highlights and main attractions of nairobi national park

Kenya’s capital city in the central highlands has rapidly evolved from an undiscovered and unpopulated swampland, at the turn of the 20th Century, to a sprawling metropolis that is one of Africa’s largest and best known. When railway workers set up a camp here in 1899 it was named ‘Mile 327’, whilst the local Maasai had called it Ewaso Nai’beri or ‘place of cold water’. Modern day Nairobi is a place of skyscrapers and hustle and bustle, its elevated position of 1,800 metres above sea level gives it an air of cool. It can be a great place to acclimatise to Africa either before or after venturing on a safari of Kenya’s wildlife and beaches.

Whilst you are unlikely to stay here long, it does offer some interesting attractions.

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nairobi and surrounds

There are always question marks over the security of Nairobi, and whilst it is true that walking around the city at night should be avoided, the daytime is not so restrictive, with security patrols making it easier to explore, sightsee and shop in the city, whilst exercising usual caution. The area of Karen is more upmarket and generally very safe, with larger houses and tree-lined, wide streets with country house hotels.

The Karen Blixen Museum is often a point of interest and a well-run homage to the author of ‘Out of Africa’ and Karen herself lived here between 1914 and 1931. The museum contains artefacts like the original gramophone Blixen used to play Mozart and the estate grounds, which replicate an early 20th Century coffee plantation.

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Centre offers yet more wildlife appeal, and was established to protect the Rothschild Giraffes and to educate people on the conservation of these popular animals.

Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s first national park, and whilst most people will be venturing to some of Kenya’s world-renowned parks, this is still home to herds of zebra, giraffe and Big Five animals and is largely overlooked.

We prefer to base our clients in the private retreat of Giraffe Manor, situated just 20 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi. This exclusive hotel with just 6 rooms is set in 12 acres of private land where Rothschild Giraffes roam freely and even poke their heads through your windows sniffing out food and saying hello to new guests! Excursions to Nairobi’s attractions can be arranged from here.

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