About Nakuru County

Located in the north-west region of Nairobi, Nakuru is one of the most accessible cities in Kenya from just about anywhere. The town is an agriculturally-rich region endowed with various tourist attractions such as wildlife, craters, and lakes.

Nakuru was established in 1900 when the construction of the railway opened up access to the surrounding lavish countryside attracting hundreds of white settlers to the region. Nakuru town also happens to be the headquarters of Nakuru County and the former Rift valley province before the devolved government was introduced.


  • Located 4km from Nakuru town, Lake Nakuru National park is the most accessible park from Nairobi and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa.
  • Located in Nakuru, Menengai crater is the second largest surviving volcanic crater in the world.
  • Nakuru means ‘a dusty place’ in the Maasai language referring to the frequent whirlwinds that engulf the area with clouds of dust.
  • Nakuru town is the fourth largest city in Kenya and the largest town in the Rift Valley Lake region.
  • Menengai Crater, the second largest surviving volcanic crater in the world is harboured in Nakuru. This crater is also home to rare species of birds and antelopes.
  • Lake Nakuru is popularly known for its abundant attraction of thousands to millions of flamingos nesting along the shores of the Lake.
  • Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site is the most significant historical landmark in Nakuru and it was discovered by the Leakey’s in 1926. It is considered a major Neolithic and Iron Age site in Kenya.
  • Kimani Maruge who hails from Nakuru County holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest student in school when he joined class one in 2004 at the age of 84. He later passed on in August 2009.



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