Kenya Urban Safari: Adventure in Tropical City

Kenya Urban Safari: Adventure in Tropical City




Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, once known as a green city under the sun. Its perfect geographical location has turned it into a world’s cosmopolitan with great opportunities and international interactions. Interestingly, with all the different opportunities that Nairobi has to offer, it is unfortunate to observe that many lay terribly undiscovered.

For many, Nairobi is either somewhere to arrive and quickly move to another destination or for a place for a fleeting – often reluctant – overnight stop before going home or heading for game parks. In fact, most visitors arriving at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport afterward move closest to nearby Wilson Airport for their short flight to the bush, or pick up their safari van for the overland trip to their lodge or camp. And they do exactly the same in reverse on their way home.

Landing at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi Kenya is an experience met with rare excitement and anxiety. already for those whose purpose of travel has nothing to do with wildlife viewing, there is always unavoidable wildlife encounters right from the first turn to the city.

Located on the south of Nairobi, the airport was in the ancient years a free land where wild animals roomed freely. That is no doubt the reason why up to date, there are occasional wildlife encounters around these area. Not enough, few kilometers from the airport is the world’s only urban national park which offers untold wildlife experience within less than half an hour excursion from the city centre.

Not only does Nairobi have great hidden treasures, there are also great attractions within reasonable distances that can be explored within a day or two for a reluctant vacationer. I already told you about the world’s only wildlife capital – Nairobi national park. Covering 117 sq km, it is also East Africa’s oldest game park. It is its influence that makes it shared to see giraffe or herds of antelope as you excursion into the city.

The park is great number to number of inventive conservations efforts: Nairobi Safari Walk is Kenya’s new conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative scenery design, rare wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education. With a combination of three simulated, forests, wetlands and Savannahs, local visitors have an opportunity to learn about their valuable resource and how they can contribute to its conservation.

nearby is the Nairobi animal orphanage the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya. Set at the entrance of Nairobi National Park with lush vegetation contrasting against the red dust and clay of soil, this educational and training facility is often home to more than 20 different animals and bird species. It is a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya.

David Shedrick wildlife trust is located on the southern part of the Nairobi National Park. It is a small flexible and environmentally significance charity that helps save the lives of orphaned Elephants and Rhinos who are ultimately released back into the wild. You have an opportunity to see the orphaned and rescued elephants and rhinos everyday from 1100hrs to 1200noon and participate in feeding program.

Also along this area is where you find privately managed Mamba village – a fantastic experience with reptiles of all kinds such as snakes, monitor lizards and large African crocodiles. A few meters is ‘Bomas of Kenya’ where every evening from 1500hrs, you have an opportunity to experience different cultural feats and breathtaking acrobatic performances. You can also tour the cultural villages to feel the real taste of African culture.

Further down is giraffe centre. Managed by African Fund for abundant Wildlife, the center’s effort is to conserve the abundant Rothschild giraffe. Take part in feeding the thrilling and beautiful giraffes, learn more about them, take a character walk in the nearby character trail and stretch your arm in donating to this noble conservation effort.

For shopaholics, there can be no finer experience than a visit to the village market. This not only contains an excellent assortment of small shops and lager stores but is also the place to be seen at weekends. Visitors can enjoy large cup of Kenya coffee and a light meal in the plaza. Village market is the probably the best place to buy locally made handicrafts and disinctive and is the location for the weekly Maasai market on Tuesday at the Globe Cinema along Kijabe street, Saturdays at the city High Court Parking and on Sunday at Yaya Centre. The market is also held in other places in Nairobi on other days of the week.

As for Nairobi itself, this is a city of wonderful restaurants serving fine, locally grown food in convivial surroundings at the affordable prices. It is a city with a varied and exciting nightlife that doesn’t just come awake on Friday or Saturday. Visitors are sure to receive a warm welcome from in any case formation they frequent – already those that don’t, on first inspection, look especially promising.

In short, Nairobi is a lively, exciting and, above all, fascinating place to visit. Once you have experienced its hidden treasures, you will want to come back.




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