Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen & Giraffe Centre, Nairobi
Wander around the Nairobi home of Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, who wrote under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa tells the tale of Karen’s life on a coffee plantation in Kenya and her doomed love affair with Denys Finch Hatton. Take a short drive to the Giraffe Centre just outside Nairobi to feed the Rothschild giraffes, and later visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (open to the public 11am-midday) provides habitat for elephant and rhino calves whose mothers have fallen victim to poachers. Once the animals are strong enough, they are released into Tsavo National Park. So far, the trust has hand-raised over 150 infant elephants. Spend some time with the inquisitive elephants as they are fed by staff, who are on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants.
If you want to get more involved, it’s possible to foster an elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – a UK registered charity based in Surrey – which also gives you exclusive afternoon viewing times at the orphanage (at 5pm, by appointment). The donation fee to foster an elephant helps cover the long-term commitment of feeding and caring for the little elephants until they are confident enough to join the wild herds. If you'd like to foster an elephant, please ask one of our Personal Travel Experts for more details.
Governors' Hot-Air Balloon Safari
Governors’ balloon safari over the Mara plains could just be the most beautiful balloon flight in the world. After watching the crew inflate their craft at the launch site, take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah; a group of grazing zebra becoming distinguishable from their silhouette forms below; a family of elephants wandering just below you. The photo opportunities are incredible. And wherever you land, a Champagne breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy. It’s one of our most highly recommended safari experiences.
Guests in select camps nearby can also book the Governors' balloon safari. For guests staying at camps in other areas of the Mara, similar hot-air balloon safaris are available - please ask your Personal Travel Expert for details.
Around an hour for the balloon ride, drifting wherever the air currents take you
We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a light jacket or jumper.