A Full Day in Nairobi. Kenya.

image

Kenya. – We found ourselves with a full day in Nairobi and headed out to explore the surrounding attractions, of which many were within easy reach of our accommodation in Karen, on the outskirts of the capital city.

The Karen Blixen Museum – ‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills, up in this high air you breathed easily …‘ We visited the Karen Blixen Museum to walk in the home of a woman I endlessly admire and who has always left me dreaming. A true romantic who made a brave life for herself right here, one which has been made famous by her book and the movie ‘Out of Africa’.

The National Museum has reopened after an extensive renovation and is well worth a visit. Buy the book if you haven’t read it, or like me need to reread it. The words weave intrigue in a way that seems lost in time.

image
image
image

– Take a tour of the Kazuri Beads Kenya. Kazuri means small and beautiful in Swahili, which is how this project began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in making ceramic beads by hand. Each bead is shaped from clay by hand, then kiln fired, hand painted and glazed then fired again before being used to make up a necklace or bracelet which is more than just jewellery, its a piece of work. Now employing over 300 people with a strong social upliftment program in place, from here you’ll want to take a collectable gift.

image
image
image
image
image
image

– We spent time with the precious orphan elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is always a moving experience. It’s one of my favorite places that leaves my heart bursting with admiration for the incredible work being done here, yet broken by the knowledge that they should be with their families. There are currently 29 babies in their care, all rescued after losing their mothers to poaching, human intervention or even after falling down wells. We caught them coming in from a day in the park, Masai blankets on the babies, ready for their dinner of milk before bed.

image
image
image
image

Little SIMOTUA was found with a spear wound in his head, piercing right through into the honeycomb of his forehead, and a snare wound on his leg. He’s making a good recovery but is clearly still in much pain.

Read about my previous visit here – they deserve a second chance. While there possibly consider fostering one of the baby elephants in support.

– There was also a touch of curio shopping, wish it could have been more. The two shops that we visited were Love Bird Curios and the very impressive and vast Utamaduni Craft Centre.

image
image

– Other attractions in the area include the Giraffe Centre where you can kiss (read feed) a giraffe if you’re completely mad like I clearly am. The Masai Market and even a visit to Kibera the largest slum in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Nairobi National Park and Galleria Shopping Centre are nearby too. If you’d like you can even go white water rafting on the nearby Tana River.

image

Don’t underestimate this city, it’s bursting with interesting things to do and warrants at least a couple of days here. In my opinion Karen remains a great area to base yourself in and the Wilderness Eco Camp where we stayed is perfect for just that.

Situated on beautiful grounds with friendly efficient staff and an inviting wooden deck overlooking the pond. The food is great too! Not to mention the excellent wifi. With affordable accommodation ranging from Camping to Cottage Rooms, we opted for the beautiful Deluxe Safari Tents, Hemingway style luxury under canvas and I loved mine.

image
image
image
image

Interior pics supplied.

Note: Know that traffic in Nairobi is really crazy and it makes good sense to stay in the area that offers the attractions you’re interested in, or you could find yourself driving for an hour or two on either side of your visit. We achieved all of these attractions in a relaxed and easy 6 hours.

Read more about my previous visits to Kenya and Nairobi.  The top pic of walking into the Karen Blixen Museum is by my best travel companion Linda Markovina of Moving Sushi, who always captures me at my happiest.

image

This is the beauty that I got to hang out with at Wildebeest Eco Camp.

Read more about my visit to Kenya here.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Click on the logo for all posts.
The Incidental Tourist

The Incidental Tourist is a Personal Travel Blog of a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment.

Here I bring you narratives, stories, video and photographs from my travels around the globe, including accounts of gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree planting in Zambia and turtle rescue in Kenya, accommodation and restaurant reviews, as well as details of the conservation efforts that I support.

A self proclaimed earth advocate and beauty seeker, I invite you to join me and share in my love of sustainable travel – and the rich offerings of our beautiful world.

Dawn Jorgensen
Dawn Jorgensen
My latest travel video below.

The Incidental Tourist. Breedezicht Lifestyle Estate. Snippet.

I've never been to Witsand before, yet I'd heard so much about it from family and friends who freque…

error: Do understand that my content is protected, should you wish to use my words or pics, kindly email me at dawn@theincidentaltourist.com.