Nairobi Safari; Everything you need to Know
As most people will tell you, there is nothing in this world like a Nairobi Safari.Nairobi which is one of the fastest growing cities in the world is establishing itself as an economic hub in the region. It also prides itself as the tech hub currently the home for African Savannah which is the equal of America’s Silicon Valley.
But that’s not even the most interesting part, the presence of a fully fledged National park is what throws most people of their seats and makes Nairobi unique
And what do you need to know about a Nairobi Safari? Let’s get down to it.
Nairobi is a bee hive of activity and a tour of the city will offer great insight on the same. There are very many places to go and very many things to see and experience. Like if it’s your first time to Nairobi, then you can’t afford to leave without nyama choma, a popular cuisine in various establishments in Nairobi.
You can actually sample the meal when on various vocations across the city which I think should start at Nairobi National Park. It consists of wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers coupled up with scattered acacia bush which plays a host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife .
Basically, there are over 400 species of animals in the park with a myriad of other activities to do with visitors having the privilege to enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
The entrance fee to the park is 43USD for adults and 22 USD for kids while you can get to enjoy the above amenities to your convenience. Now the good thing about Nairobi National Park is that you can do more than just sample the wildlife.
You can for example become a partner or a donor where you can support the various activities that affect the park or you can participate in the various conservation efforts housed by the various departments inhabiting the park. There is for example species conservation management division, community enterprises, community conservation efforts and many more that you can participate in.
Nairobi National Park is always open everyday from 6AM to 6PM.
A Nairobi Safari also doesn’t have to start and end at Nairobi National Park. You can for example decide to spend your morning playing around with baby elephants at David Sheldrick wildlife Trust on Magadi road. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care. The facility is opened everyday between 11AM and 12 PM.
If elephants are not your thing, then there is the Giraffe Park in the heart of Karen, just some 30 minutes away from JKIA. The Giraffe Centre is the creation of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organisation and their main purpose is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment, as well as give local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe.
Open everyday from 9AM to 5PM, the rates are 10 USD for non- resident adults and 5 USD for children.
If you however now want to really understand and interact with giraffes, then spending a night at the Giraffe Manor is something worth considering. Giraffe Manor is owned by The Safari Collection and is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi.
As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris.With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.
However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor made safari with The Safari Collection. It can start from 550 USD per person full board including airport transfers.
A Nairobi Safari is also not complete without sampling the electric night life.This means a beer or two at Kenya’s premier restaurant the Carnivore. You can enjoy this while also having some Kenyan delicacies and listening to some soothing Kenyan melodies from some of our stirring bands.
If you want to put on your dancing shoes and really get jiggy, then I suggest making your way to some of the coolest clubs we have in Nairobi like Kiza Lounge in Kilimani and Space Lounge on Ngong road.
A Nairobi Safari again doesn’t have to be only in Nairobi. There are very insightful day trips to take from the capital to nearby attractions. You can for example go mountain bike riding at Hellsgate National Park which is within the confines of Lake Naivasha where you can ride while enjoying the scenery and the wildlife which consists of gazelles, bufallo’s and the likes.
If the thrill is what seek, then zip lining at the Forest should be part of your plan or bungee jumping at Sagana amid the majestic Sagana river.
A Nairobi Safari also consists a tour to Kiambethu tea farm in Limuru and get to sample Kenya’s great tea heritage. You can for example learn how to prepare the tealeaves and sample freshly brewed Kenyan tea. Check Below The Nairobi Safari tour packages that we currently offer:
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