Things to do in Nairobi County

Our most recommended things to do in Nairobi County

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 National Park Half-Day Game Drive

2. 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.

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 migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, 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 8:00 a.m, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views. Arrive in time for lunch after check-in at your hotel. In the evening 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, private 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 scale the Mara beauty and splendor. This day you will go all the way to the river where the wildebeest cross into Mara from Serengeti. All year round there are lots of resident Hippos and crocodiles sited at the banks of Mara river. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner, merriment and overnight. Day 3: Enjoy your breakfast, check out and Game drive enroute out of Mara Reserve. Journey to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Option: 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: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

4. Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

Day one begins with pickup from Nairobi and travels along the Great Rift Valley towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Stop along the way to soak up the view from a magnificent lookout, then arrive at the park just in time for lunch. Later, set out on an epic evening game drive across the rich, tree-studded grasslands and rolling hills. The famous Maasai Mara is renowned for its great herds of black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and virtually every type of Kenyan wildlife. After a restful night’s sleep at your camp, enjoy a picnic-style breakfast to set you up for day two. Head out on a full-day game drive, with a visit to the Mara River which is home to a large concentration of animals. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, have lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the crocodiles and hippos lazing in the river. Afterward, you have the option to visit a Maasai cultural village to gain insight into the homes and social structure of the Maasai people as well as how they live in harmony with the environment and the animals. Wake up early on day three with another fantastic game drive, then re-energize with a late breakfast before departing to Nakuru National Park. Stop over for a picnic lunch along the way and soak up views of the magnificent Kenyan landscape that surrounds you. Arrive in Nakuru and, if time allows, pass by Naivasha for a boat ride, at your own expense. Day four begins with a hearty, early morning breakfast followed by a tour through Nakuru Park, which is home to over 350 species of birds including colorful flamingos. The park is also home to black and white rhinos and has been established for the protection of endangered species such as this. After an unforgettable four-day experience, relax and reflect on the return journey to your hotel or airport in Nairobi.

From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

5. From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

A 3-day tour of Amboseli National Park is a fantastic way to discover some of the most beautiful parts of Kenya. Begin your adventure with pickup from Nairobi or Mombasa, where you will be driven along the Mombasa Road, arriving in time for lunch. In the evening you will embark on your first game drive, which will be followed by dinner and an overnight stay at AA Lodge. Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. Known for large elephant herds, views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species. Western section is dominated by Lake Amboseli, which is dry outside the rainy season Your second day will begin with breakfast then a morning game drive and your first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You'll then have the opportunity to enjoy a guided safari walk or swim before lunch. In the afternoon/evening you'll have the chance to go on a game drive once more, and try to spot all the wildlife that comes out at dusk. On the final day, you will have breakfast and enjoy one final game drive before being taken back to Nairobi or Mombasa where your tour comes to an end.

Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

6. 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: Baby Elephant Orphanage and Bead Factory Tour

7. Nairobi: Baby Elephant Orphanage and Bead Factory Tour

This is a short tour which begins from your hotel at pick up and end with a drop off from your initial pick up location, you will visit the elephant orphanage and see them being fed , play in the mud and listen to the conservation work and efforts by the home of baby elephants.. Best known for our work to protect elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. the traditional beading skills of the Maasai women to help them make products that are of higher standards and are both relevant and acceptable to a wider audience. We now have the first Maasai beaded Apple Watch bands ethically made following fair trade principles. They also make belts, bracelets, collars and other beaded products and our work is to provide the support and the platform for these amazing women to amplify their work.

Nairobi National Park Full or Half-Day Tour with Guide

8. Nairobi National Park Full or Half-Day Tour with Guide

Nairobi National Park is situated 6 miles (10 km) from the heart of Kenya’s capital. Established in 1946, it has 44 square miles (114 square km) of pristine savanna with a large population of migratory game animals. For the half-day tour, after being picked up at your hotel early in the morning at 6 AM, head towards Nairobi National Park, arriving at around 6:30 AM. From there, take an exciting 4-hour game drive through the park. Stay on the lookout for many species of game animals, including black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest, as well as countless species of wild birds. The park’s open border on its southeast perimeter allows a corridor for the natural migration of game animals during the seasonal rains. Don’t miss this chance to get up close with some of Kenya's amazing wildlife! Other attractions include the ivory burning site monument and walking trails at hippo pools. Following the 4-hour game viewing drive, head back to Nairobi and get dropped off at your hotel. Please note the National Park tour is 5 hours in total. Extend your trip by choosing the full-day tour option, which includes additional visits to the giraffe center, with lunch included at the tamarind. This option also includes a trip to the Karen Blixen Musuem then return back to the hotel and Pick up again at 7 PM to watch a dance show and enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Get transferred back to your hotel in Nairobi at the end of the tour at around 11 PM.

From Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour

9. From Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour

The tour starts by picking you from your Hotel/Home within Nairobi 9:30AM. We will drive you to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a walk through the little center from 11am - 12pm in an open space, with a rope fence around it. The youngest elephants come trotting out of the bush to greet their keepers who stand at the ready with giant bottles of milk. For the next 10-15 minutes you can watch each little one slurp and gargle their milk. When they're done, there's water to play with and keepers to nudge and get hugs from. While you get to watch them play and take photos. You find out how old they were when they arrived at the orphanage, where they were rescued from, and what got them into trouble. The most common reasons for getting orphaned being: mother's poached, falling into wells, and human/wildlife conflict. Once the youngest are all fed, they are led back into the bush, and it's the turn of the 2-3 year olds. Some of them can feed themselves, and some are still fed by their keepers. It's very cute to watch them hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and close their eyes with joy as they make quick work of several gallons of milk.

From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

10. From Nairobi: 7-day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Amboseli Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara At 8a.m you will be picked up from your hotel. Commence the drive to Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint where you will stop over to view of the floor of the Rift Valley. Arrive at Miti Mingi Eco Camp or similar in time for lunch, check in. Enjoy a sunset game drive from 4.30-6.30p.m. Return to camp for dinner Day 2: Full Day in Maasai Mara Spend the full day exploring Maasai Mara in search of the Big Five. You will have picnic lunches in the Reserve as you scale the Mara beauty. This day you will go all the way to the river where the wildebeest cross into Mara from Serengeti. All year round there are lots of resident Hippos and crocodiles sited at the banks of Mara river. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nakuru Breakfast, checkout as you game drive enroute out of Maasai Mara. Option: Masai village visit $20 per person Thereafter commence the drive to Nakuru. Arrive in time for lunch followed by relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Lanet Matfam Private safari to Naivasha and Amboseli National Park. Day 4: Nakuru to Naivasha Breakfast. Depart by 7 a.m straight to the park. It's a small park with magnificent, rare white rhinos. Possibly observe the pink flamingos. The game drive lasts 3 hrs, after which you depart on a 1-hr drive to Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch at Astorian Hotel. After lunch, head to Hell's Gate for a biking safari. Later go for a 1hr boat ride on Lake Naivasha for bird watching and hippo viewing. Day 5: Naivasha - Amboseli Breakfast then drive to Amboseli National park which is famous for its scenery, backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro which dominates the landscape and open plains. Arrive in time for lunch. Check in at AA Lodge Amboseli have lunch and a short rest. Afternoon game drive in search of its game animals with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Later return to AA Lodge Amboseli for dinner and overnight. Day 6: Amboseli Full day Breakfast, and spend the day in Amboseli National Park. Known for large elephant herds, and views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and hundreds of bird species. Day 7: Amboseli - Nairobi After breakfast check out with a short game drive enroute to Nairobi. We will provide simple complimentary snack lunch on the way. You will be dropped off at your hotel or the Airport.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 855 reviews

This was a fabulous tour and Stephen was an excellent guide. Experiencing these animals so closely and learning if their struggles and triumphs was lovely. I am now the proud sponsor mom of two baby elephants! I plan on going in this tour again before I leave.

Clement was a great guide. On time, knowledgeable, flexible, good driver. Vehicle was a bit worn (a poptop minivan), but worked fine for 3 people.

The elephant facility was utterly fantastic. The giraffes were cool bit other than feeding there was nothing wet PSR to do or see

My tour guide Benjamin was very friendly and had a lot of expertise. The visit to Massidorf was also very moving.

Hotel picked up was on time and the parks timing was excellent.