Travel Tips: Any Time Game Drive at Nairobi National Park

Travel Tips: Any Time Game Drive at Nairobi National Park

Bird_watching, City Tour, Game drive, Nairobi Area, Wildlife Safari
The Nairobi National Park has always been reserved a page or two in our travel diaries here at Safari Sense. Over the years, we’ve had varied experiences in this unforgettable slice of paradise within Kenya’s capital city.Some days are lucky. Especially when the traffic is low on an early weekday morning game drive. Chances of seeing a lion hunt are high. Animals and birds are most active when the air is still cool and crisp.Other times you can really have a rough time. Bad weather and no predator sightings can distract someone from the otherwise uncertain and beautiful nature of the park itself.The unique ecosystem continues to fascinate, and is often the first taste to a real Kenyan safari. There are very real prospects of seeing four of the big…
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Off The Beaten Path: Caving and Off-roading – Gatune Hills

Off The Beaten Path: Caving and Off-roading – Gatune Hills

City Tour, Excursion, Extreme, Nairobi Area
Its always the dream of any 4x4 car owner to test the limits of their machines in harsh and extreme terrains. Most 4x4 fans never get a chance to experience this thrill, and when such an opportunity cropped up, I couldn’t resist. Having limited activities due to the COVID-19 restrictions gave me time to slowly service the old Suzuki Vitara. I’d driven the four-wheel drive car for years, but I rarely take it through grit and dirt roads. Looking for spare parts online led me to join a unique group of Suzuki enthusiasts. Apart from mechanical and technical advise members help each other in sourcing spare parts and other gadgets necessary for the ultimate off-roading vehicle. I had never heard of Gatune Hills, or Nachu Caves before, but owing to…
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Birdnificent©: Backyard Birding – Nairobi (COVID-19 Edition)

Birdnificent©: Backyard Birding – Nairobi (COVID-19 Edition)

Bird_watching, Nairobi Area
What’s the difference between bird-watching and birding you may ask? Well before I answer that, did you know that Nairobi boasts of over 400 bird species at any given season of the year? Yeah. I only came to know about this when I was first introduced to the beauty and mystery of birds a few years ago. This was when a colleague out on safari suddenly pulled out a thick book from his backpack filled with pictures and illustrations of our winged friends. Needles to say, I was at first wary, finding nothing of interest from the pages filled with feathers and beaks of all colours and shapes. But my interest grew as he started explaining the different birds we came across in detail. He could even identify a bird…
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Birdnificent©: Ngong Forest

Birdnificent©: Ngong Forest

Bird_watching, City Tour, Excursion, Hiking, Nairobi Area, Wildlife Safari
When? All year round Just 10 km from the Kenyan capital, adjacent to Nairobi Racecourse, Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary – the isolated remnant of a once vast upland forest elsewhere almost wholly supplanted by suburbia – still boasts a surprisingly rich avifauna. Activities Where to go...​ Look out for...​ Activities Discover birds in the wild while exploring the forest trailsTake a break with a picnic and immerse yourself in nature. Where to go...​ A network of tracks crisscrosses what is left of the indigenous Ngong Forest, between broad avenues used by local equestrians. There is an active African Crowned Eagle nest, to which a forest guide should be able to escort you. Pairs of Narina Trogon and Hartlaub’s Turaco can usually be found within patches of dense woodland, and after rain the…
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Birdnificent©: Nairobi National Park

Birdnificent©: Nairobi National Park

Bird_watching, City Tour, Excursion, Game drive, Nairobi Area, Wildlife Safari
When? October - April Unique in being located alongside a major city, the 120-km² Nairobi National Park encompasses a wealth of contrasting habitats, ranging from open grassland and lightly wooded plains with rocky valleys to seasonal swamps, dams, forest-lined rivers and streams, and – along its western boundary – a thin strip of upland forest. Gazetted in 1946, the Park is Kenya’s oldest conservation area, with a bird list running to 520 species, of which 200 can often be seen in a single day. What to do... Look out for... Where To Go.. What to do... A day tour at Nairobi National Park offers a gentle orientation into the world of safari giving you a taste of what to expect from the bigger parks spread around the country. Few things…
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Off the Beaten Path: Rafting, Bungee Jumping – River Tana Grade 5 Rapids [Jan – Mar]

Off the Beaten Path: Rafting, Bungee Jumping – River Tana Grade 5 Rapids [Jan – Mar]

Excursion, Extreme, Nairobi Area
Rafting, bungee jumping, birding - Rapids Camp Sagana River Tana’s Grade 5 rapids not only give the camp its name, but also provide opportunity for adrenaline-filled kayaking, diving from a height of 60 ft. and fresh water fishing. River Tana’s Grade 5 rapids not only give the camp its name, but also provide opportunity for adrenaline-filled kayaking, bungee jumping from a height of 60 ft. and fresh water fishing. About 100 bird species have been recorded here. Rapids Camp Big 5 are the waterfall, the startling rocks, the Grade 5 rapids, the manicured lawns and the serene habitat. The camp hosted the 1st ever African Olympic qualifier in the Kayaking Games in January 2008. What To Do... What To See... Where To Sleep... What To Do... Rafting is first on…
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