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nairobiNairobi is a vibrant city, and it is said that either you love it or you hate it! The city was called Nairobbery because of its high crime rate. However this has changed and now you can freely walk everywhere in the Nairobi business centre without fear. Though extra care should be taken after dark.

Nairobi is 1600 meters above sea level, so the climate is perfect – it is never too cold or too warm here. You will find most of the modern technology available, cyber cafes are everywhere, and ATM’s are placed near all major sites. Eriksen is a passionate coffee drinker, and he was very pleasantly surprised when Nairobi Java House was established. You will find several different branches, one at the airport, one at Mama Ngina Street, and Eriksen favorite is the one branch located at Koinange Lane – near Nakumatt Lifestyle – a modern mall in the city centre. Visa and MasterCard is accepted almost everywhere.

hiltonMalls – Yes, there are plenty of modern malls established in Nairobi. Here you can find whatever you must desire. Eriksen recommends the Nakumatt (several branches) for the daily shopping, and Sarit Centre located in Westlands for the rest.

In town there is another charming restaurant perfect for lunch. The Kahawa House located at Fedha Towers serves excellent fish masala. A good place to have a cold beer is on the balcony of Oakwood Hotel – Vis a vis the New Stanley Hotel. Looking for good books – go to Sarit Centre – there they have an excellent bookshop – however there is an alternative to go to Yaya Centre as they too have a great bookshop.

Maps are also available at those locations. Good restaurants come in plenty, and we are more than happy to recommend some to you. The best one however, a bit out of town – is without questioning the newly opened Brazilian restaurant Pampas located at Panari Hotel. Another good option for plenty of good meat is the old and famous Carnivore.

SPECIAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

DAY 1: Duty Station - Nairobi.
On arrival at the Airport, The Eriksen Adventure representative will meet and greet you then transfer you to your Nairobi hotel.

DAY 2: Nairobi Tour.
After breakfast, have a City tour that will take you to the Nairobi 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 of Tsavo in 1901 during the construction of Kenya Railways. Visit the City Market where African crafts and tropical flowers are be sold. (Ideal place to buy a souvenir).In the afternoon visit the Giraffe centre giraffe centrethat was created by the African Fund for endangered wildlife to educate Kenyan school children about their country’s wildlife and environment and to give visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with a wild animal by feeding the world’s tallest species, the giraffe.

Visitors view and feed the famous Rothschild giraffe from a specially constructed
Viewing –platform. Near the Giraffe centre we have the 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. Return to your hotel at will.

DAY 3: Nairobi- Masai Mara
wildebeestWe will pick you from your Nairobi hotel after breakfast; thereafter depart for Masai Mara game reserve stopping at the view point of the Great Rift Valley and at Narok town for lunch. Arrive in time for a late afternoon or early evening game drive in this park that is essentially the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti national park as an artificial border separates the two. This park animal concentration is second to none and the big five can be spotted here. The Mara’s landscape is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills which enables the reserve to attract sufficient rainfall to maintain and support a large population of herbivores, together with the predators that follow. Proceed to the campsite/lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Masai Mara
After breakfast have a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch at the Hippo pool where you will have a good opportunity of spotting Hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun at a close distance. Mara is renowned for its great herds of plains game and virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya. This is also where the annual migration of close 800,000 zebras and wild beast takes place between the two parks in early July to September. The animals’ move as a great mass across the savannah in a follow the leader fashion, they follow the rains and when they arrive from Serengeti there is new succulent grass. They return to Serengeti when the grass begins to whither and when rains are over. Return to the Lodge/campsite in time for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru
Have an early breakfast followed by your final game tracking with your guide, in this park that is rich of wildlife on your way to Lake Nakuru National park. This park has a fantastic array of bird life including million of flamingoes, white pelicans, Marabou stork and most of water birds that breed in alkaline waters. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight

DAY 6: Lake- Nakuru - Nairobi.
flamingoesProceed for an intensive morning game drive after breakfast exploring this park. This is the best park to spot the Rothschild giraffe and the white rhino that is endangered species. A visit to the baboon cliff offers a scenic view of the lake below, surrounded by a vast tract of euphorbia and acacia forest. Depart for Nairobi after lunch. In the evening, have your farewell dinner at the Carnivore restaurant, which is few kilometers from the city centre. Nairobi has many restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine but the Carnivore restaurant will make you feel that you are in a big game country. This is famous for its succulent steaks and barbecue dishes including game meat and is therefore dubbed ‘the meat eaters paradise’. Vegetarian menu is also available. Return to your hotel for an overnight as you prepare for your return to your duty station the following day.

DAY 7: Nairobi -Duty Station
Depending with the time of your flight, you will be picked from your Nairobi hotel for your onward flight back to your duty station.

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