In Search of Family-Friendly Hidden Gems, in Egypt

In Search of Family-Friendly Hidden Gems, in Egypt. Honestly, Egypt has never appealed to me, but with the allure of my sister & her extended family temporarily living in Cairo, off the three of us went, Billy, 6, Zia, 5 and me, ancient!! A blank canvas, an open mind, eyes on stalks and fully prepared for the eyeball-sweating heat .. sort of!

Cairo’s history is fascinating beyond belief. Indeed it’s a hussling, bussling, wobbly-pavement and hanging electricity wires city … the fact that it’s dispersed with incredbly showy shopping malls & flashy kids entertainment made it difficult to fully comprenend. Do I like it, do I not? Is it grotesque amongst so much poverty? or is it just normal for nowadays? Hmmmm ….. Hey ho, any Kenyan released into shops = pure happiness; incredible culture & history, bring in on!!

Apart from the dreaded (pretending not to like them) shopping centres, did we discover any memorable Hidden gems in Cairo? Well I’m going to add a little list of the fun things we did and what we got out of them as a family .. whether the most popular tourist attractions in the world, or hidden gems:

  1. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities – An incredible museum! For those historians out there a few days would be ideal; our personal favourite section was the breath-taking collection of the infant-king Tutankamun’s belongings …. though it transpired one child doesn’t so much love being in a room with hundreds of dead bodies (Mummies!), so our visit was fairly speedy.
  2. The Grand Bazaar, Khan El-Khalili, in Old Cairo – A trinket market primarily set up for tourists. A huge amount of colour and buzz, a little ‘badgery’ but a great experience if you love a bit of tat-shopping, as I indeed do!! Oh and we found a little silver shop hidden amongst it all with gorgeous silver goodies!
  3. A little tour around some places of worship, SEVEN to be precise – Synagogues, churches, Roman Catholic churches such St. Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, The Basilica of St Therese of the Child Jesus; Islamic mosques, the Al Hakim Mosque, the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel of Saladin etc. etc., honestly it was incredibly interesting, fastinating, beautiful and inspiring, and we saw where Jesus once lay, apparently … but … note to self, don’t take 5&6 year olds around 7 places of worship, in 42 degree heat😓, in the same day …. or their mother to be honest; Billy recounts it as his worst day ever!! Three places and three ice creams would have been perfect.
  4. Tentmakers Street (Sharia Khayamiya) – Hidden Gem – our guide was furious we’d asked him to take us here, but we had fun and it’s a pretty cool place! Hop on a TukTuk as the road is fairly narrow and overall it’s not hassly or touristy, through sdtill full of colourful little shops with men sewing beautiful tapestries, applique, weaving …. etc.
  5. The vibrant craft community of Fustat – Hidden Gem – Pottery Galore, tile-making, metal-denting, paper-making and not a tourist in sight … all in the Fustat area near Coptic Cairo, I dont mind if I do!!! This was a personal highlight for me. You can pop your kids into a little paper-making course whilst you shop until you drop in some beautiful artesan galleries / shops / art studios .. there is nothing gold plated about the area, it essentially looks like an industrial area, but the talent, the talent!!
  6. Boutique shopping – Hidden Gem – Egyption Cotton & Essential Oils, Soaps & Salts, Silk scarves, Vintage Home Accessories, Hand-made Jewelery, Organic Food … and kiddy cooking to keep them occupied and happy whilst the retail therapy takes place – all this fun can be found in the Delga Stores, 2, Road 218, Degla, Maadi. Maadi or El-Ma’adi is an affluent, leafy suburban district south of Cairo.
  7. Sundowners on the Nile on a local Felucca – Hidden Gem – Super affordable. Take a coolbag of drinks, snacks and enjoy a little no-frills sail along the nile (if theres any wind!).
  8. The Pyramids of Giza – More than 2m limestone and granite blocks were hauled into place on the Great Pyramid. The average weight of one block is about 2.5 tons … how can this not impress you? If you are planning on going during the day, get there early to miss the crowds (and heat 😓) … but we would rather suggest you go to the incredible evening sound & light show.

As well as Cairo, the family’s highlight was a couple of nights in one of Egypt’s seven Oasis’, Al Fayoum – a complete Hidden Gem!!! A land of unspoiled nature & rich history, a place worth discovering! Only 90 km southwest of Cairo, what was so much fun here?

  1. The Journey – indeed this was the first discovery. Beautiful rice paddy feilds, the sunflower fields, the water buffalo & donkeys at work, the road-side food stalls and the rustic charm of the surrounding areas.
  2. Wadi Wadi El-7itan (Valley of Whales) Little Boy Heaven!!! UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the earliest prehistoric whale fossils ever discovered. A fabulous little Fossil & Climate Change Museum, sand scattered with prehistopric fish bones and more than 400 X 40 million year old preserved basilosaurus and dorodontus skeletons show the clear evolution of land-based mammals into sea-going ones, as they have vestigial front and back legs.
  3. The Magic Lake (gorgeous) and Gabal El-Medawara – a scenic hiking option overlooking the Magic Lake, and a great place to camp and to marvel at the stars!! Here we were so, so, so lucky to spot a nearing extinction Ruppell’s Sand Fox.
  4. Maidum Pyramid – is believed to be the first attempt to build a pyramid
  5. Tunis Village – A picturesque village known for being the arts center of Al Fayoum, specializing in handcrafts and literary works. We spent two days in pottery classes and shopping, together as a family …. this was a highlight for us!
  6. The Petrified Forest of Fayoum – the largest petrified forest in the world, 40m high trees that have survived for thousands of years.
  7. A Felucca on Lake Qaroun – a beautiful evening out on this ancient natural lake.
  8. Sand boarding – Its an Oasis so sand dunes are all over the place, pick your spot and off you go. The most famous sand boarding spot is “Qoussour El-Arab”.
  9. Camel Trekking & Horse riding through the desert.
  10. Hold our breath and visit the Shakshouk Fishing Village.
  11. In Abu Boxa, fishing boats are manually produced.
  12. Visit Al-Agamiyin: for palm frond furniture known in Arabic as 3argoun.
  13. We stayed in Byoum Lakeside Hotel, I’ve never paid so little to stay anywhere in my life. It was bigger than I’m used to, but perfecly comfortable rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and delicious food… highly recommended.

In brief, how did we find Egypt? For me the highlight of most holidays is spending time with loved ones. My sister has two gorgeous step-sons and they made this holiday awesome for me, and the ankle-biters; 24 hour entertaibnment all round, Hannes & Eduardo, legends!!!

Honestly Cairo, for me, is not a typical holiday destination I would choose, it was super sweaty, dusty and dirty, the men are infuriating but I do love ‘amazing’ and the pyramids, the churches, the museum ….. are all ‘amazing’! The people are certainly talented in arts and crafts and the food is delicious.  Al Fayoum was the hidden-gem highlight for me … rustic charm and absolutely incredible.

I’m utterly delighted that we went and feel enriched as a result!

The Ultimate in Family-time & Relaxation … The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Laikipia

At The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, the scenery is exceptional, nature is natural, the private villas allow for unspoiled family-time, memorable activities & serious relaxation.

Our adventure began in the farming town of Nanyuki. The drive to Ol Lentille from Nanyuki is indeed beautiful and un-challenging; achievable in under a couple of hours and when you arrive, the views are enough to bring tears to your eyes (seriously!). At the reception they have a very well-placed ‘slide’ for the kids, whilst you can just breathe & take in your incredible surroundings.

Firstly, I would love to share the story behind this unique place. Pioneering indeed, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is the only all-villa property i.e. it’s not a lodge where you have to eat with or even speak to other guests, you have your gorgeous villa all to yourself (happy husband)!!  Secondly, it is a community and conservation experience unlike anything else in Kenya. The team along-with (not bossing them around, along-side) the local communities, have created, conserved and protected over 40,000 acres of wilderness as well as supporting the local community, since the lodge opened 10 years ago they have raised over USD5 million!! A rare example of how private partnerships with a community can work. Having been in the Kenyan safari industry for 24 years, it’s not often that I admit someone has changed my way of thinking. John and Gill have.

I digress, back to our weekend of family-fun. We were allocated the Colonels House (the best of the houses in my opinion) as our home for two nights, a two-story house with a little plunge pool, a verandah, dining room, sitting room, two huge bedrooms both with massive baths … and did I mention the views? We were then introduced to our butlers Bonny and Rose … I confess, I immediately thought that this would be annoying having people hanging around, NOT A BIT OF IT, they are the most charming, helpful and unobtrusive pair of delightful people.

Staying here, in this environment, with these people was indeed a “holiday”, yes I have two toddlers and we rested … together! Imagine that? I felt uncomfortable with the downtime initially as I’m just not used to it but after sniffing out the board games, we sat playing games, plunging in the little plunge-pool, swimming in the swimming pool, playing boules, croquet, sunning, eating cake and telling stories whilst admiring the wonders of our surroundings, the wildlife footprints, the resident Rock Hyrax (no we still can’t take one home Billy), a weaver-bird weaving his nest, the Verreaux’s eagles ‘acquainting’ themselves with the Hyrax, a Leopard Tortoise came to visit us, the caterpillars rearing their beautiful hairy-selves with the rain, the camels on the opposite hill, we even fed the resident Kudu orphans … heaven on earth!!

Then the serious activities began.  May I add there are endless activities for those travelling with kids a little older than ours; walking safaris, Quad bikes, mountain biking, horse & camel riding and unlimited spa treatments. We booked ourselves into the more toddler-friendly game drive (beautiful with the charming and interesting Timothy), the most exceptional sundowner/kids supper I have ever been on where we were quite literally on top of the world with space for the kids to charge around and release any energy they may have remaining! Plus a Manyatta visit at the end …. hmmm, so this didn’t happen because the accident-prone three year old decided to slice her chin open which resulted in Mummy having to steri-strip a 2 inch chin opening .. so rest and relaxation ensued again, heaven.

With a philosophy of “Having fun, doing good”, it’s a perfect family holiday. we can’t wait to return to Ol Lentille!

Practicalities

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – Very special times. Having your own personal home, with no other guests, no wifi … where you get to spend valuable time together, as a family. …. whilst benefiting a community and conservation area. We loved it, but it is even more ideal for those with older kids (over 16) so the horses, camels, quad bikes etc. are utilised properly!
Laikipia, Kenya – This is the ultimate if you are looking to experience Laikipia at its finest. The rugged, unspoilt landscape whilst staying in a lodge of extreme beauty, this is up there.
For those travelling to Kenya with kids – For honeymooners or family who live a busy life, this is the perfect first stop on a Kenyan safari. If you are looking for privacy and the finer things, whilst being comfy, I highly recommend you spend some time here.
Weather – The weather was beautiful with cool nights and clear, warm days.  The hottest month is usually December, January. The wettest month is usually April.
What to Pack? – Shorts for the day with a shirt, a jumper and jacket, trousers and jumpers for the evening …. and swimming costumes for the brave and lots of suncream.
Price – In Laikipia, you pay for exclusivity … a 4 night all-inclusive stay starts at USD1,500 per person for 4 nights (yup, staying in stunning villas with private activities and unlimited spa treatments). For Kenyan residents, the rate is Kshs20,000 including everything!!! For rates or to book, please contact me.
Awards – Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice 6th best safari lodge in the world and number one in East Africa & Ecotourism Kenya Community Conservancy of the Year 2016
My advise – Stay here, with your kids. Not only is it amazingly beautiful, you are supporting a positive community project, a successful conservation project and you will spend proper valuable family-time….. a rarity in this day and age.

The Best Lodge for Family in Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Kiangazi House, in my view, is simply the most ideal lodge in Naivasha if you’re travelling with kids. With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, endless interesting and unique activities around both Lakes Oloidien and Naivasha, it is even perfect if you’re mad enough to travel with toddlers!

We set off for our adventure in order to arrive at Kiangazi on a Saturday morning. After Kenya’s testing display of driving and traffic-jams, we arrived to peace, calm, cool Kiangazi, with the biggest smiles you ever did see!

It really is a little gem. A beautiful 7-bedroom old ranch-style house (some rooms in the house, some are external cottages) with panoramic views across a green lawn, heavily populated waterhole (warthog, eland, zebra and impala), over Lake Oloidien and into the blue hills in the distance.

We could go here on every holiday. The place is peaceful and beautiful. The staff are simply incredible, they aren’t over the top, but nothing seems too much. The food is extremely tasty, home-cooked fare… and the activities, the activities, the fun was all about to begin.

Their swimming pool, I mean ‘oasis’ is something for a toddler to explore within, not just swim in. The lawns are rolling and perfect to exhaust the over-energetic.

The game drive / sundowner / kids supper expedition is unforgettable; all piled up high on top of the 4×4  with Bernard, the most calming, interesting and informative guide, off we went to explore Oserengoni, our very own wildlife sanctuary (OK we’re sharing it with one other tiny lodge, Chui Lodge).  This sanctuary was created in the 90’s with the sole purpose of giving the resident wildlife a place of safety as the flower farms & population increased. The first animal we saw, can you believe it was a Zonkey (work that out!). We then saw endless warthog with hundreds of the sweetest little piglets, eland, impala, bush buck, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest… a surprise ‘sundowner’ met as equipped with marshmallows ready to BBQ, amazing kids supper, the most delicious ‘bitings’ and much needed glass of wine. All this merriment were followed by an exciting night game drive back to a rosepetal bath!!

An activity not to miss is the crisp morning drive to the lake shore, followed by a lovely refreshing walk along the shore where you discover a fabulous bush breakfast (fresh fruit, pancakes, donuts, omelettes, piping hot coffee … mmm) all being prepared for you by the lake by the smiling chef. After we were sufficiently full, we were whisked off on my favourite drive by the lake, under all the Yellow Fever trees, again full of plains game and then to our boat. What an interesting hour, along the shores of Lake Naivasha full of beautiful vegetation, fisherman hard at work, the Colobus monkeys lolling around in the morning sun and general life on the lake… pheow, what a morning!

Time to leave already. We didn’t have time to visit the Oserian flower farm, but its always good to leave something for next time!

Oh … I forgot to say, we were given two beautiful bunches of roses on our departure …. how’s that for delicious!

Practicalities

Kiangazi House – I love it, we loved it. It is a great fun place for adults and children of all ages.
Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya – It is important to spend time on a lake in the Great Rift Valley and with the added bonus of a private sanctuary and the flower farm, this is up there.
For those travelling to Kenya with kids – If you are looking for privacy and the finer things, whilst being comfy, I highly recommend you spend some time here.
Weather – The weather was beautiful with clear, warm days when we were here in January 2017.  January is generally warm in the days and chilly’ish at night. The hottest month in Naivasha is usually December. The wettest month is usually April.
What to Pack? – Shorts for the day with a shirt, a jumper and jacket, trousers and jumpers for the evening …. and swimming costumes for the brave and lots of suncream.
Price – The rates are currently USD240 which includes full board accommodation in this lovely personal house and all these amazing activities. For rates or to book, please contact me.
My advise – Spoil yourselves, stay here, it is a really great place, it’s comfortable with children of all ages and you will dream of being back there afterwards. If you want a reduced rate, contact me.

AtholPlace, The Best Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg … & Ideal for Kids

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, the best Boutique Hotel in South Africa and the best Restaurant in Johannesburg whilst being 100% family friendly! Contemporary-classic glamour, understated elegance, extreme comfort and incomparable service… it’s all true!

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa wins ‘the Luxury City Hotel, Country Winner 2016, World Luxury Hotel Awards.’ & ‘Best Restaurant in Johannesburg at Restaurant Week 2016’. Having seen these headlines, having seen the ratings, 9.7 exceptional on Booking.com and 5/5 excellent on tripadviser, my expectations were sky-high and sleep levels low … how embarrassing would it be to stay here with two crazy toddlers? I was excited to stay at this incredible place, but dreading it at the same time because of my children’s energy levels!

Our Stay

Situated only a short distance from Sandton, north of Johannesburg, AtholPlace was easy to get to from the airport (1/2 an hour) and we arrived in the quiet neighbourhood of Atholl into our gorgeous and comfy room, heaven. They had arranged our room perfectly with a cot and a kids bed, next to which was a box of everything you would ever need for a baby including nappies, de-tangle conditioner, toys, bath toys; lots of snacks and drinks including the most beautiful plate of cheeses and cold meats were also here for us, they had rightly assumed we would be hungry, but in no place to sit in the dining room.

After a wonderful night sleep, we enjoyed simply the most delicious breakfast I have ever eaten (truffle infused scrambled egg with smoked salmon, rocket on rye .. mmmmm!), yes the kids were happy too with their fruit lollipops, cereal, creamy yoghurt, eggs and sausages!

We spent the day at the Montecasino Bird Gardens,  Smile Cafe and a bit of retail therapy for Mummy, returning ‘home’ to a beautiful afternoon perfect for splashing around in the pool and charging around the garden until we were all ready for bed, well the little ones were (we didn’t waste much time on the gym, but there is a great little gym here). A perfect day for families, ending up with Billy (4yrs) stating ‘I want to live in Johannesburg Mummy’.

Kids asleep, it was time for us to experience Johannesburg’s Best Restaurant’s set menu, properly. It didn’t disappoint … trout amuse bouche, incredible breads with dips to die for, we had pork belly, salmon, melting duck and tender, tender fillet steak followed by mouth watering Creme Brulee (If I remember rightly, the meal cost about USD30 each!!). I would dine here every night if I lived in Johannesburg! Oh and they do offer a babysitting service.

What an incredible place to stay with such fantastic staff, professional and all wonderful with kids. The cherry on top of the cupcake was when the kids were presented with a foot diameter ‘cookie’ as a ‘take-away’ gift!

Practicalities

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa – I love it, we loved it. It is simply the most elegant place but perfect for children of all ages.
Atholl, near Sandton, Johannesburg – As a personal preference I would suggest staying in Fourways if you are in Johannesburg with a young family because all the great activities are here, but I also suggest you DO NOT miss staying at AtholPlace, maybe for part of your trip. If you are in Johannesburg alone, as a couple or with kids, even if only for a couple of nights, stay here.
For those travelling to South Africa with kids – If you are looking for privacy and the finer things, whilst being comfy, I highly recommend you spend some time here.
Weather – The weather was beautiful with clear, warm days when we were here in November 2016, turning rather chilly soon afterwards.  January is the hottest month in Johannesburg with an average temperature of 21°C (69°F) and the coldest is June at 10°C (50°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in December. The wettest month is January with an average of 130mm of rain.
What to Pack? – the same you would pack to travel to any city, but remember to include sun-cream and clothes for all seasons. The weather changes overnight here.
Price – There is a current special rate of USD215 per night for a beautiful Superior suite going up to USD1,650 for a four bedroom villa with a private swimming pool. There are five superior suites and four deluxe suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, are extremely spacious, ranging from 45-55 square metres. For rates or to book, please contact me.
My advise – Spoil yourselves, stay here, it is a really great place, it’s comfortable with children of all ages and you will dream of being back there afterwards. If you want a reduced rate, contact me.

16 Great Activities In & Around Nairobi, to Enjoy, with your Kids

16 Great Nairobi Activities for Kids.
Exciting, educational & enthralling outdoor activities for you and your kids to enjoy, together, in Nairobi.

  1. Visit an Art Gallery – Kenya is full of great local artists for kids to enjoy. Try the Nairobi Gallery, Banana Hill Art Galleries, The GoDown Arts Centre or MattBronze (sculpted Bronze) etc.
    Our advise – If you need help, let us know your interests & location, then we will suggest the best for you.
  2. Go up to the Top of The Kenya International Conference Centre (the K.I.C.C Helipad would be best).. The best place to get a 360 degree view of Nairobi in all its sun-bathed splendour. If the fog’s not too heavy you can see all across the outskirts of the city to the National Park.
    Cost – Entry can cost Kshs 200 – 400 (about USD2 – 4) … may take some negotiating!
    Our advise – go out of rush hours .. to prevent serious traffic.
  3. Have lunch or a picnic in Nairobi National Park – A Perfect Kids Activity. Go on a game drive and see the incredible amount of wildlife in this city bordering park and either have a lovely picnic under an Acacia Tree or lunch at Ololo Lodge, where there’s also a great pool.
    Cost – From however much you would like to spend on a picnic or Kshs3,500 / USD 35 per person for lunch excluding drinks at the charming Ololo Lodge.
    Our advise – go with someone who knows, you’ll see a lot more and the day will be more fun! To enquire about a vehicle and or guide, please don’t hesitate to contact The SAFARI Company.
  4. Go and stay in a beautiful farmhouse in Tigoni dating from the 1940s. With an extensive garden, a pond and 24 acres of rolling fields dropping down to indigenous forest, you can stay in this peaceful, farm-fresh house for a night .. or two! Take walking trails through the indigenous forest with Sykes and Colobus monkeys as well as prolific birdlife. Roam around the grounds with the Jersey cows, swim in the pool or sit on the veranda, breathe in the clean air and take in the view of the Ngong Hills.
    Cost – From Kshs6,000 per room (Kshs3,000 per person if a double) including a full English breakfast, Kshs2,500 for an evening meal.
    Our advise – spend 2 nights, relax, walk, talk and make the most of this yummy home-cooked produce!
  5. Visit Karura Forest – 1,000 ha of wonderful forest was recently resurrected to its former beauty by The Friends of Karura Forest. You can escape Nairobi, with your kids and actively visit the caves, waterfalls, rivers and incredible flora and fauna. A perfect place for trail biking, walking, jogging, family fun days out.
    Cost – Kshs100 for a citizen, Kshs200 for a resident, Kshs600 (about USD6) for a non-resident to enter… plus car & picnic fees.
    Our advise – To go for a picnic, you must pre-book.
  6. Visit Kibera Slum & HELP – We highly recommend the fantastic One Horizon who run a community centre in Kibera catering for the needs of 300 children and their parents. Visit for the day or for the night. It’s not about building a classroom, it’s about connecting, playing and helping.  Kibera is a tough place to live and even harder when you are a child but this centre is a refuge,  centre for learning and a ray of light for very underprivileged children in a much challenged community. Come and be part of what will change your life.
    Cost – From USD200pppd for non residents. Please consult us if you are a resident.
    Our advise – Go!!! A life changing experience for adults & children, for those visiting and those in the centre.
  7. Try African Cuisine – Nyama Choma is the typical Kenyan barbeque, usually consisting of goat meat served with other delicious treats such as ugali (maizemeal) and kachumbari (a sort of salsa). Immerse yourself!
    Our advise – We suggest the following places if you want to try a traditional meal:

    1. Le Palanka – The ambiance is great, the food is good and the service is good.
    2. The most authentic is “K’osewe Ronalo Foods”, right in the city center.
    3. There is also one “Amaica” on Ngongo Road and JKIA.
  8. Enjoy a tour & a delicious lunch on a tea farm – This wonderful farm in Limuru provides a tranquil insight into life on a tea farm, a beautiful guided forest walk and a delicious lunch. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest – home to the Colobus monkey and other wildlife.
    Cost – Kshs3,200 per person (about USD32) all inclusive, children under 12 are half price.
    Our advise – Book first (through us if you like) and then arrive at 11am, from then on your day will consist of a little chat about the history of the farm, the process of making tea, see tea in the field, walk in the indigenous forest, lunch prepared with veg from the garden and puddings with cream from their Channel Island cows.
  9. Feed the giraffes at The Giraffe Centre. Truly an experience of a lifetime for both adults and children and you get to learn about these leggy creatures.
    Cost – Kshs1,000 (about USD10) for a non resident adult and Kshs250 for a resident.
    Our advise – Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday including weekends and public holidays. Go early to miss the crowds…. Plus, go on the nature walk, it’s lovely.
  10. Do a Brown’s Cheese Factory & Farm Tour – In the rolling hills of Limuru, it is well worth your while coming here for a 3-course lunch (100% homegrown ingredients) at the Brown’s farm. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample Kenya’s best cheeses. Cows and chickens are also there for all to enjoy plus milking of cows is possible for kids. Brown’s natural cheeses are made using traditional methods and no colorings, coatings, or additives are used, suitable for vegetarians.
    Cost – Kshs 4,000 (about USD40) per person.
    Our advise – Six person minimum or Kshs 24,000 (USD240) minimum cost. Always call to book.
  11. Go on The Nairobi Safari Walk! A conservation-based recreational facility on Langata road, where you can walk along a raised walkway and get a chance to see some of the rarest animals on the planet. These include the white Rhino, the Bongo and even the Albino Zebra. What this walk offers, is a chance to see most of Kenya’s wildlife within a single setting.
    Cost – USD25 for a non resident adult, Kshs250 for a citizen and Kshs350 for a resident.
    Our advise – don’t go at a weekend or if you do, go early to miss the crowds.
  12. Go and see an art performance, a play, a musical, dance and or another production at The Kenya National Theatre, The Phoenix Players or a host of other places.
    Our advise – ask us where the best performance is on at any one time.
  13. Visit The Nairobi National Museum – Four pillars of Kenya’s national heritage – nature, culture, history and contemporary art. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Kenya and the archaeological origins of man, see the animals and birds of Africa in the galleries, appreciate contemporary Kenyan art, and then go for a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re brave, visit the snake park and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s favourite reptiles.
    Costs  – Kshs1,200 / USD12 for non residents / Kshs600 for residents / Kshs200 for citizens
    Our advise – The museum is open 365 days a year, from 8:30 to 15:30, go early to miss the crowds.
  14. Visit the Masai Market – it’s bright, cheerful and lively!!!  You can buy a variety of artefacts, ornaments, home dĂŠcor and clothes from around Kenya, and Africa.
    Our Advise – Remember to bargain .. and these are the days:

    1. On Tuesdays – Kijabe St Pk next to Nairobi River & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
    2. On Wednesdays – Capital Centre, Mombasa rd.
    3. On Thursdays – The Junction Mall & Ngong rd.
    4. On Fridays – The Village Market, Limuru rd.
    5. On Saturdays – High court parking, City Centre opp. Re-Insurance Plaza & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
    6. On Sundays -Yaya Centre, Valley Rd, Hurlingham.
  15. Spend the night on a double decker bus! – Oh yes, it is a converted bus in the quiet leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen. An incredible adventure for a family, go and stay here, take some supper with you (they have most kitchen equipment) and spend a night on this bus. There are 2 queen beds and 2 single beds.
    Costs – About Kshs11,000 / USD110-120 for the whole thing (you can fit 4/5 family members comfortably).
    Our advise – Wrap up warm and go, the kids will love it!
  16. Last but by no means least, adopt a baby Elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Langata – Play with it, feed and get to know it.
    Cost – USD50 per year fostering fee and you can visit at 4.00pm daily.
    Our advise – adopt an elephant so that you can go when there are no crowds and you can feed your elephant, stroke it, put it to bed. Honestly, for adults and children alike, this is up there.

There is tonnes of other fun to be had in Nairobi, from ice skating to GP Karting, horse racing to rallying, visiting malls to amazing restaurants .. but we have stuck to ‘safari & adventurous’ options.
For these experiences, for a vehicle, a flight, a guide or simply additional advise on travelling in and around Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda, please contact us.

 

Enjoy our beautiful country.
With very kind regards
Chania

Chania Tundo / Founder
Proud winner of:
• Kenya’s Most Influential Woman in Tourism and Leisure 2016
• East Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Tourism and Leisure 2016
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If you’d like to experience Africa whilst staying in magnificent little game lodges, a safari tent, a beach villa or exquisite little farmhouses, rather than the larger hotel chains, The SAFARI Company is right for you. Psst, we have found gorgeous places, even for the budget conscious.