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Low Season Price: $150
High Season Price: $200
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
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.
The park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi. Wi de open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.
THE ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park. This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya was founded and still managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick.David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970’s Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park.Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation.
Elephant calves orphanned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment here, and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves.
Eventually the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.The centre is open to the public each morning (11am-12pm)
At this time the calves are being exercised and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good centre for general information on Elephants and their Conservation.
The Giraffe Centre is located in Langata, just outside Nairobi.
The Giraffe Centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center 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 Centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. The Centre giraffe population 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.
KAREN BLIXEN MUSEAUM
It was built in 1912, Karen Blixen Museum was home to Danish Author, poet and Artist- Karen Blixen. Made famous by the Oscar Award winning film ‘Out of Africa’, based on Karen’s autobiography by the same title, the then farmhouse was established as a museum in 1986 by the National Museums of Kenya.
The museum continues to captivate visitors inspired by Karen’s life story.
The Kazuri Bead Factory is located in Karen and specializes in hand made jewellery, as well as pottery ware that reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya.Their mission is to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society.They employ over 400 women, mostly single mothers.They produce over 5 million beads a year
They export to over 30 countries worldwide and are a member of The World Fair Trade Organization
BOMAS OF KENYA
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.
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’s 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 huts.
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
Transport in a 4wd safari vans suitable for game drives.
English speaking driver guide.
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