After pick up from your hotel at 9am, we will head to the Nairobi City Viewpoint above Uhuru Park for an uninhabited panoramic view of the Central Business District. We will then head south past Wilson Airport and Uhuru Gardens where Kenya’s independence celebrations were held in 1963 and arrive at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage by 11:00am. At this time the calves are being exercised and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good center for general information on Elephants and their Conservation.
This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya was founded by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment, literally personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves. Eventually, the calves are moved to the sprawling Tsavo national park, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.
We will then drive to The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi for an awesome experience! .This center was started as a rehabilitation project to rescue the Rothschild Giraffe, The original house of the founders has been converted into a very impressive boutique hotel called the Giraffe Manor. List of Things to do at the Center include, Petting & kissing a Giraffe! You are also able to stand on a raised platform and stand eye to eye with the Giraffes. You are given small pellets to feed the Giraffes and there are unlimited refills giving you ample time for the perfect photo. Across from the Giraffe Center is a small nature walk that features more giraffe and a variety of unique plants and birds.
We will then break for lunch at the nearby garden restaurant in the Utamaduni Art Center before setting off for a Safari inside the Nairobi National park, the world’s only sanctuary within a capital city. The park has abundant wildlife that can in places be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and planes coming into land, remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by the close proximity to a capital city. The park is home to the world’s densest concentration of black rhinos (more than 50), Lions and hyenas are also commonly sighted within the park; rangers at the entrance usually have updates on lion movements. You’ll need a bit of patience and a lot of luck to spot the park’s resident cheetahs and leopards. Other regularly spotted species include gazelle, warthog, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, and buffalo.
At 6:00pm we will conclude our safari and drop you back to your hotel or residence after a wonderful day, well spent.