The name ‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Maasai word with its meaning ‘a place of cool waters’. The city is also described as ‘the Green City in the Sun’. Almost 4 million Kenyans inhabit the city and its suburbs hence making it a cosmopolitan city. Moreover, the city is an economical hub for the East and Central Africa region with various diplomatic and missions house in Nairobi.
A visit to the city offers varieties of surprises and option of choices depending on one time, pace or interests. Am an outgoing tour guide who has wide range of knowledge in the tourism destinations in Kenya. If you have one or two days within Nairobi before connecting to your safari to wildlife parks or other destinations, it will be good to have a fascinating experience within Nairobi.. It has a lot to offer and i will offer a personalized itinerary just for you. The following Maybe of Interest to you for Nairobi/Mombasa/Malindi.
Sample Itineraries (Nairobi City Excursions):
One-day Nairobi Excursion:
Pick-up from your overnight hotel for a day tour to the Nairobi National Park - the only park with the closest proximity to the City of Nairobi followed by visit to the Dalphane sheldrick elephant orphanage, and later the giraffe centre and optional city walking tour.
2 Days Nairobi Excursion:
Day 1: Pick up from your overnight hotel for a tour of the Nairobi National Park, with later visit to the giraffe centre and Karen Blixen Museum and end with the Bomas of Kenya.
Day 2: Morning visit to the national museums of Kenya and the reptile park, followed by an afternoon city tour and shopping at the Masai Market for souvenirs to take back home.
Lake Naivasha Day Excursion: Pick-up from the Hotel for a Day trip to Lake Naivasha. Visit the Hells gate National Park followed by an optional boat ride after lunch then depart back to Nairobi in the Evening.
Oldonyo Sabuk/Fourteen Falls Day Excursion: Depart Nairobi in the Morning for a hike at the Oldonyo Sabuk Mountain, with packed lunch later visit the fourteen falls and depart for Nairobi in the evening.
Mt. Longonot/Lake Naivasha/Hells Gate Excursions: Pick-up from the hotel for a morning hike at Mt. Longonot National Park. Lunch followed by afternoon relaxation at the hotel and an optional boat ride at fresh waters of Lake Naivasha. Dinner and overnight at Crayfish camp/Fish eagle Inn.
Day 2: Hells Gate National Park. Visit the Hells gate National Park followed by afternoon departure back to Nairobi.
Lake Nakuru Day Excursion: Pick-up from the Hotel for a Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park named the birdwatchers paradise and Rhino Sanctuary for a game drive; after lunch and afternoon relaxation at a hotel. Depart to Nairobi to arrive in the Evening. Kenya coastal beach excursions.
Mombasa Island City Tour (3 hrs): A City tour to the colourful city including the bustling fruit and vegetable market, the famous elephant-moulded like Tusks, Fort Jesus, The Old Town and Port and Akamba Wood Carvers Centre.
Bombolulu Workshops & Cultural Centre (4 hrs): Drive to Bombolulu cultural centre to sample the cultural lifestyles and culture in the different tribal huts and catch a real glimpse of African traditional life. The several traditional huts serving different tribal groundings have been created in this theme village. Also, the centre has workshops for the disabled people who create innovative products for sale through the empowerment program. In this centre; they believe disability is not inability.
Mamba Village/Haller Park/Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary (3 hrs): Afternoon visit to the crocodile Farm, enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens as you wait for the crocodile feeding time at 05:00 pm. Haller Park represents a nature trail as a result of land reclamation by the Bamburi cent factory to rehabilitate the quarry. The park hosts numerous crocodiles, fish breeding ponds, Hippos and bird species. 5 km inland is Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary still a project of Bamburi Forest Trails good for bird spotting and for its herds of farmed eland and Oryx Antelope and Ostrich Farm.
Mida Creek &Mangrove Board walk (3 hrs): Further from the Arabuko sokoke forest is Mida Creek which extends inland from the coast to Main Road; an interesting area of tidal mud, grassland and mangrove forest. This gives you an opportunity to commune with the tidal ecosystem for as long as you would like.
Malindi: Malindi is one of the most popular towns lying 100 km in the Northern part of Mombasa. The Malindi Marine National Park is one of the visited attraction park that lies about 2 km offshore and is reachable by glass-bottomed boats. The park abounds with beautiful and diverse marine life. Other places of interest include the Vasco da Gama Pillar erected in 1498; the pillar was an appreciation by the Vasco Da Gama for the warm welcome by the people of Malindi.
Approximately 10 km north of Malindi at Mamburi are large saltpans, which produce salt for both domestic and export markets. However what draws tourists to this small town more than anything else is the ‘holiday air’ that blows about the place. The tranquility of the township and the merry atmosphere facilitates complete relaxation.
Lamu: A 30 minutes flight from Malindi further north will get you to Lamu archipelago; a UNESCO world heritage site. The access to the island is possible by boat. The town is linked to the mainland and to the three other small islands of Kiwayu, Manda and Kiunga by waterways. Lamu is a unique town that boosts its magnificent old houses and street that are too narrow and winding to accommodate motorized transport. Consequently donkeys are the only mode of transportation!
Kisite Mpunguti & Wasini Island Dhow Trip (Full Day): The day is spent aboard a traditional sailing dhow visiting the spectacular Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and reserve, home to a myriad of tropical fish and great coral formations. An opportunity for snorkeling on the shallow reef in the morning when the ocean waters are calm, where Dolphins might be seen, a fresh seafood lunch on the Wasini Island. You may also visit Swahili village and women boardwalk in the afternoon as well as the Shimoni Caves used for slave shipment to Zanzibar during the late 19th Century.
Kaya Kinondo Forest & Columbus Trust (3 hrs): While at South Coast Diani, an can excursion to visit the Colobus trust a conservation organization with initiative of saving the endangered Colobus monkeys in the Coastal region and Kaya Kinondo; a sacred forest used for religion and traditional ceremonies by the Digo Community is worth undertaking.
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