Should you wish to incorporate more than the standard safari components while on holiday in East Africa we have selected a few options to consider as add-on excursions. From a Hot Air Balloon Safari over the famous Maasai Mara to feeding the giraffe at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi.

Click through the various excursions to learn more about add-on options for your safari in East Africa.


Hot Air Balloon Safaris KenyaHot Air Safaris offers balloon flights in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to the “Great Migration” and scores of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles.

One of our custom safari vehicles will collect you from your camp or lodge at around 5AM to drive you to the launch site. You will arrive at the launch site by 6AM, and can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. You will then meet your pilot, who will give you a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during your flight. There are basic toilet facilities available at the launch site.

You will then be loaded into your balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 6:30AM. The flight will last approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions, and the balloon will land between 7:30 and 7:45AM.

Upon landing, you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope. Our vehicles will then transport you a short distance to breakfast.

Our breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single acacia tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, waiters in traditional Swahili attire, and, of course, champagne.

David Sheldrick Elephant OrphanageThe David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park. This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya was founded and still managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya's best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick.

David Sheldrick was at the center of the 1970's Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves. Eventually the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.

Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation. The centre is open to the public each morning (11am-12pm) During this time the calves are being exercised and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good centre for general information on Elephants and their Conservation.

Learn how you can help fund this non-profit organization and foster an orphaned elephant.

The Giraffe ManorThe Giraffe Centre is located in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya in a unique area of preserved wilderness near the Giraffe Manor which offers an exceptional and unique experience, and an elegant retreat from the excitement of the capital city.

Giraffe Manor is Nairobi’s most iconic historical building, dating back to the 1930s, and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. While the building itself dates to the past, very much present is the herd of eleven resident Rothschild giraffe who tend to visit the Manor in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing out into their sanctuary of 140 acres.

From 1974, it was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species of giraffe. With just six bedrooms, Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel catering for the discerning traveler to Nairobi. Experienced managers cater for every guest’s need, arranging sightseeing vehicles for forays around Nairobi or special excursions to find Jock, the big old male giraffe that is responsible for many Rothschild Giraffe offspring!

nairobi safari walkNairobi Safari Walk is an eye opener to Kenya’s Parks and Reserves. It offers an opportunity to learn what to expect to see across the country. With a combination of three simulated, forests, wetlands and savannahs, visitors have an opportunity to learn about these valuable resources and how they can contribute to its conservation.

Only 7 km south of Nairobi the Nairobi Safari Walk, Kenya’s conservation based recreation facility boasts a combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education.  

The unique design of the Safari Walk includes the interest of all visitors, families, students, tourists.  It is a place to experience a taste of Kenya’s rich animal collection including the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, a collection of cats, antelopes and primates. Nairobi Safari Walk is also home to a collection of about 150 species of local trees. Some unique plants and animals that are locally extinct or threatened are also displayed. Introductory talks on Kenya’s parks and reserves can be arranged by naturalists. This is the place to learn how to take part in wildlife conservation quest.

Nairobi Animal OrphanageNairobi Animal Orphanage is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya and set in Nairobi National Park. The Orphanage’s major attraction is the up-close and personal experience bonding with orphaned animals.  Nairobi Animal Orphanage began in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya.

Animals received at the facility, undergo a thorough medical examination, followed by treatment where that is called for, before entering into an appropriate feeding and rehabilitation program.

This important educational and training facility, which is housed, in the only wildlife protected area in a capital city in the world is often home to many animal such as the extremely rare sokoke cats, lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval, warthog, ostrich, leopard, various monkeys, baboon, buffalo, guinea fowl, crown crane.

You can read more about Nairobi Animal Orphanage.

excursions sanctuaries cheetahSet on the shore of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa, the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a peaceful, relaxing place to enjoy the natural beauty that abounds here. The sanctuary hosts impalas, the rare Sitatunga antelope as well as big cats, buffalos, giraffes, cheetahs and several primate species. The sanctuary is also home to five campsites all with spectacular views of Lake Victoria. Bird watching, nature walks and glass bottomed boat rides compliment the activities availed at the sanctuary.

Key features

Lake Victoria

  • With an area approaching 70,000 sq km, is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world (after Canada’s Lake Superior). Unlike the lakes further west, Lake Victoria is not of the Rift Valley system and is wide and shallow (only 80m deep) with shores spanning three countries.
  • Free ranging and captive animals, birdlife, indigenous forest, swampy papyrus areas , grassland, rocky view area, nature trails, Sundowner  view point and less than 200metres railway line.

Facilities

  • kisumu dikdikAnimal enclosures
  • Campsite with cool shade of indigenous trees, mains electricity and tap water
  • Modern Kitchen ideal for Self-catering clients
  • An ablution with shower rooms
  • Sun downer view point- gives an excellent view of the sunset in the evening
  • 5 picnic sites namely, Impala, sunset, albizia, baboon, simba- All sites give spectacular view of the lake. The picnic sites are also ideal for wedding, parties and corporate events.
  • Mini- museum

Birds

Over 115 species have been recorded

Wildlife

Lions, lionesses,  leopard, baboons, hyena, Serval cat, buffaloes, giraffe, cheetahs, bushbuck, patas monkey, bush duiker, tortoise, warthogs, guinea fowl, ostriches, parrots, fischers love birds  and blue monkey.

Article By: © 2016 Kenya Wildlife Service