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Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

1. Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

Your 40-minute trip to Nairobi National Park will be in an open-roofed van, allowing you the best opportunity to see the spectacular views of the wilderness on the way there. Upgrade to the private open-sided jeep option for more comfort and to go deeper into the bush.  Your professional and experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and give you an informative overview of the game drive.  Once you arrive at Nairobi National Park, you'll start your 4-hour game drive in the same open-roofed van, perfect for getting a 360-degree view of the scenery. Keep your eyes peeled in search of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, jackal, and many other animals. You should easily spot the monkeys near the gate - have your camera ready to catch these playful creatures. Standing, you'll be able to spot animals from afar in their natural habitats.  After a half-day on this exciting safari adventure, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

2. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Be collected from your accommodation early in the morning to take a tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed the endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. You can be returned to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

3. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

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Half-Day Nairobi National Park Guided Game Drive

4. Half-Day Nairobi National Park Guided Game Drive

Nairobi National Park is Kenya's first ever national park, and is a unique and unspoiled wildlife haven. Rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, lions and plenty of antelopes and gazelles can be seen roaming in the open plains. On this 6-hour program you’ll see sections of highland forest, as well as stretches of broken bush country and the deep, rocky valleys and gorges make up the rest of the park. Ornithologists are also in for a treat with over 300 bird species in the park. The population includes the secretary bird, crowned cranes, vultures, peckers and others.

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Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

5. Nairobi: Private Elephant Orphanage All Inclusive Tour

Arrive at David Sheldrick Park at 10:45 AM for a one-hour introductory presentation. Ask questions and get up close and personal with the beautiful, friendly elephants under the supervision of trained professionals. As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans' Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The Sheldrick Trust is a pioneering conservation organization, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa. After spending time with these incredible animals, enjoy a visit to the local wood crafts store for a quick shopping stop before checking out a kazuri beads factory. Next, enjoy an optional lunch at any restaurant the driver will advise before being driven back to your lodging.

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Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

6. Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

Get ready to board an exclusive private boat and sail for about one hour searching for dolphins, before snorkeling and swimming in the Kisite marine national park. Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world, after the Australian Marine Park. Explore 30 kilometers of turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes. Next, sail to Wasisni Island where your lunch of sea food and Swahili dishes will be served. After lunch, you’ll have the option to stroll around the island and experience the local Swahili culture, visiting the beautiful coral garden, mangrove forest and fishing village to learn more about the Swahili people and their history. Your local guide will give you an in-depth explanation and background throughout the tour. Alternatively, you can relax at the restaurant, enjoying the sea view and the breeze.

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Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

7. Nairobi: Private 4-Hour City Tour

When you want to know Nairobi and all it has to offer, take a few hours on a private city tour that will include the Railway Museum, the city center and the city market. Nairobi City Tour starts with a panoramic tour covering the modern city center, Parliament Buildings and the Snake Park, it continues to the Railway Museum where old steam locomotives are exhibited, including the one from which Superintendent John Lyall was taken from by a man-eating lion in Tsavo in 1901. Finally you visit the city market where a wide variety of African curios and tropical fruit and flowers are on sale, with a last stop to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

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Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

8. Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage Trust and Giraffe Center Tour

Mingle with baby elephants and observe rare species of giraffes in this fun and exciting animal tour to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Center. Start your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi and head to the The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is only open from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet baby and teenage elephants and hear the moving stories of how they arrived at the trust.  Next, you will be driven to the Giraffe Center where you will learn more about the conservation efforts to protect endangered species like the Rothschild’s giraffe. Feed and take pictures with the giraffes. Discover the beautiful artwork at the Kazuri Beads factory. See how the pottery company makes these beads and hear about the mother’s that work there.

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Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

9. Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa at around 8 AM. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. After lunch, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform.  Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Return to your accommodation by around 5 PM where the tour will end.

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Nairobi: National Park, Baby Elephant, & Giraffe Center Tour

10. Nairobi: National Park, Baby Elephant, & Giraffe Center Tour

Following an early pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi, take a short ride to the Nairobi National Park going straight for an adventurous game drive. Discover the park and all its major animals. Experience the sight of wildlife grazing majestically against the backdrop of the city skyline. The game drive will run up to 11:00 AM. After, head to the Giraffe Center, a nonprofit organization that helps educate people about endangered animals and environmental protection. Learn about giraffes from the guides and have the option to feed them by hand under the supervision of trained staff. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant and rhino orphanage inside the western end of Nairobi National Park offers a wonderful opportunity to see baby elephants being fed milk from bottles. The keepers will give you a lecture on each of them, explaining their names and the stories of how they were orphaned. It’s a great place to go and adopt a baby elephant.

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Kenya is one of the few places that offers such extraordinary opportunities to view exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. This is a region of dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display with landscapes of great beauty and variety. Kenya offers scenic safari tours, lounging on pristine beaches, and a broad range of sporting activities with an endless list of adventures.

The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Masai Mara is a natural cycle that replenishes and renews the grasslands of East Africa. Each June, around 1.3 million Wildebeest gather in the Serengeti to calve. Your senses are constantly stimulated by the sights, smells, and sounds of the Mara and its many inhabitants.

You can view a wide variety of wildlife hiking through Hell's Gate National Park. The cliffs are dotted with nesting raptors. The picnic area above the gorge offers a panoramic view of the towers and the gorge. This hike is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and head into a truly unique Kenyan landscape.

Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan coast, but if you want to hang out there is a wide array of restaurants, clubs, pubs and discos to choose from in the city of Nairobi. While in Nairobi be sure to visit the City Market, the National Museum, the Arboretum and the Kenya Railway Museum.

While in Kenya, you don't want to miss the view of Amboseli's big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals. Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap.

Indeed the very word safari was invented in Kenya where in Kiswahili it means ""journey." The boundless wilderness and big game of this region has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the globe.

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