The attraction of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, lies in its unpredictable pace and enchanting contrasts, which are often missed in favor of safari game trips.
However, to overlook ‘the green city in the sun’ is to skip the thriving heartbeat of East Africa.
The bustling city is an established hub where a variety of cultures co-exist, hustle, and more often than not, harmonize.
So if you have some time with you, let’s go!
Only a “lion’s roar” from the city Centre, wildlife in the Nairobi National Park share the city with the human population.
A few Black Rhino can be seen, while the main attraction is Cheetah, Lion and Buffalo as well as a great variety of plains game.
There is also a large selection of bird life.
After your game drive, make your way to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, also located within the park.
Dame Daphne Sheldrick has been raising elephant orphans since the 1950s when she lived and worked in Tsavo National Park.
She established an elephant and rhino orphanage in the Nairobi National Park in the late 1970s, as part of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Dame Daphne established the Trust in honor of her late husband David, the founding warden of the Tsavo National Park and a pioneer conservationist in Kenya.
The orphanage is open to visitors for one hour every day (11:00 am-Noon). At this time, you can watch the babies being bathed and fed.
Drive through the residential area of Langata towards the Ngong Hills to Karen Blixen Museum; the original farmhouse that Blixen lived in from 1914 to 1931, made famous by the film Out of Africa.
It is the farm referenced in the film’s haunting opening line: “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
Today, the museum contains information and artifacts about her life, some of which pertain to her famous romance with big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton.
Nairobi has a variety of authentic restaurants and cafes serving a fusion of contemporary African and European brasserie cuisine.
Asian influence from the days of the Lunatic Express is very strong and you won’t have to go very far to encounter spicy aromas from different restaurants.
However, if you want to stick to what Kenyan’s do best, then opt for nyamachoma with ugali and kachumbari. There’s also fish and a variety of vegetables – and don’t forget Kenya’s signature beers!
Spend the rest of the afternoon at The Giraffe Centre, located in the neighboring suburb of Lang’ata.
This top Nairobi attraction was established in the 1970s by Jock Leslie-Melville, who turned his home into a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe.
The program has enjoyed huge success, and many breeding giraffe pairs have been released back into Kenya’s game parks and reserves. The center also educates local school children about conservation and has done important work to raise awareness about conservation issues.
The center is open daily for tours and visits from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and has an elevated walkway for hand-feeding the giraffes.
The dinner menu includes every type of meat imaginable and local game meat roasted over charcoal.
A wide variety of vegetarian dishes are also available.
The options are unlimited before transfer back to hotel or pickup point.
Why you'll enjoy this excursion...
- Professional photography & guiding services
- All Transfers
- Transport in private tour vehicle with open roof
- Pick up and drop off to your area of residence or hotel within Nairobi
- Drinking water, throughout the tour
- All entry Fees
- Tips and gratuities to driver/guides
- Alcoholic drinks
- Entrance fee to activities labelled as “extra”
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