Day trip to Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park, only 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, is Kenya’s oldest national park. Today, it still looks much as it did in the early photographs – wild, undulating pasture – and supports most of East Africa’s best known wildlife, including lion, rhino, giraffe, buffalo and zebra (but not elephant).
Explore Kenya’s coral coast
Visitors can choose between scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, waterskiing, swimming or surfing along Kenya’s coral coast. The most popular resorts include Bamburi, Kikambala, Kilifi, Malindi, Nyali and the 10km- (6-mile) long, dazzlingly white Diani Beach. Another good base for watersport is the Rift Valley lake of Naivasha, about 1.5 hours drive from Nairobi.
Feed the giraffes
At the Langata Giraffe Centre near Nairobi, you can feed the resident Rothschild giraffes from a giraffe-height tower (www.giraffecenter.org), visit a bird sanctuary or follow a nature trail. Listed as endangered by the IUCN, Rothschild’s giraffe is a localised race now confined to a few parts of Kenya and Uganda.
Gaze at the Great Rift Valley
Take in the sweeping views from the road between Nairobi and Naivasha. Here the 2,000m- (6,560ft-) high escarpment walls plunge to the flat-bottomed valley floor below, which is dotted by a small string of volcanoes and brackish soda lakes.
Go wild at Lake Nakuru National Park
Boasting a dramatic setting in the Rift Valley, this park is dominated by a lake whose edges are frequently home to hundreds of thousands of shimmering pink flamingos. It is also one of Kenya’s best rhino sanctuaries, supporting high concentration of both black and white rhino, and you may spot a leopard in the giant yellowwood acacia trees.