A Travel Price Comparison for Kenya Lake Nakuru vs. Nairobi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lake Nakuru or Nairobi?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Lake Nakuru and Nairobi. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Lake Nakuru or Nairobi?

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya's 23 National Parks, also qualifying as one of the two Premium Parks in the country. Located in central Kenya, about 90 miles west of Nairobi, the area encompasses a large lake as well as the surrounding wooded grasslands. A naturalist's paradise, Lake Nakuru is home to wildlife like flamingos, other water birds, and the black and white rhinoceros.


Nairobi is Kenya's capital as well as the country's largest city. With a population of about 3 million, it is also one of the largest cities in Africa. It is a prominent city both politically and financially within the region. There are many international companies that are located in Nairobi and the Nairobi Securities and Exchange is one of the largest in Africa.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Kenya, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Kenya, The Best Adventure Tours to Kenya, and The Best Camping Tours in Kenya.

Which place is cheaper, Nairobi or Lake Nakuru?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Lake Nakuru is $115, while the average daily cost in Nairobi is $62. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Lake Nakuru and Nairobi in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lake Nakuru $45
    Nairobi $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lake Nakuru $90
    Nairobi $24
Compare Hotels in Lake Nakuru and Nairobi

Looking for a hotel in Lake Nakuru or Nairobi? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Lake Nakuru

Hotels in Nairobi

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Nairobi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lake Nakuru $41
    Nairobi $11

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nairobi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Nairobi:

  • Taxi from Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

Also for Nairobi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Safe and Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $20
  • Safe and Executive Airport transfer in Nairobi: $40
  • Safe Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $28
  • Safe Airport Transfer in Nairobi: $23
  • Professional Airport Transfer Service in Nairobi: $33
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Naivasha: $70
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $83
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi Airport or city To Maasai Mara By Road: $135
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $83
  • Private Road Transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli national park: $197
  • Private Departure Transfer in Nairobi: $115
  • Private Arrival Transfer in Nairobi: $115

Is it cheaper to fly into Lake Nakuru or Nairobi?

Prices for flights to both Nairobi and Lake Nakuru change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Lake Nakuru $41
    Nairobi $7.51

Typical Food Prices in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Carnivore experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Experience the Taste of Nairobi:A Hands-On Cooking Adventure: $43
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $53
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $53
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $55
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience: $80
  • Carnivore Dinner Experience: $80
  • Barbecue Dinner At The Carnivore Restaurant - Nairobi: $85
  • The Safari Cats Show Tickets & Buffet Dinner: $89

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lake Nakuru $36
    Nairobi $46

Typical Entertainment Prices in Nairobi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Nairobi's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Village Visit

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 3 Days 2 Nights in Maasai Mara Safari Tour: $220
  • Amboseli Day trip Private tour: $200
  • Coffee Farm tour from Nairobi: $90
  • Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre Tour: $95
  • Half day tour to Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre Nairobi: $95
  • Lake Naivasha Full day Tour With Boat Rides: $156
  • Nairobi Museum Snake Park Giraffe Center and Beads Center Tour: $95
  • Private Half Day Tour in Giraffe Center, Bomas and Masai Market : $125
  • Private Tour Nairobi national park & Giraffe Centre: $120
  • "Nairobi's Ultimate Wildlife & Cultural Adventure: $40
  • 1 Day Bike Tour to Hell’s Gate And Lake Naivasha : $130
  • 1 Day Hell's Gate Bicycle Tour (minimum 2 Pax): $280

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lake Nakuru $7.62
    Nairobi $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Nairobi

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Nairobi:

  • Nairobi Bar Crawl and Matatu Experience: $28
  • Nairobi Ultimate Bar Crawl: $60

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lake Nakuru and Nairobi, we can see that Lake Nakuru is more expensive. And not only is Nairobi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nairobi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nairobi and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Lake Nakuru would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lake Nakuru than you might in Nairobi.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Lake Nakuru Expensive? and Is Nairobi Expensive?.