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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: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

2. 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.

Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch at kiambethu

3. Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch at kiambethu

Enjoy a full-day tour from Nairobi of Gatura Greens Farm, and learn more about how tea is cultivated and picked. Make specialty tea to bring home, trek through the nearby forest, and take a dip in a local waterfall. Experience a farm-fresh 3-course meal and a bonfire at the end of the tour. Begin the experience at 9:30 am with tea and fresh scones and listen to the host give an informal history about the farm. Enjoy an introductory tea tasting before heading out to the purple tea farm. Learn how to pick tea with the guides, before trying your hand at picking some purple tea. Take the tea back to the farm and learn how to make your own specialty orthodox tea: how to roast it, roll it by hand, dry it then pack it to take home. Head off to the waterfall trek through a beautiful bamboo forest finishing off with a refreshing dip at the waterfall by the farm. Return back to the farmhouse in time for a farm-fresh 3-course meal, crowning the day with a bonfire in the gardens.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

4. 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.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day Tour From Nairobi

5. Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day Tour From Nairobi

Get an early start on the day with a 5:00 am pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi. Then begin the trip to Nanyuki Town, where you’ll stretch your legs by the official equator line. On the way, enjoy panoramic views of the green vegetation and the beauty of the Kenyan coffee farms. Continue for another 15 minutes to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the first game drive of the day. Explore the park’s northern area, which is home to a plentiful population of chimpanzees, and keep watch for some of the Big Five that live within the conservancy: lions, cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros are all spotted here - including the very rare white rhino. Visit the chimpanzee sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya that rescues and takes care of orphaned chimpanzees. You will enjoy a hot lunch at the Sweet Waters Serena Camp and 30 minutes of relaxation before going back to the park for more game drives. You will depart the park at around 4.30pm heading back to Nairobi. You can expect to arrive at 8.00pm with a lot of memories following a great tour.

From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

6. 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: Elephants, Giraffes and Museum Small-Group Day Tour

7. Nairobi: Elephants, Giraffes and Museum Small-Group Day Tour

See African wildlife in Nairobi on a small-group tour to the Giraffe Centre and Elephant Orphanage. Learn how these sites increase education and aid conservation of Africa's wildlife. You also tour the Karen Blixen Museum and visit a bead factory. Start the day by getting up close and personal with Rothschild giraffes, Africa's tallest mammal at the Giraffe Center. Here you can ascend to an observation platform to meet giraffes at their eye level. Continue your Nairobi day trip with a visit to the world-famous David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Here you'll meet a herd of adorable baby elephants and learn about the work done to rescue them from poachers. Tour the orphanage, hear interesting talks about their work and watch the elephants play. Another stop on your small-group tour will be at a bead factory which makes some of the world most beautiful beads. Significant in many East African cultures, beads are used for decoration, ceremonies and as symbols of status. The factory also provides employment to hundreds of local women. There will be a short break and your guide will give recommendations on where you can grab a quick bite to eat. You'll then drive you to the former home of Karen Blixen, famous author of "Out of Africa" and one of the most well-known colonialists in east Africa. Step back in history as you explore the museum and learn her fascinating story. At the end of the day with newly acquired knowledge of Kenya and a great collection of photos, you'll be return to your Nairobi hotel.

Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

8. 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.

Amboseli National Park: Full-Day Tour from Nairobi

9. Amboseli National Park: Full-Day Tour from Nairobi

Enjoy a convenient pick-up from your centrally located accommodation bright and early for a full day tour of the Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a ride in a luxurious tour van as you take a scenic 3-hour drive via the Maasai land. Here you will be able to witness the splendor of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Kenya which is visible from the park. As you approach, small Maasai children will line-up along the road and welcome you to their homeland. Once you start your Safari you will be able to spot an abundance of animals in the park. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse, the perfect living conditions for these animals. Amboseli National Park is home to many species, including African Bush Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, impala, Maasai Lions, cheetahs, Spotted Hyenas, Masai giraffes, zebras and Blue Wildebeest among other African animals. There are also a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small. After your wildlife spotting adventure, you will be able to enjoy a hot lunch at Kibo safari camp. There is also a swimming pool available for those who wish to cool themselves off. Your ride back to Nairobi starts after your lunch with a drop-off back at your hotel or the International Airport. 

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Amazing experience! Our driver Titus made us arrive early to avoid the crowds for the giraffes and then stood at the front of the line and helped us get the best spot for the elephants! Bead factory helps the single mums and widows if you buy from them and they can even make a design for you on the spot which is nice (a little pricey) but the slow process of making each bead makes it worth it! Ideally for the giraffes and elephants you could uber to them and just pay the entrance fee (muuuuuuch cheaper) but you have to book in advance. There were no tickets left for the elephants for our dates that's why we booked with the tour as they had prebooked tickets. All and all a good day!

Tito our guide was incredible. Professional, got us the best spots on the tour, and it was a plethora of knowledge when it came to the different exhibits. He picked us up in a timely manner from our hotel, and even took us to the cultural center for an additional display of traditional Kenyan dancing

Excellent day trip to the giraffe center and David Shelldrick elephant orphanage. Our driver Stephen mukuru was just brilliant-so helpful, looked after our every need and gave us some nice information about the country and the animals. Highly recommend this trip when visiting Kenya!

Morning to feed the giraffes and then see the baby elephants breastfeed...visit to different artisan cooperatives and more

We loved the tour, especially the giraffe visit. The elephants were also amazing