Business Booms As kenya's Tourism High Season Sets in

Hotels and lodges in Nakuru County are fully booked with the onset of the tourism high season.

Curio hawkers, food sellers and transport operators in Nakuru town are also smiling all the way to the bank as demand for their products and services soars.

“I take home at least Sh500 every day and I wish things remain like this for the rest of this year,” said a curio seller on Kenyatta Avenue.

A check with the tourism authority revealed that all the lodges at Lake Nakuru National Park were full.

The park’s senior warden, Ms Lydia Kisoyan said Lake Nakuru Lodge, Sarova Game Lodge, Flamingo Hill Camp and nine other campsites were packed with visitors.

“I appeal to residents to treat these visitors well so that they sell the good name of Lake Nakuru and Kenya to potential visitors,” she said.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has classified Lake Nakuru as a World Heritage Site, putting Lake Nakuru National Park on the tourist circuit.

“We can’t complain. We have received hundreds of visitors from the United States, Belgium, France and some Asian countries. As a result, we have had to seek alternative accommodation in Nakuru town,” said Lake Nakuru Lodge marketing director Joseph Muya.

The influx of visitors comes at a time when the world famous flamingoes are back on the shores of Lake Nakuru after migrating from Lakes Baringo and Bogoria.

“Kenyans are now enjoying the fruits of conserving the Mau Forest water catchment as rivers which feed Lake Nakuru are flowing again, resulting in the return of the flamingoes in large numbers,” said Mr Muya.