The Rift Valley area is just a couple of hours drive from Nairobi and makes an excellent one or two night stop when driving from Nairobi to the Masai Mara. The area boasts Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya's second most visited Park) which has large flamingo and pelican populations in addition to lion, giraffe and white and black rhino. Although small in size, and not offering the wilderness feel of some more remote parks, it is hard not to be impressed by the density of wildlife in Nakuru.
Once a mainstay of safaris in Kenya, the trend towards fly-in safaris means many choose to skip this region. However, if you are travelling by road, the Rift Valley is in our minds a must visit.