Nairobi tours and excursions
Nature Kenya organises bird-watching walks from the National Museum every Wednesday. Without leaving Nairobi's city limits, you can expect to see black kites, Marabou storks, sacred ibises, hornbills, bee-eaters and sunbirds. Nature Kenya also run weekend nature walks, including a very popular dudu (insect) crawl.Tel: +254 20 374 6090.
Several agencies offer walking tours of Nairobi's city centre with a local guide, visiting the Parliament buildings, the city market and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi's signature building, which offers stunning views towards Nairobi National Park from its rooftop helipad. Try East Africa Shuttles on Muindi Mbingu Street or Uniglobe Let's Go Travel, which has offices on Waiyaki Way in Westlands and in the Crossroads Shopping Centre in Karen.Tel: +254 20 224 8453; +254 20 444 7151
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
On a plot in Nairobi National Park, this private charitable trust cares for orphaned elephants and rhinos, rescued from poachers or saved after being abandoned by their parents. It is the world's leading bank of expertise on hand-rearing these large herbivores, using a specially created milk formula. Each orphaned youngster receives 24-hour care from an amazingly dedicated team of keepers. Once healthy and old enough, the orphans are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. It is possible to visit the trust for an hour daily and see the young animals up close, a truly heart-warming experience.Tel: +254 20 230 1396
Nairobi National Park
The nearest national park to Nairobi starts just 7km (4 miles) from the railway station – you can even see big game from some of the taller buildings in the centre. Covering 117 sq km (44 sq miles) of marshland and savannah, Nairobi National Park is home to black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and over 400 species of birds. In July and August, this surprisingly accessible, underrated park is also the setting for the second largest migration of wildebeest and zebras in Kenya. It's easy to arrange an independent trip in a hired vehicle, but most safari agents offer half-day safaris.Tel: +254 20 242 3423
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