Day Excursions from Nairobi
Whether you are in transit, on a business visit or a holiday, there is always something to do to enrich your stay in Kenya. Here are a few ideas of short trips and excursions that can be arranged from Nairobi – Kenya’s capital, and perhaps Africa’s most cosmopolitan city… the only city in the world with a wildlife conservation park on its outskirts.
SIGHTS OF NAIROBI
This tour covers the modern city, the colorful market offering fruits, meats, vegetables, handicrafts, etc… all under one roof; the parliament buildings, the Dedan Kimathi statue, etc. You will also visit the snake park that is adjacent to the museum.
NAIROBI MAMBA VILLAGE
The Nairobi Mamba Village is home to the Nile crocodile, a predator feared for its ruthless aggressions and formidable strength.
“Mamba” is a Swahili translation for the term “Crocodile”. A visit to the five crocodile pens at the Nairobi Mamba Village unearths interesting information about the only wild carnivores that cannot be domesticated. You can even watch the spectacle of crocodiles feeding every Sunday evening at 4.00pm East African time.
KAREN BLIXEN / GIRAFFE MANOR AND OSTRICH FARM
We take you outside to the Karen area, where is situated the Karen Blixen Museum (House and farm of the famous Issak Dinesen, author of “Out of Africa”). You will then visit the Giraffe Manor, Home of the Rothschild giraffe, and then on the Ostrich Farm to see how this large bird is being farmed.
MASAI OSTRICH PARK
The Masai Ostrich Park is located 45 kilometers from Nairobi on the Athi River/Kitengela Plains and 30 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Set in 200 acres of rolling grasslands, the Ostrich Farm has been supplying Kenya and overseas countries with Ostrich Meat, Feathers, Skins and Livestock since 1991. The Ostriches have been trained and ridden for many years. People all over the world continue to experience riding this giant sized bird.
Masai Ostrich Park borders the Kitengela Game Conservation Area populated with Buffalo, Masai Giraffe, Black Rhino, Eland, Impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, Common and Defassa Waterbuck, Hippopotamus, Warthog, Olive Baboon, Monkeys and the attendant carnivores – Lion, Spotted Hyena, Cheetah, Jackals, Bat-eared Fox and smaller carnivores.
A visit to this park with a guided tour of the Ostrich farm enables you to learn about Ostrich rearing from an egg to a fully grown Ostrich. There is also the opportunity to view and hand-feed the ostriches, and if the weather is good, you can even take an ostrich ride!
COUNTRY AND PEOPLE
You will drive towards Ngong Hills and countryside to visit a local Maasai manyatta. You will see their traditional dances, see their way of life, and learn about their customs and form of art. We take you for lunch to the famous ‘Carnivore’ restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste some of our game meat like Zebra, Antelope, Ostrich, etc…
BOMAS OF KENYA
A ‘Boma’ is an African homestead. Kenya is rich in its culture and heritage with 42 ethnic tribes and just a few kilometers outside Nairobi, several “bomas” have been recreated for visitors to see display of traditional dancing, music and songs; and from Mombasa the gateway to Kenya and East Africa… home to the 1000 year old Swahili culture, and an exotic mix of cultures and traditions…
MASAI MARKET TOUR
The colourful Masai market is one of the most famous markets in Kenya, and can be found on different days at different chosen locations in Nairobi as follows:
When and Where
Tuesdays – At the upper floor car park at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Westlands
Fridays – On the upper car park at the Village Market
Saturdays – City center at the High Court Car Park
Sundays – Car park outside the Yaya Shopping Centre
Masai Markets in Nairobi were started by Masai women who wanted to sell directly to visitors. The markets have blossomed over the years.
Curios, paintings, drawings, African garments, jewelry and carvings are some of the items to be found in this market. With a distinct quality of being hand-made in Kenya by local artisans, these items are sold at a fair price.
Shopping at the Masai market provides a great experience for souvenir hunters; and the nice thing about buying items from these markets is that sometimes (but not always) you are dealing with the actual people who make the craft items.
KAZURI BEADS FACTORY TOUR
The Kazuri Beads Factory is a project aimed at providing and sustaining employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan society.
Kazuri, which means ‘small and beautiful’ in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting on making hand-made ceramic beads.
Visitors can find a beautiful collection of beads, bracelets, necklaces and other ornaments in a showroom situated within the factory.
KITENGELA GLASS RESEARCH AND TRAINING TRUST
Kitengela Glass is located opposite the Nairobi National Park. The magical ambiance of the place is peppered with sculptures, animals and secret mosaic pathways which lead to niches of busy artisans all transforming recycled glass and scraps of other materials into beautiful artworks, jewelry and home ware.
The founder, Nani Croze, tries to help the locals as much as possible – over fifty people have been trained and work in various disciplines at the Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust. Nani has planted thousands of trees and saves raw materials by recycling glass and other resources.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Lake Nakuru is one of the eight lakes, which formed on the bed of the Great Rift Valley thousands of years ago. The 160km drive from Nairobi city passes through highland farms of the Kikuyu people with breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding landscape. Lake Nakuru is famous for the pink flamingos and during the feeding season, you can see millions of them, an almost ‘pink’ lake. Since the late 1980s, it is also Kenya’s premier Rhino sanctuary home to many of both black and white species. Lunch will be at a lodge that overlooks the lake.
Return to Nairobi in the afternoon.
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
This half-day trip takes you to the unique wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Nairobi. You will also visit the animal orphanage outside the park.
NATIONAL MUSEUM TOUR
Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre. Built in 1929, this is the flagship museum for the National Museums of Kenya, housing celebrated collections of Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art. The Museum interprets Kenya’s rich heritage and offers a one stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure. In addition to the museum, visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment.
NAIROBI RAILWAY MUSEUM TOUR
The Nairobi Railway Museum was opened in 1971, and much of the credit for its foundation goes to the first Curator, Mr. Fred Jordan, who had been with the railways in East Africa from 1927. Realizing the speed at which changes were taking place within the railway system he saw the need to preserve as many links with the past as possible. He began to gather items which were to form the nucleus of the present day museum’s fascinating and growing collection.
To the curious visitor, the Nairobi Railway Museum provides answers to many unanswered questions concerning the early history of the rail and Kenya’s development. Nairobi Railway museum consists of the Main Gallery, the Resource Center, the auditorium and an outdoor collection of locomotives, wagons and coaches.
KIAMBETHU TEA FARM
The Kiambethu Tea Farm is located in Limuru, a 40 minute drive from Nairobi. It was built in 1910 by AB McDonell – the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya. A visit to this farm will provide you with a tranquil insight into life on a settler farm, giving you a memorable experience. The visit includes a lunchtime buffet, a visit to the indigenous forest, an insight into the growing and making of tea, a gentle stroll though the fields, all provided by the descendants of AB McDonell.