Day 1 - Nairobi
25/09/2009

After a 9 hour flight from Heathrow, we arrived in Nairobi late at night. We spent the night at Hotel Boulevard in the centre of Nairobi. The next day was spent exploring as much of the city as possible with local tour guide Patrick. He took us round the city, to an Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Breeding Centre and Kenya's Cultural Centre.


Matt on the hotel room balcony


View from the room


The busiest roundabout ever. Non-stop traffic all day and night!


Entering the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust' Orphans' Project


This little chap has sun screen on his ears so he doesn't get too burnt!









This place is a real hit with school children


Meal time. The elephants are fed milk














Lunch with Patrick, our guide for the day





The Giraffe Centre


Daisy, the centre's oldest resident






Daisy eating from my hand


Daisy is quite happy to kiss you if you have food for her




Daisy taking food from my mouth!


Matt's turn










Warthog




The Bomas, Kenya - we watched an amazing performance of 12 different African Tribal dances. The Auditorium seats approx 2000 people, almost all were school children on educational trips.




View from the hotel room at night

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Day Highlights
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Giraffe Centre
Bomas Of Kenya Cultural Centre

Day 1 Facts:
Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters".

Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1795 m above sea-level.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million. Nairobi is currently the 13th largest city in Africa, based on population and Fourth Largest in infrastructure development and its size.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts' Orphans' Project
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a registered charity in the UK, dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya.

The DSWT was founded by
Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick in Kenya in 1977, in memory of her late husband, David Sheldrick, the naturalist and founder warden of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.

The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs.

The Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately 5 km from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa.

The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata - home of the present centre.

Since then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks.

In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education centre to his giraffe sanctuary. By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor's Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi.

The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes.

Bomas Of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Langata, Nairobi. Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes.

It was established by the government in 1971 as a subsidiary company of Kenya Tourist Development Corporation as a tourist attraction. It also wanted to preserve, maintain and promote rich and diverse cultural values of various tribal groups of Kenya.



COMPLETE
TRIP DETAILS


Kenya
Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Masai Mara (Balloon)
Day 5 - Lake Victoria


Tanzania
Day 6 - Serengeti
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Olduvai Gorge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater


Zanzibar
Day 10-14
Dolphins