Kenya: 4 from 4

First time I've ever stood in both the northern and the southern hemisphere at the same time.

First time I’ve ever stood in both the northern and the southern hemisphere at the same time.

Recently I spent 4 days in Kenya. Since it was my first time visiting I wanted to make the most of it and see as much around Nairobi as I possibly could. Here are my top 4 things to check out:

4. The Equator

A couple of hours north of Nairobi in Nanyuki you will find a sign on the side of the road marking the Equator. The drive offers spectacular views of Mt Kenya, as well as some lovely fresh fruit at the road side markets and stalls along the way. Be sure to find a toilet and check which way it flushes…

3. Hell’s Gate

Little bit of rock hopping to get down into the gorge.

Little bit of rock hopping to get down into the gorge.

Step out from behind the game console and live the real Tomb Raider experience. Hell’s Gate was one of the locations used in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, so it’s probably as close to Angelina Jolie as I’ll ever get. The 1 & 1/2 hour hike down into the gorge, out to the Devil’s Bedroom, along thermal heated creeks, and back out, is a great way to get some exercise and fend of jetlag. Drive or hire a bicycle to ride through the National Park on your way to Hell’s Gate to see giraffe, zebra, monkeys, warthog, and buffalo.

 

2. Kazuri

The Kazuri bead factory in the historic suburb of Karen is well worth the visit, particularly if you want to buy gifts with a difference for friends and family at home. Kazuri was first set up in 1975 hand making clay beads for jewellery. they started with two local women, both single mothers, employed as a means of providing income and skills training to vulnerable women in Nairobi. Now they employ over 300 women from vulnerable backgrounds, helping them to become independent members of the community. Take a free factory tour and meet the women involved in creating the beautiful jewellery.

www.kazuri.com

Women hand rolling clay beads at Kazuri

Women hand rolling clay beads at Kazuri

1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage

Open from 11am-12noon daily, the Elephant Orphanage currently cares for 26 orphaned elephants and 2 orphaned rhinos. During the one hour opening watch as the elephants, aged between 1 year and 5 years old, feed, play and in some cases come up to you to say hello. Very informative, particularly the talk the carers give as to why each elephant is orphaned and the rehabilitation process to reintegrate them into the wild.

Play time in the water hole at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage

Play time in the water hole at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Taking to the Open Road
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 09:41:49

    This is brilliant! I would love to make it to Africa one day…I’ve been to S Africa and Egypt, but not the great plains of Africa – the stuff movies and dreams are made out of!

    Reply

    • Emma
      Jan 17, 2014 @ 05:50:02

      Thanks! It is well worth it to venture into Africa. I am currently in Malawi and I love every minute of it 🙂 I hope you one day get to see a bit of Africa

      Reply

  2. adelicia
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 22:29:04

    These are great tips for a short stay! Especially the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I have adopted a new baby elephant orphan there and would love the chance to see her and the others.

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    • Emma
      Feb 10, 2014 @ 06:29:11

      Thanks for checking out my post! The Elephant Orphanage is fabulous & I couldn’t leave without adopting an elephant either. The work they do is absolutely amazing. I hope you make it to Kenya one day 🙂

      Reply

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