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Approx. 48h in Nairobi

Old Nov 21, 18, 5:46 am
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Approx. 48h in Nairobi

I'm at the planning stage of a 7-day specialist photographic safari to the Great Migration in the Mara in August 2019, and I'm considering flying in to NBO a couple of days early. Any suggestions for good nearby R&R/wildlife/history to do for those 2 days?

I'll be joining the organised photo trip at Wilson airport in Nairobi and it's pretty full-on from then, so I'm not really looking for anything too energetic.

Many thanks for any inspiration.
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Old Nov 24, 18, 3:50 pm
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You could look at kickstarting your wildlife experience in the Nairobi National Park. I would recommend Ololo, mixture of R&R and some game viewing, and they will pick you up on arrival and drop you at Wildon on departure
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Old Nov 26, 18, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by wijibintheair View Post
You could look at kickstarting your wildlife experience in the Nairobi National Park. I would recommend Ololo, mixture of R&R and some game viewing, and they will pick you up on arrival and drop you at Wildon on departure
Sounds perfect, thanks.
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Old Dec 16, 18, 11:14 am
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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, located in Nairobi National Park, is wonderful. They have two options for viewing the baby elephants-one public time and one time late in the day for people who have adopted (sponsored) an elephant. You get quite close to them at the adopters' viewing and get to see the keepers feed them. Book ahead.
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Old Dec 16, 18, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by theteachertourist View Post
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, located in Nairobi National Park, is wonderful. They have two options for viewing the baby elephants-one public time and one time late in the day for people who have adopted (sponsored) an elephant. You get quite close to them at the adopters' viewing and get to see the keepers feed them. Book ahead.
I second this. And definitely foster an elephant before you go. The noon viewing is open to the public and is beyond crowded. I am a foster ‘parent’ of an elephant and the 5pm viewing is limited to about 20 people IIRC. Yes, you must book ahead.

And close? If you don’t watch your feet, you will get trod on. When you first arrive, they line you up along a dirt path where the babies come charging in from the bush for their milk bottles. You hear them before you see them - little baby trumpets. Then they come tearing down the path, pushing and shoving each other. jockeying to be the first to the bottles. It is hilarious. It is like watching a stock car race. But watch your feet.

After that, you can wander around where ever you like, watching them get their bottles and get snuggled in for the night. It is a magical place. And for $50/year, you are saving an elephant’s life. They do incredible work there.

I’d also suggest Giraffe Manor for one night. It is obscenely expensive but worth every single penny. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and a great segue into the safari. The Giraffe Center next door is also worth a visit. Bonus, you have a car at your disposal at Giraffe Manor so they will pick you up at the airport (or in our case, the airport hotel we stayed in on arrival), take you to Sheldrick and also to Wilson Airport the next day for your flight. Or anywhere else you want to go in the surrounding area.
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