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Nairobi City Tour

Nairobi City Tour offers you a perfect opportunity to learn about Kenyan History, Traditions, Tastes & Culture. During your tour of Nairobi, you will visit a variety of places. These are: Snake Park, Kenya National Museum, Kenyan Parliament Building, Shopping Bazaars and Local Shopping Markets.

Nairobi City Tour by bus offers you the opportunity to see the city within a short time and discover Nairobi beauty and history. Destinations include Central Nairobi, Shopping Areas and National Museum & Snake Park. You depart from your hotel at 10.00am in the morning and return back at noon.
The tour takes two hours.Nairobi is a city, financial capital, administrative capital, province and the capital of Kenya.

The main languages spoken here are Swahili and English. There are many churches, mosques and temples where people of different faiths go to worship. Restaurants serve almost every kind of food, from local dishes to the most exotic. Curries from India and Pakistan are very popular as is Chinese, Arabian and European cuisine.

Nairobi City Tour by Bus:

  • Visit Nairobi city center, shopping areas, Parliament Buildings, National Museum, and Snake Park
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
  • All entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Professional English speaking guides

Nairobi City Tour Does Not Include:

  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips or gratuity
  • Travelers insurance
  • Communication charges
  • Minimum of two persons required
  • Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals, sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Nairobi Walking City Tour (5 Hours)
Nairobi Walking City Tour includes a walking Safari in Nairobi central business district with an African Spice Safari Guide where you have ample time for close photography. You will visit a local market where you can bargain and shop for arts and crafts etc, visit Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre. A tour to the top of Kenyatta International Conference (28 Government Building with 28 stories) to look at Nairobi skyline can be arranged. The tour also includes a visit to Kenya National archives & Watatu art gallery/ Collectors Den, the Snake Park and National Museum: Our Nairobi National museum is well known for excellent exhibits and displays of early man, tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya.

Nairobi Walking City Tour:

  • Kenya National archives
  • Watatu art gallery/ Collectors Den
  • Snake Park and National Museum
  • Kenyatta International Conference
  • Professional English speaking guides

Nairobi History
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Masai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

During Kenya’s colonial period, the city became a center for the colony’s coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1795 meters above sea-level.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3.5 million. Nairobi is currently the 13th largest city in Africa. Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa, Nairobi is established as a hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa, ranked fourth in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day.

Between 1896 and 1898, the Uganda Railway Company paid for by the British laid railway tracks from Mombasa to Nairobi. Built under tremendous human hardship, 600 miles long and six years to build, The Lunatic Line transformed East Africa, and by 1907, Nairobi had become the new capital.

Situated 100 miles south of the Equator, and 300 miles west of the Indian Ocean at an elevation of 5,500 feet, Nairobi pleasant climate has been an important factor in its booming success. The nights are cool, the days are warm, the temperature rarely exceeds 75 degrees and humidity is low

The beauty of Nairobi greets the visitor already from the air sighting the colorful Bougainvillea lining avenues, highways, and the beautiful Jacaranda Trees blossoming everywhere. An oasis of modern conveniences, Nairobi offers the visitor an array of high caliber hotels and excellent restaurants and an abundance of African culture and art. It is a virtual Spice for shopping which often start with a visit to a local Safari Outfitter for a custom-fit Safari Suit.

In addition to many smart boutiques and art galleries, the shopping experience will include traditional colorful outdoor African markets, and while on Safari, the warm and friendly tribal roadside vendors welcome negotiating their prices with you. Among the many Kenyan artifacts offered are Masai tribal ornaments and spears, Merchaum pipes, hand woven sisal baskets and bags, as well as a dazzling array of batiks, multi-colored fabrics, and pottery and ebony carvings. Elegant jewellery, gems and corals are plentiful and inexpensive and Kenya offers unexpected items such as colonial furniture and antique Arabian doors.

Nairobi Game Park Night Safari, Kenya

Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km from Nairobi city centre. Nairobi National Park is located 15 Minutes from downtown city center.

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives are a more exciting way to spend a night in Nairobi. Nairobi National Park is completely different in the dark. The big cats come out to hunt and you will see animals you won’t see during the day. It‚Äôs a completely different world. Lions sleep all day and hunt in the evening, most of the cats are active just before and after sunset and this is when we take our guests on night game drives. With a spotter and a light we look and listen for the animals, it an amazing experience. Animal behavior is quite different at night so observing the animals in the dark is a big part of any safari.

Our night game drives in Nairobi National Park are conducted by experienced driver guides in our safari cruisers or land cruisers that are fitted with powerful lights for proper sightseeing at night. The powerful game spotting spotlights, a game spotter or game ranger in the vehicle helps you to see animals such as Rhinos, leopards, lions, giraffes, topi, wildebeest, zebras, elands, hartebeest, night owls, hares, dik dik among many others.

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives depart daily at 1900 Hours to 2200 Hours when you return back to your hotel for dinner or 2100 Hours to 0000 Hours after you have enjoyed dinner at your hotel. We are more than happy to extend the night drive in case a guest wishes to stay out longer.

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives Tour Costs/Rates

Notes

  • Children below 6 years are not permitted
  • Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives lasts for not less than two hours
  • Departs daily at 1900 Hours to 2200 Hours when you return back to your hotel for dinner or 2100 Hours to 0000 Hours after you have enjoyed dinner at your hotel

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives Rates include:

  • Price per person
  • Night Park Fee of 25 US Dollars Per Person
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Night Game Ranger
  • Night Game driving at Nairobi National Park
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
  • Park entry fees of 40 US Dollars Per Person, service charge and taxes
  • Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

Nairobi National Park Night Game Drives Rates Exclude:

  • Minimum of two persons required
  • Tips or gratuity, drinks; travelers insurance; laundry, communication charges, visas
  • International airfares and airport taxes; meals, sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Giraffe Center

African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Nairobi, Kenya
(Giraffe Centre also known as The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W. Kenya) is situated on both the edge of the Nairobi National Park and the edge of the residential area known as Karen. Langata Giraffe Centre is set in 6 ha of indigenous forest and is about 20 kilometers out of the city near the Hardy Estate Shopping Centre.)

Giraffe Center Nairobi Day Tour (Tour Duration: 2 Hours)
The Giraffe Centre Day Tours!
The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately 20 kilometers from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. The Giraffe Center is a wonderful and refreshing experience undertaken during African Spice Safaris excursion in Nairobi. Nairobi Giraffe Centre tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them. The centre has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979.

Young giraffes born at the Centre were trans-located to; Soy Sambu Ranch near Lake Elementaita, and Kigio Conservancy near Gilgil and Sergoit ranch in Eldoret while recently they trans-located some to Mwea National Game Reserve . Today the Rothschild Giraffe population in Kenya is about 300.

  • Up Close & Personal at the Giraffe Centre Karen Nairobi
  • Feeding a Giraffe at the Giraffe Centre Nairobi
  • A kiss from a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi

Notes

  • Giraffe Center Day Tours depart daily from Nairobi Hotels

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour:

  • Price per person
  • All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
  • Visit Giraffe Centre in Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya
  • Professional English speaking African Spice Safaris Driver Guide

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour:

  • Travelers Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks
  • Gratuity to your Safari Driver Guide
  • Optional activities the stipulated itinerary
  • Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
  • Communication charges, visas, international airfares and airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Giraffe Center Information
The Giraffe Centre, AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) is located in Langata, just outside Nairobi. The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children.

There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.

The AFEW centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. The centre’s giraffe population wanders freely through the lush gardens, and pays an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table.

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W Kenya Ltd) also known as the Giraffe Centre is a non-profit making organization, which was founded by the late Betty and Jock Lesilie Melville in 1979. The late Betty, Jock’s American born wife, had earlier discovered the sad plight of the Rothschild giraffe and there were only 120 left on an 18,000 acre ranch in Western Kenya that was scheduled for sub-division and settlement. The first effort to save this sub-species was to bring two young giraffes to their property in Langata and later Betty founded AFEW USA.

Funds were raised to move five groups to different safe areas in Kenya namely; Lake Nakuru National Park, Mwea National Game Reserve, Ruma National Park and Nasalot Game Reserve. Funds raised via AFEW USA also built the Giraffe Centre and have bought 60 acres, and is in the process of buying 40 more acres for the Sanctuary.

Giraffe Pedigrees
Giraffes are found in the semi-arid regions of Africa, where trees and bushes are plentiful. Today there are 8 distinct sub-species of Giraffes in Africa. In Kenya we have the Rothschild Giraffe which is the rarest, the Masai Giraffe of Southern Kenya which is the most commonly seen, and the Reticulated Giraffe of Northern Kenya. They live to be twenty to thirty years old. Their main enemy is man. Killed for their meat and hide. Their main difference is their keen eyesight, running speed (up to 55km/per hour) and their powerful kicks.

More Attractions at the Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre Birds Sanctuary
The indigenous forest is a remnant of the natural forest that once surrounded Nairobi. It comprises of over 100 acres of dry upland forest that is the larger ecosystem that originally comprised of the current Ngong forest and Ololua forest hence similar vegetation. In this sanctuary, we have preserved the original forest for our giraffe, and have also kept intact the habitat for many other animals that sometimes are encountered during a walk don the trail.

The Nature Trail
The trail stretches about 1.5 kilometers meandering through thick bushes and forests. This leisurely stroll begins directly in front of the parking lot at the Giraffe Centre. This is a large tract of dry upland forest that existed in the area known today as Nairobi. There are variety of animals that make this forest their home including the giraffes, warthogs, hyenas and times we get leopard. In this sanctuary e have preserved the original forest for our giraffe, and have also kept intact the habitat for many other animals that are sometimes encountered as one takes a walk down the trail.

Get a copy of the Nature Trail Guide Book, which contains a map for easy movement as well as information on different species of flora and fauna that are easy to sight as one takes a walk. The guide book is available at the Giraffe Centre.

Giraffe Centre Activities

  • Bird walks
  • Nature walks
  • Nature interactive learning
  • Tree identification walks (Botanical walks)

Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi City Tour Excursion (2 Hours)
Karen Blixen Museum is the beautiful farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, lived between 1917 and 1931, until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Karen Blixen Museum has been restored with many of her own furnishings, as well as replicas made for the movie. The Museum has a beautiful mature garden and a superb view of the Ngong Hills, which Blixen described so tenderly in her book. Karen Blixen Museum is located on Karen Road, between the Karen College and Bogani Road in the residential neighborhood of Karen and is 15 Kilometers outside Nairobi City. The Museum is open from 9.30am to 6pm.

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum Day Tours!
Karen Blixen Museum; Karen Blixen Museum is located on the outskirts of Nairobi on Karen road. Its history dates back to 1914, during the First World War, with the arrival of Karen Blixen from Denmark. At the foot of Ngong Hills, Karen Blixen established herself as a farmer. After her departure in 1931, the suburbs retained the commemorative home of Karen.

The Danish government donated the house and the surrounding land to Kenya after independence. The house was restored by the Danish government, and was used during the filming of “Out of Africa” which immortalized Karen Blixen’s book by the same name. Karen Blixen Museum was opened to the public in 1986. A striking feature about Karen Blixen Museum is the beautiful grounds. The house built in 1910 has a red tile roof and mellow wood paneling in the rooms. When Karen Blixen bought the property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres were developed for growing coffee; the rest was retained under natural forest.

Much of the original furniture is on display in the house. The original kitchen has been restored, and is now open for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one used by Karen Blixen is on display, as are the kitchen utensils. Reconstruction of the coffee factory, along with other old farm machinery is underway. The aim here is to take an individual back in time, and provide a visual impression of each settler life in Kenya. Karen Blixen Museum has become a herb of various activities including private parties, research and visitation, from all over the world. The income so generated is used to refurbish and maintain Karen Blixen Museum and other regional museums.

Karen Blixen Museum Nairobi Tour

  • Price per person
  • All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
  • Professional English speaking African Spice Safaris Driver Guide
  • Visit Karen Blixen Museum in Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya

Karen Blixen Museum Nairobi Tour

  • Travelers Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks
  • Gratuity to your Safari Driver Guide
  • Optional activities the stipulated itinerary
  • Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
  • Communication charges, visas, international airfares and airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Karen Blixen Museum Information
Karen Blixen (1885-1962), also known by her pseudonym, Isak Dinesen, is famous for her memoir, Out of Africa, and for several works of fiction, including Seven Gothic Tales (1934) and Winter’s Tales (1942). A 2007 poll of opinion in her native Denmark lists Karen Blixen as one of the most representative personalities in Danish history. She was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She wrote in English, after living on a coffee farm in Kenya from 1914 to 1931.

She married her second cousin, Baron Bror Blixen of Sweden, thereby acquiring the title Baroness. Following their separation and divorce, she had a long affair with the safari hunter, Denys Finch Hatton, son of a titled English family. In 1931, after losing the coffee farm in the Great Depression, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark and embarked on the writing career that lasted until her death in 1962. She was played by Meryl Streep in the 1985 film Out of Africa.

Her memoir was arresting in many ways, especially in its oblique references to the author’s love story with the English hunter Denys Finch Hatton. It left the reader tantalized by a series of enigmas: Who was the writer’s husband, and what happened to him? Why didn’t she and Finch Hatton marry? Did she ever plan to return to Africa? What was her life now?

The answers to these questions remained private until after her death. She had married a Swede named Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, her second cousin, from whom she took the title Baroness. Bror was the twin of the celebrated horseman, Hans von Blixen-Finecke, the man Karen was in love with in her youth. Bror himself wrote a book describing how he and his wife had set out to run a pioneer farm in Kenya. They divorced after eleven difficult years of marriage. She fought the divorce, and her Letters from Africa suggest that she loved her husband. Bror married again twice, but Karen did not remarry and never had children.

Her talent for hospitality in Kenya attracted a variety of aristocratic and bohemian friends, including Berkeley Cole. She called Denys Finch Hatton the love of her life, but the nature of their relationship has never been clear. She appears to have suffered two miscarriages during the eight or more years of the affair. However, the writer Beryl Markham, a friend of Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton, claimed to biographers that Finch Hatton was homosexual.

Due to the world wide economic depression and miscalculations in pioneer farming, Karen Blixen’s coffee farm, financed by her family, never turned a profit. She was homesick much of her time in Africa. Although she had her farm for nearly 18 years, she spent nearly four years of that time in her beloved Denmark. She left Kenya in 1931 and never returned.

Literature:
Karen Blixen [Isak Dinesen] can be compared with no other writers. Her voice was formed by her Scandinavian roots, and influenced by a wide variety of works of European literature. Her writing places emphasis on story, rather than characters, and on the philosophical understanding of personal identity. Her stories underline a fascination with the role of fate in controlling the lives of human beings. She believed that a person’s response to the vicissitudes of fate offers a possibility for heroism and, ultimately, for immortality.

A small selection of her literary influences include:

  • Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Shakespeare’s plays
  • Soren Kierkegaard
  • Mozart’s Don Juan
  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Walt Whitman
  • Mary Shelley
  • Lord Byron
  • Goethe

Bomas of Kenya Cultural Tour

Nairobi, Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is located in Langata, Nairobi near the main gate of Nairobi National Park. BOMA is a Swahili for homestead, and this is what you will find at this famous venue located a few minutes drive from the City Centre. This introduces you to Kenya 16 major tribes and the homesteads reflect the diversity of the country rich culture. The highlights of Bomas of Kenya tour is a display of traditional dances and acrobatic shows performed at the venues expansive arena.

15 to 20 Traditional Dances & Songs Show Time
Monday to Friday: 2.30pm 4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 3.30pm 5.15pm

Bomas of Kenya Nairobi Tour (Tour Duration: 2 Hours)
Bomas of Kenya View
Bomas of Kenya offers you “Kenya in a miniature”. It lets you see the wonderful diversity of cultures that make up Kenya. The term Bomas, meaning “homestead”, are displayed on your tour; each represent one of Kenya’s major ethnic groups, and is built to the original traditional architecture of an African home as built by the ancestors. A Boma is a homestead and just a few kilometers from Nairobi, we have the Bomas of Kenya.

Here you will experience the rich culture of Kenya 42 different ethnic groups as they live on their day-to-day basis. This is clearly demonstrated through traditional dances, music, song, and folklore. There is a splendid arena where acrobatic shows are performed.

The Bomas of Kenya put on displays of traditional dancers and spread over many acres, it also has a wonderful display of mud huts and traditional Kenyan homesteads. The Bomas of Kenya is the ideal place to bring energetic children as they can freely run in and out of the traditional houses & mud huts, climb up ladders and generally have a wonderfully active time. These traditional houses are set out in clusters according to the region. The homes are grouped with the first wife’s hut, second wife’s hut, granary etc. and you can see where the livestock are kept and the enormous variety between the nuts.

Bomas of Kenya was initiated in 1971 after Kenya’s independence (1964) and it is run by the Kenyan Government and aims to promote Kenya’s rich cultural heritage. In addition to the main attractions (the dancers and the traditional homesteads), there is also a large, wooden play area for young children, a small, low-key village of craft shops and other attractions. The Centre is set up for conferences and can offer cultural shows for audiences of up to 300 people.

Bomas of Kenya Day Tour:

  • Price per person
  • Visit to Bomas of Kenya
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • All entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel

Bomas of Kenya Day Tour Does Not include:

  • Tips or gratuity, drinks
  • Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, drinks etc
  • Travelers insurance; laundry, communication charges, visas, international airfares and airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
  • Optional activities; video filming fees are charged as a supplemental and are payable directly to Bomas of Kenya.

Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi, Langata Suburb of Nairobi, Kenya
The Carnivore Restaurant is an Open-Air Restaurant situated in the Langata Suburb of Nairobi close to Wilson Airport, about 5 kilometers/3 Miles from Nairobi centre. The Carnivore Restaurant opened in September 1980 to instant success. This restaurant is a must for Meat Lovers. For one Set Price as much freshly barbecued meat as you can eat is presented to you.

The Carnivore is a unique experience. This open-air meat specialty restaurant has become a standard stop on the safari trail. Every type of meat imaginable, including four choices of wild game, is roasted on traditional Masai swords (skewers) over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Normally waiters welcome you for starters with a delicious hot soup, and then carry the meat swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the prime meats onto sizzling, cast iron plates in front of you. A wide selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and a variety of exotic sauces accompany the meat feast. After this meal, dessert and coffee follow. The famous Carnivore Dawa cocktail was introduced to Kenya at the Carnivore. Dawa in Swahili means medicine or a health revival potion. The Carnivore “Dawa” is the drink chosen to hydrate, refresh and sharpen the taste buds.

The variety of meats served include:- Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of venison, rumps of beef, sirloin steaks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, and skewered kidneys, turkey and much more.Crocodile / Camel – The meats are constantly basted and turned until perfectly cooked; the meat is succulent and well flavored.

Vegetables and Salads: – wide selection of salads, vegetable side dishes accompanies the meat dishes. The restaurant also offers vegetarian dishes.

Notes

  • Children between 2 to 12 years accompanied with an adult pay 25 US Dollars Per Child
  • Lunch only Per Person (Sundays + Public Holidays) 2,725 Kenya Shillings
  • Lunch only Per Person (Monday to Saturday) 2,430 Kenya Shillings
  • Dinner only Per Person (Everyday) 2,725 Kenya Shillings
  • Vegetarian Lunch only Per Person (Monday to Saturday) 1,970 Kenya Shillings
  • Vegetarian Lunch only Per Person (Sundays + Public Holidays) 2,150 Kenya Shillings
  • Vegetarian Dinner only Per Person 2,150 Kenya Shillings

Carnivore Restaurant Day Tour

  • All entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Lunch or dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
  • Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture and tour guiding

Carnivore Restaurant Day Tour Does Not include

  • Personal expenses such as drinks
  • Tips or gratuity, travelers insurance; laundry, communication charges, visas
  • Transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
  • International airfares and airport taxes; meals, sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities

Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi

Carnivore Restaurant is considered ‚ÄòAfrica’s Greatest Eating Experience’. Every type of meat imaginable including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the decor are outstanding.

Carnivore Restaurant food, service and atmosphere are strikingly different from anything ever seen in Kenya. The Carnivore is a meat specialty restaurant and it is justifiably referred to as ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’. Twice voted amongst the world 50 best restaurants by an expert panel in Restaurant magazine Carnivore is described as amazing.

The Carnivore since its inception has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe including numerous celebrities. In fact the Carnivore visitors’ book read like a global who is who! Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of exotic meat, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Constantly basted and turned until cooked to perfection, the meat is succulent and well flavored. The Carnivore doesn’t conform to the familiar restaurant traditions of passing out menus and waiting for people to order. Diners simply take their seats on the Zebra striped chairs and the movable feast begins.

First comes the soup of the day then a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front of each guest along with a plate of home baked brown bread and butter. An army of carvers wearing zebra striped aprons and straw hats then move from table to table carrying the Masai swords laden with different prime meats deliberately carving unlimited amounts onto the sizzling, cast iron plates in front of each guest.

Accompanying the meat feast is a wide selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, and also a variety of exotic sauces made from the Carnivore own recipes and stacked on to a double storey-revolving tray in the center of the table.

The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until defeat is declared by the over-fed guests who signal that enough is enough by lowering of a white paper flag perched atop the central tray. This is followed by dessert and coffee. The full meal including a soup course is at a set price. A vegetarian menu is also offered. First time visitors to The Carnivore are enthralled by the spectacle of the roasting pit, the service and the distinctive flavors of food.

Charitable Status & How the Trust Operates

Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Animal Orphanage; The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honor to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation & Management Department. David died 6 months later but his legacy of excellence and the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry and ethics, lives on.

Since its inception, the Trust has remained true to his principles and ideals, its modus of operation overseen by 6 competent and well versed Trustees assisted by an Advisory Committee of practical Naturalists with a lifetime experience of wildlife, local environmental conditions and the history of conservation in this country. In 2004 the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust attained US Charitable status enhancing its corporate funding capability under the guidance of the U.S. based Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, all whom work on a voluntary basis.
On 9th June 2004 it was incorporated as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee in the U.K. and granted charitable status by the Charities Commission, its Charity No. 1103836. A Company Limited by Guarantee retains the overall jurisdiction of the Trust’s existing Trustees over the disbursement of funds generated in the U.K.

Elephant Orphans

The first young elephant orphans of Tsavo were Samson a two year old baby bull orphaned during drought conditions in 1952 and Fatuma a two year old baby female orphaned by poachers soon afterwards during the same year. There followed many others over the subsequent early years of David Sheldrick 30 years as Warden of Tsavo East National Park, but always *only* those orphaned either, just below, or at two years old and over, survived.

The hand-rearing of a fully milk dependent *infant* elephant (i.e. under two years of age) was something that eluded the Sheldrick for 28 years for an infant elephant is milk dependent for at least the first two years of life, and those that survive in a wild situation without access to milk between the age of 2 and 3, are few. This has been established by the scientific monitoring of the Amboseli population for the past 30 years.

The composition of the *fat* content of elephants milk is very different from that of cows milk, added to which evidence suggests the actual protein and fat composition of elephants milk varies during different stages of lactation to cater for the growing needs of a baby. This means that two years is a very long time to be reliant on an artificial substance that is not identical to / mother milk, / especially in view of the fact that Nature has made infant African elephants *exceedingly* *fragile;* they can be fine one day and dead the next and one can never be sure that a calf will survive until it is past its second birthday. The hand-rearing of orphaned elephants is an emotional roller-coaster for those involved, for tragedy stalks success and can strike unexpectedly at any moment.

Rehabilitation

All the elephant orphans raised by the Trust are gradually rehabilitated back into the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park when grown, a transition that is made at their own pace and in their own time, but usually taking approximately eight to ten years. A number of our ex Nursery orphans have now had wild born young which they have brought back to show their erstwhile human family, and others are now pregnant and living free, yet keeping in touch with those who are still Keeper dependent. Amongst these are many orphaned too young to have any recollection of their elephant mother or family.

Nairobi National Park Carnivore Restaurant Lunch & Bomas of Kenya

Nairobi Full Day Trip
Our Nairobi Full Day trip starts with Nairobi National Park – where you get to see animals such as Rhinos, leopards, lions, giraffes, topi, wildebeest, zebras, elands, hartebeest, dik dik among many others. Then followed by lunch at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant, where you will dine on an endless supply of meat – beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat, and even ostrich and crocodile! After lunch you get to visit the Bomas of Kenya – Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes together with cultural dances.

Nairobi National Park

The 117 km2 Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi.

The Park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city and has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota (life forms). The dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the dry season.

Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat. To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season.

Roads: Located only about 7 km from the city centre, the Park is easily accessible on tarmac roads, mainly through Langata Road. There is an adequate administration and viewing road network with satisfactory signage.

Nairobi National Park major attractions found in the Park

  • Diverse bird life
  • Black rhinoceros
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Nairobi Safari Walk &the Orphanage
  • Spacious accommodating Picnic Sites
  • Large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah
  • Annual wildebeest and zebra migration in July/August
  • Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest

Nairobi National Museum Day Tour (Tour Duration: 2 Hours)
Nairobi National Museum Tour!
Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi City Centre. It houses 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. Nairobi National Museum tour lasts about 2 Hours and is a great eye opener into Kenya’s culture & history.

The museum holds a wide variety of most reputed collections relating to culture, history, and art hailing from East Africa and Kenya. This museum interprets Kenyan heritage for stimulating learning and appreciation. Nairobi Museum is a huge facility with many educating sections, which is the best educational center and one can easily spend all day here. There is a guide in the entryway that offers all the information about each and every section of the museum. Upstairs in the people section, are displays of the cultures of various tribes in Kenya. Also, the museum contains dinosaur fossils found in Kenya. Within the museum there is a cafe /restaurant with a large balcony that offers a great and breathtaking jungle view. It also has touristy shops selling local handmade jewellery, African artifacts and souvenir items.

There is an enormous statue of a dinosaur just at the entrance to the museum which is always a hit with children. Another major tourist attraction within the grounds is the Snake Park which has just been refurbished.

National Museum Cultural

  • Pillar Exhibition
  • Museum of Nairobi Nature
  • Pillar Section
  • Human origins Section of the Nairobi Museum


Nairobi National Museum Day Tour Price includes

  • Price per person
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • All entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Visit to Nairobi National Museum & Snake Park
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel

Nairobi National Museum Day Tour Does Not include
* Optional activities
* Travelers insurance
* Tips or gratuity, drinks
* International airfares and airport taxes
* Laundry, communication charges, visas
* Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Nairobi National Museum

The recently renovated Nairobi National Museum is a good place to learn more about Kenya’s history and culture. The construction of the present Museum Hill site began in 1929 after the government set aside the land for it. The Museum was officially opened on September 22, 1930, and named Coryndon Museum, in honor of Sir Robert Coryndon, one time governor of Kenya and a staunch supporter of the Uganda Natural History Society. With the opening of the museum, the society moved its extensive library into the Museum complex.

Part of this collection made the foundation collection for what is now the Herbarium. In the early forties and fifties, the late Dr. Louis Leakey made a public appeal for funds to enlarge the Museum’s galleries. The result was the construction of all the present galleries to the right of the main entrance.

These were named in honor of the Nairobi community members who made their contributions for the construction. Today, one finds the Mahatma Gandhi Hall, the Aga Khan and the Churchill Gallery among others. In the early sixties the Nairobi Snake Park was built with the aim to educate the public about snakes and the common reptiles of Kenya. The Snake Park continues to be a big attraction in the Museum.

In 1964, the Coryndon Museum changed its name to the National Museums of Kenya. Beginning from 1969, the Museum expanded its services and assets beyond Nairobi, and established museums in Kitale, Meru, Kisumu, Lamu and Fort Jesus in Mombasa. In addition, the Institute of Primate Research is also closely associated with the Museum. Each of these regional museums has its own identity and develops its own programmes, and is run under the office of the Director for Regional Museums, Sites & Monuments.

In the post 1969 period, the Museums have grown and diversified. The Leakey Memorial building was opened in 1976 and houses the administration, archeology and paleontology departments. The building also houses an auditorium with a sitting capacity of roughly 300 people which serves to hold different Museum functions. Also during this period, research and development programmes were developed and initiated.

These included cooperation with the University of Nairobi and the Institute of African Studies, specializing in ethnography and cultural anthropology. The Education department initiated programmes for the thousands of school children who visit the Museums every year. The Casting Department sells casts of important fossil discoveries to Museums worldwide, both for study and for exhibition.

They exhibit fossils excavated within East African river valleys, which is believed to be the origin of human kind. The Kenya National Museum also displays a variety of stuffed bird species and displays diverse Kenyan culture. There are three Pillars of Kenya’s National heritage i.e. Nature, Culture and History. Under the Nature Pillar, there are 5 exhibitions.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Orphanage is home to deeply traumatized, often injured, suffering from shock and grief having lost their mother and family- orphaned animals from all over Kenya. The orphanage is not big – in fact, it is rather small, but this helps make it very intimate and easy to wander around. What adds to its charm and sense of personalization is that every enclosure has a notice describing the animals which allows you to relate to them.

The Orphanage educates the public about wildlife and environmental conservation in Kenya. One can read the life history of each animal – whether it was rescued or born in captivity. Between 2.00 to 3.00 pm is a good time to see the animals as they are fed. The animals here include cheetahs, Lions, Leopards and Hyenas among others.

You can also work or get a placement at the orphanage. This revolves round intimate animal conservation. Here volunteer(s) get to lock eyes with the African cats, feed them and strike a rapport with them on a name basis. This placement is popular even amongst the Kenyan youths and students; hence one must book at least 3 months in advance to be able to secure a chance. A great opportunity to get close and learn about Africa’s fantastic wildlife. It is best taken for a period not exceeding a month.

Nairobi Safari Walk (Kenya Wildlife Services)
Only 7km south of the city of Nairobi lies the Nairobi Safari Walk, Kenya’s new conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education.

The Safari Walk is the eye opener to Kenya’s Parks and Reserves. It offers you an opportunity to learn what you expect to see across the country. Introductory talks on Kenya’s Parks and Reserves can be arranged for you by the naturalists. You will have a taste of Kenya’s rich Animal collection including the rare bongo antelope, White Rhino, Albino Zebra, a collection of cats, antelopes and primates. NSW is also home to a collection of about 150 species of local trees. Get to learn their varied traditional uses too.

Nairobi Safari Walk is a conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education. It is an eye opener to Kenya’s Parks and Reserves. It offers you an opportunity to learn what you expect to see across the country. You will have a taste of Kenya’s rich Animal collection including the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, and a collection of cats, antelopes and primates. It is also home to a collection of about 150 species of local trees.
Notes
Nairobi Safari Walk Day Tour price includes:

  • Price per person
  • Nairobi Safari Walk Tour
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • All park entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel

Nairobi Safari Walk Day Tour does not include:

  • Minimum of two persons required
  • Tips or gratuity, drinks; travelers insurance; laundry, communication charges, visas
  • International airfares and airport taxes; meals, sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Nairobi Safari Walk Entrance Fees/Prices

  • Child between 3 to 18 Years (Citizen) 150 Kenyan Shillings (Resident)
  • Child between 3 to 18 Years 5 US Dollars (Non Resident)
  • Child between 3 to 18 Years 50 Kenyan Shillings
  • Resident Adult Rates: 300 Kenyan Shillings Per Person
  • Non Resident Adult Rates: 20 US Dollars Per Person
  • Citizen Adult Rates: 100 Kenyan Shillings Per Person

Nairobi National Park
Nairobi, as a capital city, is unique in having a wildlife park on its doorstep. Indeed the city abuts the Nairobi National Park on all but the southern perimeter so it is possible to photograph a rhino, browsing peace fully among the whistling thorn with high-rise office buildings in the backdrop. Some of the wildlife is migratory and when vegetation and water are present outside the park, they move out into Masai land through the unfenced southern boundary.

The 117 Square Kilometers (44 square Miles) Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi. The park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city The park has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora.

Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota (life forms). The dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the dry season.

The park has a rich/diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded. However all species are not always present and some are seasonal. Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April. Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.

To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season.

Highlights of Nairobi National Park

  • Black rhinoceros
  • Diverse birdlife
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Spacious accommodating picnic sites
  • Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage
  • Large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
  • Annual wildebeest and zebra migration in July/August
  • Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest

Nairobi Mamba Village Resort, Kenya
Located in Nairobi’s leafy Karen Suburb
Nairobi Mamba Village Resort is located in Nairobi’s leafy Karen Suburb, about 13 Kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Kenya’s Capital City. Mamba Village is a great place to see crocodiles, ostriches, giraffes, and even rabbits in Nairobi.

Mamba Village Nairobi
Mamba Village Nairobi; Mamba Village Nairobi is situated an estimated 13 kilometers away from Kenya’s capital city – off the Lang’ata – Karen road. A wide range of facilities are provided at the resort, located in a spacious and serene environment accessible by a tarmac and all-weather road. An array of leisure and outdoor activities are available to visitors of Nairobi Mamba Village.

Nairobi Mamba Village has over recent months earned emergent status as an important environmental education centre. School groups i.e. wildlife & science clubs from all parts of the country regularly visit the Village to learn about crocodiles and ostrich birds on several days every week. By virtue of its extensive range of medicinal tree and plant species found in its botanical garden – Nairobi Mamba Village boasts a yet-to-be fully tapped potential, as a resource centre capable of creating environmental awareness to a broad spectrum of people.

Mamba Village Nairobi recreational Options Include:

  • Leisure Park
  • Crocodile Pens
  • Superb Scenery
  • Conferences Facility
  • Secluded Picnic site
  • Children Playgrounds
  • Camel, Horse, Boat Riding
  • Ostrich Park, Bird watching trail
  • Man-made lake, restaurant, barbeque, lounge, bar, bandas, art gallery, gift shop
  • Amphitheater& a Botanical Garden replete with rare exotic medicinal plants and trees
  • Adequate Space for Garden Parties, Weddings, Splendid Photo/Video Shooting Sessions

Mamba Village Nairobi Resort main restaurant has a capacity of up to 300 guests at a time alongside an ‘island’ buffet space overlooking the man-made lake, which can seat another 120 patrons.

Nairobi Mamba Village
, Nairobi Mamba Village Crocodile Pen
Nairobi Mamba Village – just as the name suggests, is the home of Crocodiles in Kenya’s capital city. The species found here is the Nile Crocodile – which is one of the three species common in Africa and the biggest as well. Also considered as man-eaters, the Nile Crocodile can, and sometimes does easily snatch and devour human beings at will. Any close encounter with the reptile is to be avoided at all costs. The Nile Crocodile also known scientifically as Crocodylus Niloticus – is on average a well known reptile, primarily owing to its huge size.

It has four short, splayed legs; a long powerful tail; and a scaly hide with rows of scales (known as ossified scutes) running down the back to end of its tail. Its mighty jaws are regarded as its greatest asset and weapon. The nostrils, eyes and ears are also located on the top of their heads – the reason why the reptile is able to conceal the rest of its body underwater.

Juvenile crocodiles are grey, dark olive or brown – though the cross-bands on their tail and body are darker. And as they mature – their hide gets darker as the cross-bands fade away. The color of the Crocodile’s skin makes it easy for the reptile to lay in wait patiently for unsuspecting prey. At the Nairobi Mamba Village, the existing pens are flanked by grayish rocks and sand beds where the Croc’s bask – within a richly vegetated background meant to mimic their wild and natural habitat.

Nairobi Mamba Village Ostrich Park
Amazing integration of nature and man activities with an opportunity to see savannah ostrich in an extensive area and yet get close enough to feed them from your hand. All this is experienced in the Mamba village Ostrich Park.Ostriches are flightless birds, regarded as the world’s largest and heaviest birds. Their scientific name Struthio camelus is derived from the Greek word “camel sparrow”. In local Kiswahili dialect they are referred to commonly as “mbuni”.

Ostriches can be found in especially Africa – although almost all zoos worldwide must have the bird within their pens. The birds also considered to be powerful runners – have long, sturdy legs though each has only two toes.
At the ostrich park in Nairobi Mamba Village, the sanctuary provides an amazing integration of nature and activities. Visitors have an opportunity to see a graceful savannah ostrich within its natural environment and also get up close enough to feed them from one’s hand.

Nairobi Mamba Village Leisure Park
The mamba village leisure park provides a great location for relaxation. Outdoor activities such as garden weddings, graduation ceremonies, concerts self structured games and funfair’s can be held here. A soon-to-be-inaugurated Leisure Park covering about 10 acres is currently under creation. Upon completion, it is expected to transform Nairobi Mamba Village into an environmental conservation centre and a botanical garden of a kind in East Africa with more than 90 medicinal trees already planted in the grounds.

Nairobi Mamba Village concentration of indigenous medicinal plants and exotic trees cannot be found anywhere else in Nairobi on a single location. In the long term Nairobi Mamba Village Leisure Park is intended to offer an ideal location for relaxation, outdoor activities such as garden weddings, graduation ceremonies, live music concerts, self structured games and funfair’s among other activities, which require expansive space. Nairobi Mamba Village Leisure Park in future will have the following features:

  • Medicinal arboretum
  • Large open lawns
  • Amphitheater
  • Water garden
  • Palm garden
  • Mini-Golf

Steam Locomotive at the Nairobi Railway Station

Nairobi Railway Museum & Nairobi City Tour (Half Day)
Nairobi Railway Museum tour covers the modern city centre, the colorful city market, Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre; the landmark of Nairobi (KICC), The 7th Memorial Park (Bomblast, the Railway Station and the Railway Museum the National Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, McMillan Memorial Library and the renowned National Museum where there are spell-binding displays of the early man, tribal regalia and flora and fauna of Kenya. A visit to the adjacent snake park is also included. The tour returns to your city hotel or residence.

One of the steam locomotives usually hauls a tourist excursion from Nairobi to Naivasha on the second Saturday of the month – and all-day outing which is great fun and highly recommended. Kindly request African Spice Safaris to arrange a trip for you.

Nairobi Railway Museum Day Tour Price Includes
* Any applicable taxes
* Service of an English speaking driver guide
* Transport based on a safari Minivan vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing
* Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver where applicable

Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

Nairobi Railway Museum is situated at the north-west end of Nairobi and the station and can be seen from the Uhuru Highway where it crosses the main line. For a nostalgic trip down memory lane, visit the Railway Museum in Nairobi, at the west end of the Nairobi train station. Established in 1971, the museum was created to preserve and display to the public the relics and records of the railways of East Africa. Visit the museum to have a delightful visit of the Kenya of old, dating from the times of industry brought about by colonialism, and driven by Africans and Asians. At the museum you will have the chance to see the collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock. Walk around the delightful display of miniatures: smaller exhibits and models. The Railway Museum in Nairobi remains connected to the railways, allowing for restored locomotives to access the main line for working steam excursions. The curator of the museum is Maurice Barasa, and anthropologist by letters and the son of a stationmaster on Kenya Railways, bringing useful expertise into the museum. Recently, Class EB3 2409 has been restored to operating condition by the steam team. An account of the restoration and the process of restoring these nostalgic machines out of another era are on hand.

Visit the Railway Museum in Nairobi to learn about the interesting history of the railways. You will be informed about the painstaking effort and sheer man power that was required to lay down the tracks, with all of the challenges that were encountered during construction, one of which is the fascinating tale of how production was forced to be halted due to the ‘man-eaters’: lions that made killing hits on the camps of the workers. The chilling account is retold of how two man-eating lions attacked and killed scores of railway workers until they were hunted down and killed by Colonel J.H. Patterson, who had been supervising the railway project. The stuffed and mounted carcasses of the two lions are now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. More accounts of how lions disturbed production reveal that two other Englishmen were killed by lions near the railways. The railways undoubtedly played a central part in shaping Kenyan history, including helping to establish present day Nairobi, and the trials and tribulations of the line, together with the political details about how the railway affected the lives of people from Africa, England and Asia, is a fascinating history. You will be enthralled by visiting the Railway Museum in Nairobi.

The Nairobi Snake Park

Adjacent to Nairobi National Museum, Kenya
Nairobi Snake Park is one of the National Museums of Kenya attractions located within the compound of the Nairobi National Museum. The Nairobi Snake Park is part of the Nairobi National Museum located at the Museum Hill approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre)

Nairobi Snake Park
Nairobi Snake Park Tour
Nairobi Snake Park (NSP) is one of the National Museums of Kenya attractions located adjacent to Nairobi National Museum and is extremely popular with visitors. On display are, cobras, puff adders, mambas and the large African-Rock python (non-poisonous) found only in Kenya. Several species of crocodile found in Africa, the American alligator, fresh water terrapins and tortoises are also on display aquariums holding coral fish from the East African lakes and rivers are a main feature of the park.

Apart from the attraction, the Snake Park provided refuge and home for abandoned and unwanted reptiles including a giant tortoise that is still currently living at the park. The specimen was found wondering along a road in Limuru in 1961. The Snake Park has continued to provide refuge to a number of abandoned, threatened, rescued and unwanted reptiles to date.

The Snake Park has continued to attract visitors steadily over the years. The public in Nairobi over the years to date has continued to receive help in removal of snakes from residential premises as well as advice on handling of reptiles especially snakes. Snake identification service is also provided. Visitors to the Snake Park get to enjoy the exhibits of reptiles, fish and succulent plants.

Nairobi Snake Park Tour Price includes

  • Price per person
  • Visit to Nairobi Snake Park
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • All entry fees, service charge and taxes
  • Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel

Nairobi Snake Park Tour Does Not include

  • Optional activities
  • Travelers insurance
  • Tips or gratuity, drinks
  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Laundry, communication charges, visas
  • Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
  • Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Historical Background of The Nairobi Snake Park
The Nairobi Snake Park was started in 1959 to meet a popular attraction and to provide a research facility on reptiles, breeding habits, skin casting, food and reaction to climate change. It had been noted that such studies were difficult to be carried out in any other way.

Live snakes were exhibited on experimental basis at the entrance of the Museum in 1958 and were a great popular attraction. When the popularity was noted, the plot of land in front of the Museum and down to the Nairobi River was acquired by the Museum Trustees for the development of Botanical gardens and exhibit live snakes. This idea was developed further in 1959, when money was made available for a combined Snake Park and Snake study centre surrounded by a botanical garden and war memorial garden on one end.

By the end of 1960, the Snake Park was almost completed using funds made available by the War Memorial Committee. The Snake Park was opened to the public in January 1961. It attracted a lot of interest from the public, researchers, conservationist and educators. The Snake Park provided a popular amenity, as well as being most useful from the research point view, for both reptiles and plants, since a part of the gardens was to be devoted to indigenous flora. Tortoises and lizards were introduced that following year (1962). The Snake Park also attracted a number of researchers who donated a diversity of specimens locally and internationally. Specimens were brought in from India, Madagascar, Europe, and USA and South America. Among the donations was the American alligator brought in 1967 and two crocodiles in 1974.

Nairobi City Tour offers you a perfect opportunity to learn about Kenyan History, Traditions, Tastes & Culture. During your tour of Nairobi, you will visit a variety of places. These are: Snake Park, Kenya National Museum, Kenyan Parliament Building, Shopping Bazaars and Local Shopping Markets.

Nairobi City Tour by Bus
Nairobi City Tour by bus offers you the opportunity to see the city within a short time and discover Nairobi beauty and history. Destinations include Central Nairobi, Shopping Areas and National Museum & Snake Park. You depart from your hotel at 10.00am in the morning and return back at noon. The tour takes two hours.

Nairobi is a city, financial capital, administrative capital, province and the capital of Kenya. The main languages spoken here are Swahili and English. There are many churches, mosques and temples where people of different faiths go to worship. Restaurants serve almost every kind of food, from local dishes to the most exotic. Curries from India and Pakistan are very popular as is Chinese, Arabian and European cuisine.

Nairobi City Tour by Bus Price/Rates Includes:
* Visit Nairobi city center, shopping areas, Parliament Buildings, National Museum, and Snake Park
* Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
* All entry fees, service charge and taxes
* Professional English speaking guides

Nairobi City Tour Does Not Include:

  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips or gratuity
  • Travelers insurance
  • Communication charges
  • Minimum of two persons required
  • Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals, sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as transfers to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Nairobi Walking City Tour (5 Hours)
Nairobi Walking City Tour includes a walking Safari in Nairobi central business district with an African Spice Safari Guide where you have ample time for close photography. You will visit a local market where you can bargain and shop for arts and crafts etc, visit Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre. A tour to the top of Kenyatta International Conference (28 Government Building with 28 stories) to look at Nairobi skyline can be arranged. The tour also includes a visit to Kenya National archives & Watatu art gallery/ Collectors Den, the Snake Park and National Museum: Our Nairobi National museum is well known for excellent exhibits and displays of early man, tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya.

Nairobi Walking City Tour Price Includes:

  • Kenya National archives
  • Watatu art gallery/ Collectors Den
  • Snake Park and National Museum
  • Kenyatta International Conference
  • Professional English speaking guides

Nairobi History
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Masai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

During Kenya’s colonial period, the city became a center for the colony’s coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1795 meters above sea-level.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3.5 million. Nairobi is currently the 13th largest city in Africa. Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa, Nairobi is established as a hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa, ranked fourth in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day.

Between 1896 and 1898, the Uganda Railway Company paid for by the British laid railway tracks from Mombasa to Nairobi. Built under tremendous human hardship, 600 miles long and six years to build The Lunatic Line transformed East Africa, and by 1907, Nairobi had become the new capital.

Situated 100 miles south of the Equator, and 300 miles west of the Indian Ocean at an elevation of 5,500 feet, Nairobi pleasant climate has been an important factor in its booming success. The nights are cool, the days are warm, the temperature rarely exceeds 75 degrees and humidity is low

The beauty of Nairobi greets the visitor already from the air sighting the colorful Bougainvillea lining avenues, highways, and the beautiful Jacaranda Trees blossoming everywhere. An oasis of modern conveniences, Nairobi offers the visitor an array of high caliber hotels and excellent restaurants and an abundance of African culture and art. It is a virtual Spice for shopping which often start with a visit to a local Safari Outfitter for a custom-fit Safari Suit.

In addition to many smart boutiques and art galleries, the shopping experience will include traditional colorful outdoor African markets, and while on Safari, the warm and friendly tribal roadside vendors welcome negotiating their prices with you. Among the many Kenyan artifacts offered are Masai tribal ornaments and spears, Merchaum pipes, hand woven sisal baskets and bags, as well as a dazzling array of batiks, multi-colored fabrics, and pottery and ebony carvings. Elegant jewellery, gems and corals are plentiful and inexpensive and Kenya offers unexpected items such as colonial furniture and antique Arabian doors.