Train Nairobi - Nakuru??

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Feb 20th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Train Nairobi - Nakuru??

I have read that there is a train that runs between Nairobi and Nakuru (the 'lunatic express'(!!!)). Does anyone have any information on it?? Timetables, cost, etc.

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Feb 20th, 2006, 09:47 AM
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try the website seat61.com for train information....the site has info about trains on every continent
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Feb 20th, 2006, 09:49 AM
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It's the Nairobi to Kisumu run that would stop at Nakuru. Schedules can be found here, but I don't know how up to date they are - http://www.seat61.com/Kenya.htm

I believe this service was stopped for a few years and later resumed, not sure of its current status.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 11:54 AM
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Thanks Cruisinred & Patty. I had thought that, with Nakuru being relatively close to Nairobi, we might be able to take a daytrip but looking at the train times and how long it takes, that is out of the question. Thanks for the link though.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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Imelda,
There are lots of buses to Nakuru. It’s less than a 2-hour trip and the fare is 250 shillings. If you would like something “lunatic” I’d suggest a matatu. They’re cheaper.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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For a day trip to Nakuru, I definitely wouldn't choose to go by train even if the schedule appears to work. Train delays are not uncommon.

You can book with a tour operator for a day trip from Nairobi which will include your transportation and game drive or you can go by public transport and arrange a game drive into the park.

Does anyone know anything about a bus that takes passengers on a tour through Nakuru NP from town? I remember seeing it on my visit in Nov and our guide mentioned that it cost only 100 KES or so (could be resident price) and operates on weekends.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 01:45 PM
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I’ve read about that bus – somewhere :-?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:23 AM
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Thanks for the information guys. Guess it might be possible after all. I might even decide to do a private trip there and back depending if we have seen all we want to see in Nairobi (we have 2.5 days there).
Imelda

PS Stupid question - What's a Matatu??
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:26 AM
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Thanks for the link Patty - think I might pass!!
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Mar 2nd, 2006, 02:35 AM
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we also have the idea of going to lake nakuru from nairobi for a weekend trip. would it be better to book a tour before we go to africa, or just to book one there? as i have read access to the lake is difficult if you aren't with a tour or have your own transport.
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 02:42 AM
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In fact access is not difficult from Nakuru. There are almost too many people offering to take you in there!Even if you want to stay at lodges within the park, a taxi from Nakuru town can easily take you there and you can pay the lodge for a package with game drives (arranging for the taxi to pick you up or just hitching a ride out with some other guests). I am not sure if this would be cheaper than a tour(assuming you want to stay at a lodge in the park); you would have to price each.

I am not making any recommendations here; just think someone may have mixed Lake Nakuru NP up with the Masaai Mara or Samburu - to which acccess certainly is difficult unless you a) fly or b) take a tour

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thanks for that. i think we are going to book a proper safari tour to see the masai mara and possibly Amboseli. and we will go to lake nakuru fo a weekend trip.
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It's the way to go.
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