Nairobi National Park is the oldest park in Kenya having been established
in 1946. A few kilometres from downtown Nairobi, this game park
is truly unique and hosts a wide variety of wildlife. A mini Serengeti
during the dry season, it is possible to photograph lion, cheetah,
rhino, buffalo, giraffe, and a dozen species of antelope …
all within 20 minutes drive of a hotel room!
Daphne Sheldrick has devoted her life to the study of African animals
and has perfected techniques for successfully raising orphaned wild
animals. Orphaned animals such as rhino, elephant and zebra are
raised at her property adjacent to Nairobi National Park until they
can be rehabilitated into the wild. Open daily from 1100 –
1200, the Orphanage is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
A short drive from central Nairobi you can observe and hand-feed
Rothschild's giraffe from a raised platform surrounding an information
centre. Established as a sanctuary for this endangered species,
the Centre is now a popular outing for both tourists and locals,
especially school children who are taught about conservation and
the need to preserve the wildlife.
Open daily from 9.00am – 5.30pm.
“Mbogani” or Karen House was the former residence of
Karen Blixen, author of the best-selling novel “Out of Africa”.
The house was purchased as an estate comprising 6000 acres in 1917
by Bror and Karen Blixen and for some years was run as a coffee
plantation. This was her home until a series of personal tragedies
forced her to leave Kenya in 1931. It was here that her relationship
with Denys Finch-Hatton, a white hunter and adventurer, flourished
until his tragic death in a plane crash.
In 1963 the Danish Government bought the property and presented
it to the people of Kenya to mark Independence, and was eventually
turned into a Museum in 1985.
The Museum is open daily from 9.30am – 6.00pm.
NAIVASHA & HELL'S GATE
Only an hour's drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha provides visitors
with an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Kenya's capital.
A freshwater lake, Naivasha is host to a wide variety of bird and
animal life. The morning can be spent on optional excursions such as walking or cycling in the adjacent Hell's Gate National
Park, or a boat ride to Crescent Island. After lunch a visit is
made to "Elsamere", the retirement home of Joy Adamson ("Born Free"),
where afternoon tea is taken on the lawn with Colobus monkeys providing
the entertainment. The tour finishes in Nairobi at 6.00pm.
Note: These tours can be taken separately or combined to form an
enjoyable outing for those with a free day in Nairobi.
Prices vary according to number of people.