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Day 1 - Nairobi

What to see and do in Nairobi with kids

sunny 80 °F

Nairobi gets a lot of bad press, but there are a few interesting things to see and do there that even kids will like.

Adventures Within Reach started the day at the elephant orphanage at the Nairobi National Park. It is only open from 11am-12pm every day, so it's important to plan your day around this.

The rest of the day we spent in the Karen region, a quiet area just outside Nairobi. We had a nice lunch at the Karen Coffee Gardens, which has beautiful grounds with a large grassy area to stretch your legs.

Next we headed to the Giraffe Centre, which is a great place to visit for both kids and adults. Here you can see the rare Rothchild giraffes and a whole bunch of warthogs. However, the highlight is feeding the giraffes by hand from the second story deck. Face to face with their long, gooey, sticky tongues makes for some incredible stories and photographs!

The last stop of the day was the Karen Blixen Museum. If you are a fan of Karen Blixen and the movie Out of Africa, this will be a treat. The museum is located in her house, which you will recognize from the movie. Out front is a large grass yard on which our son chased butterflies and dragonflies for a good hour!

If you have a second day in Nairobi, you can easily spend the day at the butterfly park, the Nairobi Museum (reopening in February 2008), and an afternoon at the cultural dance center.

If you are coming from the U.S., be sure to allow some afternoon downtime because of jet lag.

For hotels, I would recommend the Giraffe Manor or Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens in Karen (both quite expensive). In the city center, there is the Silversprings Hotel (unimpressive 3-star, but centrally located and has a great workout facility and spa), the Panafric Hotel (a slightly nicer 3-star), or the Norfolk Hotel (upscale).

Posted by bolderwork 04:14 Archived in Kenya Tagged family_travel

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