Day trips from Nairobi
Nairobi City Tour
The Nairobi city walking tour covers the modern city center the colorful Nairobi city market, parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Convention Center; the landmark of Nairobi (KICC), The 7th memorial park bomb-blast, the Nairobi railway station museum, Nairobi snake park and the renowned National Museum where there are spell binding displays of the early man tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya. Nairobi snake park is one of the National Museums of Kenya attractions located adjacent to Nairobi National Museum and is extremely popular with visitors. On display are, cobras, puff adders, mambas and the large African-Rock python (non-poisonous) found only in Kenya. Several species of crocodile found in Africa, the American alligator, fresh water terrapins and tortoises are also on display aquariums holding coral fish from the East African lakes and rivers are a main feature of the park.Nairobi snake park is one of the National Museums of Kenya attractions located adjacent to Nairobi National Museum and is extremely popular with visitors. Apart from the attraction, the snake park provided refuge and home for abandoned and unwanted reptiles including a giant tortoise that is still currently living at the park. The snake park has continued to provide refuge to a number of abandoned, threatened, rescued and unwanted reptiles to date. The snake park has continued to attract visitors steadily over the years. The public in Nairobi over the years to date has continued to receive help in removal of snakes from residential premises as well as advice on handling of reptiles especially snakes. Snake identification service is also provided. Visitors to the snake park get to enjoy the exhibits of reptiles, fish and succulent plants. Nairobi snake park tour is open daily (including public holidays) from 09:30 Hours - 18:00 Hours .
Nairobi national Museum & adjacent snake park
You can combine the Nairobi snake park tour with the National museum tour Nairobi National Museum Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill,approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city center. It is the flagship museum housing some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. This museum is open daily (including public holidays) from 0830hrs -17300hrs. It was officially opened in Sept. 22 1930 and named Coryndon Museum in honor of Sir Robert Coryndon, one time Governor of Kenya and a staunch supporter of Uganda Natural History Society. On the attainment of independence in 1963, it was re-named the National Museum of Kenya (NMK). On October 15th 2005, previous Nairobi Museum closed its doors to the public for an extensive modernization and expansion project that is now complete. The outcome is impressive; the Nairobi Museum has been transformed into a magnificent piece of architecture that puts it in competition with other world class museums. The artworks, the materials used in the fabrication of outdoor sculptures, the landscaping and the botanic gardens, link to the three pillars of Kenya’s national heritage i.e. nature, culture and history. A welcoming ambiance of harmony between the galleries, the non gallery spaces, the museum landscape and its entrances, make museum visits more exciting. The galleries have been reorganized to interpret the heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. To capture the feel of diversity and interactivity, there are mixed galleries to show the personality of the new museum. Under the nature pillar, there are 5 exhibitions. These are Human origins, Mammalian Radiation, Ecology of Kenya, Natural Diversity and Geology. Under Culture, the exhibitions include Cycles of Life, Cultural Dynamism and Creativity.
The AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Center is located in Langata, just outside Nairobi. The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children.There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.The AFEW centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. The centre’s giraffe population wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Animal Orphanage
Daphne Sheldrick is a world–class conservation figure and the premier authority on the successful raising of milk–dependent infant elephant and rhino orphans. Daphne Sheldrick's Animal Orphanage, can be only be visited for an hour every day between 11:00am and noon. During this hour the baby elephants are brought out to play and to feed, and visitors can watch them from behind a rope. Wardens are on hand to explain the work of the orphanage and to answer any questions. Once the little guys and girls have drunk their fill, they proceed to romp around like toddlers. The elephants seem to take joy in misbehaving in front of their masters, so don’t be surprised if a few break rank and start rubbing up against your leg! The baby elephants also use this designated time slot for their daily mud bath, which makes for some great photos; keep your guard up, as they’ve been known to spray a tourist or two with a trunkful of mud.
After entering at 11:00am, visitors are escorted to a small viewing area centered on a muddy watering hole. A few moments later, much like a sports team marching out onto the field, the animal handlers come in alongside a dozen or so baby elephants. For the first part of the viewing, the handlers bottle-feed the baby elephants – a heartwarming sight. While the elephants gambol, the keepers talk about the individual orphans and their stories. Explanations are also given about the broader picture of the orphans project and some of the other projects in which the trust is involved. There's also the opportunity to 'adopt' one of the elephants. For those who do, there's a chance to visit when your elephant returns to the stockades around 05:00pm every evening – advance bookings essential. The trust is also home to a number of orphaned rhinos, many of which, like the baby elephants, mingle with wild herds in Nairobi National Park during the day. One exception is Maxwell, a blind rhino who lives in a large stockade for his protection. Private visits can be arranged with at 1500 Hours for a cost of 550 US Dollars (1 to 4 Guests). The Private visit allows you to touch and feed the baby Elephants with formulated milk.
Price Per Person : USD 30 per person Accommodation : Budget option from : USD 30 per person sharing , Mid-range : USD 50 per person , Standard USD 80 per person sharing Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast Average cost of a meal ( Lunch / Dinner) USD 20 per person per meal
Nairobi National Park Morning or Afternoon Game Drives (3-4 Hours
Nairobi National Park Game Drives are a more exciting way to spend a night in Nairobi. Nairobi National Park is completely different in the dark. The big cats come out to hunt and you will see animals you won't see during the day.It’s a completely different world. Lions sleep all day and hunt in the evening, most of the cats are active just before and after sunset and this is when we take our guests on night game drives.With a spotter and a light we look and listen for the animals, it’s an amazing experience. Animal behavior is quite different at night so observing the animals in the dark is a big part of any safari.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage and Safari Walk (KWS)
The animal orphanage is about 20 minutes’ drive from Nairobi's city Center. This important educational and training facility, which is housed, in the only wildlife protected area in a capital city in the world is often home to more than 20 different animals and bird species.Major Attraction here is Bonding with orphaned animals; up-close animal view; play with the cheetah. Wildlife available includes Lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval, very rare sokoke cats, warthog, ostrich, leopard, various monkeys, baboon and buffalo. Birds include Parrot, guinea fowl, crown crane etc.
Lake Naivasha (Day Trip or Overnight from Nairobi
Hell's Gate National Park is a tiny park located between Lake Naivasha, Longonot and Suswa volcanoes and it is an ideal venue for a weekend retreat far from the urban life of Nairobi. The park provides a variety of wildlife, unusual flora and many species of birds and is one of the two only Kenyan Parks where climbing, walking and biking are allowed. Animals seen here include Bush buck, Dikdik, Gazelle, Gnu, Hartebeest, Impala, Klipspringer, Buffalo, Hyrax, Zebra, Hyena, Jackal, Mongoose, Baboon, Monkey and Porcupine amongst others.Optional activities.Take a 1 hour boat ride to see the Hippos and different species of birds amongst other wildlife Lake Naivasha gives you access to the unique cresent island wildlife sanctuary. A wide variety of wildlife, bird life, flora and Fauna lives quiet freely out there and there are no predators to be found,quite happily as well. Crescent Island game sanctuary is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. It was created in 1988, when Lake Naivasha water level dropped sufficiently to become part of the mainland. The terrain is flat, making it easy for walkers of all abilities to enjot themselves There is alot of easy to see wildlife which includes: Girraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, Zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with over +200 species recorded. The Lake has alot of hippos, which you can easily easily spot from the main island. Among the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily trotters ,black crakes and variety of herons. A number of mammals can be seen grazing in the surrounding lake environs, such as Zebras, impalas, buffalo, Girraffe, Kongoni, waterbuck and many others. The waters of the lake draws a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lakes large hippos sleeps the day out in the shallows.
Excursions in Lake Naivasha includes
1 hour Boat ride (Lake Naivasha) --------------------------------------------- USD 20 per person
Boat ride and a walking safari on Crescent Island Sanctuary:--------------------USD 60 Per person
Walking /biking safari at Hells gate national park -----------------------------USD 60 Per person
Price Per Person USD 90 . Accommodation: Budget option from: USD 30 per person sharing, Mid-range : USD 90 per person, Standard USD 105 per person sharing Meal plan:Bed and Breakfast / Half board / Full board
Lake Nakuru national park
Lake Nakuru national park is an alkaline lake, the perfect place for flamingoes to feed on blue-algae. Lake Nakuru national park has a great variety of bird-life which includes the Egyptian goose and a variety of ducks that come from Europe in winter. This park is truly a bird watchers paradise. The game animals includes hippos,water buck,gazelles,White colobus,monkeys,buffaloes,leopard and the Rothschild giraffe. The park is also a sanctuary for the white rhino. The park has abundance of acacia trees,both yellow barked(fever tree)the umbrella-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus.At times, there can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingos and tens of thousands of other birds. Food condition changes periodically and the number of birds fluctuates at times and so. Lake Nakuru national park also offers sanctuary to huge numbers of native African animals including water bucks,warthogs,Impalas,buffalo,Rothschild giraffes,elands,and endangered black and white Rhinos
Amboseli national park
Amboseli national park is the second most visited park after the world famous Masai mara game reserve. It is 260 kms (160 Miles) from Nairobi on the border with the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its Magnificent situation at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya's animals, make it one of the most of the most visited safari parks in Kenya. Amboseli is renowned for its large heard of free-ranging African Elephants. There are over 900 African Elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including Giraffes, African lions,monkeys,Zebras , hyenas and antelopes
The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya's wild animals in their natural state. The park consists of permanent swamps surrounded by open Savannah plains making this park known for it easy game viewing due to the open nature of its landscape,hence great photographic opportunities.The area has much concentration of wild game small and large, elephants,rhino,buffalo,burchelle's Zebra,eland, grants gazelles, impalas, topi , giraffe, antelope family and the common water buck among others. Visit Observation hill overlooks the park,swamps and of course heard of free roaming elephants. Bird watching is best between October and January if you want to see Kenya's migratory birds which includes African skimmers, red and yellow bishops , goshawks,buffalo weavres,and palm nut vultures etc. Meet the Masai people and learn about the Masai culture and their indigenous lifestyle.
Olpejeta Private Conservancy
Olpejeta private conservancy is a 24,000 acre private reserve saddling on the equator with magnificent views across the plains to the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Mt.Kenya.
It has abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation. Sweet-waters game sanctuary and chimpanzee sanctuary are the closest reserves to Kenya's capital - Nairobi. It boasts of all the "Big 5" game - Lion , Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. There are many advantages of visiting Sweet waters/Olpejeta conservancy. As it is a private reserve,guests can enjoy special activities not permitted in most Kenyan national parks and reserves such as game walks,night game drives,horseback and guided bush walks. Lion tracking, bird watching, game viewing from blinds, game rides, camel rides and meals in the bush. Sweet waters and Olpejeta conservancy reserve boasts a planthora of wild-life over 400 species of birds, lion, elephants,rhino, cheetah, antelope family , zebras , just to name a few. Night game drives, a highlight of your stay in Africa, allow frequent sightings of the elusive leopard and other nocturnal species
The conservancy prides itself on safe-guarding vulnerable wildlife. Its the largest black Rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Over 100 critically endangered black Rhinos live on the land along with quite a few number of white Rhinos. Its a sanctuary for two of the three last remaining northern white Rhinos in the world. Olpejeta conservancy is renown for pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous for spectacular sightings of black and white Rhinos and the Big five Sweet waters conservancy is the first choice for the discerning safari veterans looking for a luxury bush camp and to understand and enjoy the very best of the world leading conservation practice.