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Popular Nairobi Day Tours

Located in an area once frequented by the pastoral Maasai, Nairobi was founded in the late 1890s as a British railroad camp on the Mombasa-to-Uganda Rail line. Over the years, it has developed to take its place as a regional commercial hub. Nairobi is now a vibrant city with a mix of races and cultures, providing a visitor with several sightseeing options such as museums, a national park, world class golf courses, extensive selection of hotels and resorts, stylish restaurants and a riveting nightlife.

For many travelers, Nairobi is either somewhere to arrive and quickly transfer to another destination, or a place for a brief- often reluctant-overnight stop before going home or heading for the game parks. With the majority of the Kenya travel and safari holidays starting or ending in Nairobi, stops in Nairobi are almost inevitable. There is a lot of interesting places to see and stuff to do and here are some popular short excursions which you can take on your visit.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Sanctuary

Orphaned elephants at David Sheldrick Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, located in a secluded area of the Nairobi National Park, where orphaned baby elephants amongst other animals are taken care of by a dedicated team of conservationists.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small charity which plays an extremely significant and important role in Kenya's conservation effort. Helping save the lives of orphaned Elephants and Rhinos who are ultimately released back into the wild is just some of the many wildlife commitments The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is involved in.

The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi is located approximately 30 Minutes away from the city center and is open for the public only an hour daily. You can visit between 1100 Hours and 1200 Hours every day and see the elephants being fed and playing.

In addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about the elephants, where the orphaned elephants came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. You can get really close to the elephants. The orphanage also takes in rhinos and so if you are lucky you will get the chance to see a young rhino.

The Giraffe Manor

Giraffe manor, The AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre is located approximately 30 Minutes away from the city, 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.

The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes. 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 centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautiful iconic building dating back to the 1930s and reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. Maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse.

The centre's giraffe populations wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table.

The Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Museum

Karen Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm. The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.

Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it become the farm house for their 4500 acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. In 1917, the British government, during the First World War banned the import of coffee and that, cattle-plagues between 1915 and 1918 and catastrophic spells of drought exacerbated by Bror Blixen’s hazardous projects and irresponsible financial transactions, led to a deficit and debts. The marriage between Karen and Bror Blixen was already on the rocks by 1919, and in 1920 Bror Blixen asked his wife, in writing, for a divorce. She rejected the idea at the time, but the following year they were formally separated, and she took over managing the farm.

In 1918 Karen Blixen met with English aristocrat and army officerThe meeting led to the start of a long love affair, the nature of which is apparent in Karen Blixen’s Letters from Africa; she writes, for example, to her brother Thomas Dinesen on August 3 1924: “I believe that for all time and eternity I am bound to Denys, to love the ground he walks upon, to be happy beyond words when he is here, and to suffer worse than death many times when he leaves…”Denys Finch Hatton’s death Karen-blixen-living-roomin Tsavo in May 14 1931 coupled with heavy economic problems, failing crops, loneliness and ruined health left Karen little choice but to return to Denmark. She turned to writing as a career under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen and published to increasing acclaim such works as Seven Gothic Tales (1934) Out of Africa (1937) and Babette Feat (1950).She died on her family estate, Rungsted, in 1962 at the age of 77.

Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931 The house was acquired and occupied by different owners until1964 when it was purchase dby the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift.

Since the 1985 Oscar sweep, crowds have doubled at the Blixen manor, now restored as a national museum.

The Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6pm) including weekends and public holidays.Guided tours are offered continuously.A museum shop offers handicrafts, posters and postcards, the Movie ‘Out of Africa’, books and other Kenyan souvenirs.

The Kenya National Museums – Nairobi Museum

Nairobi National Museum presents a fascinating set of exhibits on the history of Kenya from approximately 2 million years ago to the present, through a solid set of permanent exhibits and varied temporary ones.

There is a fascinating section on the colonial history of Kenya and the sometimes painful transition to independence and beyond, along with some good natural history displays.

At the Nairobi Museum there is also an interesting section, dealing with human evolution, showcasing fossilized skulls and skeletons found in the country with clear explanations, of the fossil history of humankind.To date, the most comprehensive array of fossils has been found in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Also of interest were the exhibits of mammals, with discussions and comparisons of how animals are adapted to various aspects of the lives that they live. Theory has it that Homo sapiens originated in the Rift Valley in Kenya.

In addition to offering visitors with Kenya's rich heritage, the Nairobi museum also has other attractions within the grounds and these include the Nairobi Snake Park and the Botanic Garden and nature trail.

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