When travelling either for business or on Safari, it’s normal to find yourself with an afternoon to spare, either before your flight home, in between meetings or before the safari begins. The most obvious option is to while time away in the Hotel room bored, watching  TV or reading old edition magazines at the Hotel reception. This isn’t the case when you visit Nairobi. If a traveler applies careful thought when choosing where to stay, they can enjoy a wide variety of great activities even when they have just a couple of hours to spare

This post is a first in a series on what to do when you have 3 hours to spare in Nairobi, all within a close enough distance to the airports (JKIA and Wilson Airport), as well as the city centre, you don’t waste your precious time in traffic.

Nairobi National Park

Located just 7km from the City Centre and a 20 minute drive from JKIA, the Nairobi National Park is the only protected area that close to a capital city in the world.  A game drive through this park will give you the opportunity to see a great variety of animals such as the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.

Besides the game drive, you can visit the Nairobi Safari Walk, which gives you a glance into Kenya’s Parks and Reserves. It offers you an opportunity to learn what you expect to see on a typical Kenyan Safari. The Nairobi Safari walk is home to a collection of about 150 species of local trees and is home to the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, a collection of cats, antelopes and primates.

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If you have a passion for conservation, then the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, the oldest orphanage in Kenya is a must visit. Here you have an opportunity to interact with the orphanage staff, and see additional animals such as the, Lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval, very rare sokoke cats, warthog, ostrich, leopard, various monkeys, baboon, buffalo, Birds: Parrot, guinea fowl, crown crane all found abandoned or injured throughout the country.

There are various ways to get to the Nairobi National Park. If you’re staying at Mvuli House, you can request before arrival for a specially arranged tour either by van or a saloon car at a small fee. Below are the park fees which each visitor is expected to pay.

                                                          E.A CITIZENS         E.A RESIDENTS       NON                                                                                                                                                      RESIDENTS

ADULTS’                                            Ksh 300.00             Ksh 1,000.00                     $40

CHILDREN&STUDENTS              Ksh 200.00             Ksh 500.00                       $20

So next time you have a  couple of hours to spare in Nairobi, get out of the Hotel room and explore!

This article is authored by Liza Kithinji. Liza loves to meet, greet, interact with guests at Mvuli House.