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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.

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.

Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

3. 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 to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

4. Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

7:00 is the departure time from your Nairobi hotel to the Lake Naivasha. On the way you will see the Great Rift Valley and spectacular part views of the corridor of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Once there, you will also take a boat trip to Crescent Island for about 1 hour, then come back in time for buffet lunch at Elsamere Gardens. Watch the Joy Adamson story, a 40-minute video about Joy Adamson work, their experience with the lioness Elsa and the consequent release of the movie Born Free. Visit the museum, which houses memorabilia from the movie Born Free, Joys prints of tribal paintings and other books they wrote translated to different languages, photographs and some of the awards they won for their conservation efforts. Enjoy High Tea, a tea or coffee with variety of cakes and biscuits, before departing for Nairobi. Please note that the boat ride will depend on the tides at the time. Please also wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, suncreen and a hat or cap. 

From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

5. From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

Your adventure begins at 6:00 AM with pickup in Nairobi. From there you'll head straight to Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species at times. There can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds at Lake Nakuru. As a result the park is referred to as the "Birds' Paradise". The National Park is also a rhino sanctuary with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll enjoy wildlife viewing as soon as you enter the park gates, and when it's time for lunch, you'll stop at the lodge where you can purchase a meal at a local restaurant.  After lunch, continue to enjoy wildlife viewing on the drive out of the park. You'll leave the park at approximately 3:00 PM and head to Lake Naivasha for an optional 1-hour boat ride. If you'd like to include the boat ride, be sure to select the correct option when making your booking. On the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. At the end of the boat ride, you'll head back to Nairobi for a 6:00 PM arrival.

From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

6. From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

Discover a culture almost untouched by the modern world and visit a Masai community village. Enjoy the drive with scenic views, explore the village, how the people live, and learn about Masai daily life. Witness singing, dancing, and browse the community's handicraft market. Begin your journey from any accommodation in Nairobi and take in the stunning panoramic views of the Masai region. Arrive in the village, visit an authentic Masai home, and get to know the people who live in this unrivaled ancient culture. Appreciate a welcome ceremony by the Masai warriors and be escorted into the brushwood enclosure, the center of the community. Meet mothers and children of the village and witness the traditional kindling of fire. Take memorable photos, participate in local ceremonies and dances, and find the perfect souvenir from the craft market.

From Nairobi: Full-Day Hiking at Mount Longonot

7. From Nairobi: Full-Day Hiking at Mount Longonot

Depart Nairobi in the early in the morning and stop at the Rift Valley viewpoint to see the reason why this area is called the Great Rift Valley. View the Loita Plains and then proceed to Mount Longonot for a 5-hour hike. You will hike around the crater and down to the Gate. The height gain during the hike is rapid and this makes for a stiff climb. Alternatively, you can also decide to circumnavigate the crater rim. The hiking trail features some rest points, but it also includes some narrow points - especially on the crater rim. The total length of the hike up, around the crater rim, and back, is 10.3km. The hike from the Gate to the crater rim is 3.1km in length.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

8. Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in the early morning, and then take a game drive through Nairobi National Park. Look for leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife in the grass plains and acacia bush. Take stunning photos of some of Africa's most iconic animals, including giraffes with the city skyscrapers in the background. Continue to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rescued rhinos ready for release into the wild. Watch endangered Rothschild's giraffes grazing in a semi-wild enclosure at the Giraffe Centre and get the chance to feed them. Marvel as they lap up the treats with their long, black tongues. Enjoy lunch at the Utamaduni Restaurant with a choice of local and international food, before departing to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

From Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Private Day Tour

9. 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.

Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

10. Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

Start off the adventure at 7 AM when you will be picked up and driven to the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, one of Kenya’s most spectacular spots. Briefly absorb the panoramic views of all the major attractions in Nairobi before moving on to Hell's Gate National Park. Get into gear and start the 2-hour biking safari around the park. Expect to cycle past a range of wildlife, from large antelopes to roaming zebras and everything in between. This is followed by an hour-long walk exploring the gorges inside the park with a private guide. Gorges are small, thin depressions of land that you can walk underneath.  Travel by motor vehicle to Naivasha Fishermans or Marina camp for lunch at 1 PM. At 2 PM, enjoy a boat ride across Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake. Encircled by verdant banks, olive trees and cacti this lake is home to exotic birds and giant hippos.  At 4 PM, depart for Nairobi where you will be dropped off at your hotel, area of residence, or the airport.

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What people are saying about Nairobi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 154 reviews

It was an amazing experience meeting the Masai family and spending time with them in their home. I also really enjoyed seeing the inside of the homes built by the women. The drive from Nairobi was great too as the landscape is magnificent and the air is clean and it’s beautiful to see the different sides of Kenya. Douglas was a great guide and made the whole experience smooth and comfortable. He also spent time explaining to me about Kenya’s history and about the different customs and traditions. I would highly recommend this experience!

Peter ist ein toller Guide, weiß viel über die Gegend und die Tiere zu erzählen. Die Radtour ist wirklich herausfordernd und auch der Weg durch die Schlucht sehr hügelig. Eine Grundfitness ist ratsam Peter nimmt sich aber auch die Zeit für Pausen und als letzter Ausweg steht auch noch ein Rücktransport mit Auto zur Verfügung. Der Tag war wunderschön, für das Essen und die Bootstour sind nochmal 50€ einzuplanen. Danke für diese fantastische Tour und die einmaligen Erlebnisse!

Our guide Joseph was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and answered all our questions. We saw 3 of the big 5 and the lions came right up to our vehicle. If you only have one day in Nairobi, Do This.

We had a really lovely experience. The vehicle was excellent for game viewing and our driver went out of his way to find us so many animals to see - including rhino and a beautiful lioness. A truly memorable afternoon

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