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WHAT TO DO IN NAIROBI

Kenya is most well-known for its dazzling safaris in the Mara and picturesque beaches on the south coast; but it is Nairobi, Kenya’s booming city, that is Africa’s culture capital.

Adopt an Elephant at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

This wildlife trust is one of the most pioneering animal rehabilitation centers in the world. Young orphan elephants and rhinos, the victims of poaching and human-wildlife conflicts, are nurtured back to health. To date, it is the proud mother over 150 infant elephants. Between 11a.m. – 12p.m. daily, visitors can watch the slurps and gurgles of young orphans being fed as their keepers skillfully administer their supersize feeding bottles. If you’re moved by this humble feat, adopt a young orphan elephant for $50 and follow its inspiring journey first-hand.

Picnic in Nairobi National Park

Which city can boast a fully-fledged safari park that houses the Big 5 of African wildlife? Nairobi. Located only 7km from the city center, visitors are allowed to take their own car into a mass of highland greenery at a reasonable price. Nicknamed the ‘Kifaru Arc’, the park boasts the world’s biggest black rhino population. On weekends, one is allowed to take full advantage of the unique range of picnic spots found within. Be sure to visit the Ivory Burning Monument, a national conservation site where former President Arap-Moi destroyed poached ivory in 1989.

Visit the Nairobi National Museum

Located 10 minutes from the city center, Nairobi National Museum boasts a collection of rich cultural artifacts that date back to the earliest prehistoric remains. Displayed are the incredible skeletal discoveries of homo-habilis found by renowned archaeologists, Richard and Mary Leakey at Lake Turkana. There is also an extensive collection of native bird species that will amuse any bird-lover. Join the Kenyan Museum Society every Wednesday morning for a guided bird walk. The museum recently re-opened its doors in 2008 after extensive renovation and expansion efforts.

Feed Giraffe’s at the Giraffe Centre

Get the chance to pet an endangered Rothschild giraffes at this world-class nature education centre. Located in Langata, this center is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Standing atop a tall wooden platform, visitors can stroke, kiss and feed giraffes a tasty grub of pellet-shaped biscuits. Be prepared for a welcome dose of giraffe breath and the gentle lick of long, sand-papery tongues.

Take a Morning Jog in Karura Forest

The hustle of Nairobi’s city life can be overwhelming, which is why the lush scenery of Karura Forest is the perfect escape. Early mornings are the best time of day to beat the hot African sun and the rowdy crowd. The forest sits upon a bed of one million-year-old volcanic rock and houses a variety of indigenous animals such as the big-eyed Bush Baby and handsome Bushbuck. Walk or jog through the ancient Mau Mau caves, remains of the Kenyan struggle for independence, or stop and take a selfie at the local waterfalls.

Explore the Karen Blixen Museum

Made famous by the Oscar-winning ‘Out of Africa‘, the Karen Blixen Museum belongs to an eye-opening story of the colonial era in Kenya. The museum is in fact the house in which Karen Blixen, acclaimed Danish author, lived and wrote her famed memoirs in Kenya between 1917 – 1931. Frequent visitors included the Prince of Wales, whom she entertained and dined and lover Denys Finch Hatton whom she courted. Enjoy the splendid view of the surrounding hills and fauna as you explore the preserved belongings of this legendary author.

Feast on a Kenyan Karoga at Nairobi Gymkhana

For those of you that might be curious, a ‘karoga’ is a kind of Kenyan cookout that takes places in outdoor dining venues, the most popular being Gymkhana. In between a traditional BBQ and restaurant dining, karogas are informal dining occasions that tend to welcome large groups. Food can be ordered and cooked in a number of ways: diners can bring their own ingredients and equipment and cook at the venue, diners can order raw ingredients and equipment and cook at the venue or those not wanting the stress of cooking can order a la carte and have their food freshly prepared in front of them by the in-house chefs. The bottom line to these cookouts is to cook the food to the exacting tastes of the diners. Don’t miss out on this truly unique dining experience.

WHAT TO DO IN NAIVASHA

Hell’s gate National Park

Named after a narrow break in the cliffs and once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley, hell’s gate is located South of Lake Naivasha. This place offers magnificent sceneries such as; water gouged gouges, volcanoes, stark rock towers and wildlife (zebras, buffalos, gazelles, hartebeests). This park is also equipped with three basic campsites and has a Maasai Cultural Center which provides education about the Maasai tribe’s culture and traditions. Visitors to hell’s gate can enjoy activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, nature walks, picnic in the park’s plains and also enjoy a moment in the natural geothermal spa.

It surely is a place you can’t afford to miss visiting while at Naivasha.

Crescent Island

With a maximum depth of 30m (100ft), Crescent Island is the deepest area around Lake Naivasha. This Park is 15 minutes by boat from the shores of Lake Naivasha and 80 kilometers from Nairobi via the Moi South Lake Road. While at the Crescent Island you can enjoy nature walks and view wild life such as giraffe, zebra, dik dik, steenbok, impala and gazelles. This Park is also known as the bird sanctuary, it hosts a variety of bird species.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake located 93km North West of Nairobi. It derives its name from the Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which occasionally arise from the lake. Tagged as the highest elevation of the Rift valley, Lake Naivasha It is one of the best places to tour in Naivasha, the lake boasts a dense population of hippos and over 400 different species of birds. Surprisingly there is no visible outlet but being a fresh water lake it is assumed to have underground outlets. This lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers.

Lake Oloiden

This is one of the least popular tourist attraction sites around Naivasha, the most striking feature at Oloiden is its Flamingoes. Oloiden is also home to Kenya’s largest flower farms, tourist visiting this place can enjoy a boat ride and camp at OLoiden Camping Site a serene escape.

 Crater Lake

The Crater Lake is a green soda lake at the bottom of an extinct volcano on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, it is located 10 kilometers from Naivasha town and about 90 km from Nairobi. This Lake lies within a private game sanctuary with spectacular green water. The lake attracts many flamingo, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game (birds, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes and elands.). It is a good place to explore on foot as it has nature trails the vegetation around the crater.

Mount Longonot

About 90km from Kenya’s Capital Nairobi and 28km from Naivasha Town, Mount Longonot is one place you wouldn’t want to miss on your visit to Naivasha. Mt. Longonot is one of the places you see when driving into the Great Rift Valley as it rises from the floor of the Rift Valley and provides great views all the way to the famous Lake Naivasha. One unique feature about this mountain is the thick forest that lies within the crater of the Mountain.

Lake Elementaita

Elementaita is derived from the Maasai name “Muteita” meaning dusty place. This soda lake is located in Gilgil town between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. This lake is popular for its hot springs and birdlife, it is also home to a sizable population of flamingoes. The reed beds near the lake are fishing grounds for night herons and pelicans. A popular tourist destination near this lake is the kariandusi Museum.

Ol Karia

Olkaria is located to the south of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley right at the heart of Hell’s gate National Park. It is popular for its geothermal spa which offers recreational and therapeutic swimming with its Blue Lagoons with naturally heated water; the pools have water with temperatures ranging from 30°c to 40°c. It is the first of its kind in Africa. This is the ultimate destination for revelers, away from the hustle and bustles of the city. The breath-taking scenery creates a memorable experience.

Kigio Wildlife Conservancy

Kigio is wildlife conservancy center protected by the local community. It is located near Gilgil in the Great Rif Valley. This conservancy center contains diverse habitat of indigenous plant species, it is also home to over three hundred bird species including what is said to be the world’s largest population of grey-crested helmetshrikes. Besides the birds and plants, this is one place that hosts several wildlife including African buffalo, common eland, impala, waterbuck, hippopotamus, caracal, and other species of gazelle.

 Sanctuary Horseback Safaris

This is a 500 acre spot located on the shores of the fresh water Lake Naivasha.

Sanctuary Farm is the perfect place to use as a base for climbing Mt Longonot, rock climbing & gorge walking in Hell’s Gate, game viewing in Nakuru National Park. While at this farm tourist can relax around the beautiful swimming pool and watch game grazing. Activities such as horse riding, bird watching and cycling are on site. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle and tassel of the city life.

 

 

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