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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, gargle their milk, and discover each elephant's personal stories.  Once the youngest is fed, it's 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.

Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch & Waterfall Hike

2. Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch & Waterfall Hike

The experience begins at 9.30 am, with tea and fresh scones while the host gives an informal history about the farm, followed by an introductory tea tasting before we head out to the purple tea farm. While at the farm, guests are taught how to pick tea, after which they pick some purple tea. This tea will then be taken back to the farm where guests will be taught how to make their very own specialty orthodox tea (this includes learning to roast it, roll it by hand, dry it then pack it for themselves to take home). After guests make their very own hand-picked and rolled purple tea, they head off to the waterfall trek through a beautiful bamboo forest finishing off with a refreshing dip at the waterfall by the farm. Guests then return back to the farmhouse in time for a farm-fresh 3-course meal, crowning the day with a bonfire in the gardens as guests leave at their pleasure. Guests that would like to visit our specialty cottage Factory can do so at this point. For those who would like to stay over, we offer accommodation at the farmhouse for an authentic overnight stay at the purple tea farm.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

3. Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

After a brief introduction, proceed to Nairobi National Park for an early morning game drive. See more than 100 different species of animals including lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, gazelles, elands, wildebeests, hyenas and so many more. Next, visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Since its inception, the orphanage has hand-reared more than 150 baby elephants that were orphaned in the wild, often due to poaching. The orphanage helps to reintegrate these gorgeous creatures into the wilds of Tsavo National Park in the east of the country. Learn more about this fascinating venture and see the baby elephants being fed by their keepers. Proceed to the Giraffe Center. The center has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. Meet the resident giraffes face-to-face before heading to an enclosed homestead, the Bomas, each one Bomas represents one of Kenya's major ethnic groups. Sit back and enjoy traditional songs and dances showcased by different ethnic groups.

Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

4. Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes, Karen Blixen & Bomas Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 9:00 AM, start your tour at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Learn about how the baby elephants are rescued and taken care off. Continue to the giraffe center, where you can take the opportunity to feed the giraffes. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the nature park.   Next head to the Karen Blixen Museum. Spend 2 hours there, discovering the life and history of the famous Out of Africa author. Then stop for a delicious lunch at Mamba Village. After lunch, continue the Bomas of Kenya where 42 Kenyan tribes are represented. Watch performances of traditional folk songs and acrobatic shows. Visit the traditional houses and get a glimpse of how communities lived in ancient Africa. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Nairobi and returned to your hotel in the late afternoon.

From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

5. From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

Your tour begins in the early morning with a drive towards the town of Nanyuki, arriving at 8:30 AM. Here you'll stop at the Equator Marker and take photos next to the big sign, to let others know you crossed the equator.  From Nanyuki it is a short drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Pass through the gates and enjoy your first game drive, lasting around 2 hours. See the chimpanzees and other wild animals on the northern side of the reserve.  At 12:00 PM you'll arrive at Serena Sweetwaters Lodge. Watch the animals as they come to the watering hole in front of the lodge to drink. Take photos of the resident monkeys and enjoy lunch before starting your afternoon game drive at 2:00 PM. Head to the eastern side of the park to visit a blind rhinoceros named Baraka, and see the three northern white rhinoceros roaming in their enclosure. The game drive will end at approximately 4:00 PM, and afterwards you'll drive back to Nairobi to be dropped off at your hotel.

Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

6. Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

Get an early start on the day with 6:00AM pickup from your centrally-located Nairobi hotel. From there, you will begin your 3.5-hour drive to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, passing through a scenic landscape of coffee and tea estates. Make the first stop at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a refuge for chimpanzees from around West and Central Africa. Learn about some of the 38 chimpanzees that live in the sanctuary’s natural enclosures, and see the primates as they approach a feeding platform. Later, continue into the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a game drive across the open plains, which are home to a remarkable population of rare animals including wild dogs, zebras, cheetahs, and hartebeest, as well as the “Big Five” (lions, cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros). You can also later choose to visit one of the lodges within the game sanctuary for lunch. Following your meal, visit a rhino homestead and a manyatta, a reproduction of a traditional Kenyan homestead, where you can learn about Maasai, Polot, Turkana, and Samburu cultures. Meet village residents, see traditional-style homes and dances, and shop for unique souvenirs, and in the mid-afternoon, begin the return trip to Nairobi where your tour concludes with drop-off to your accommodations at around 6:30PM.

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What people are saying about Nairobi

This was our most favourite day in Kenya! The Giraffe Centre was a beyond incredible experience! It was a little bit of a shame that we had a lot of waiting time between activities but we highly recommend this experience! Stephen was also fabulous and went above and beyond - he was so willing to provide information and take photos for us (we didn’t even have to ask). Thank you so much!

Incredible and very interesting experience to live! Our guide was accommodating knowing there was a mix up on the pick up time and he dropped us off at a different location than the pick up at our request A fun time with the giraffes and the elephants And it was nice to discover the whole procedure for the creation of Kazuri beads

The tour was very well organized. Our guide Kelvin was courteous and explained things well. Can only recommend the tour!

Nice, convenient and timely. Titus was an excellent guide. The giraffes and baby elephants were awesome to see up close

Joseph is a very nice tour guide. We had excellent time with him