Arrive in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya with the entirety of the immense and eclectic country before you. The sprawling metropolis is perfumed with saffron and turmeric, spices from the continent that blend into the flakiness of the street vendors’ samosas and chapatti. The skyline hovers over the city like giraffes along the savanna, while actual giraffes parade through the waves of grass just outside of the city limits. From the wandering animals in Nairobi National Park where zebra, lion, rhino and more graze along the infinite open space, to the collected wonders of the Nairobi National Museum, the city offers a diverse and endless amount of opportunity to explore Kenya’s natural beauty and historic wonders.
Start your incredible adventures with a visit to the Giraffe Center, a stunning breeding center for the Rothschild Giraffe, which is found only in East Africa. The lush openness of the center is located in what was once the home of Jock Leslie-Melville. The air is fragrant with the acacias lining the outside of the center. Giraffes wrap their tongues around the thorny trees, tearing the sprung leaves from the branches. Their eyes are heavy and large, with eyelashes that curl and flutter. Sit down for a meal in the delicious dining room where the giraffe can be seen sauntering outside or, most likely, peaking their heads through the window and asking you to share.