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Weekend Fun! 5 Places to Check Out in Nakuru for Under 500 bob

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: July 21, 2021  

Looking for fun weekend activities for the fam that won’t break the bank? Nakuru  county offers plenty of family-friendly spots you and the kids can indulge in and don’t cost more than 500 bob per person to access.

Here are 5 places for you and the kids to enjoy some time out:

Menengai Crater

If you and the kids are fit enough, take on the Menengai crater. Located on the northern side of Nakuru is the single largest surviving volcanic crater in the world. The Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano that offers striking views of Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and the crater itself.

The Kenya Forest Service charges Ksh 200 for both adults and kids to access Menengai crater. Other charges apply for non- residents

Call their hotline for more info 020-2017027.

Lake Nakuru National Park

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnicking and game drives.

Access fee paid to Kenya Wildlife Service is Ksh 500 for adults & Ksh 200 for kids. Call 0728355267 to make arrangements.

Lord Egerton Castle

A little history lesson for the kids. What was supposed to be a fairy tale turned into a nightmare for one Lord Egerton. Popularly known as “the castle of love”, it was built by Lord Egerton in 1938 for his bride-to-be after she claimed that the 6 bedroom house he lived in was as small as a chicken coop. 

So he went all out to impress her and built her the castle. She still turned down his proposal. After all that work!

He never married, never wanted to see any woman and also banned any woman from his property. Lord Egerton spent the rest of his life in solitude, until his death in 1958. Whew! 

Ironically, Lord Egerton Castle is now a favourite spot for lovers, weddings, engagement proposals and lovers’ picnics. You and the kids can tour this museum for Ksh 150.

Kariandusi Museum 

Kariandusi is home to an extensive archaeological site and amongst the first discoveries of Lower Paleolithic sites in East Africa. It is possibly the first Acheulean site to have been found in situ in East Africa. Hundreds of Bolas and Acheulean hand axes and stone artifacts have been unearthed here. You and the kids can be paleontologists for a day for Ksh 200 adults and Ksh 150 for kids.

KraftyArtz Workshop

If your kids love art, they’ll love the KraftyArtz workshop. They make some really cool curios, paintings and accessories. They have a workshop abong Old Nairobi Road, behind Shiners Girls Secondary School. Call in advance to arrange a visit 0717 333862

 

*Image: Courtesy

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