Kenya

Possibly the most diverse country Kenya is considered to be the centre of East Africa. It has numerous game reserves, huge numbers of animals and birds, mountains, rivers and beaches. The jewel in Kenya’s crown is the stunning Masai Mara which has been voted as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’. With around 50 tribes it is culturally diverse and promises to win a place in your heart. There are loads of fun activities to do and things to keep you busy, or you can just relax on one of Kenya’s beautiful white sandy beaches.

Nairobi

Highlights: Exciting lively city, memorable attractions like Sheldricks, great restaurants, world-class accommodation


There are loads of interesting things to see in Nairobi, and some ‘must dos’. Surprisingly not many are located in the city centre, but nearby our office and Camp in Langata and Karen. The easiest and most economical way to see some of these sights is to book an organised tour - of which there are so many combinations of outings you can do.

Masai Markets
The Masai Market operates several times a week in different locations across Nairobi. These markets are a popular place to buy souvenirs and gifts, although you will have to haggle hard. You can find the markets in these locations (subject to change):
Thursday: Junction Shopping Centre
Friday: Village Market, Gigiri
Saturday: City Centre, near the Law Courts
Sunday: Yaya Centre

Beware that some of the items you see there are now produced in the far East, and we suggest you don't buy products which are made from by-products of protected wildlife (which is any wild animal in Kenya) - as this only promotes illegal poaching. Also avoid buying products made from hardwood as these are illegally harvested from Kenya's indigenous forests.

And don’t forget to think about your luggage allowance before you are tempted by a 6 foot high solid wood giraffe!


Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
This is an unforgettable experience and a ‘must do’ during a visit to Nairobi. This well respected Trust was established in memory of David Sheldrick and has been operating for decades working tirelessly rescuing and raising baby elephants and rhino. You can visit during their morning feed time and have some amazingly close encounters with these gentle creatures. The orphanage is only open for one hour each day from 11:00-12:00. To assist the Trust with fundraising, you can also adopt an elephant and receive photos and regular updates on your baby’s progress. The elephants are also featured in the BBC’s ‘Elephant Diaries’ television series.

Langata Giraffe Centre (AFEW)
Have you ever dreamed you would kiss anything with an 18-inch tongue? The Langata Giraffe Centre is home to the endangered Rothchild giraffe and during a visit you can feed these gentle giants and even get up close and personal! There is a private sanctuary where you can walk through bushland to spot more giraffes as well as many different types of birds and plants.

Karen Blixen Museum
A must visit for every Dane - or anyone who has read or seen ‘Out of Africa’ or has an interest in the colonial history of Kenya! The former home of Karen Blixen (author of ‘Out of Africa’), is now a museum located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen. There is a collection of personal items, some old farm machinery and a gift shop. Nearby is the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden which is a great lunch spot, and housed in the old farm's administration buildings.

Kazuri Bead Workshop
The Kazuri Bead Workshop is a great Kenyan success story. Started in the 1980s to employ single mothers, this company now makes a variety of pottery items and ceramic jewellery which it exports all over the world. You can see the whole process, of the ladies making their jewellery from start to finish and there is a very tempting gift shop on site. The workshop is closed Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, however the giftshop is open daily.

Nairobi National Park
This is the closest national park to Nairobi and incredibly that you can see four of the ‘big five’ (there are no elephants because the park is to small). It is a very different experience to see a rhino with the skyline of Nairobi in the background. This is a great alternative for anyone not able to do a longer safari or with a spare day in Nairobi. Well worth a visit, there is an abundance of different wildlife, and a large variety of birds.

KWS Orphanage
Based at the entrance to the Nairobi National Park, the Kenya Wildlife Service runs this orphanage which houses a variety of animals who have been saved from various terrible situations. Although it is more like a zoo, you can see a number of animals that can be harder to spot in the wild.

KWS Boardwalk
Right beside the KWS Orphanage, the Boardwalk has been established to help educate people about different animals and their habitats. You can see a variety of animals as well as walk on paths and a boardwalk along the border of the Nairobi National Park.

Bomas of Kenya
Obviously a tourist establishment, this is an entertaining performance showcasing dances from a number of Kenya’s tribes. There is also a display of different traditional houses from different tribes that you can walk around. The dance performances last around two and a half hours.

National Museum of Kenya
The National Museum in Nairobi is full of amazing archaeological artefacts, animal displays, paintings and heritage from Kenya’s past.

Day Tours from Nairobi
There are also many day tours that you can do to destinations within an hour or two drive from Nairobi. These include visiting Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Naivasha, Elsemere, Ngong Hills, Mt Longonot, Lake Magadi, Lake Nakuru and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

KWS Orphanage
Based at the entrance to the Nairobi National Park, the Kenya Wildlife Service runs this orphanage which houses a variety of animals who have been saved from various terrible situations. Although it is more like a zoo, you can see a number of animals that can be harder to spot in the wild.

KWS Boardwalk
Right beside the KWS Orphanage, the Boardwalk has been established to help educate people about different animals and their habitats. You can see a variety of animals as well as walk on paths and a boardwalk along the border of the Nairobi National Park. This is more like an open-plan zoo, where the animals are in slightly more natural surrounds.

Bomas of Kenya
Obviously a tourist establishment, this is an entertaining performance showcasing dances from a number of Kenya’s tribes. There is also a display of different traditional houses from different tribes that you can walk around. The dance performances last around two and a half hours.

National Museum of Kenya
The National Museum in Nairobi is full of amazing archaeological artefacts from around the country, paintings and heritage from Kenya’s past. There is also a large animal and bird display showing many endemic species.

Day Tours from Nairobi
There are also many day tours that you can do to destinations within an hour or two drive from Nairobi. These include visiting Tea Farms, Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Naivasha, Ngong Hills, Mt Longonot, Lake Magadi, Lake Nakuru and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
  • Countries: Kenya
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Area: 696 sq km
  • Animals: Large variety of birds, monkeys, genet, warthog. There are also a large amount of animals in Nairobi National Park, and at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre.
  • Accommodations: There is a vast array of accommodation options available through out the city. Of course if you are looking for a unique experience, we recommend our own camp Wildebeest Eco Camp.
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