The Best Short Excursions In and Out of Nairobi
Nairobi City Tour ( 3 hours )
The tour covers the modern city centre, the colorful market, the railway museum and the renowned National museum where there are spellbinding displays of early man, tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya.
A visit to the adjacent DTSake park is also included. The tour turns to the city centre.
The Nairobi city walking tour covers the modern city center the colorful City Market, Parliament buildings, the Nairobi railway station museum and the renowned National Museum where there are spell binding displays of the early man tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya. A visit to the adjacent Snake Park is also included.
Nairobi National MuseumNairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill,approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre. It is the flagship museum housing some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. This museum is open daily (including public holidays) from 0830hrs -17300hrs.
The Museum was initiated in 1910 by the then East Africa and Uganda Natural History Society [currently the East African Natural History Society (EANHS)]. The group consisted mainly of colonial settlers and naturalists who needed a place to keep and preserve their collections of various specimens. Its first site was at the present Nyayo House in the Nairobi city centre. The site soon became small and a larger building was put up in 1922 where the Nairobi Serena Hotel now stands.
In 1929, the colonial government set aside land at the Museum Hill and construction work started at the current site. It was officially opened in Sept. 22 1930 and named Coryndon Museum in honour of Sir Robert Coryndon, one time Governor of Kenya and a staunch supporter of Uganda Natural History Society. On the attainment of independence in 1963, it was re-named the National Museum of Kenya (NMK).
On October 15th 2005, previous Nairobi Museum closed its doors to the public for an extensive modernization and expansion project that is now complete. The outcome is impressive; the Nairobi Museum has been transformed into a magnificent piece of architecture that puts it in competition with other world class museums.
The artworks, the materials used in the fabrication of outdoor sculptures, the landscaping and the botanic gardens, link to the three pillars of Kenya’s national heritage i.e. nature, culture and history. A welcoming ambience of harmony between the galleries, the non gallery spaces, the museum landscape and its entrances, make museum visits more exciting. The galleries have been reorganised to interpret the heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. To capture the feel of diversity and interactivity, there are mixed galleries to show the personality of the new museum. Under the nature pillar, there are 5 exhibitions. These are Human origins, Mammalian Radiation, Ecology of Kenya, Natural Diversity and Geology. Under Culture, the exhibitions include Cycles of Life, Cultural Dynamism and Creativity.
Nairobi National Park
This unique wildlife sanctuary is just a few kilometers from Nairobi·s bustling city centre, but despite its proximity, different species of mammals can be found there, including four of the Big Five. The tour also includes a visit to the animal orphanage at the park gate. The tour returns to the city centre by sundown. Private tours can be organized in the morning.
Karen Blixen & Giraffe Centre ( 4 hours )
Depart in the morning and afternoon. Drive towards Ngong Hills and pass Ngong Village to the Karen Blixen Museum, for many years her home. Later proceed to the Giraffe Centre to see and feed the famous Rothschild Giraffe and her family.
Carnivore Restaurant Experience ( Daily at 12:30 & 7:00 pm )
Nairobi has many restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. We recommend dinner or lunch at the carnivore, which is famous for its succulent stew and barbecue dishes as an excellent complement to a holiday in Kenya, especially as a welcome or a farewell dinner. The price includes transfers to and from the airport.
Lake Nakuru National Park ( Full Day )
Lake Nakuru lies in the volcano-strewn Rift Valley, one of the shares of 8 lakes, which stretch the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethopia. The 160 kilometers drive from Nairobi passes through highlands farms of the Kikuyu people before descending an escarpment into the dramatic landscape of the Rift. Lunch is taken in Nairobi; a stop is made at Lake Nakuru where tea is served among the fever trees and where bird watchers will be delighted with the fantastic array of bird life.
Bomas of Kenya ( 3 hours )
A boma is a homestead and just a few kilometers from the city, numerous homesteads reflecting Kenya’s cocktail of cultures have been faithfully re-created for visitors to see traditional village life. But the greatest excitement during the afternoon is the display of traditional dancing, music and song performed in a splendid arena.