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Like Lake Elmenteita to the South, Nakuru is a rich source of prehistoric fossils, proving that humans have lived here for at least the past 200,000 years. The archeological site at Hyrax Hill outside Nakuru is well maintained and open to the public- see Specialist Safari for details.

There is some debate as to where the name Nakuru originated. To Swahili speakers, the name is a clear reference to the many Waterbuck found around the lake, while in Maa, the Maasai language, the name means either "Swirling Dust" (referring to the commonly seen whirlwinds around the lake) or simply " Small Soda Lake".

Regardless, this is Maasai land. Maasai traditionally graze their herds on the grasslands between Nakuru, Elmenteita, and Naivasha.

The town of Nakuru sprang to life around the construction of the Uganda Railroad (see Related Links for Tsavo above), making this a centre for the colonial settlers.

Today Nakuru town is a growing urban centre with a surprisingly cosmopolitan population.
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