Nairobi Journals

Starting the Adventure in Nairobi

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An August 2011 trip to Nairobi by MilwVon

Ngong House Photo, Nairobi, Kenya More Photos
Quote: My safari holiday started with a three night stay in Nairobi, the gateway to the Kenyan safari circuit.

Carnivore

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Restaurant | "Meat . . . it is what's for dinner!"

Carnivore Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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With a name like Carnivore, I would imagine most would expect that they'll be dining on "meat" for dinner. What makes Carnivore unique is the variety of meats offered to those willing to be a bit adventurous with their dining selections.We planned for our last dinner in Kenya to be here, en route to the airport for our redeye departures to the USA. Due to concerns for traffic, however, we moved our dinner plans up to a "late lunch" arrival. With the reservations made by our tour operator, we were immediately greeted and seated when we arrived at the very end of their lunchtime service. It was nice to be seated in the open air area overlooking a small garden.Our server arriv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2011

Carnivore
Langata Road
Nairobi, Kenya
(02) 501-775

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Attraction | "Doing Amazing Work!"

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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As a donor and foster "parent" to three young elephant orphans, a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) was a must. I was fortunate to be able to work in two visits during my weekend in Nairobi.David Sheldrick was the founder of the Nairobi National Park, a part of the Kenyan Park Service. His work was expanded, with the assistance of his wife and now widow, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, to include taking in elephants and rhinos that have become orphaned and left to die. Often these young babies are orphaned due to human issues including poaching, which remains a large problem in Kenya and much of Africa.For those who provide financial assistance to the DSWT through fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2011

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Mbagathi Road
Nairobi, Kenya 00503
254 (0) 20 891 9

Giraffe Centre

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Attraction | "Doing Good Work Too"

Giraffe Centre Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi is a charitable organization, established to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, the rarest of the African giraffe sub-species. They provide an educational component as well as viewing opportunities from an overlook deck. Perhaps the most popular feature of the Centre is the feeding of those giraffes that wander up to the area where the visitors have access to them. Dozens of children and adults alike were feeding pellets that are provided as part of your admission fee.During my Sunday morning visit, there was just one that was willing to make an appearance to greet the humans. Beyond the immediate area, there were four or five visible, including a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Giraffe Centre
Langata Rd
Nairobi, Kenya 00509
254 2 890952

Karen Blixen Museum

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Attraction | ""Out of Africa" Homestead Open for Tours"

Karen Blixen Museum Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The real life home of Karen Blixen is a national treasure located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen. The house that she lived in back in the early 20th century had fallen into significant disrepair but was renovated by the movie production company for the Oscar award winning film "Out of Africa" starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Today, the house sits at the foot of the Ngong Hills as it did nearly 100 years ago, open to the public on a guided basis (no photography inside, however).Many of the original furnishings are back in the home, while others were created for the movie as reproductions. The guided tour lasts about 20 minutes and covers each of the rooms of the single level dwe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2011

Karen Blixen Museum
Museum Hill
Nairobi, Kenya
254-20-3742131

Kazuri Bead Factory

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Attraction | "Small & Beautiful - Kazuri Beads"

Kazuri Bead Factory Photo, Karen, Kenya
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Kazuri Bead Factory is located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, on land that was previously part of the 6,000 acre estate of Karen Blixen of "Out of Africa" fame. It is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the area and is often packaged with tours of the Karen Blixen House and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and/or Giraffe Manor. Because I had done those locations on Sunday when the bead factory was closed, I had to work it into my itinerary for Monday afternoon before heading downtown for the accommodations that would be the start of my safari schedule."Kazuri" translates from Swahili as "small and beautiful". Their history here, however, is somewhat recent as today it ser...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Kazuri Bead Factory
Mbagathi Ridge
Karen, Nairobi

Nairobi National Park

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Attraction | "Amazingly Close to the City Centre"

Nairobi National Park Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Nairobi National Park is part of the Kenyan Park Service (KPS) and is just 7 KM (less than 5 miles) from the center of the capital city of Nairobi. During my stay in Nairobi, I wanted to experience this park first as a means of preparing for the photo opportunities I was anticipating for the safari that would begin the next day. I was surprised at how easy it was to forget that I was literally just minutes from the urban presence of the city.I arranged for my morning game drive through my host at the Ngong House. Charging me $150 for the morning drive seemed reasonable given that was the going rate from most of the local safari and tour operators. We left the Ngong House after brea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Nairobi National Park
Langata Road
Nairobi, Kenya
254 020 602121

Ngong House

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Hotel | "Amazing Doesn't Do It Justice"

Ngong House Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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One of the anticipated highlights of my trip to Kenya was my two night stay at Ngong House. They surely did not disappoint on any level!Upon my arrival at Nairobi International Airport, I cleared immigration and exited the arrival hall emptied handed as British Airways was unable to deliver my two checked bags with me. One of Ngong House’s friendly drivers Lucy met me at the exit area. She was a friendly young woman, who I enjoyed not only on my ride from the airport, but later during my stay as my driver to Nairobi National Park on Monday.The drive from the airport, even at 10:30 on a Saturday evening, was a bit harrowing. It would become the standard by which all further...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Ngong House
Ngong Road
Nairobi, Kenya 24963
20-884135