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 NAIROBI SAFARI TOUR     
NEAR NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK :
In addition to the wildlife and the grassy plains of the Nairobi National Park, there are many places to visit in Langata and Karen estates, that is in the western highlands of the capital city.

The Karen estate, formerly a large coffee plantation owned by Karen Blixen, is now an evergreen residential neighborhood and is the place to go to do horse riding, biking, jogging and walking.

The Langata estate is bordering the national park and rare indigenous forests (Ngong forest).

A one-day safari tour can easily be organised although it is not possible to visit all places in one day. The places not to miss are the Orphanage or the Safari Walk (both in K.W.S. headquarter), followed by the Sheldrick center, the Utamaduni Craft center and the Giraffe center.
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How to get there :
Same road than the road going towards the main entrance of the park. Just leave the city center using the Langata Road.

NAIROBI SAFARI TOUR (Follow the red circuit)
Along the Langata road, you will see in succession the "Nyayo Stadium" (1);  the "Wilson Airport" (2) used for light aviation;   the road leading to the famous "Carnivore" (3) restaurant/nightclubs;  the "Independence Monument" (4) build in 1984 for the 20th Independence anniversary on your left,
and the "Kibera" (5) slum on your right;   the "Army barracks" (6) complex.

Further ahead, just when the road become single lane, is the main entrance of the Nairobi National Park and the K.W.S. Headquarter (7) where are the Safari Walk (8) and the Animal Orphanage (9)

Just after the crossroads where the road to Magadi lies on the left, you can find on your right the "Bomas of Kenya" (10), a cultural centre. The Magadi road is leading to Ngong Hills and Magadi soda lake (see Magadi page) but at a short distance after the crossroads is the "Sheldrick's Center" (11), an orphanage for baby elephants.

After the "Bomas of Kenya", continue straight towards Karen estate where are the "Mamba village" (12), a crocodile farm, the "Utamaduni (13)", a craft center managed by K.W.S., the "Giraffe Center" (14), a center created to protect a rare species of giraffe, the "Karen Blixen Museum" (15), the former house of the Danish Baroness author of "Out of Africa" and the "Butterfly Farm" (16).
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 PLACES/THINGS TO SEE
ALONG LANGATA ROAD

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 NYAYO STADIUM (1) :  The Nyayo Stadium is the National stadium of Kenya and it is where most all national event take places. Nyayo National Stadium has seating for about 20,000 persons, but the track, separated from the seats by a high barbed-wire fence, can be considered poor quality. As most sportive events are held in the Moi complex with includes a 80,000 seats stadium, the Nyayo stadium holds most major meeting and social events (National day, Independence day, etc.) as it sits in the heart of the city. Also, every Sunday, behind the stadium, there is large second hand car market. The stadium is also populated by marabous which can be often be seen in the tree (in the middle of the roundabout) or on the stadium roof.
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 WILSON AIRPORT (2) :   The Wilson Airport is a small airport located along the north-western border of the park at approximatively 11 km from City center. Second most important airport of Nairobi, it is used for local flight (Zanzibar, Mombasa, Maasai Mara, etc.), scheduled and chartered domestic air flight and others private light flights. All planes landing in Kenyan territory fly by over the Nairobi National Park and wild animals are used to the constant heavy-noise of plane reactors.
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 THE CARNIVORE RESTAURANT (3) :  For many travel guide, the Carnivore Restaurant is considered as the Africa's greatest eating experience. This open-air meat specialty restaurant has strikingly different food, service and atmosphere to anything ever seen in Kenya. Every type of meat imaginable, including four choices of wild game, are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant. The waiters then carry these swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the prime meats onto sizzling, cast iron plates in front of you.
Contact :
Tamarind Group - Carnivore/Simba Saloon
Tel: +254 20 602764/66/68/69/75/76/86/87 - Fax: +254 20 602993 - Email:reservations@carnivore.co.ke


But the Carnivore is not only famous for its restaurant, it is also home of the Simba Saloon, Nairobi's most popular nightclub and disco. The informal outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks and outstanding entertainment ensure a vibrant and exciting night out. The night club operates from Wednesday to Sunday and has themed nights to cater for fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits. The Simba Saloon is well know for hosting some of Africa's best musicians and also many international ones such as Yellowman, Salif Keta, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Sadao Watanabe -
Check out for upcoming events.

Finally, next to Carnivore is the Splash, first East African water park. Splash is also operated by Tamarind Group and is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm seven days a week and offers fantastic entertainment: swimming pools, 2 water slides, bar, pool tables, beach volley, 9 holes crazy golf and karting.

Do not hesitate to visit the Tamarind website to get more information. The website is kept up-to-date and well managed (online booking, upcoming events, news, mailing list and detailed information are available).
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 INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT (4) :  Completed in 1984 by the architect Mr. Hamid Mughal for the commemoration of the 20th Independence anniversary, the monument stands at the place where the Kenyan flag was raised on 12 December 1963. The central part portrays a dove holding an olive branch in its peak, and resting on two joined hands that surround a heart. This symbolises the Nyayo philosophy of love, peace and unity. There is also a statue of a man standing up symbolising heroism, and a group of people working together to raise the Kenyan flag.
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 KIBERA SOWETO SLUM (5) :  Kibera is the largest slum in East Africa. Situated seven kilometers southwest of Nairobi City center, Kibera is home to one million (half of whom are under age 15) who are packed together in deplorable conditions. Basic government services, such as water provision, education, health care, and sewage disposal do not exist. On the other hand, landlords are doing nothing to improve the situation despite the fact that they get a monthly rent for every person living in the slum. Statistics indicate that the rate of urban population growth in Nairobi is 4.5 percent. Kibera's current population is estimated at 0.6 million.
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 LANGATA ARMY BARRACKS (6) :  In 1939, that is when the WWII broke out, the British Empire established a military camp composed of around 8'000 men. Nowadays, the Langata Army barrack is the headquarter of the National Kenyan Army. Nobody is allowed to enter the camp and taking pictures of the barracks is totally forbidden. So not much information for the moment...
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 NAIROBI NAT. PARK / K.W.S. HEADQUARTER (7) :   This big complex located on Langata Road is the National headquarter of the Kenyan Wildlife Service and is the place to go to obtain or refill your smartcard which is a very important step to get access to the National park (as most national parks can not load your card with money, so must be sure to have enough money on your card before going) or get an update of the different loading point in Kenya, to get information about National Parks in Kenya (fees, state of road, escort time table, brochures, etc…). Visit our Nairobi National Park page for more information regarding the park.
Contact :
Kenya Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 40241, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-020) 600800 Fax: (254-020) 603792
E-mail: kws@kws.org, Website: http://www.kws.org
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 NAIROBI SAFARI WALK (8) :   The Nairobi Safari Walk is a K.W.S. Conservation project seeking to aware visitors to Kenyan's wildlife and their habitats. It has been created to provide a higher standard of conservation project. The safari walk on the wooden-deck is a recreative experience. Still in progress (but almost finish), the number of animals is less than in the K.W.S. Orphanage - See list of animals seen in the Safari Walk.
Fees resident : Adult - 200 Kshs and Child - 100 Kshs
Fees non-resident : Adult - 8 USD and Child - 5 USD
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  K.W.S. ORPHANAGE (9) :   One of the most visited place of the K.W.S., the orphanage was established in 1964 to protect abandoned, orphaned or injured animals found in Kenyan national parks and to release them free into the wilderness whenever it is possible. Nevertheless, unique species have found their place into the orphanage, becoming a mix between a zoo and an orphanage. Since the creation of the safari walk, it seems that the problem has been resolved and the place will become an orphanage for the rehabilitation of wounded animals. Orphans are lions, leopard, cheetahs, hyenas, ostriches, zebras, chimpanzee, baboons, buffalo and the internationally known baby oryx, Valentine who has been adopted by a lioness in the Samburu park in 2002 and has made the headlines all over the world. Feeding time is from 1pm to 2pm - See list of animals seen in the Orphanage.
Fees resident : Adult - 200 Kshs and Child - 100 Kshs
Fees non-resident : Adult - 8 USD and Child - 5 USD
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 BOMAS OF KENYA (10) :  
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 SHELDRICK CENTER (11) :  Created just after the death in June 1977 of David Sheldrick, the famous naturalist and warden of the Tsavo East National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is playing a significant role in Kenya's conservation effort by acting as a watchdog on wildlife affairs. The center is located at the Mbagathi gate of the Nairobi National Park and is opened everyday only from 11 to 12, which is the time when orphan elephants are brought outside. If you arrive in time, you may have the chance to see one black rhinoceros leaving in the nursery. While you are watching at baby elephants, Daphne Sheldrick is making an expose about natural habits of elephants and difficulties encountered by the center to nurse the elephants. The entrance is free but feel free on your side to donate as you can be sure that your contributions made through the Center will reach its target. Donation also can be done through their website. Brochure are also available.
Contact :
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, P.O. Box 15555, 00503 Mbagathi, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-020) 891 996 Fax: (254-020) 890 053
E-mail: rc-h@africaonline.co.ke, Website: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
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 MAMBA VILLAGE (12) :  
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 UTAMADUNI (13) :  Utamaduni is a very nice place to take a break. The craft center consists of 18 separated shops occupying each one a room in a large house. Lastly, a snack bar has opened and you can get a fresh drink or snack in a peaceful surrounding. There is an excellent range of products and it worth a visit as you can see in once all products found in the Kenyan markets. Price has said to be very high, but I personally found them reasonably higher than market prices. On the plus side, the shop is quite and prices are fixed. A percentage of the profit go to K.W.S. as the center was created by Dr. Leakey, former Director of the K.W.S.
Contact :
Utamaduni Craft, P.O. Box 24291, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-020) 890 464, Fax: (254-020) 890 462
E-mail: utamaduni@form-net.com
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 GIRAFFE CENTER (14) :  Created in 1975 by the private initiative of the Leslie-Melville family who decided to save the Rothschild giraffe from extinction, the Giraffe center is a nature education center where visitors can feed giraffes by hand by climbing on a wooden terrace. There is also possibility to do two small nature trail : the Forest nature trail in a typical dry uplands forest and the River crossing nature trail where you will cross the Mbagathi river to finally have a view of the Ngong Hills. The center features also a café, small shop and few other animals (warthogs, turtles, rabbits and birds). Indeed, the Rothschild subspecies (known also as Ugandan giraffe) differs from it's counterpart the Maasai giraffe (for having unspotted legs below knees and 3 or 5 horns instead of 2 or 3 horns) and could only be found in Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. Exterminated in the two first countries, this subspecies was greatly threatened in Kenya during the 70s. In 1976, Betty and Jack Leslie-Melville captured two young giraffes. Since, the couple prospered in their 15 acres property, had many young ones and the family is now very tame. Also, the center launched three successful operations, the reintroduction of 26 giraffes at Lake Nakuru in 1979, 26 others at Ruma National Park in 1973 and 47 others at the South Turkana reserve. Today the Rothschild Giraffe population in Kenya is about 500.
Fees resident : Adult - 500 Kshs, Child - 200 Kshs and Family (2 adults + 2 children) - 1'250 Kshs
Fees non-resident : Adult - 35 USD and Child - 35 USD
Contact :
A.F.E.W. (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Ltd) - The Giraffe Centre, P.O. Box 15124, 00509 Langata, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-02) 890 952, Fax: (254-02) 891 658
E-mail: info@giraffecentre.org, Website: http://www.giraffecentre.org
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 KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM (15) :  In the heart of Karen estate sits the Karen Blixen Museum which was the former house of the Danish Baronness, Karen Blixen (1885-1962) author of the famous book "Out of Africa". Karen lived in this green residential area from 1914 to 1931 when she left permanently for Denmark. The house was bought by the Danish Government which offered it to Kenya in 1963. After the screening of the movie "Out of Africa" starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, the house formerly used as a school was transformed to a National Museum in 1986 which since has continued to be very popular destination for international and local visitors. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house which can be visited. Objects seen in the house were either used by Karen herself either used for the shooting of the film and donated to the Museum. The original kitchen has been restored and is now open for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one used by Blixen is on display, as are other period kitchen utensils. Reconstruction of the coffee factory as an additional attraction is underway and other early farm machinery is also on display, depicting the early settler life in Kenya. Note that in reality, the movie has been shot in a different house in Karen estate as the house was a school at the time of the shooting.
Fees resident : Adult - 50 Kshs, Child - 50 Kshs
Fees non-resident : Adult - 200 Kshs and Child - 100 Kshs
Opening Hours : 9.30 am to 6 pm, daily (incl. Public Holidays)

Contact :
Karen Blixen Museum (curator: Mary Sefu), P.O. Box 40658, 00502 Karen, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-02) 882 779
E-mail: karenblixen@bidii.com, Website: http://www.museums.or.ke/regkbm.html
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 BUTTERFLY FARM (16) :  The Butterfly farm is also a nature education center developed to provide a tour walk through exotic garden of orchids, waterfall and small water pools in order to emphasize life history, appearance, behavior and environment of butterflies. The aim of the center is to stress the importance of preserving natural heritage. The center features a butterfly house, a gallery, a shop, a café and the benefits of the center go to an programme "Butterfly Children of Africa" which give to youth the knowledge to defend their natural heritage.
Fees resident : Adult - 200 Kshs and Child - 100 Kshs
Fees non-resident : Adult - 400 Kshs and Child - 200 Kshs
Opening Hours : Open daily from 9am to 4:30pm (wheelchair friendly)

Contact :
Butterfly Africa, P.O. Box 14308, 00800 Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: +254 20 884972/73 - Mobile: +254 20 0722 363288
E-mail: collinsabri@iconnect.co.ke, Website: http://www.african-butterfly.org
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 NGONG HILLS :  All along the tour, there are splendid views of the Ngong Hills, an astonishing little chain of mountains the shape of the "fist grabbing the earth" which are in reality ancient chain of volcanoes similar to the Aberdare or the Chyulu Hills. The hills have four knuckles. The main summit is Lamwia (2,460m - 8,070 ft.). The hills can be easily climb but a K.W.S. guide is recommended as there are risks of smuggling. You need to count Kshs 500 for a guide (at K.W.S. Headquarters). Same remark for cars which should not be left without a guard. The hills provide good walking over rolling evergreen slopes and nice view points on the Rift Valley and the Nairobi plains (see our Magadi page). - Read also the East Africa Mountains website for a walking guide at Ngong hills.

AND ON YOUR WAY BACK USING NGONG ROAD...

 NGONG FOREST SANCTUARY :  Ngong forest is one of the few indigenous forest existing within a capital city in the world. These 600 hectares of forest located within Nairobi is a unique natural environment rich in flora and fauna (316 different species of plants, 35 mammals and over 120 bird species) serving as a carbon sink for urban pollution and stabilisation if the water table. The "Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary Trust" was formed in 1993 and has over the past year and a half raised 30% of the amount needed for it's sanctuary projects : to protect the forest through conservation management (1/ Productive plantation, 2/ Local governance, 3/ Environmental education and 4/ Recreation and leisure). Fencing of the forest, construction of nature trails, training of forest guards, rejuvenisation of plantation, establishment of honey harvesting and organisation of events (race day, discovery day) are currently in progress. Meanwhile, if you can not wait for the sanctuary to be build, free guided nature walk are organised every first and third Saturday of each month. Other activities are biking, horse riding, jogging, birding, etc (but do not go alone). Visit their website for more information.
Contact :
Ngong Forest Sanctuary, P.O. Box 688, 00502 Karen, Nairobi - Kenya.
E-mail: robin@wildernesslogistics.com or davidson@africaonline.com
Website : http://www.ngongforest.org
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 NGONG RACE COURSE (18) :  The equestrian culture, remain of the British colonial time, is well developed in Kenya. In Nairobi, racing is considered both a popular sporting and social event as one can enjoy and bet on the races, or just relax and be entertained by traditional dancers and musicians (live music, children's activities including face painting, puppet shows, mascots, bouncing castles and acrobats). Bordering the Ngong forest, the Ngong Racecourse is managed by the Jockey Club of Kenya who establish an annual race calendar holding around 45 races a year, that is almost every Sunday. All race meetings have eight races on the card. There are full stipendiary stewards, qualified handicaps and bookmaking and tote facilities. The Racecourse has also a popular restaurant. Special Public Holiday races are also held. Lastly, the Jockey Club has opened a new Business park at the entrance of the race course and developed a golf course in the complex. For more information regarding the calendar, entrees, breeders, etc. you can visit www.ngong-racecourse.com.
Contact :
Jockey Club of Kenya, P.O. Box 40373, Nairobi - Kenya.
Tel: (254-2) 566 108/9 - Fax: (254-2) 560 000
E-mail: jck@Karibunet.com
Website : http://www.jockeyclubkenya.com for the Jockey Club of Kenya website
http://www.ngong-racecourse.com for the Ngong Racecourse website

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 WILDLIFE/VEGETATION  --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...
LIST OF ANIMALS WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN THE K.W.S. SAFARI WALK (on 22nd October 2003)
Antelopes and gazelles (per alphabetic order) :
Bongo - Gazelle (Thomson's) - Gnu (White-bearded) - Impala -
Other ungulates and mammals :
Buffalo (Cape) - Warthog (Common) -
Carnivores :
Cheetah - Hyena (Spotted) - Leopard - Lion -
Primates :
Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :
LIST OF ANIMALS WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN THE K.W.S. ORPHANAGE (on 22nd October 2003)
Antelopes and gazelles (per alphabetic order) :
Oryx (Beisa) -
Other ungulates and mammals :
Zebra (Common) -
Carnivores :
Cheetah - Hyena (Spotted) - Leopard - Lion -
Primates :
Baboon (Savannah) - Colobus (Eastern Black-White) -
Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :
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