While not a safari destination per se, if you're overnighting in Nairobi before or after your safari, there are some excellent wildlife reserves and santuaries worth a visit.

On the outskirts of the city, you'll find Nairobi National Park. There's a variety of wildlife here to whet your appetite; plains animals like zebra, giraffe and wildebeest as well as predators like lion and cheetah and over 400 bird species. The park is a conservation education centre and the animal orphanage within the park is a sanctuary for many injured and displaced animals.

Not far from there is the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, which focuses on baby elephant and rhino that have been orphaned as a result of poaching. Mornings are the best times to visit.

In the Lang'ata region, not far from the city centre, is the Giraffe Centre. They have implemented a breeding programme for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, also with a strong conservation and education focus. You'll be able to feed these long-necked beauties by hand.

Speak to us about your Nairobi safari wishlist. We'd be more than happy to provide you with ideas and recommendations.

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Mother and Calf Giraffe at Sunset in Laikipia, Kenya
7 Day Classic Kenyan Conservancy Safari
7 days
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This 7 Day Safari combines two of the most popular travel regions in Kenya - Laikipia and the Maasai Mara. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, central Kenya, offers 365km² of quality game viewing. Spend 3 nights at Kicheche Laikipia, situated at an active waterhole with frequent visits by elephant, black rhino, plains game and a wealth of birdlife. Then fly down the Rift Valley to an exclusive conservancy near the Maasai Mara National Park. Only a few vehicles are permitted here. Enjoy unhindered views of spectacular wildlife in some of the most breathtaking African scenery.

Safari on Foot 7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari
7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari
7 days
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Our 7 Day Kenyan Adventure Safari Tour introduces you to the wilder side of Kenya on an affordable budget. Explore Laikipia Plateau's sweeping plains on foot where the last of Kenya’s African wild dogs have found refuge. Discover why the Maasai Mara with its lush grasslands, acacia woodlands, rolling savannahs and abundance of wildlife is one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations. In season, witness one of the world's natural wonders, the Great Migration, where one and a half million wildebeest, zebra and antelope leave the Serengeti for the Maasai Mara.