Photo: Elephants walking across grassland

Elephants roam Kenya’s Samburu National Park, one of many destinations for viewing wildlife in the East African nation.

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

Kenya’s wildlife—along with its variety of landscapes and rich culture—has long been the country’s major draw for tourists. If you base yourself at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, located near the Mount Kenya National Park and Forest Reserve, you can take advantage of wildlife viewing and other recreational activities. Visit the animal orphanage at the neighboring Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, where rare mountain bongo and white zebras are bred. Through the hotel, you can also take part in walking safaris, bird-watching excursions, horseback riding, and other activities.

Where to Play

If you’ve scheduled a safari in East Africa, don’t miss a trip to the Giraffe Manor near Nairobi. The manor was built in 1932, and the estate is known for the herd of giraffes that live there. If you happen to be staying overnight, they will likely greet you at the breakfast table the next morning, sticking their necks through the window for a snack. Giraffe Manor offers guided walks through the sanctuary, where you may encounter warthogs, antelopes, birds, and other creatures.

At Day’s End

At the Mount Kenya Safari Club, take a stroll around the sprawling grounds and gardens of the hotel’s property.

Details

The Giraffe Manor provides transfers to and from the international and domestic airports.

For more information about wildlife in Kenya, visit the Kenya Wildlife Service’s website: www.kws.org.

Based on articles from National Geographic Traveler and compiled by Stephanie Robichaux

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