FULL DAY NAIROBI CITY TOUR ITINERARY; NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK GIRAFFE CENTRE, DAPHNE SHELDRICKS ELEPHANT ORPHANEGE AND KAREN BLIXEN NATIONAL MUSEUM
MINIMUM: TWO PAXTIMINGS: 7.00AM TO 4.00PM
DURATION: 9 HOURS
DRESS CODE: CASUAL
Nairobi National Park tour starts from the airport or your city hotel, where you will be picked by our safari driver guides and proceed directly to Nairobi National Park entry gate. You will immediately immerse yourself in the wildlife wonders of the park around every turn and the capital city on the background.
Nairobi National Park covers an area 117.2 km sq, 28963 acres or (45.26 sq mi) in size, which consists different habitats such as plains, forests, steep gorges, lush vegetation as well as the Athi River which is a natural southern boundary of the park.
Nairobi National Park animals commonly seen include; Giraffe, Impalas, Gazelles, Topi, Buffalos, Baboons, Lions, Wildebeest, Warthogs, Hyenas, Monkeys, Leopards, Eland, Waterbucks, Jackals, Crocodiles, Zebras, Hippopotamus, Cheetahs, the endangered black Rhino and over 400 birds species including some migratory species.
Nairobi National Park game drives can be done either in the morning or in the evening; the safari should include a visit to the Ivory Memorial Burning Site where in 1989 former President Daniel Arap Moi set fire on 12 tons of Ivory stock worth Kshs 60 million in a bid to eliminate the mass slaughter of Africa’s elephants and rhinos. Also on 30 April 2016 the current President Uhuru Kenyatta made history in burning an estimated 105 tons of elephant tusks and 1.5 tons of Rhino horns confiscated from smugglers and poachers. Nairobi National Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Our next stop will be at Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – Kenya, which was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick, the founding warden of Tsavo National Park. The center has played a significant role in Kenya’s conservation efforts, acting as a watch dog on wildlife affairs and as an orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos. The orphaned baby elephant’s age varies from a month to almost three years and at the age of three to four; they are gradually re-integrated into the wild. While at Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage you can adopt an elephant. Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is opened daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for one hour only.
An optional lunch break will follow; your guide will suggest several restaurants within the vicinity of the excursion depending as per your preferences. You will pay directly to the restaurant.
After lunch, you will proceed to the Giraffe Centre located in Karen Area next to Giraffe Manor Hotel. It 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. At the time of inception, there were only 130 Rothschild giraffe in the wild. With the help of the breeding at the Giraffe Center, the population today is around 500. You will have an opportunity to hand feed the Giraffes with pellets provided at the center. Giraffe Centre Natural Trail is home to several warthogs, which freely roam the area along with the giraffes. Giraffe Centre opening time is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Karen Blixen National Museum located in the Karen area 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, Mr. 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. 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. Karen Blixen Museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
After Karen Blixen Museum tour, we offer an optional complimentary tour/shopping at Kazuri bean factory which located within in Karen area next to Karen Blixen National Museum, started in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood together with two local women as a tiny workshop experimenting in making ceramic beads made by hand. Each bead is handmade, hand painted kiln fired once, glazed, fired again before being strung to make necklaces, earrings or bracelets making each piece of jewelry very beautiful and unique. Kazuri Beans Factory is open from 08:30 to 06:00 pm. For further clarifications; Kazuri beads factory contact number is 020 2328905. Later you will be transferred back to your city hotel. End of the day services.
- Giraffe Centre entrance fee/charges.
- Nairobi National Park entrance fee/charges.
- Karen Blixen Museum entrance fee/charges.
- Guaranteed departure; Minimum of two guests.
- Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage entrance fee/charges.
- Transportation & sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary above.
- Pick up and drop off from your preferred city hotel or the airport.
- Customized Nairobi National Park Safari as per the itinerary above.
- Complimentary and unlimited bottled water in the excursion vehicles.
- Services of a local, professional English speaking driver guide who is knowledgeable.
Services not included:
- Travel Insurance.
- Gratuities & Tips to the guides.
- All statutory increases beyond our control.
- All drinks and meals unless otherwise stated.
- Personal expenses unless otherwise mentioned.
- Any other services not mentioned above and/or additional activities.