This will be a full day tour in Nairobi taking you to The Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Center as well as a visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory. Lunch is included and will be at one of the high-end restaurants in Karen Area.
The Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage is in a secluded area of the Nairobi National Park, here orphaned baby elephants amongst other animals are taken care of by a dedicated team of conservationists. The orphanage is run by Daphne, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. Each day at 1100am, the baby animals are brought out to feed and to have a mud-bath and visitors are allowed to watch and get close and touch them, but not to feed. Normally, one of the keeper will give a talk about the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. The orphanage takes care of orphaned baby rhinos as well.
You will then proceed Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the author of “Out of Africa” Karen Blixen arrived in Nairobi from her homeland of Denmark in 1914 and settled in what is now the suburb of Karen. She purchased land and planted a coffee farm whilst preserving most of the native habitat. Karen left Kenya in 1931, and her famous novel was published in 1937. The house was later used for the film “Out of Africa”, and was opened as a museum in 1986.
You will have lunch at the restaurant within the grounds, then depart for the nearby Giraffe Centre where you will have the opportunity to feed the giraffes from an elevated platform. Giraffe Centre, initiated by AFEW, is an important conservation centre worth visiting.
The Last stop for the day will be Kazuri Beads Factory where you will definitely want to make some purchases. Started in 1975 to help support single mothers, Kazuri Beads provides employment opportunities to local communities and now has over 300 Kenyan women work for the organization. Take your time to watch the women shape, paint and string the beads by hand, an intriguing form of art.
320 USD per vehicle (Maximum 6 pax)
Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage: 15 USD per person
Giraffe Centre: 15 USD per person
Karen Blixen Museum 15 USD per person