Karen Blixen Museum
Made famous by the hit movie “Out of Africa” starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, this plantation homestead is where that story began. We’ll start our tour visiting this expansive farmhouse and grounds where Karen Blixen established a coffee plantation and spent time with her lover, the English hunter, Denys Finch-Hatton.
Set at the foot of the Ngong Hills, the plantation was where Blixen chronicled her time in colonial Africa in her renowned literary works. We’ll visit the rooms where she lived and worked. On display – relics from her life as well as props from the legendary movie. We will be privileged to also learn more about Kenya’s colonial history.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is the most unique animal care center in the world. Where else can you see dozens of baby elephants being fed from giant milk bottles right before you? After the feeding, you will watch the elephant babies roll about in the mud, playing, frolicking like young children everywhere.
This world-renowned sanctuary rescues orphaned elephants throughout Africa and hand raises them with expertise and love. The Sheldrick Family has been taking in and caring for these orphaned babies for over forty years. Over 200 have now been rescued and you can experience up close the expressions of compassion and caring in this very special place.
You will then have lunch at Talisman then proceed to the next site which is the Giraffe Centre.
At the Giraffe Centre, you can climb up the feeding tower and hand feed a food pellet to an inquisitive giraffe. And who knows, you might be lucky to get a giraffe kiss!
The Centre is a refuge for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Here we’ll learn about this beautiful species at the special Information Centre. You may also find yourself surrounded by dozens of schoolchildren, as this is a favorite outing for Kenya’s youngsters.
Our last stop on this busy city safari is a testament to self-determination, creativity and the Kenyan spirit. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and the many beads and other ornamentation produced here are indeed very beautiful.
This handiwork is the creation of hundreds of determined and skilled women who craft these ceramic beads, making artistic jewelry that’s seen and sold all over the world. Begun in 1975 with just two single mothers, the center quickly grew as an enterprise for disadvantaged women where they could better themselves and their life opportunities.
Here, we’ll be able to view the artists at work and visit the gift shop for souvenirs to support this very special business.
Wrapping up our adventure of game watching, baby animals, history, and beautiful crafts, we will bring you back to your hotel or place of your choosing.