General

Nairobi Walking City Tour

Duration: 5 hours

Includes a walking Safari in Nairobi central business district with an Hansel travel 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 ,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
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’s 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 artefacts offered are Masai tribal ornaments and spears, Merchaum pipes, hand woven sisal baskets and bags, as well as a dazzling array of batiks, multi-coloured 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.

Giraffe Center

Giraffe Center Nairobi Day Tour

Duration: 2 hours

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 hansel travel 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.

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Tour Price Includes:

Price per person
All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
Visit Giraffe Centre in Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya
Professional English speaking Hansel travel Driver Guide

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.

Karen Blixen Museum

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 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 Includes:

Price per person
All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
Professional English speaking Hansel travel Driver Guide
Visit Karen Blixen Museum in Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya

Carnivore Restaurant

Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience

Tour Duration: 2 hours

Everyone who comes to Kenya must try the Carnivore Restaurant if they are true Meat Eaters! Every type of meat imaginable is roasted on traditional Masai swords (skewers) over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

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.

Carnivore Restaurant Day Tour Price includes

Price per person
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 Hansel travel guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture and tour

Daphne & David Sheldrick’s Elephant Animal Orphanage

Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Animal Orphanage

Tour Duration: 2 hours

Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage situated on the outskirts of Nairobi (approximately 45 minutes drive). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is located on a plot within the Nairobi National Park and the Sanctuary cares for orphaned baby Elephants, tame black and white rhino calves and adults)

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 orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976.

At 1100 Hours, the baby animals are brought from the National Park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. You may not feed the animals but will get a chance to view the handlers feeding them. The private session at 3.00pm allows you to touch the animals and feed them. This requires advance booking through Hansel travel

Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park drive takes approximately 45 Minutes and is open one for 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 they 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.

Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage Nairobi Tour Price Includes

Price per person
All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel
Professional English speaking Hansel travel Driver Guide
Visit Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage at Nairobi National Park

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