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From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

1. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts.  You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants.  Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk.  Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women.

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

2. 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.

Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

3. 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.

Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

4. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Embark on a guided trou of Nairobi National Park and get an intimate look at the local wildlife that calls this place home. Make new friends with the baby elephants, feed the towering giraffes, and more. Start your trip early in the morning with pickup directly from your hotel, hostel, private home, apartment. Then, head out to begin your 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 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. At the conclusion of your trip, you can choose to be taken back to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Former Street Kids

5. Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Former Street Kids

Discover a different side to Nairobi with this extraordinary guided tour. After meeting your guides, who are former street children brought up in the heart of the city, you will embark on a 3-hour guided walking tour as together you explore the Downtown region in the city's center.  As you walk, get real insights into the lives of local youth and street children, as your guides take you through their experience in their former 'home'. Share their captivating life stories connected to the places you visit. Hear how they ended up in the streets and learn how they survived as they teach you some of their street skills.  As you journey through Nairobi, your guides will not only explain how they transformed their lives, but also how they continue to try and improve the situations of their families and friends. Get inspired by their ghetto energy with this more intimate and personal tour. 

Nairobi: Carnivore Restaurant Dining Experienc

6. Nairobi: Carnivore Restaurant Dining Experienc

Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and head to the Carnivore restaurant. Sit down to a three-course meal starting with the soup of the day and some homemade brown bread with butter. Next, get ready for a unique culinary experience as a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front of you. Choose from the wide variety of meats available as carvers pass your table, each one equipped with a traditional Masai sword and professional carving skills.  Sample the selection of meats, including leg of lamb, pork, ostrich, beef rump, beef sirloin, rack of lamb, spareribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, crocodile, camel, and more.  Enjoy an assortment of salads and vegetable side dishes along with your meat feast. And if you want to add some condiments, you can use the convenient sauce tower in the center of your table. Round out your indulgent dinner with a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee before being driven back to your hotel. 

Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

7. 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.

Nairobi: Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha Day Tour

8. Nairobi: Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha Day Tour

After meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 6:00am, start your journey to Nakuru National Park. While en route, stop at the Great Rift Valley view point where you will attain magnificent views of the escarpments. After a beautiful drive you will arrive at Lake Nakuru by 9:00am. Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park where you are guaranteed to see rhinos in their natural habitat. On the way to the park, enjoy a stop at the Great Rift Valley view point to see the volcano below. Upon your arrival, start the 3-hour game drive with your guide. Break for lunch at a local restaurant at Lake Nakuru Lodge (own cost). After lunch, continue to explore the park with your guide as you head towards Lake Naivasha. Leaving the park at approximately 3:00pm you will swap your car for a boat ride on Lake Naivasha.  While on the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. After Begin the drive to Nairobi for a 6:00pm arrival and get dropped off at your hotel.

Nairobi: 4-Day Amboseli, Tsavo West & East Guided Safari

9. Nairobi: 4-Day Amboseli, Tsavo West & East Guided Safari

The 4-day tour begins with pickup from your Nairobi accommodation or the airport then heads to Amboseli National Park where your fun-filled safari adventure awaits. Enjoy a morning drive through the African savanna, bursting with local homesteads and Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle. Arrive at the park in time for lunch and a midday rest before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Go in search of elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, cheetahs, warthog, ostriches, and many more. Along the way, admire the view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which dominates the skyline of the surrounding countryside. Wake up early on day 2 for a game drive, taking advantage of the morning to get the best possible views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peaks. Later, proceed to Tsavo West National Park and enjoy more game viewing along the way. In the afternoon enjoy an optional visit to a rhino sanctuary or embark on another game drive across the park’s hilly yet scenic landscape. Day 3 brings with it another action-packed game drive and a visit to the Mzimi Springs before arriving at Tsavo East National Park in the afternoon. The 4th and final day of the tour starts with an early morning game viewing drive through the park. Soak up the incredible views of this unique landscape and say goodbye to the wondrous wildlife that lives here. At the end of an unforgettable 4-day adventure, sit back and relax on the return journey to your accommodation in Nairobi and reflect on your incredible safari experience.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

10. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2: After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM,check out of your room and head out on another game drive in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna which is covered in the vibrant colors of the sunrise. Keep a lookout over the landscape to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, visit a Masai village to learn about their complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practised for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group who are very much connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, stop in Narok for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 61 reviews

The Sheldrake elephant orphanage and the giraffe sanctuary are so incredibly well done. Watching the orphaned elephants being fed and hearing about all the conservation work the centre does was very interesting and we were even able to touch some of them. The giraffe centre was amazing - again really interesting and we got to hand feed giraffes! Both elements made this day unforgettable Sadly the Bomas is currently closed, which we didn’t know about before our trip, but we still had a fantastic day and Paul our driver was excellent

Definitely our highlight in Nairobi, please book this tour, it’s amazing, the stories the amazing local food we got to try, we visited pets of town we would never go, and the boys are lovely bevel a dull moment we even got to visit and experience a local bus for some minutes to was so much fun. Thank you for everything you do ❣️

A well-run excursion with a friendly and efficient driver/guide. Very nice day: this park next to the city offers a large concentration of animals, the elephant orphanage is a touching and endearing place and feeding the giraffes is a frankly fun experience! In short, an unforgettable day in Nairobi!

Such a wonderful trip! Steven is a great driver and Gadaphi is the best guide.

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