Every year, millions of tourists pass through Nairobi on their way to safari, without realising that Nairobi is home to one of the most breath-taking safaris. Less than 4 miles from the city centre, Nairobi National Park brushes up against the city’s outer suburbs. Within its 65 square miles of parkland, you can see lions, cheetahs, black rhinos, hyenas, giraffes, zebra and over 400 species of native birds. You can choose how you explore the park: by taxi, on a game drive, or safari walk. You can even spend a night in the recently established eco-camp, a collection of luxury tents with en-suite facilities. As always, it is best to exercise caution and pay a little extra for organised tours (peace of mind is, after all, priceless).
Alongside its development of tourist attractions, Nairobi’s animal centres are committed to the protection and conservation of indigenous species. One such centre is Dame Sheldrick’s Elephant and Rhino Orphanage, situated in the National Park. Run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the orphanage has hand-raised more than 150 orphaned elephants. Visit for an hour in the morning, or adopt an orphan for $50, which will allow you to visit the orphans after they have been fed and help give them a mud bath. Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and is home to the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Learn about giraffe conservation and get up close and personal to these incredible creatures.
In the foot of the Ngong Hills, you can visit the Karen Blixen museum, the former home of the Danish author of Out of Africa, where fans of the film and the book will delight in the museum and film set, which is located within the grounds of Karen Blixen’s original home.