Fantastic Nairobi Day Tours – Make the Most of Your Short Time in the Kenyan Capital
If you have chosen Kenya and other countries for this holiday season, it’s a great choice. But what if you have a limited time in Nairobi? Don’t worry! Even if you have only a few days in hand, you can make the most of them. Here are some wonderful suggestions on what to do in Nairobi within a short time.
Nairobi City Tour
If you want to discover facts about the magical country of Kenya and its capital, Nairobi city tour excursions are an excellent opportunity. You will learn the country’s history, culture, traditions and tastes. The tour will take you through the city’s Central Business District, where you can view the local shopping centers, Parliament Buildings, Maasai Market, Railway Museum and the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). After this you will be taken to the Snake Park and the National Museum, just a short distance away from the Central District. The duration of this tour is around 3 hours.
Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum is one of the many extremely interesting regional museums and prehistoric and archeological sites of the National Museums of Kenya. Karen Blixen lived in this house from 1917 to 1931 which was once a part of a farm at the foot of Ngong Hills. After that the Danish Government bought it and offered it to the Kenyan Government as an independence gift. The museum has been featured in the movie “Out of Africa” and is an extremely popular tourist attraction.
African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Ltd’s (AFEW) Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is a non-profit organization having an objective of creating awareness among school children and youngsters of Kenya about conservation. It’s actually the home of the founders, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville and was started since they rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy in 1974 from an area in western Kenya that was heavily poached. This is a great place where you can learn about giraffe and conservation, and can also get a chance to feed giraffes.
This tour combined with the Blixen Museum tour takes around 3-4 hours.
Nairobi Orphanage and Safaris Walk
Located at the main gate of the Nairobi National Park, the Nairobi Orphanage and Safaris Walk is only 20 minutes drive from the city center. It is the only protected area in the Kenyan capital. Its major attraction is to bond with orphaned animals, close view of animals and play with cheetahs. There are also other wonderful animals like lions, jackals, hyenas, the very rare sokoke cats, ostrich, leopards, warthogs, baboons and various other monkeys and buffalos. Also you can meet beautiful birds like guinea fowl, parrot and crown crane. This tour takes around 2 hours.
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a fabulous tour where you can learn about the diverse culture of which Kenya is made. Rich traditional dance and music show will be presented to you. The center is just 10 km from the city center and the tour takes around 3 hours.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Love to cuddle the cute baby elephants? You will get a chance at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage! Daphne Sheldrick rehabilitates elephant calves and other wild animals in her home as a part of the David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation, just outside the Nairobi National Park.
Full Day Tours from Nairobi
You can also have the following full day tours from Nairobi.
160km from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park Express is a full day trip to the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Here you will get a chance to see flamingos and many other waterfowls, along with buffalos and white rhinos. There are also almost 450 species of land birds in the park.
While returning, you can stop at Lake Naivasha where you can see a fabulous array of birdlife among the acacia trees.
Nairobi National Park
The first ever national park of Kenya, the Nairobi National Park, is a must-visit. It’s near Jomo Kenyatta Airport and within the skyline of the city.
The park has a rich population of giraffe, cheetahs, rhinos, lion, zebra, buffalo and abundant gazelles and antelopes. The geographical features are also quite diverse and include open plains, highland forests, deep rocky valleys, gorges with scrub and long grass and stretches of broken bush country. Around 300 bird species live here including crowned cranes, secretary bird, peckers and vultures.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Located between the foothills of the Aberdares and the amazing snow-capped Mount Kenya, around 3 hours from Nairobi, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is bestowed with an incredible diversity of wildlife including all of the “Big Five” (lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and the endangered white as well as black rhino) and also a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees which is the only one in the country.
So, you can rest assured that with these amazing day trips you can make the most of your short time in Nairobi. Take these trips and enjoy!