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Nairobi is one of Africa’s most prominent cities, and is home to several museums, sites and monuments of interest, as well as the nearby Nairobi National Park and a host of other wildlife attractions.

Kenya’s bustling capital needn’t just be a place where you start or end your safari. Visit the Giraffe Centre for a close-up view of the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, or elephant enthusiasts may wish to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage - a rescue and rehabilitation project, to learn about the ongoing conservation work in East Africa.

In the city itself, the Nairobi National Museum is worth a visit for those fascinated by Kenya’s rich heritage, as well as its natural and cultural history, and houses the full remains of the extinct homo erectus. Other sites and museums of interest include the Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi Railway Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, Uhuru Gardens – the largest memorial park in Kenya,

For those spending a couple of days in Nairobi, there is the opportunity to visit Nairobi National Park which is renowned for being the only game reserve of this nature to border a capital or major city. The park is home to a diversity of wildlife including lion, giraffe and black rhino, as well as over 400 species of birds.

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  • Where: Nairobi Province, Kenya

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Big Cat Weekend

This ideal whistle-stop wildlife getaway to the Masai Mara is an opportunity to see some of the finest wildlife on earth. Lion, leopard and cheetah hunt topi, eland and gazelle in this pristine wilderness, herds of elephant roam the grasslands, while hippos and crocodiles cruise the riverbanks.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Big Cat Photography with Warren Samuels

Based at Governors’ Private Camp, renowned for its comfort and key location in the Masai Mara ecosystem, this photographic tour will give you the opportunity to capture Kenya’s incredible and prolific wildlife in the company of world-renowned photographer, filmmaker and wildlife guide Warren Samuels.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Classic Africa Explorer

This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 37 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Elephant Watch

Observe elephants at close quarters on this specialist safari providing an opportunity to learn about their social structure in the company of expert Samburu naturalists. Spending four nights at the Elephant Watch Camp, you will participate in game drives and walks, birdwatching and bush picnics.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar, May-Jun, Jul, Aug-Oct, Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 7 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Kenya Adventure Camping

An outstanding value safari, staying in private camps in Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara. All the big cats can be found here, together with large numbers of elephants and giraffes. If you value wildlife and adventure above the need for luxury accommodation, then this is the trip for you!

  • When to go: Dec-Mar, Jul-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Masai Warriors & Wildlife Galore

Ideal for young explorers, this amazing journey visits the land of the Masai warriors on a fun family educational programme in some of Kenya’s finest wildlife reserves. Staying in small camps and lodges, learn about wildlife, identify tracks and listen to the mysterious sounds of the savannah at night.

  • When to go: Dec-Mar, Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Migration Special

After the Serengeti rains have ended and the grassland has turned to dust, witness the astonishing natural phenomenon of the Great Migration as huge herds of wildebeest and zebra make the long trip to the Masai Mara in search of fresh pasture. An unforgettable experience and a photographer’s dream.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Samburu & Masai Mara Safari

This 9-day classic safari incorporates the renowned Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserves. Staying in three luxury lodges, explore the rivers and plains of the Great Rift Valley, while looking for herds of elephant, big cats and Samburu specialties including Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar, Jun-Oct, Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over Kenya

This itinerary travels from Amboseli National Park in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the highlands of Laikipia Plateau, and on to the savannahs of the Masai Mara. Flying between locations and staying in top quality camps is one of the most exciting ways to experience Kenya’s excellent wildlife areas.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Giraffe Manor

Situated just outside Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is a small, exclusive hotel, famous for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe, which often visit the verdant green gardens morning and evening. The hotel offers a rich blend of welcoming accommodation and one of Nairobi’s finest kitchens.

Nairobi Tented Camp

With sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi on the other, this tented camp is situated deep within riverine forest, yet on the doorstep of the city. It is the first accommodation allowed inside Nairobi National Park, which is home to lion, leopard, rhino and a range of savannah wildlife.