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Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

1. 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.

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

2. 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, 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.

From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

4. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch & Waterfall Hike

5. Nairobi: Tea Farm Day Trip with Lunch & Waterfall Hike

The experience begins at 9.30 am, with tea and fresh scones while the host gives an informal history about the farm, followed by an introductory tea tasting before we head out to the purple tea farm. While at the farm, guests are taught how to pick tea, after which they pick some purple tea. This tea will then be taken back to the farm where guests will be taught how to make their very own specialty orthodox tea (this includes learning to roast it, roll it by hand, dry it then pack it for themselves to take home). After guests make their very own hand-picked and rolled purple tea, they head off to the waterfall trek through a beautiful bamboo forest finishing off with a refreshing dip at the waterfall by the farm. Guests then return back to the farmhouse in time for a farm-fresh 3-course meal, crowning the day with a bonfire in the gardens as guests leave at their pleasure. Guests that would like to visit our specialty cottage Factory can do so at this point. For those who would like to stay over, we offer accommodation at the farmhouse for an authentic overnight stay at the purple tea farm.

Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Former Street Kids

6. Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Former Street Kids

Discover a different side to Nairobi with this extraordinary guided tour. After meeting your guides, who are former street children brought up in the heart of the city, you will embark on a 3-hour guided walking tour as together you explore the Downtown region in the city's center.  As you walk, get real insights into the lives of local youth and street children, as your guides take you through their experience in their former 'home'. Share their captivating life stories connected to the places you visit. Hear how they ended up in the streets and learn how they survived as they teach you some of their street skills.  As you journey through Nairobi, your guides will not only explain how they transformed their lives, but also how they continue to try and improve the situations of their families and friends. Get inspired by their ghetto energy with this more intimate and personal tour. 

From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

7. From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

Discover a culture almost untouched by the modern world and visit a Masai community village. Enjoy the drive with scenic views, explore the village, how the people live, and learn about Masai daily life. Witness singing, dancing, and browse the community's handicraft market. Begin your journey from any accommodation in Nairobi and take in the stunning panoramic views of the Masai region. Arrive in the village, visit an authentic Masai home, and get to know the people who live in this unrivaled ancient culture. Appreciate a welcome ceremony by the Masai warriors and be escorted into the brushwood enclosure, the center of the community. Meet mothers and children of the village and witness the traditional kindling of fire. Take memorable photos, participate in local ceremonies and dances, and find the perfect souvenir from the craft market.

Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

8. Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

Start off the adventure at 7 AM when you will be picked up and driven to the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, one of Kenya’s most spectacular spots. Briefly absorb the panoramic views of all the major attractions in Nairobi before moving on to Hell's Gate National Park. Get into gear and start the 2-hour biking safari around the park. Expect to cycle past a range of wildlife, from large antelopes to roaming zebras and everything in between. This is followed by an hour-long walk exploring the gorges inside the park with a private guide. Gorges are small, thin depressions of land that you can walk underneath.  Travel by motor vehicle to Naivasha Fishermans or Marina camp for lunch at 1 PM. At 2 PM, enjoy a boat ride across Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake. Encircled by verdant banks, olive trees and cacti this lake is home to exotic birds and giant hippos.  At 4 PM, depart for Nairobi where you will be dropped off at your hotel, area of residence, or the airport.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

9. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2: After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM,check out of your room and head out on another game drive in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna which is covered in the vibrant colors of the sunrise. Keep a lookout over the landscape to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, visit a Masai village to learn about their complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practised for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group who are very much connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, stop in Narok for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

From Nairobi: Day Trip to Amboseli National Park

10. From Nairobi: Day Trip to Amboseli National Park

You will be picked up from your Nairobi Hotel or the Airport around 5:00 AM before departing for the Amboseli National Park via the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Take the chance to enjoy the African sunrise as you head towards Amboseli. The morning drive is via African savanna country, which is dotted with local homesteads and colorful Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle. There will be a brief breakfast stop on the way. On arrival at the Amboseli, proceed for a game viewing drive in search of Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Lions, Cheetahs, Warthogs, Ostriches, and more. Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline and surrounding country. Take in spectacular views of the mountain and make sure that you get some great photographs. It's the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. While Mount Kilimanjaro remains in the background, marvel at the wildlife and scenery that can be found in the park. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Oltukai Lodge. Enjoy a short early afternoon game viewing as you exit the park. Depart for Nairobi, where you will arrive in the early evening and get dropped off at your Nairobi hotel, Nairobi Airport or residence.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 736 reviews

Amazing tour, the Nairobi National Park is incredible, such a wealth of nature and beauty at the doorstep of skyscrapers and railway. Very well managed by the guide Peter, who first drove us around the park and made his best to allow us seeing as much as possible, including a majestic lion. Peter was very knowledgeable and passionate about Kenya, shared a wealth of information on animals, the environment, etc. and drove us extensively around the park to make sure that we saw most of the animals, giving us all the time to capture pics. He then took us to visit the Elephants' Orphanage (another incredible place) and before going to the third and last highlight of the day, the Giraffes' Centre, he allowed us to take our time and rest in a community centre where we could buy coffee, homemade samosa and local handcraft. Overall a great tour, I could see a lot of incredible things, and do everything at my own pace although it was an organised tour. Comfortable car with open roof.

I had an enjoyable experience as I lucked out with a personal tour (no one else came). The staff were very receptive and responsive to my queries. Being picked-up and dropped off at my residence was very appreciated. My guide was knowledgeable in providing me context about the park and driving to find the animals. He was also very patient and made sure I was comfortable throughout the tour.

I flew in for work and really wanted to tour the city in one day, and Ben made it possible! Ben is an amazing tour guide, Ismail is a safe and friendly driver, and they make a perfect duo to make the most of your visit. I definitely recommend booking through them, whether alone or with a group. Kenya is awesome!

It was very educating and lovely experience I would love to visit again

Joseph is a very nice tour guide. We had excellent time with him