One-day excursions in and around Nairobi, Kenya's cosmopolitan capital city
Even if you only have one day to spare Prep Safaris can give you a real taste of the essence of Kenya.
1a. KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM - 1HR
Karen Blixen settled in the Ngong Hills in 1913 with her husband, Baron Bror Blixen to establish a coffee farm, which she abandoned penniless in the 1930's. Her experiences, and her love affair with Denys Finch Hatton, inspired the book "Out of Africa", which she wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen. In her book she expresses her love for the Ngong Hills: "that had not its like in all the world". Her old farmhouse was restored to the style in which she maintained it and this is now a museum in her honour.
1b. THE SHELDRICK OPHARNAGE - 1HR.
The Sheldrick Park is just 5kms from the Nairobi National park. This is an orphanage of baby Elephants and Rhino. When the baby elephants and rhinos are orphaned by poaching they are brought in this park were they are nursed until they are out of danger and then they are released to the parks to join other animals.
2. MAMBA VILLAGE - 1½HRS.
A few kilometres from the bustling city of Nairobi there is a unique crocodile farm. You will be able to see all sizes of crocodiles and how they live in this farm.
3a. BOMAS OF KENYA - 2HRS.
A`Boma' is a homestead where the day-to-day lives of the 42 ethnic groups in Kenya perform their cultures through dancing, music,song and folklore.
3b. GIRAFFE CENTRE - 2HRS.
This visit is combined with a visit to Daisy Rothschild's home, Giraffe Manor (which is also one of Kenya's best known home stays) and the Giraffe Centre for close up encounters with some of Daisy's relatives. Giraffe Manor is situated 18 kilometres from Nairobi in Langata and protects a herd of rare Rothschild's giraffe in a garden dominated by an enormous stone manor. Visitors can observe and feed the giraffe from a raised platform.
3c. NAIROBI SAFARI WALK - 2 HOURS
Also established here is the Nairobi Safari Walk. This is an educational centre set up to further public awareness on wildlife and habitat conservation. A series of wooden boardwalks lead through a range of habitats and vegetation zones. Enclosed areas contain lions, leopard, buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest, ostrich, cheetah and hyena. The walk has been designed to be a living demonstration of eco-systems at work. It has been created as both a centre for active conservation education and also as a relaxing walk for visitors. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, and this is a popular weekend outing for Nairobi residents.
4. THE CARNIVORE RESTAURANT (OWN TIMING).
The Carnivore, 'the meat eaters', is highly known for its famous succulent steaks and barbecue. The restaurant also offers a vegetarian menu.
5. NAIROBI CITY TOUR - 3HRS
The tour includes sight-seeing tour of the capital that takes you through its busy streets and to the Railway Museum or the City Market, pass by the Law Courts and the City Hall. The Parliament Buildings and the imposing Kenyatta Conference Center as well as the majestic Times Towers (The Central Bank Building), National Museum that displays the rich Kenyan and African heritage and nearby Snake Park.
6. NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - 4HRS.
Only a few kilometres from the city centre, this is the most accessible of Kenya's game parks. It is here, at this 117sq km park, that you can get unique photographs of lion, rhino, giraffes and wildebeest strolling against a backdrop of glinting skyscrapers. Declared a game park in 1945, it is fenced on one side only and despite its proximity to the city, the animals move freely across the other borders to the neighbouring Athi Plains. This is a great place to see rhino (as it is a little too close to the city for the comfort of poachers.) There have also been more than 500 species of bird spotted here. The entrance is at the Kenya Wildlife Services headquarters on Langata Road and it can be visited in an ordinary car. Just at the gates is the Animal Orphanage where occasionally young abandoned animals are nursed back to health, but it is more of a zoo than anything.