Nairobi Park + Giraffe Centre + Karen Blixen

5hrs Departure time: either 0645hrs or 1400 hrs

Enjoy a day out in Nairobi National Park, the only wildlife protection area in the world to border a major city. Here there are over 100 species of mammals, most of which stay on a year-round basis. The only one of the ‘Big Five’ not found here is elephant, but there are a significant number of black rhino making this sanctuary one of the best bets for sighting the rare endangered species. A star of the park is a cheetah who’s known to successfully raise large litters of cubs, recently she gave birth to ten! Visitors can walk to the hippo pools or explore a nature trail at the main gate. When tired of looking for lion or leopard, they can test their skills identifying some of the 400 resident bird species.

Daytrip in Nairobi National Park

The Giraffe Centre is a conservation project, which began in an effort to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which is native to western Kenya. This successful project is an avenue to educate the school children of Kenya who rarely get to see the wildlife that is so abundant in their own country. There is always a small population of giraffes on the property who relish the pellets fed to them by visitors. The viewing platform is at giraffe head height and this offers a close up and personal interaction. Resident naturalists give an informative and interesting talk on the history of the project and the plight and future of the Rothschild Giraffe. There’s also a resident herd of warthog and some tortoises and African Grey Parrots.

Visiting Giraffe Centre in Nairobi

The former home of Karen Blixen, also known by her pen name of Isak Dineson – author of Out of Africa) is a National Museum. It was gifted to the people of Kenya by the Danish Government. The lovely stone home is set in acres of landscaped gardens with lovely views of her cherished Ngong Hills. Although there are no coffee trees remaining, some of the machinery used to process coffee is located nearby. Knowledgeable guides give visitors a good insight to Karen’s life and her affair with Denis Finch-Hatton. There is a small shop with a good selection of books on Karen’s life.