DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
Only 25 minutes away from the city centre is The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It is one the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation programs in the world.
The Trust was founded in 1977 in memory of David Sheldrick, a founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park.
Among other roles, it rescues orphaned and wounded baby elephants and rehabilitates them before reintroducing them to their natural habitat.
The elephants in their care are fed each day at 11am. The feeding is done in the public during which a warden will narrate the story of each calf. This is an unparalleled experience as you get up close and candid with the world’s biggest land mammals. It is further an opportunity for you to learn how man’s activities affect nature and how you can make a difference.
NAIROBI CITY TOUR
A guided tour of the city of Nairobi (better known as the city in the sun) will generally include the city market (which houses several curio shops), its surrounding bazaars, a drive past Kenyatta International Conference Center (which was until recently the highest building in the region), the parliament buildings (which are adjacent to the late Jomo Kenyatta’s mausoleum), the railways museum, and the Nairobi University. For coffee lovers, feel free to ask your guide to show you to one of the many coffee lounges for a cup of pure Kenyan coffee. The tour ends with a visit to the Snake Park and national museum.
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK – 4 HRS
There was a time not so long ago, when lions freely roamed the streets of Nairobi. Today they can be seen only 14 kilometres from the city center in the Nairobi National Park. The Nairobi National Park boasts of being the only Park in the world with such close proximity to a major city. For short term visitors, this park contains most of the animals to be seen on more extended safari such as the rhino, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, plenty of antelopes and gazelles. The park is best visited early in the morning and the game drive takes 3 to 4 hours. There after you can opt to enjoy breakfast at the famous Rangers restaurant which is been built overlooking a waterhole that periodically attracts game, treating you to an authentic bush experience.
BOMAS OF KENYA – 3 HRS
Kenya is the indeed the land of contrast and diversity. It boasts of 42 tribes. There is not a better place that captures a bird’s eye view of the 42 tribes’ cultures like the Bomas of Kenya does. Here you get to see the recreated Kenyan villages with their traditional huts and depicting in great details their original lifestyles. But even better you get to enjoy colorful stage performances by dancers from different tribes and even sample some traditional dishes. The dances begin in the afternoons.
THE CARNIVORE EXPERIENCE – 2 HRS
The Carnivore Restaurant is famous world over. For many Kenyan visitors you have not been to Kenya if you have not been at the Carnivore. It is rated amongst the 50 beast restaurants in the world, and a meal here is considered “Africa’s greatest Eating Experience”. While here make sure you get a taste of the succulent mouthwatering crocodile meat. On a hot sunny afternoon nothing quenches your thirst like their special cocktail juice.
CULTURAL TRAIL 1 DAY
This tour visits the African Heritage Gallery. Utamaduni Arts and Crafts, Kazuri Beads Cottage industry with lunch at Karen Coffee Garden. After lunch clients take the Masai Trail – a truly Kenyan experience
NAIROBI NIGHT TRAIL 5 HOURS
An evening tour of Nairobi City with dinner at The Nyama Choma Ranch at the Safari Park Hotel and a choice of the disco, piano bar or the Casino to end off the evening.
KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM & GIRAFFE CENTRE – 4 HRS
Karen Blixen’s home lies at the foot of Ngong hills, and is now preserved as a museum. A visit here will expose you to the furniture, artifacts and photographs from her days as a pioneer coffee farmer. Soon after, we drive you to the giraffe center, where families of the rare Rothschild giraffe can be hand fed and photographed from a platform at giraffe’s eye level. There is a restaurant within the center where you can sit for a cup of afternoon tea before returning to the comfort of your hotel room.
FULL DAY DAPHNE SHELDRICK’S ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE/ GIRAFFE CENTER/KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM/ KAZURI BEADS
1100hrs-1200hrs: Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage where you enjoy a close encounter with elephant calves! The Trust is part of the David Sheldrick’s Conservation Foundation that rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife. Most of the animals at the shelter have either lost their mothers to poaching, natural death, injuries, or were found lost in the wild due to various tragedies. Daphne and her dedicated staff raise them and later release them back into the wild when they are ready.
1200 -1300hrs: Visit the Giraffe Centre where you feed the friendly Rothschild’s Giraffe. They often accept a kiss from you and will pick their food from your palms! The Giraffe Center was founded when, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville(founders), rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy from a heavily-poached area of western Kenya in 1974, their home has become a household name among wildlife lovers world-wide – and Daisy a star in her own right.
1300-1500hrs: Visit the Karen Blixen museum, a Short tour to the home of the pioneer coffee farmer, Karen Blixen – of “Out of Africa” fame, is now preserved as a museum. A visit to this museum provides an opportunity to step back in time and gain an insight into this remarkable woman’s life. Views of the Ngong Hills
can be admired from the beautifully landscaped gardens of the museum.
The Karen Blixen museum is one of a number of very interesting regional museums and archeological and prehistoric sites of the National museums of Kenya, and it continues to be an immensely popular tourist attraction with the same words ‘ I dreamt of Africa’
1500-1600hrs: Visit the Kazuri Beads center where we can view the women artisans at work and maybe buy ourselves local gifts in support of the self help local women’s project. Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in hand crafted ceramic beads.
Its founder started with two single motherhood women and soon discovered that there were many others in the villages around Nairobi, most of who were disadvantaged and were in great need of regular employment.