rides on the lake and the Njemps Islands for a fee.
For those who have time and heavy pockets, Island Camp is worth the price. Advance booking is always recommended, as it is a popular location and transportation from the lake shore should be arranged. The visitor leaves the car on the mainland and board a hotel boat. The Island Camp is a luxurious and unique place, and has won numerous national awards. From Baringo, one can visit the enemy Lake Bogoria, which is equally popular. It is 15 km from the main road and about 20 km from Baringo. Lake Bogoria is famous for its rich bird life. It is the second flamingo house in Kenya, sometimes registering up to a million birds. This is along with many other water birds.
Another geographical feature to marvel at here is the hot springs. Hot springs continued to attract visitors for generations. The Tugen legends surrounding the feature make the visit worth a visit. It is fun to see how quickly hot water flows from the ground to boiling eggs. There are campsites where families on picnics can spend the day lying down in this well-protected national park. If you're lucky, you might see the rare antelope known as the Kudu Grand.
Lake Bogoria Lodge, a 3-star hotel located in a beautiful location just outside the park, offers accommodation. The hotel is a haven for bidders and one can swim in the natural hot water from the underground springs. At the gate of the garden, Papyrus Hotel is a budget hotel that is a little low budget suitable for visitors who are keen to have a drink or Nyama Choma. Baringo has one of the most successful irrigation projects supported by Pekera River, one of the rivers that feed Baringo Lake. The Pekera irrigation system produces watermelons, onions and tomatoes. Stop at Marigat, a town located between the lakes of Baringo and Bogoria, to buy these fruits and vegetables. However, Baringo's visit is incomplete without a circuit via the Kabarnet-Sacho ring. You branch after Marigat from Baringo on the right. While you're at it, you'll find the tastiest goat meat known as Korema, after the village of Marigat and Cabarnet where goats come from local wisdom that the area has its own medicinal plants that make up the diet of the local goat. Koriema meat is available at the Koriema shopping center along the way or in the town of Kabarnet.
Hotel Kabarnet is located on the slopes of Tugun Hills and overlooks the very picturesque Kerio Valley in the west and the Barengo and Bogoria lakes to the east. Just 2 km from the city to the north, Kabarner Hotel is a nice stop with beautiful lawns ideal for relaxation and a curse or a drink. To see the Kerio Valley properly, you drive a few kilometers west towards Eten. There are comfortable views from where you can take pictures. If time permits, driving to the Kerio River at the bottom of the valley may enrich the experience. After Kabarnet, follow the Sacho Road along Tugen Hills towards Eldama Ravine. This is one of the most spectacular ways I've ever made. It is very panoramic and exquisitely made of beautiful natural plants. In Kiptangich, there is another view and camp where the group can stop to take pictures or eat. Not far from here is Sacho, home of retired President Daniel Moi. The road leads to Eldama Ravine, which takes you back to Nakuru – Baringo Highway near Kabarak.