Recently, Kenya has been mingling with Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, the star raising awareness of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. President Obama also visited in July and even the Pope has a date penciled in.
A summer filled with positive news, in June the FCO advisory for Mombasa and the majority of the country’s coastal areas was removed, putting Kenya back in the top three on our “best African countries to visit” list.
Kenya has also launched a new website dedicated to the E-Visa which came into effect on the 1st September. The new website is mobile phone enabled allowing you to complete the application from an internet enabled mobile phone – the visa, valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
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Home to the annual migration from July through October, Kenya is without a doubt the “Jewel in East Africa’s crown.” The spectacle isn’t over yet, so why not catch the tail end of this world renowned animal extravaganza. Depart on 20 September or 04 October and save 30% on our 24-day South East Adventure camping overland adventure.
Featured at the start and end point of many of our camping overland itineraries , Nairobi is well worth the visit and there will be plenty to keep you occupied for a three or four day visit.
Here’s a run down of our favourite highlights:
Nairobi has more than earned its title of Africa’s Wildlife Capital, the city’s national park a mere four miles from the urban sprawl. In fact, the Nairobi National Park is the only wildlife park on the continent where your vistas might include big cats, rhinos and skyscrapers! Wildlife on tap, the park is home to lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhino, buffaloes, hippos, zebras, giraffes and more. At midday you can also watch orphaned baby elephants take their daily mud bath, the David Sheldrick Foundation located with the park’s boundaries.
Make a lunch date with a giraffe at the Giraffe Manor Hotel based on the western side of Nairobi. After a bite to eat, take a short walk to the AFEW (African Fund For Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre which was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Hand out a food pellet or two and go for the perfect photo opp, a giraffe kiss!
Venture out to the Maasai Market, the biggest open air market for locally made jewelry, shoes, artwork and clothing. The market is mobile and runs in different locations every day. This is a great opportunity to practice your Kiswahili and any treasured finds will always leave you with fond memories of Africa.
If we’re travelling through Nairobi, we always try and make a night of it at the Carnivore restaurant. There is no better place to expand your culinary horizons – crocodile and ostrich on the menu. A genuine taster of Kenya, Nyama Choma, meaning “barbecued meat” is the country’s unofficial dish.
The farm once owned by Danish author, Karen Van Blixen is now a museum, the 1985 blockbuster “Out of Africa” filmed in its grounds. Take an intimate tour of the house which contains many of the orginal furnishings and spy dramatic vistas over the Ngong Hills.
There’s nothing like travelling across Nairobi the way the locals do. Culture on the move, the capital’s colourful matatu’s will get you where you need to go, these brighly painted vehicles often fitted out with TVs and loud subwoofer sounds.
For breathtaking panoramas over the Great Rift Valley take a one hour’s drive from the Kenyan capital. Many of our trips journey along this route on their way to Lake Nakuru, so why not hop on our 14 day Gorilla Encounter. On a clear day, the views often stretch across the border into Tanzania!