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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

3. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Embark on a guided trou of Nairobi National Park and get an intimate look at the local wildlife that calls this place home. Make new friends with the baby elephants, feed the towering giraffes, and more. Start your trip early in the morning with pickup directly from your hotel, hostel, private home, apartment. Then, head out to begin your tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. At the conclusion of your trip, you can choose to be taken back to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

4. 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.

Nairobi National Park, Elephants, Giraffes & Bomas Day Trip

5. 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: Private National Park Tour & Carnivore Experience

6. Nairobi: Private National Park Tour & Carnivore Experience

After pick up from your Nairobi hotel, set off for the Nairobi National Park through the main gate for a 3-hour game drive. This unique wildlife sanctuary is only 7 km from Nairobi's bustling city center. You will have the chance to see 4 of the 'Big 5' species (not including elephants) against the backdrop of the city's tall buildings. Rhino, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, lion and plenty of antelopes and gazelles can be seen roaming in the open plains, forest, and valleys. The park is also home to over 300 bird species including the secretary bird, crowned cranes, vultures, peckers, and many more. Your guide will aim to show you a variety of animals. If you're lucky, you may spot rhinos and lions getting ready for the day. Finally, head over to the Carnivore Restaurant which is considered one of Africa's greatest dining experiences. Spend 2-hour here, savoring roasted meat dishes until you are truly satisfied. After this, get delivered back to your hotel in Nairobi which marks the end of the tour.

Nairobi National Park: Early Morning or Afternoon Game Drive

7. Nairobi National Park: Early Morning or Afternoon Game Drive

Excellent Game Viewing near the city. literally, a 10-minute drive from the Central Business District. Recommended for short visits in Kenya. Begin your Nairobi tour with pickup from your hotel and a short drive to Nairobi National Park. Take a game drive through the park. It is a Safari miniature but wonderful. Take a game drive and spot some of Kenya’s “Big Five” without truly leaving the confines of Nairobi city on this experience. Ideal for those short on time in Kenya, this budget-friendly, 4 hours safari trip takes place in Nairobi National Park, a reserve close to the city where you can see lions, rhinos, buffalo, cheetah, and more in the wild. A choice of departures and return hotel or airport transfers makes everything extra easy.

Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

8. Nairobi: National Park & Elephant Orphanage Guided Day Tour

On this day the driver cum guide picks the guests from the hotel or airport as early as 5.45a.m in order to avoid possible traffic and increase the chances of capturing action in the park.The game drive will run for about four and a half hours.This time is spent in search of the wild animals in this beautiful park.The animals here include the big four and other lesser animals. Mind you this is not a zoo but real wild.The drive here is in a tourist vehicle which has an open close type roof that allows the guests to have a better view of animals and also take great photos.All this time our guests are in the company of an experienced driver/guide. At around 10.15a.m the guests will exit the park and proceed to David Sheldrieks elephant orphanage.This attraction is open daily for one hour, 11a.m to 12 noon.The experience here is amazing.The guests will get up close to the baby elephants and watch them as they drink their milky formulae and as they take mud baths to cool their bodies.During this time there is a narrator who describes each and every baby elephant and where it was rescued.It is sensational! Thereafter the guests are transferred to giraffe centre which is fifteen minutes away.The experience here is incredible.Ever thought of being less than one foot away from the tallest creatures on earth? Go experience it! It is now around 1.pm and the guests will break for lunch at a great spot of their choice or the driver/guide will share his opinion. The day ends with a visit to the famous Bomas of Kenya."Boma" is a swahili word which means homestead and so Boma with an "s" is plural for many homesteads.In Kenya we have a total of 42 tribes and it is in this place where a few tribes,not all are represented through dances in their different regalias.The entertainment here is overwhelming! After a long and enjoyable day the guests are dropped to their respective hotels/residences.

Nairobi: Nairobi National Park Game Drive & Giraffe Centre

9. Nairobi: Nairobi National Park Game Drive & Giraffe Centre

Pick up will befrom your Nairobi hotel; proceed to the Nairobi National Park on an average 5-hour day tour. With your experienced local driver/guide, you shall follow the wildlife tracks of the Nairobi National Park in search of Lions, Cheetah, Giraffe, Ostrich, Hippo, White and Black Rhino, Buffalo and other game. We shall also visit other attractions including the Ivory burning site monument and the Kingfisher picnic site. Thereafter upon exiting the park the next stop will be at the Giraffe centre.The experience here is sensational.A close encounter with the tallest creatures on earth and a possible selfie shot is mesmerizing. Later depart for your Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport at end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Nairobi National Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 437 reviews

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!

A well-run excursion with a friendly and efficient driver/guide. Very nice day: this park next to the city offers a large concentration of animals, the elephant orphanage is a touching and endearing place and feeding the giraffes is a frankly fun experience! In short, an unforgettable day in Nairobi!

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

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