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NAIROBI EXCURSIONS

 

Nairobi- “the place of cool waters”, risen from an uninhabited swampland that was used as a supply depot by railway construction workers into a vibrant modern city that never seems to sleep. For many years, this city has been known as the safari capital as well as transiting point for many travelers heading to other African destinations.
For travelers who do not have many days in Kenya, they will experience a Kenyan wildlife safari just within the city environs, excellent international restaurants, endless and colorful array of shops, markets, Museums and cultural experience…

WHAT TO DO IN NAIROBI

TEA-NNP-Nairobi National Park
nairobiThis unique wildlife sanctuary is just few kilometers from the Nairobi’s bustling city center the Capital of Kenya. This is the only National park in Africa that is located near the city. But despite its proximity over 50 species of mammals can be found there including four out of the big give that is lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The fifth that is elephant is missing here because it can’t be accommodated in such a small National park. Variety of birds can be seen here as well.

TEA-BOK-Bomas of Kenya

A Boma is a homestead in Swahili, and just a few kilometers from Nairobi we have the Bomas of Kenya where the day-to-day lives of the 43 different ethnic groups in Kenya are being depicted, each tribe has its own way of living, culture and believes and all these are depicted through traditional dancing, music, song and folklore. These plus acrobatic shows are performed in a splendid arena.

TEA-KBNM-Karen Blixen Museum

KAREN BLIXENIt is located 15 kms from Nairobi in Karen Estate. Karen Blixen was born in 17/04/1885 in Rungs eland Denmark. She arrived in Kenya at age of 29 years in 1914 to marry her Swedish half cousin Baron Bror Blixen Finecke who had bought a farm in the area (Karen) on arrival in Mombasa.

They spent a few years in Mbangathi Estate where they started growing coffee on 600 out of 4,500 acres. Karen Blixen’s uncle Westenholz and members of both families as shareholders financed the coffee company. In 1917 she moved to “Mbogani” Karen House that was bought from a Swedish farmer who built the house in 1912.

From the living room, there is a magnificent view of the Ngong Hills, which looks like ‘knucles’where she buried his Lover Denish Halton who died in a plane crash in Voi.The bedroom contain bed, a lantern at the side of her bed, dressing table, another table and a pair of riding shoes where she used to ride to the hills to write about the animals she saw.

She lived there until her return in 1931 and house was bought by Danish Government in 1959 and later presented to Kenyan government at attainment of independence and the farm house was open to the public in 1986.

TEA-GC-Giraffe Centre

giraffe_centreThis is located in Nairobi’s Lang’ata suburb; it’s the creation of a Kenya Organization, the African Fund for Endangered wildlife (A.F.E.W Kenya) which was formed by Betty Jock, who discovered the sad plight of the Rothschild giraffe. There were only 120 left on an 18,000 acre ranch in western Kenya that was scheduled for sub-division and resettlement. Their first effort to save this sub-specie was to bring two young giraffes to their property in Langata.

The purpose of the Giraffe center is to educate Kenyan school children about their country’s wildlife and environment, and to give visitors both local and international an opportunity to come into close contact with a wild animal by feeding the world’s tallest species, the giraffe from a specially constructed viewing platform.

TEA-SAO-The Sheldrick Animal Orphanage The Shedrick Animal Orphanage situated on the edge of Nairobi National park is currently a home to several baby elephants and rhino. This is the first to successfully hand rear new-born elephant orphans and return them to the Wild elephant community when grown. Daphne Shedrick has been rearing and rehabilitating orphans of misfortune for most of her life and in her time has reared and successfully returned to the wild most African wild species.

The Sheldrick Animal orphanage is open to visitors daily for one hour when the orphans have their daily mud bath. Visiting times are strictly between 11am and midday.

TEA-NCT-Nairobi City Tour

The tour covers the modern city centre, the National museum and the adjacent snake park, parliament buildings, 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 during the construction of Kenya Railways. You will also visit the City market where a wide variety of African curios and tropical fruit and flowers are on sale, ending with a visit to the Nairobi hill to have a good view of the city below.

TEA-CE-Carnivore Experience
CARNIVORENairobi has many restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine but we recommend a dinner or lunch at the Carnivore restaurant, which is famous for its succulent steaks and barbecue dishes. The restaurant also offers a vegetarian menu; the meal is an excellent complement to a holiday especially as a welcome or farewell dinner.

TEA-LNE-Lake Nakuru Express

Lake Nakuru lies in the volcano strewn Rift Valley. One of the chains of 8 lakes, which stretch the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. The 160kms drive from Nairobi passes through highland farms of the Kikuyu people before descending an escarpment of the dramatic landscape of the Rift valley.
On arrival, proceed for game viewing session in this park that is well known for its million of flamingoes and other water birds like pink backed pelicans, marabou stocks, egrets, bufaloArrow – marked babbler, red headed weaver and other water birds that breed in the lake’s alkaline waters. A visit to baboon cliff offers a scenic panorama of the lake below, surrounded by a vast tract of euphorbia and acacia forest that gives a good chance of viewing plantain birds. Other game seen here includes; Cape buffalo, white rhino, Rothschild giraffe and other different varieties of antelopes.

You will have a lunch break then continue with your final game drive and then drive back to Nairobi.

TEA-AE-Amboseli Express
Amboseli National park Lies within the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain whose peak may be seen from the park in clear weather. Only nature and all her majesty could create such a back –drop to the wildlife pageant found at Amboseli.Game is seen enroute to the park which crosses plains where the Masai tribesmen tend their cattle in an age-old tradition. Lunch is taken at the Lodge within the park, followed by another game drive where lion, cheetah can be seen including elephant and hippo that are found bathing in the swamp-grounds which get their waters from Mt. Kilimanjaro. Return to Nairobi in the evening.

TEA-LN-Lake Naivasha      

It is 84km north of Nairobi. This lake was famous in 1930’s as a staging post for imperial Airways flying boat services from Durban to London and its an ideal water resort for leisurely bird watching, 340 species of birds are recorded here and a large number of hippos. Fishing of tilapia and black boss, hiking and game watching at Hells gate and Crescent Island private game sanctuary gives visitors a chance to walk among small herds of plains game including water buck, dik dik and Thompson gazelle. These are one of the few places in all Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and giraffe because of the absence of predators.

 

MOMBASA EXCURSIONS

 

Kenyan coast of Mombasa is a place with a long and exotic history. Being the second largest city in Kenya, it plays an important role in the Country’s economy not only for its imports and exports through its port which is the largest in East Africa, but also as a Kenya’s major tourist destination area.

Its white sandy beaches and coral reefs, coupled with an array of hotels on the beachfront along the south and the northern coast, its tourist attraction centers and history characterizes Mombasa as an ideal place for a perfect vacation

WHAT TO DO IN MOMBASA

TEA-GRM-Gedi Ruins Malindi
gedi ruinsOn the North coast of Mombasa towards the town of malindi lays one of the most pre-historic ruins found in the Mombasa, called the gedi ruins. Gedi was a small town built entirely from rocks and stones which was inhabited by a few thousands Swahili people and ruled by a very rich sultan. These ruins preservation most of the original foundations can still be seen today. A well-informed and educated guide gives a tour of the law and their preservation area a direct reflection of the commitment of the government to uphold the country’s cultural and historical background.

TEA-BNT-Bamburi Nature Trails:
The Bamburi nature trail is the largest animal sanctuary in mombasa located in Bamburi next toe the cement factory, the nature trail boasts an enormous variety of animals, reptiles, insects, and botanical gardens, walking along the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals, and on many occasions holding or feeding a reptile such as a snake is allowed under close supervision of a guide. Educational videos are also shown, with emphasis on the history and continuous improvements of the trail. it was  previously a barren pike of land that had been stripped  of its resources through limestone mining and was redeveloped  through reforestation and conservation efforts and is now a habitat for a large number of  flora and fauna species.

TEA-MV-Mamba village:
Mamba village, which is situated in the Nyali, is east Africa’s largest crocodiles farm. A tour of the farm starts with a movie on the life cycle and behavior   of crocodiles, followed by a comprehensive tour of the rest of farm and ends with the highlight of the day, a spectacular s scene of blood thirsty crocodiles fighting for food during feeding time. Excellent cuisine is available at the mamba restaurant and the house specialty is superbly grilled crocodiles meat. Souvenirs of your visit can be bought at the Mamba souvenir shop located within the village.

TEA-FJ-Fort Jesus:
fort jesusFort Jesus is Mombassa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort located along the coastline near the old town is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese .The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities and which enjoyed regular visits by sea farers and the like. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapon such as canons which were used to defend the fort from invading foreigners as well as rioting locals can be seen both inside and outside of the fort. The fort opens its gates for viewing in the morning and closes at dusk.

TEA-TED-Tamarind Evening Dhow:
An evening cruise  aboard a traditional  dhow and enjoy the perfect combination of good food and music and romantic atmosphere  on this leisurely  cruise in Mombasa old harbour.Highlights include a sumptuous seafood meal, dancing under the stars and a gentle sail pas the peaceful    creek of Mombsa Island.

TEA-WIK-Full day Wasini Island and Kisite Sea Adventure.
beachWelcome to a day of ultimate pleasure in the richest marine park at the Kenyan coast, depart early morning for the tranquil fishing village of shimoni,close to the Tanzania border .The  scenic route takes you through lush coconut  and cashew  nuts plantations and the colorful villages of the Digo people.

At shimoni  jet board  an  authentic motorized lamu dhow which  cruise and sail you through  enchanting seascape of islands to the underwater splendors of the kisite marine park.Here snorkellers  will marvel at the incredible  variety of marine life in the shallow  and warm waters  around kisite island; the venue for numerous  birds.

We escort scuba divers to explore a number of excellent alive sites, also teeming with an astounding variety of marine life, which inhabitant the magnificent coral reefs in an around the park.

A sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served at wasini island restaurant, thereafter visit the traditional Muslim village before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

TEA-SNP-Shimba Hills National Park .
For a contrasting excursion from the coast, shimba hills national reserve is an easy drive and offers beautiful, lush scenery .It has a unique and botanically rich coastal rainforest, two of Kenya’s most beautiful orchids can be found here. Another rare species, unique to the reserve, is the sable antelope with its handsome near-black coat. Buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, lions and several primates are found here. The best places to see wildlife are on the flat grasslands near the spectacular sheldrick’s falls and on the longo plains near Giriama point with a tremendous view over rolling parkland to the escarpment, from where you can look out to the Indian Ocean. There are number of short walking trails of elephant look out and pengo fill and the falls.

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