Excursions from Nairobi
Do you have some free time in Nairobi before or after your holiday in East Africa?
Try out one of our exciting sight-seeing tours to experience a part of Nairobi's history as you tour the streets, museums, markets, nature trails and other areas of interest, in this rich cosmopolitan city that offers a unique mix of nature and modernity.
Relive a small part of Kenya’s history as you visit author Karen Blixen’s home, Mbogani House, made famous in the film Out of Africa. Restored by the Danish Community of Kenya, the house was Karen’s home from 1917 until 1931, when she had to sell the farm after several years of drought ruined her crops. She never returned to Kenya. Many of her personal mementos are on display in the house as are books and a cuckoo clock donated from the movie set. From the garden you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Ngong Hills where many white settlers set up farms and built their houses in the early colonial days. In the front of the house are the original millstone tables where Karen conducted much of her farm business. This tour can be done in the morning or in the afternoon and does not include lunch.
The giraffe centre is a wonderful and refreshing experience for guests staying in Nairobi. The tour gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the tallest animal on earth and even feed them. The giraffe centre is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization, which was founded by Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979. This was in a bid to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which had lost its natural habitat in Western Kenya to agriculture, at the time only 130 of these giraffe were left in the wild. This tour can be done in the morning or afternoon and does not include lunch.
The Nairobi animal orphanage is a small sanctuary located near the entrance of Nairobi National Park. It provides shelter to animals and birds that have been orphaned or injured, giving them time to recuperate or grow big enough to take care of themselves. The Nairobi animal orphanage gives Real Africa guests a closer view of a variety of animals that they may not easily see on the short tour of the national park. Here’s your chance to come face to face with the king of the jungle as you stroll among the many different animal enclosures. Other animals living here include cheetah, leopards, hyenas and buffalo among others. There are also many different birds resident here. This tour can be done in the morning or afternoon. Lunch is not included.
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Daphne Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible, charity established in memory of David Sheldrick, famous Naturalist and founder Warden of Kenya's giant Tsavo East National Park, where he served from 1948 until 1976. Since its inception in 1977, the trust has played an extremely significant and important role in Kenya's conservation effort. Six Trustees assisted by an Advisory Committee of practical Naturalists with a lifetime experience of African conditions oversee and direct the operations of the Trust. The orphaned elephants and rhinos are just some of the many wildlife commitments the trust is involved in. The trust does not solicit funds and relies entirely on donations from its caring and compassionate friends. Visiting tourists just pay a small donation to the trust, as opposed to an entrance fee. Some of the trust’s accomplishments include providing a blueprint for the welfare of animals in captivity, and in the case of elephants, the trust has illustrated the sophistication of their communication and their social needs. It has perpetuated vital field knowledge and experience that would otherwise have been lost, and made it available to all National Parks in East Africa and some beyond. The trust is open to visitors for one hour each morning, where guests are able to learn about and interact with some of the orphaned elephants in the trust's care.
Barely 8km from the city centre, this park is home to a host of game including black rhino, giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard and plains game. Explore the whole area on a game drive and then spend some time at the Nairobi animal orphanage close to the park entrance. This tour can be done in the morning or afternoon. Lunch is not included.
An early morning drive out of Nairobi and down the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley. You drive past the extinct volcano of Mt. Longonot to Lake Nakuru National Park, an ornithologist's paradise.
Millions of Flamingos line the lake’s shore, giving it a shimmering pink rim, a true feast for the eyes. The fishing Pelicans are also seen in large colonies swimming amongst the Flamingos as they go about fishing for tasty snacks. Stilts, Cormorants, Goliath Heron, Egret and Maasai Ostrich are just some of the birds to be found around the lake. The park surrounds the lake and was recently designated as a Rhino sanctuary. Here, both the black and the white Rhino are regularly seen with ease. It is also the best park to observe Leopard, whose population here is impressive. This is home to the rare and endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Other game includes cape Buffalo, Waterbuck, Impala, Gazelle, Common Zebra and Lion.
Time is spent driving around the bush and lake to observe the resident wildlife and birds. Lunch is served at a lodge in the park and in the early evening you drive back to Nairobi. Drop off at your hotel.
This two hour tour takes visitors around the main areas of interest in the city, including the historic areas with time spent in the National Museum and Snake Park. There is ample opportunity for photography as you go along. This tour is done either in the morning or in the afternoon. Lunch is not included.
The Tamarind restaurants are famed as being the best sea-food restaurants in the country, and the Tamarind Nairobi, located in Nairobi’s City Centre, gives you the opportunity to enjoy fine dining and the chance to try out fresh and delicious sea food delicacies.
The Carnivore Restaurant is a unique experience. This open-air meat specialty restaurant has become a must-do stop on the safari trail. Every type of meat imaginable, including a choice of wild game meet, is roasted on traditional Maasai swords (like skewers) over a huge charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant. The waiters then carry these swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the meats onto sizzling, cast iron plates in front of you. A wide selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and a variety of exotic sauces accompany the meat feast. Dessert and mugs of flavourful Kenyan coffee follow. It is truly a feast for all the senses, and an unforgettable experience.
The Bomas of Kenya offers you 'Kenya in miniature form'. It lets you see the wonderfully diverse cultures that make up Kenya. The word boma is Swahili for "homestead" and at Bomas of Kenya there are many different bomas, each representing one of Kenya's major ethnic groups, built to the traditional architecture of the particular tribe. It was established to preserve, maintain and promote the rich and diverse cultural values of various groups of Kenya and to act as a tourist attraction centre.
Different aspects of Kenyan culture are displayed including living styles, crafts, music and dancing. The tour culminates with entertainment by traditional dancers, also representing various tribal groups of Kenya. The dancers dance across a stage in a vibrant kaleidoscope of rhythm and colour. Proud Samburu warriors vault skywards as they woo their maidens with chanting cries and twirling spears. Bomas of Kenya has over 30 traditional dances collected from different tribes of Kenya. This tour is done in the afternoon and lunch is not included.