Kenya Nairobi Excursions & Short Safaris Over View
Excursions in Nairobi introduce you to the "Green city in the sun" and what it has to offer. Once you land at the JKIA airport whether on a business trip or taking a vacation in Kenya excursion are a great to begin your stay in Kenya. Nairobi excursion cover the city and its historical monuments, a visit to Nairobi National Park the only national park located in a city in the world, Nairobi National Museum, Keren Blixen, Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya, day trip to Lake Nakuru and Carnivore Restaurant. As for Kenyan residents excursion are a great way to spend your weekends with family and friends.
Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage
Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage situated on the outskirts of Nairobi approximately 45 minutes drive on a plot within the Nairobi National Park. The Sanctuary cares for orphaned baby Elephants, tame black and white rhino calves and adults. The orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976.
Every day of the week at 1100 Hours, the baby animals are brought from the National Park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. You may not feed the animals but will get a chance to view the handlers feeding them. The private session at 3.00pm allows you to touch the animals and feed them. This requires advance booking. During this time the elephants are fed with a special milk formula. This baby Elephants are taken care by their handlers who feed ,wash ,play and offer emotional support until they can survive in the wild and then they are trans-located to different Parks and Reserves.
In addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. You can get really close to the elephants. The orphanage also takes in rhinos and so if you are lucky you will get the chance to see a young rhino.
Nairobi City Tour
This tour familiarizes one with Nairobi City with Shopping malls, Nairobi Museum, Snake park Parliament Buildings and offices. The tour takes about Three hours. The city begun in 1899, and grew as a central point for the Kenya - Uganda Railway. Nairobi comes from the Masai word, "Enkare Nyrobi" meaning the "place of cool water".
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park was the first park to be established in 1946.It is located approximately 7 kilometers (4 miles) south of the city centre. This is the only National park located in a city in the world. The only thing separating the wildlife and the metro politant area is a fence. Nairobi's skyscrapers can be seen from the park. Indeed, the proximity of urban and natural environments has caused conflicts between the animals and local people and threatens animals' migration routes.
Still, despite its proximity to civilization and relative small size for an African national park, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya's most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.
Four of the Big five can be seen, the park can not accommodate the Elephants due to its size. Other animals include giraffes, antelopes, resident wildebeest and bird life. This tour takes four hours and includes the Nairobi Safari Walk. We have two daily departures one at 0600hrs and the other at 1500hrs.
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya offers Kenya in miniature. It is the boiling pot of Kenya's diverse cultures and a must visit to all visitors. Situated 10km from Nairobi city centre, and about 1 km past main entrance of the game-filled Nairobi National Park, Bomas of Kenya lets you see the wonderful diversity of cultures that make up this fascinating country. But you can combine a visit to both spectacular tourists venues. At Bomas, different aspects of Kenyan culture are displayed including life styles, crafts, music, and dancing.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum, located 10 km outside of Nairobi, Kenya, "at the foot of the Ngong Hills", is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.
The Karen Blixen Museum is open every day between 9:30 and 6pm, including on weekends and public holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. The grounds, which feature original equipment from the coffee farm, are also available for touring. There is also a gift shop. The grounds of the museum are available to rent for weddings, corporate functions, and other events.
The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately 5 kilometers from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa.
The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a program of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata - home of the present centre. Since then the program has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks.
In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education centre to his (then still private) giraffe sanctuary. By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor's Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi.
The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes.
The Carnivore Experience
Carnivore is an open-air restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Carnivore's specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. They serve a wide variety of meat and are famous for their game meat. It is a popular tourist destination. Its the cherry on the cream for every safari.
Day Trip to Lake Nakuru
Depart Nairobi early mourning and head to Nakuru with a brief stop over at the Great Rift valley view point and then proceed arriving Lake Nakuru mid morning. Do a game drive and later proceed to Lion Hill lodge for lunch. Do another game drive as you depart the park and drive back to Nairobi arriving in the evening.
Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is also known as "Pink Lake" or Africa Bird's Paradise. The lake is ideally located in central Kenya within Lake Nakuru National park. The park occupies an area of 188 km2 while the lake occupies an area of 62 km2. The lake is famous for the millions of flamingos that flock the lake although flamingos are unpredictable birds and are not always to be found in the lake is such vast numbers. From a distance i.e. the baboon cliff the lake looks pink in color due to the flamingos.
The topography at Lake Nakuru is comprised of grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, acacia woodlands and a forest made up euphorbia trees. In the early 1960's tilapia grahami was introduced to the lake and it flourished despite the alkaline nature of the lake.