Giraffe Manor

Nairobi Kenya’s mile-high capital is only 45 km south of the equator. Founded by the British little more than a 100 years ago, the city now has a population of more than 2,000,000. It’s a modern commercial center with some interesting high-rises and lots of bustle. For those who can’t wait to see animals (or who are only visiting Nairobi), the nearby Nairobi National Park has lions, giraffes, impalas and more, in addition to an animal orphanage. Or you can take a taxi ride to the Giraffe Manor in the suburb of Langatta where the Rothschild giraffe was saved from extinction. This excursion to Langatta is often combined with a visit to the former home of Karen Blixen (who wrote under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen), author of Out of Africa. Blixen’s farmhouse, which was presented to the Kenyan government by Denmark, is now a museum — it is located next door to the Karen College. Langatta also has The Bomas of Kenya which is a terrific cultural center that regularly hosts traditional song and dance performances. A wonderful day trip (a two-hour drive each way) can be made to Lake Magadi to visit Olorgesailie in The Rift Valley for its prehistoric campsite. The scenic region inhabited by Masai farmers has a wide variety of birds