Half Day Nairobi City Tour
|$ 95||Per Person|
Your first stop will at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre. This center was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie- Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent and his wife the late Betty Leslie Melville an American citizen had earlier discovered the sad plight of the Rothschild giraffe and there were only 120 left on an 18,000 acre ranch in Western Kenya that was scheduled for sub-division and settlement. At the time of inception, there were only 130 Rothschild giraffe left in the wild. With the help of the breeding at the Giraffe Center, approximately 500 orphaned giraffes have been released back into the wild since its opening in 1979. At Nairobi Giraffe Center you will have complete up close and personal interaction with this Giraffes and have an opportunity to hand feed them with pellets provided at the center, and probably get kissed by one of the giraffes! Proceeds from entry fees go towards conservation education work with students and teachers across Kenya.
Your next stop will be the Daphne Sheldrick orphanage. This center has played a significant role in Kenya’s conservation efforts, acting as a watchdog on wildlife affairs. The orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. It’s located within Nairobi National Park and its open for only an hour daily for the public. You can visit between 1100 Hours and 1200 Hours every day and see the elephants being fed and playing. Its home to tiny new-born elephant, whose parents have been killed either by natural death, poachers or have been separated from their mothers for some other reason; Family is very important for elephant calf as it depends on its mother’s milk for the first two years of its life.
The orphanage offers hope for any orphaned baby elephant fortunate enough to be found alive and so far, the orphanage is proud to have saved over 150 orphaned infant calves, which would otherwise have perished. The baby elephants are raised at the orphanage with the intention of gradually reintegrating them into the wild. The age range of the elephants can vary from a few months to three years. Each elephant is assigned to its own keeper, who acts as a surrogate mother and will stay with the elephant until it is released back into the wild in Tsavo East National Park.
KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM will be our last stop. It was once the centerpiece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Finke. The farmhouse gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar-winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title. She was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She wrote in English, after living on a coffee farm in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it became the farmhouse for their 4500-acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. Their marriage failed after eight years and in 1921 the Baron moved on and left the running of the farm to Karen.
Due to the world wide economic depression and miscalculations in pioneer farming, Karen Blixen’s coffee farm, financed by her family, never turned a profit. She was homesick much of her time in Africa. Although she had her farm for nearly 18 years, she spent nearly four years of that time in her beloved Denmark. She left Kenya in 1931 and never returned. The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your city hotel with wonderful memories.
OPTIONAL: COMPLIMENTARY SHOPPING TOUR:
DK Grand Safaris will spice up your city tour with a complimentary shopping tour to either Kazuri Bead Centre or Utamaduni Craft Centre if time allows. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and was founded in 1975 by Lady SusanWood, a daughter of English missionaries, who returned to Kenya in her adulthood. Initially she hired two disadvantaged women to create selectable beads in a shed on her property in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. But then she quickly realized that there were many more women who were in need of jobs and so Kazuri Beads began its long and successful journey as a help center for the needy women especially single mothers who had no other source of income. In 1988, Kazuri became a factory and expanded to employ over 120 women and men. Currently, the business supports around 400 employees (over 340 women, mostly single mothers). It is equipped with a clinic, providing free medical care for employees and their immediate families.
Utamaduni Craft Centre is a mecca for shopping, encompasses the best of African Art and Crafts; huge variety of high quality and unique masks, jewelry, toys, textile, carved wooden animals, and kitchen aprons etc. Everything is nicely organized as there many rooms designed with a theme to help make your browsing experience easier.
- Pick up and drop from your preferred city Hotel
- Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
- Complimentary and unlimited bottled water in the excursion vehicles
- All entrance fees as specified above
- Guaranteed departure; Minimum of two guests.
- Any other services not mentioned above and/or additional activities
- All drinks and meals unless otherwise stated
- Personal expenses unless otherwise mentioned
- All statutory increases beyond our control
- Gratuities & Tips
- Personal Insurance and baggage insurance