A Fun Day In Nairobi: Places to See in Nairobi
Nairobi is one of three major hubs in Africa that people travel through (Johannesburg and Addis Ababa being the others). Most of those flights land in the evening and depart late in the evening. Many people have a day to spend in Nairobi. Therefore, people ask me if they have a free day in Nairobi is there anything to do there?
The short answer is Yes! Nairobi is a very large city (about 3 million people with notorious traffic) but a perfect enjoyable day in Nairobi is to stay on the west side of the city and visit 4 great sites – The baby elephant orphanage at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, The Giraffe Center, Kazuri Beads and Karen Blixen’s house.
1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her husband David Sheldrick who was the first warden in Tsavo East, they have done a huge amount of work in protecting wildlife in Kenya. They do so many things – funding anti-poaching units, supporting mobile vets in the bush (check out my video Elephant ER showing the incredible work these units do), and aerial support. But one of the famous things they do is rescue baby elephants, rehabilitate them and reintegrate orphans back into the
wild. Twice a day (once solely for people who are sponsors of a baby elephant) you have an opportunity to learn about their efforts and watch the baby elephants being bottle fed and playing with each other and their keepers. Infinite Safari Adventures is the proud sponsor of Jotto whose story you can read here. You can’t help but fall in love.
2. The Giraffe Center
Want to meet a giraffe face to face? Feed one? Get kissed by one? You can do that at the Giraffe Center. This center’s main purpose is to raise funds for the education of Kenyan youth about the wildlife in their country. They raise funds from visitors coming to the center to shop in their shop, eat at the teahouse and donations. The center is engaged in saving the rare Rothschild Giraffe. You can learn about them during a short talk. The highlight is standing on a raised platform feeding these beautiful majestic creatures (it was the first animal I saw on safari and what made me fell in love with Africa). And if you are adventurous take a food pellet between your teeth and have a very long giraffe tongue take it out of your mouth! Here is me being kissed by a giraffe!
3. Kazuri Beads
For those that like to shop, support a great cause and help women of Kenya, visit the factory and shop of Kazuri Beads. Meaning “small and beautiful” in Swahili, Kazuri began in 1975 with two women as a tiny workshop experimenting on making handmade beads. It has now grown to support and help women in villages around Nairobi, most of whom are single mothers, who are in great need of regular employment. Each piece is handmade. You can also take a tour of the factory.
4. Karen Blixen House
Remember the movie “Out of Africa” with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep? That movie inspired many people to go on safari in Africa. That movie is based on a book by Karen Blixen. You can visit Karen Blixen’s home and get a peek into what life was like in Kenya in the early 1920s. The house was built in 1912 and Blixen lived there for ten years and ran a coffee plantation. You will be given an escorted tour by one of the guides on the property and see how easy it was for someone during that time would fall in love with Africa despite all the challenges that come with living in Africa. And if you want you can even rent the place to have your wedding!
After visiting these four wonderful sites you will now be in the rhythm of Africa and ready to begin your safari!
Alan Feldstein, Infinite Safari Adventures | May 22, 2017
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Photo Credit: Alan Feldstein