Welcome to Nairobi


Nairobi's polarising character ensures that the city is reviled and loved in equal measure, and even those who love it might well admit that it's the kind of place many rave about only once they're away from it. For those who call it home, the city's charms include a vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting nightlife. Its detractors point to its horrendous traffic, poor safety levels ('Nairobbery' is a common expat nickname) and its less-than-gorgeous appearance.

However, with a fabulous national park on its doorstep, some wildlife-centric attractions, the excellent National Museum and a series of quirky sights, Nairobi's reality – like that of so many places with a bad reputation – will often come as a pleasant surprise.


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$113 Day Trips & Excursions

Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley Province1pm - Finish the tours and bring the bikes back at the gate.1pm - Drive to Naivasha Fishermans camp for lunch.2pm - Take a 1 hour boat ride in the lake for bird watching and hippo viewing.4pm - End of all activities start of drive back to Nairobi.Arrive by 6pmDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Hell's Gate National Park, Naivasha, Rift Valley Province7am - Depart Nairobi and start of drive to Naivasha, brief stop over at the Great rift valley view point.Arrive at the gate of hells gate at around 9am. Start of the biking tour at hells gate for 2 hours11am - Visit the gorges inside the park. Gorges are small thin depressions of land mass where you can walk underneath. Some areas have formed caves where you can walk through. This will take 1 hour.Duration: 3 hours

$51 Tours & Sightseeing

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Center from Nairobi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, NairobiSee baby Elephants and you will get close to them and also get a chance to adopt them.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kazuri Beads Factory, NairobiHave a chance to see the beautiful beads and pottery culinary which are molded by African womenDuration: 1 hourStop At: Giraffe Centre, NairobiHere we will be visiting the Roths child girrafe an endangered species where you will be able to feed it and have a close up with them as the same time learning more about the conservation activities of the centerDuration: 1 hour

$134 Day Trips & Excursions

Nairobi National Park Tour plus Elephant Orphanage and More

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Giraffe Centre, NairobiAfter a pick up from your hotel or residency within Nairobi CBD, the tour begins with a visit to the giraffe center. Here you see the magnificent creatures and learn why they are endangered. You will also learn their behaviors, traits and more conservation education. To cap the visit, you get the chance to feed them under the supervision of a trained staff memberDuration: 2 hoursStop At: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, NairobiThen head to the elephant orphanage which is only open for a short period each day. Here you will learn more about the baby elephants and what led them to be orphans.You will get more information on raising them and the efforts being made to re-introduce them back to the wilderness.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nairobi National Park, NairobiAfter this, you will have about an hour for lunch (own expense), then you will go to the Nairobi National park through the main gate for a 3-hour game drive. Your guide will be aiming to show you as much variety of animals as possible. If you're lucky, you may spot the rhinos and lions getting ready for the evening. We use a safari van with a pop up roof for easier game viewing and not a small saloon car.At around 5pm, you will depart the park and be brought back to your hotel or residency within Nairobi CBD.Duration: 3 hours

$28 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private One-Way Nairobi Airport Transfer

Sit back and relax as you are transported between the main Nairobi airport and your accommodation in the comfort of your own private vehicle which ranges from 3-passenger sedans to 7-passenger vans and 20-passenger buses, depending on the size of your group. For airport arrival transfers, you will find your name clearly displayed on a sign, after the baggage and customs clearance desks. If you are arriving for a conference and event, there is typically a welcome desk located inside the lounge to allow for easy identification of delegates without having to check for their names. Just come to the desk and you will be ushered to your vehicle. For departure transfers, your driver will meet you at your accommodation 4 hours prior to your flight for CITY hotels and 5 hours for hotels OUTSIDE the city including WESTLANDS. Transfer times vary according to traffic, but generally range from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. When making a booking for this private one-way transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to your accommodation in central Nairobi or vice versa, you will need to advise your flight details and your Nairobi hotel or final destination details.

$40 Kid Friendly

Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Karen Blixen Museum, NairobiKaren Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Giraffe Centre, NairobiThe Giraffe Centre is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week. Feeding and tours operate throughout this time. . Proceeds from entry fees go towards our conservation education workDuration: 1 hourStop At: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, NairobiThe David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park provides a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants rescued by the DSWT. The Nursery provides the first stage in the hand-rearing and development of milk dependent baby elephants. Once they graduate from the Nursery, aged 2-3 years, the elephants move to one of the DSWT's Reintegration Centres in Tsavo East National Park, from where they will ultimately return to the wild.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nairobi National Park, Nairobi“The World’s only Wildlife Capital”A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Nairobi Mamba Village, NairobiLUNCHMamba Village Nairobi has several restaurants and bandas for a tasty meals and refreshments. They also have excellent conference facilities. The well maintained gardens are exquisite for weddings, graduation parties, photo shoots and team buildings.Duration: 1 hour

$2765 Multi-day & Extended Tours

12-Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari from Nairobi

Day 1 Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and transfer to the Sentrim 680 Hotel. Check in, relax, and get oriented with the help of your guide. Day 2 You will start your trip to Lake Naivasha with a stop over at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for photos. Next, head straight to Hell's Gate National Park for a mini-safari. In the afternoon, visit a natural sauna before traveling to your hotel. Enjoy and evening boat on Lake Naivasha. Day 3 Morning departure to Lake Nakuru National park for a special sighting of the rare black rhino (an endangered species), one of the big five game animals. After, enjoy a full day game drive with a picnic lunch Day 4 You will start the safari to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Lunch will be served on the way in to Narok town. Arrival will be in the early afternoon for check-in. There will be a big tent with a bed, mosquito net, and a bathroom at the Lenchada Tourist Camp for you. After getting settled, there will be a 2-hour game drive in Maasai Mara around 4 p.m. Day 5 Full-day game drive all the way to the Mara river, the site of the great migration. Picnic lunch in the park. Evening visit to a Maasai village to see their culture. Dinner and optional camp fire. Day 6 Start with an early-morning game drive to see the early hunters. Eat breakfast and then depart for Serengeti through the Isebania border. Arrive at the border at lunchtime, and spend 30 minutes processing visas. Meet our Tanzanian driver and cook. In Tanzania, we use a 4-wheel drive Landcruiser. Take an evening game drive en route to the camp. Check in to Seronera camp in Serengeti. We will provide you with a tent and a sleeping bag. Meals are prepared privately for you by our private chef. Day 7 Set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of the Serengeti. A scenic 4-hour drive, full-day game drive together with late evening game drive. Seronera campsite. Day 8 After a relaxing morning and an early lunch, proceed to Ngorongoro, where the night will be spent on the Crater Rim. Dinner and overnight at campsite. Day 9 After an early breakfast, proceed directly to the crater floor for a full-day crater tour with picnic lunches. Later proceed Lake Manyara. Day 10 After breakfast, proceed for a full-day game drive in beautiful Manyara National Park. See buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and many more species, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Rift Wall. Day 11 After early breakfast, proceed for a full day game drive at Tarangire National Park with picnic lunches. Later, proceed back to Arusha in the evening. Day 12 Breakfast and shuttle back to Nairobi.