3 Days in Kenya: Suggested Itineraries

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Kenya is an East African country with a complex history and diverse geography. Independence from Britain in 1963 allowed its distinct tribal identities to thrive, knit together by a common use of English. It’s a country that recognizes the economic worth of its exotic wildlife, and lets visitors get (almost) up close and (sometimes) personal with the animals.  Although it’s located right on the equator, most of Kenya isn’t tropical because of its altitude. The capital, and largest city, Nairobi, is 5,890 feet above sea level—higher than Denver, Colorado, in the United States. There’s a glacier atop Mount Kenya, the continent’s second highest mountain, and the east coast lies along the Indian Ocean.

Day 1: Colonial past and colorful present
Nairobi is an accidental city, an urban center that grew around a work camp at Mile 237 of the Mombasa to Kampala railroad a bit more than a century ago. Start the day at the National Railway Museum to see where the contemporary history of this region began, then head into town for some retail therapy. Don’t expect to find the latest fashions from Paris here, but among the necessities of a bustling commercial downtown (banks, dry cleaners and coffee cafes) there are shops with African carvings, Maasai textiles and intricately beaded necklaces. Ask at your hotel for the location of the nearest artisan marketplace that day. Stop for a meal at the atmospheric Sarova Stanley Hotel (founded in 1902) and finish the day among the exhibits of the Nairobi National Museum.

Day 2: Wildlife safaris 
What would Kenya be without wildlife? Within a half-dozen miles of downtown is the Nairobi National Park, a 44-square-mile preserve with lions, cape buffalo, rhino, ostrich, egret and more. Start off early so you’re there when the gates open at 6:30 a.m. (the best time to see the animals). Then head to the elephant orphanage at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and watch the staff bottle-feed the “toddlers,” most of whom were orphaned by ivory poachers. At the Giraffe Center, a breeding facility for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, visitors can climb a tower and  hand-feed these gentle animals from a perch at giraffe-head-height. Warthogs scurry to scoop up any of the food pellets that fall to the ground.

Day 3: Get out of town
Consider a day trip to the heavily wooded and mountainous Aberdare National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park (marked by a distinctive volcanic column) or Mukuruene, the ancestral home of the Kikuyu tribe. A day trip to Mombasa on the Kenyan coast—just a one hour flight from Nairobi—lets you visit Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Hell’s Gate National Park Walking Tour with Elsamere Conservation Park Visit from Nairobi

This Hell’s Gate National Park walking tour with Elsamere Conservation Park Visit form Nairobi showcases some of the best of Kenya’s natural wonder with easy access from it’s largest city. You’ll experience the beauty of African wildlife as your wander Hell’s Gate National Park on foot and get a unique look at zebra, indigenous birds and graceful gazelles in their natural habitat. From there, you’ll tour Elsamere Conservation Center—a big cat orphanage stationed on the shores of Lake Naivasha—and learn about efforts to protect and preserve some of the nation’s most prized animals.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Centre and David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage Tour from Nairobi

Go behind the scenes of David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage and Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Centre during this guided tour from Nairobi. Your guide tells you about the mission of each attraction as you wander the grounds to see elephants and giraffes with unique stories. Both entrance fees are also included in your tour price.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch

Immerse yourself in Nairobi’s vibrant neighborhoods on a 5-hour walking tour of the city, enjoy a traditional Kenyan lunch in a local restaurant and get a glimpse of daily life in Kenya’s capital. Stroll through the shady paths of Uhuru Park with your local guide, then walk past parliament buildings and the poignant tomb of the country’s first president. Discover Kenya’s rich artistic traditions and regional handicrafts at the National Archives and finish your tour with a classic Kenyan meal at a nearby restaurant. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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