Nairobi airport tours: Best 13 Nairobi airport tour packages are short layover trips to parks and attractions near and around Nairobi city. These are places to go to on a short 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 hours of layover at Nairobi airport or transit safari tours when connecting through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You can go for tours to places like Nairobi national park, Sheldrick elephant orphanage, Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi safari walk, Karen Blixen museum, national museum of Kenya, hells gate hiking, Mt Longonot day hike, lake Naivasha boat ride, Lake Nakuru full day trip, Amboseli one day tour.
1. Nairobi National Park Day 4 hr Game Drive Trip
Nairobi national park gate is just 4km from the airport and it makes for a great way to sneak in and out of the park in between your flights to and from JKIA Nairobi airport. The national park is located right in the boundary of Nairobi city taking 117sqkm area which is electric fenced on one side facing the town. Nairobi park has 4 of the big five animals including Lions, Leopards, Rhinos and buffalos. It does not however have any elephants due to its small size.
A game drive in Nairobi national park takes 4hrs and can be done at any time of day but mornings and late evenings are best when the sun is not too hot. The animals do feel the heat too and they hide under shades of trees and forest making it impossible for you to see them. The park entry fee is Usd 43 for non residents and Kshs 430 for citizens. A packaged tour costs anywhere from Usd 90 for a group of four and a little more if less people take the tour.
2. Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
The Sheldrick elephant orphanage is a rescue center for orphaned or abandoned baby elephants located just 10km from the airport. The elephant orphanage is actually part of Nairobi national park but located on the western side of the park while the airport borders the park to the east. The Nairobi elephant orphanage is a great place where you can touch the baby elephants, adopt one or even get a one on one time with your adopted baby.
The public lecture at the Sheldrick Nairobi elephant orphanage takes place between 11:00am to 12:00pm where they will tell you about each of the babies life history and circumstances of its rescue. A visit to Sheldrick elephant orphanage costs Usd 70pp in a group of 2 people.
3. Giraffe Centre
The giraffe centre is located in the Karen neighborhood and it’s a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The giraffe centre is managed by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) whose mission is to offer conservation education to the public and more so to school kids.
At the giraffe centre you will be able to feed the giraffes with pellets that are provided to you from a high platform such that you are face to face with them. You can take some memorable pictures hugging a giraffe here.
4. Nairobi Safari Walk
The Nairobi safari walk is zoo with a high board walk and animals in bigger enclosures and is located just next to the park. The safari walk’s board walk runs along some animal enclosures and goes down to the river and back up. It is a great place to have leisure walks around the animal pens and there is also a small forest where you can do some bird watching.
The Nairobi safari walk is located just at the main park entrance and can be combined with a game drive to the national park. The Nairobi safari walk costs Usd 80pp in a group of 2 and discounts are offered for larger groups.
5. The Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi animal orphanage is basically a zoo located next to the national park’s entrance. The orphanage houses many animals including lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas, ostrich, giraffe, zeedonk, buffalos, monkeys among many other assortments of animals.
The animal orphanage is a great place to visit after a tour of the national park to enhance your experience. A visit to the animal orphanage alone costs Usd 80pp in a group of 2.
6. The Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen museum is the former home of author of the book Out of Africa which was later acted into an award winning movie by the same name. The house is a walk through the Lady Karen’s life in Kenya during the colonial era where she had started a coffee farm that eventually failed and she returned home to write the nostalgic movies about Africa.
The house is complete with the original furniture, furnishings and pictures, trophies and clothing used in the colonial era hunting expeditions. A visit here costs Usd 80pp in a group of 2 persons.
7. The National Museum of Kenya
The national museum is a huge collection of Kenyan artifacts including animal, birds, people, clothing, weapons, tools, archeological findings and it also has a snake park. The national museum is located right inside the CBD and its easy to access. It takes you at least an hour and a half to walk through all the sections and see the collections.
The cost of a visit to the national museum of Kenya is Usd 60pp in a group of two people.
8. Lake Naivasha Day Trip
Lake Naivasha is one of the great rift valley lakes and it is a great place to go and do bird watching or go for a walking safari on crescent island or visit the crater lake to see the bird life there and the beautiful sights.
Lake Naivasha offers boat rides to the lake to see the hippos and birds in the lake or to go to Crescent Island. A day trip to Lake Naivasha including a boat ride, lunch and a visit to Crescent Island costs Usd 130per person in a group of 2.
9. Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is another Great Rift Valley lake which is alkaline in nature. The lake is home to millions of flamingos and over 600 species of birds. The park is located some 160km north west of Nairobi right on the floor of the Great Rift Valley.
The park is a 177 sqkm area which completed electric fenced and is home to hundreds of thousands of animals including rhinos, hippos, lions, giraffes, buffalos, baboons, cheetahs, leopards, zebra, impalas, klipspringer rock antelope and many others.
A day trip to Lake Nakuru takes a whole day and includes a 5hr game drive, packed lunch, transport in a safari minivan and bottled drinking water. The cost of a full day Nakuru national park day trip is Usd 240 per person in a group of 2 persons.
10. Hellsgate National Park
If there is a park with dramatic landscape in Kenya, it is the Hellsgate national park. The landscape is so varied that it was picked for the acting of both movies of the “Lion King”. Hellsgate has red colored cliff faces interspersed with deep beautifully gorges that seem to swallow you into the bowels of hell.
There are high inselbergs and rock ators that rock climbers cherish. The park also has active hot geysers and springs that have been tapped for geothermal electricity and some for a spa pool. Hells gate is popular for hiking day trips from Nairobi and it also offers bicycle riding in the park as you watch giraffes, buffalo and gazelles. Hells gate day hike is Usd 170 per person in a group of 2.
11. Mt Longonot National Park Day Hike
Mt Longonot is another rift valley mountain where you can hike up to the crater rim and look into the crater. The hike is 10 km long and the mountain is 1780 m at its peak. The mountain is a strato volcano that last erupted in the 1800s but it still emits smoke on the southern side of the mountain showing some volcanic activity.
A one day hike on Mt Longonot is offered as a full day hike and is sometimes combined with a visit to the lake Naivasha which is very close by. The Mt Longonot 1 day hike from Nairobi is of medium difficulty but the slopes can be quite steep at some locations. The cost of a Mt Longonot day hike is Usd 150per person in a group of 2 persons.
12. Amboseli National Park Day Trip
Amboseli national park is a 390 sqkm park located some 230km south west of Nairobi on the Tanzanian border with Kenya and just below Africa’s highest mountain- Mt Kilimanjaro at 5895m asl. The Amboseli is popular for its great views of kili and the thousands of elephants you will see here. The park also has a wide array of other animals that makes a for a very rich amboseli game drive.
Amboseli game drive trip is offered as a full day excursion from Nairobi and you can take it if you arrive very early in Nairobi and you have a late night flight out on the same day. The day tour starts from Nairobi as early as 5am or 6am and returns by 7:00pm. It is worth the drive if only to see the highest mountain in Africa. The cost for an Amboseli 1 day trip is Usd 190 per person in a group of four.
13. Mt Kenya 1 Day Hiking Trip
Mt Kenya national park is located some 138km north of Nairobi in central parts of Kenya. Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa standing at 5199m asl. The mountain has three peaks namely Lenana, Batian and Nelion. The peaks are very clearly visible from the moorland /mountain region where the rain forest ends and groundsels, lobelia and grass takes over in a bog and mud terrain.
The Mt Kenya one day hike tour from Nairobi starts as early as 5:00am or 6:00am and you will be driven up to 3300m at Old Moses. You will then walk about 1,000m to reach the moorland and take clear pictures of the peaks before returning back to old Moses where the car will be waiting to take you down through the gate and back to Nairobi. The cost of a Mt Kenya 1 day trip is Usd 190 per person in a group of 2.
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