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Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

1. Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

Your 40-minute trip to Nairobi National Park will be in an open-roofed van, allowing you the best opportunity to see the spectacular views of the wilderness on the way there. Upgrade to the private open-sided jeep option for more comfort and to go deeper into the bush.  Your professional and experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and give you an informative overview of the game drive.  Once you arrive at Nairobi National Park, you'll start your 4-hour game drive in the same open-roofed van, perfect for getting a 360-degree view of the scenery. Keep your eyes peeled in search of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, jackal, and many other animals. You should easily spot the monkeys near the gate - have your camera ready to catch these playful creatures. Standing, you'll be able to spot animals from afar in their natural habitats.  After a half-day on this exciting safari adventure, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

2. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Be collected from your accommodation early in the morning to take a tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed the endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. You can be returned to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

3. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

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Half-Day Nairobi National Park Guided Game Drive

4. Half-Day Nairobi National Park Guided Game Drive

Nairobi National Park is Kenya's first ever national park, and is a unique and unspoiled wildlife haven. Rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, lions and plenty of antelopes and gazelles can be seen roaming in the open plains. On this 6-hour program you’ll see sections of highland forest, as well as stretches of broken bush country and the deep, rocky valleys and gorges make up the rest of the park. Ornithologists are also in for a treat with over 300 bird species in the park. The population includes the secretary bird, crowned cranes, vultures, peckers and others.

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Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

5. Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

Arrive at David Sheldrick Park at 10:45 AM for a one-hour introductory presentation. Ask questions and get up close and personal with the beautiful, friendly elephants under the supervision of trained professionals. As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans' Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The Sheldrick Trust is a pioneering conservation organization, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa. After spending time with these incredible animals, enjoy a visit to the local wood crafts store for a quick shopping stop before checking out a kazuri beads factory. Next, enjoy an optional lunch at any restaurant the driver will advise before being driven back to your lodging.

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Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

6. Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

When you want to know Nairobi and all it has to offer, take a few hours on a private city tour that will include the Railway Museum, the city center and the city market. Nairobi City Tour starts with a panoramic tour covering the modern city center, Parliament Buildings and the Snake Park, it continues to the Railway Museum where old steam locomotives are exhibited, including the one from which Superintendent John Lyall was taken from by a man-eating lion in Tsavo in 1901. Finally you visit the city market where a wide variety of African curios and tropical fruit and flowers are on sale, with a last stop to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

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Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

7. Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

Mingle with baby elephants and observe rare species of giraffes in this fun and exciting animal tour to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Center. Start your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi and head to the The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is only open from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet baby and teenage elephants and hear the moving stories of how they arrived at the trust.  Next, you will be driven to the Giraffe Center where you will learn more about the conservation efforts to protect endangered species like the Rothschild’s giraffe. Feed and take pictures with the giraffes. Discover the beautiful artwork at the Kazuri Beads factory. See how the pottery company makes these beads and hear about the mother’s that work there.

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Nairobi: National Park, Baby Elephant, & Giraffe Center Tour

8. Nairobi: National Park, Baby Elephant, & Giraffe Center Tour

Following an early pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi, take a short ride to the Nairobi National Park going straight for an adventurous game drive. Discover the park and all its major animals. Experience the sight of wildlife grazing majestically against the backdrop of the city skyline. The game drive will run up to 11:00 AM. After, head to the Giraffe Center, a nonprofit organization that helps educate people about endangered animals and environmental protection. Learn about giraffes from the guides and have the option to feed them by hand under the supervision of trained staff. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant and rhino orphanage inside the western end of Nairobi National Park offers a wonderful opportunity to see baby elephants being fed milk from bottles. The keepers will give you a lecture on each of them, explaining their names and the stories of how they were orphaned. It’s a great place to go and adopt a baby elephant.

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Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Half-Day Tour

9. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Half-Day Tour

Embark on a half–day tour offering you the opportunity to discover Nairobi’s beauty and history within a short time. Nairobi National Park is the world’s wildlife capital, just a short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district. Wide open grass plains and a backdrop of the city scrapers play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse bird life, with over 400 species recorded. This unique wildlife sanctuary is just a few kilometers from Nairobi's bustling city center, with Nairobi home to the only wildlife sanctuary to be found in the city precincts. Despite its proximity, over 50 species of mammals can be found there, including four of the Big Five. Please note you will exit the Nairobi National Park at 10:00 AM in order to make the opening time at the Elephant Orphanage at 11:00 AM. You will stay until 12:00 PM and then be dropped at your hotel at around 1:00 PM.

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Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

10. Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

Start off the adventure at 7 AM when you will be picked up and driven to the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, one of Kenya’s most spectacular spots. Briefly absorb the panoramic views of all the major attractions in Nairobi before moving on to Hell's Gate National Park. Get into gear and start the 2-hour biking safari around the park. Expect to cycle past a range of wildlife, from large antelopes to roaming zebras and everything in between. This is followed by an hour-long walk exploring the gorges inside the park with a private guide. Gorges are small, thin depressions of land that you can walk underneath.  Travel by motor vehicle to Naivasha Fishermans or Marina camp for lunch at 1 PM. At 2 PM, enjoy a boat ride across Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake. Encircled by verdant banks, olive trees and cacti this lake is home to exotic birds and giant hippos.  At 4 PM, depart for Nairobi where you will be dropped off at your hotel, area of residence, or the airport.

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4.5 / 5

based on 590 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Lake Nakuru was beautiful and the flamingos and pelicans were impressive, in terms of their numbers and just watching their entertaining behaviours. The other animals in the reserve were an absolute bonus. tue boat ride on Lake Navaisha did not disappoint - we saw 2 different families of hippos, lots of bird life and other wildlife. Steven was an excellent driver and guide and we would love to travel with him again. I would just recommend to take snacks/food and water for the day - we chose to skip a formal lunch break so that we had more time to spend watching the wildlife - so glad that we did!

Highly recommend this tour. This is the best way to experience the real Nairobi where otherwise you wouldn’t feel safe to go. Typhoon (our guide) was very friendly and fun person who not only walked us through the streets of Nairobi downtown but also shared history and his personal experiences of being a street kid and survivor. The tour ended with a taste of local food.

Excellent tour, driver/guide Tony was really helpful. Amazing nature. Saw lots of animals. A bit long drive for a day, but definitely worth it.

Excellent. This is the only place I managed to see lions so close

Great guide, showed us a lot of animals and was very kind