Nairobi National Museum Day Tour
|$ 120||Per Person|
This half day tour is customized for those who love history and would like to enhance knowledge, appreciation, and respect, study document of Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. The traditional role of National Museums of Kenya is to collect objects and materials of cultural, religious and historical importance, research into them and present them to the public for the purpose of education and cultural and natural heritage. You will learn more about the Nairobi Railway Museum which provides answers to many unanswered questions concerning the early history of the rail and Kenya’s development, the Oscar Award winning film “Out of Africa”, which tells the tale of famous Danish Author Karen Blixen’s life on her coffee farm in Kenya. Visit to the museum which displays diverse cultural, ethnic, local art, geology, hominid, natural history exhibits and adjacent is the Snake Park with live specimens of Kenya’s most common reptiles.
Your first stops will the NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA (NMK). The recently renovated Nairobi National Museum is a good place to learn more about Kenya’s history and culture. Through various displays and exhibits, the museum showcases Kenya’s rich cultural heritage. Built in 1929, this flagship Museum houses celebrated collections of the country’s history, nature, culture and contemporary art. In addition to the museum, there are shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment. You will have time as well to visit the Nairobi Snake Park, adjacent to the museum. Started in 1961, the sanctuary offers research and services such as the rescue and rehabilitation of snakes that have been abandoned or confiscated from illegal collections. There are other reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds on the grounds as well. Return to your hotel with wonderful memories.
Their after depart for the NAIROBI RAILWAYS MUSEUM which is a fascinating encounter with the story of Nairobi’s humble beginnings, which represents the historical growth of Kenya through the construction of the railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu. The painstaking effort and sheer manpower that was required to lay down the tracks and all the challenges that were encountered during construction of the railway line “Man Eaters of Tsavo” perhaps the world’s most notorious wild lions. In 1898, two lions terrorized crews constructing a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River, killing—according to some estimates—135 people.
“Hundreds of men fell victims to these savage creatures, whose very jaws were steeped in blood,” wrote a worker on the railway, a project of the British colonial government. “Bones, flesh, skin and blood, they devoured all, and left not a trace behind them.” On display is the carriage used during the hunt for the man-eating lion of Tsavo. The lion waited until the hunters were asleep in the carriage before dragging them away. The museum consists of the Main Gallery (collection of smaller railway items), the Museum Resource Centre (library and photographic section), the Auditorium, and an Outdoor collection of Steam Engines build at the turn of the century. The carriages are full of historical photographs and relics from the time when railway construction workers first arrived in Nairobi. Two steam locomotives have been restored to working order and can be seen in the railway workshop near the museum.
Your final destination will be the KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM. 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 at 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