you cannot get much closer to elephants than to the baby orphans sheltered at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at the outskirts of Nairobi natonal park. The declared goal is to help orphaned elephants to survive and put them back into the wild. To raise money for the project, visitors can come see the elephants one hour a day - from 11 to 12. The elephants are no pets and should not get used to humans too much, especially given the danger poachers still mean to elephants. It is very obvious how much they are attached to their keepers though, who even sleep in the elephant stable and bottle-feed the youngest several times a night.
It is great to observe the elephants play and hear about their stories. when they are 2-3 years old, they are taken from the nursery and brought to Tsavo national park to continue their "education" for life in the wilderness. People who sponsor an elephant ccan visit them there as well upon prior notice, otherwise the place is closed to the public so the elewphants are less exposed to contact with humans.Related to:
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safari in a big city
Where else in the world can you go on safari in a big city? Nairobi national park offers you the almost unique chance to see the city skyline while watching giraffes, zebras or antilopes. There is even a matatu route along Langata road to the park, though this is where public transport ends: because of the predators among the park´s inhabitants, you can only enter the park by car and walk only in the designated picknick areas. Entering is a bit puzzling for newcomers, unless you have booked a tour and someone else arranges the bureaucracy for you. You need a smartcard first and charge it with the entrance fees in one of the buildings left of the park entrance. Only then you can present your card to the warden at the park gate and enterRelated to:
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The National Archirves is where valuable public records are preserved as part of information resorce for both todays and future generations.
At the archives they will allow you to make copies from books or microfilms if you find any that you would like to have a copy for yourself, although it is subject to condition that your guide will give you.
For schools and visiting teams historical films and videos are organized free of charge.
operating hours: Monday - Friday 8.15 a.m. - 4.15 p.m
Saturday 8.15 a.m. - 1.00 p.m
It remains closed on sundays and public holidays. Advance bookings for schools and groups required.
Buying at cost price
If you like cloth and Masaai blankets, there is a place in Biashara Street in Nairobi which sells the lessos (kangas colourful cloths which local women wear as skirts, aprons or for carrying babies around in) and shukas (the red Masaai blankets that people wear) at cost price. This where the sellers at the Village Market (Thursdays) and the Masaai Market (Tuesdays) go to buy their cloths to sell at a profit.
The main streets to buy fabrics in are Biashara Street, Ngara Road and Westlands.
You can buy as many as you like and do a deal with the owner. Be aware of your airline luggage weight allowance as you can easily get carried away and buy more than you intended.
Rough prices are 250Ksh for a double kanga and 250-300Ksh for a shuka. The owner may have put the prices up since my last visit.
It's a good idea to have someone to escort you around, both to guide you and to protect you from pick pockets.Related to:
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Nairobi Safari Park
7 km away from the city is the Nairobi Safari Walk. And the Safari Walk is inside that park. It's a nice recreation facility with a protected game reserve. You can see the most common animals in Africa, but they are behind glass or fences.
I recommend you to visit this place if you don't have time for a safari. And do it on your way from the airport to the city centre.Related to:
If you have time...
Sure, all say Masai Safari Trips and many destinations to be seen , but if you have time... If you have limited time and there for business, then you can see some closer locations only in city and sorrounding area... what to do ?
Langata Giraffe Center
If you want to meet giraffes (Rothschild giraffes, to be precisely) at eye level, this is the place to go. In the suburb Langata, close to Nairobi national park and Karen Blixen house, the center was once founded to help preserve the then endangered species. While the giraffes have a vast area to graze and walk around, they quite enjoy meeting the visitors at a wooden platform - especially as they know they will be fed there. They are usually very kind and calm animals, and the visit there is a fun for kids especiallyRelated to:
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Nairobi city tour
When I took the taxi from the airport to the hotel, I asked the driver what he recommended to see for a tourist who should stay only one day/night in Nairobi. He said that it was too short time, but recommended a city tour in Nairobi with the Safari Walk included. I paid him 100 USD + a meel at a local Kenyan restaurant for a 3 hour tour. The drive from the airport to Comfort Hotel in the city centre was included. I don't feel he tried to overcharge me, and I was satisfied with the way he showed me Nairobi.
We drove directly from the airport to the Safari Walk, where we stayed 30 minutes to see some animals. Then we drove to see Kibera, the largest slum area in Kenya. But he didn't dare to drive right into the area with a tourist, and stopped 500 meters away. After that we drove to the city centre. This part of the city is very clean with parks. The streets are wide and the buildings are higher.
Then we drove up to the view point and the embassy area of Nairobi. After that we drove to the eastern side of Nairobi to see how the real life was like for ordinary Kenyans. And not only the rich ones who lived in the upper area of the city. I really liked this part of the trip. The houses looked shabby and the area was croaded of people. The streets were bumby and dusty, and children were playing in the streets. According to the driver this place could be dangerous for tourists, but everywhere I was looking I only saw people smiling. But be careful with the camera. Kenyan people don't like tourists taking photos of them selves.Related to:
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Monkeys on the roof
Fast asleep - awoken by the sound of hail stones on the tin roof, or was it squirrells? Oh wait a minute, I'm in Kenya, and there aren't any squirrells here,..... What the........ They are monkeys about 13 of them running all over the roof like its some kind of Rhumba contest... Cool I'll write that one down......Related to:
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The animal opharnage is found at Nairobi National park.
This is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abadoned or injured throught Kenya.
After rehabilatation some animals are relised back to the wild while others become permanent residents at the ophanage.
The animals are kept in enclousers of which each have a notice which have the animals name, age, and where it came from e.g rescued or born in captivity.
The notice also show what the animal eat and it's natural habitat.
Nairobi city tour.
A r tour of Nairobi -the green city in the sun, viewing the shopping center, city market, parliament buildings, the Kenyatta Conference Center where you can take a lift to it's top floor and have a look of the Nairobi skyline, National Museum and snake park and if it's on a tuesday visit the Maasai market where you have the chance to buy sovenirs and other crafts at relatively low price than at the curio shops, but depends on your bargaining power.
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas is a word meaning "homestead".Bomas of Kenya was established in 1971 by the government to preserve, maintain and promote the rich and diverse cultural values of various groups of Kenya and to act as a tourist attraction centre.
Dancers from all the tribes in Kenya move across the stage in a vibrant kaleidoscope of rhythm and the hue in the spectacular circular theatre possibly the biggest and unique structure of it's kind in Africa.
Perfomance times: monday - friday 2.30pm to 4pm.
saturday and sunday 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
public holiday 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Before or after the perfomances you can take a guided tour of the different traditional bomas representing the kenyan ethenic groups and built to the original traditional architecture of an African Home as built by the ancestors. here one is able to see and experince Kenyan rural life in one place.
Shopping in the Local Markets
The bustling central market offers up a mind-boggling array of African crafts and keepsakes. If you see something you just can't live without, buy it right away. But you may want to wait until later in your trip to start shopping. That way you don't have to carry your purchases everywhere. Bargaining is the rule, though high-end stores and gift shops at camps and lodges will have set prices. A good rule of thumb: Start your negotiations at a quarter of the asking price and then work up from there.
I always found Nairobi to have a great selection of handicrafts from all over Africa—on our first trip, we passed up some items -- such as masks from Mali -- thinking we would find them cheaper in their country of origin, but when we got to the other countries, we couldn't find anything of similar quality because all the good stuff had been sent to Nairobi.
Volunteer for a good cause
If you feel like volunteering while in the Nairobi area, pleae consider going to Nyumbani Children's home. The home is for children with HIV/AIDS who are positive and need care and medicine. 95 children live here and I have enjoyed working as a volunteer here. Nyumbani is the first orphanage for HIV + Children in Kenya and is well funded and run. They are always happy to have someone to help cook or clean, play with the children, and do other things and you can stay from just a day to 3 months. Lots of people come by to donate items and money to the program. If you want to make a kid's day, then consider coming in and helping out.Related to:
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