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Whether the sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley seen at Ngong Hills or Nairobi National Park a few minutes from the city centre, Nairobi and its surroundings mix city life with wildlife exploration, very well. In the city itself, it’s pulse can be experienced at a Masaai Market that brims with authentic clothing, spicy barbecues, and sumptuous coffee. After touring to see the Nairobi National Museum, one that showcases Africa’s natural history, why not head to the top of a skyscraper and take it all in?
Karen Blixen Museum
Nairobi National Park
Inspiration for the classic memoir Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, the Ngong Hills are verdant green valleys well worth a wander. Hike skyward to its peak and rise through forested land, pausing to take a snap of giraffes as they feed on bushes. Look down at the Great River Valley as it falls away to a depth of 1,000 metres.
A visit to Ngong Hills should include an unmissable trip to the Karen Blixen Museum. Here is where the author’s memory lives on among 4,500 acres of lush green land full of wildlife. Highlights include various pieces of furniture, photographs, and a bronze bust that nods to a past life of homely warmth. Tour grand rooms that honour Karen Blixen’s memory, and her literary work that was so influential.
Fancy feeding a Rothschild giraffe from an elevated wooden hut tucked among trees? A tour of the Nairobi Giraffe Centre includes visiting breeding stations for local wildlife, unmissable if you’re a fan of animals whose legs alone reach upwards of six feet. Learn about the conservation projects that protect these friendly animals, and afterwards, take a trail to the Gogo River, spotting a dikdik as you move through between nature.
With the backdrop of Kenya’s capital in the distance, explore nature of the second to none kind, all but four miles from Nairobi. Take a safari drive and see cheetahs, lions, the black rhino and buffalo, to name all but a few. Walk a trail that leads to hippo pools with a tour guide. After a thrilling day of sightings, enjoy a picnic in the sun shaded by a muhuhu tree at 1,800 metres above sea level.
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