Day trip is a travel taken from a person’s house, hotel, or hostel to a tourist destination or visitor attraction in the morning and returning to the same lodging in the evening. A day trip is a type of recreational travel and leisure to a site that is close enough to do a round-trip in one day but does not require an overnight stay. It’s worth avoiding the logistics and/or expenditures of spending nights on the road. Budget and active travelers like to use one spot as a home base to avoid having to find new housing at each destination. A caregiver may leave their house for a day trip.
1 NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP
Nairobi is home to dozens of incredible sites and this full-day tour showcases some of the best of this East African city. Follow your expert guide and small group into the stunning landscapes of Nairobi National Park, where you’ll have the chance to see some of the nation’s most iconic animals in the wild.
The tour to Nairobi National Park takes you to this unique wildlife sanctuary only 7 kms from the Nairobi bustling City Centre where you have a chance to see 4 of the Big 5 (except the elephant) against the back drop of the city tall buildings. Rhino, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, lion and plenty of antelopes and gazelles can be seen roaming in this open plains country with a section of highland forest as well as stretches of broken bush country, deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Ornithologists catch with over 300 bird species including the Secretary bird, crowned cranes, vultures, peckers and many more.
2 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Tours Made up of the lake itself and the rocky caves and bushy grassland that surrounds it, Lake Nakuru National Park especially draws visitors looking to see pink flamingos, as there may be as many as 2 million lesser and great flamingos seen around the edges of the lake at a given time. The birds are drawn here by their favorite food, cyanophyta spirulina plantensis, and a type of blue – green algae that fills the lake. In addition to the flamingos, more than 400 different bird species have been spotted in the park, which is on a migration route for many European birds. This is one national park where you definitely want a bird-watchers’ guide in hand to identify all the feathered creatures. The park is also home to many water-loving animals such as hippos and waterbucks, and among other mammals found in the park. Visitors who get lucky will also be able to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, buffalo, baboons, monkeys and gazelles. In addition, once simply a bird sanctuary, the Lake Nakuru National Park has since become a national rhino sanctuary and is the best place in Kenya to see protected black and white rhinos.
3 LAKE NAIVASHA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya located about 100 kilometers northwest of Nairobi and near the town of Naivasha (formerly East Nakuru). The lake is part of the Great Rift Valley and its name comes from the Maasai word, Nai’posha – which translates as “rough water” – on account of the storms that can suddenly arise here. This vast lake is surrounded by a swampland and fringed by papyrus plants. Among the residents of the lake are over 400 species of birds, including fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes, and herons, and it’s also home to a large community of hippos. A number of other mammals are also drawn here and it’s not uncommon to see zebra, impala, buffalo, giraffe, and kongoni grazing in the areas surrounding the lake.
For many visitors to Kenya, Nairobi is simply a transit point en route to the country’s world-famous game reserves or idyllic coastal resorts.
There are plenty of attractions to keep tourists content for a day or two of sightseeing. Some of the city’s top attractions include; The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nairobi National Park and the Nairobi National Museum.
Other places of interest include; Giraffe Center, Kibera Slum Tour, Kazuri Beads Factory and Pottery Center, Karen Blixen Museum, Shopping in Nairobi.
4. Nairobi National Museum
Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre accessible both by public and private means. Built in 1929, this is the flagship museum for the National Museums of Kenya, showcasing celebrated collections of Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art
5.The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya. It was founded by Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick. David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970’s Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park. Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment here, 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. The centre is open to the public each morning (11am-12pm)