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Nairobi Central SDA Pathfinder Club

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Ruby Amoro is one of the Youngest Pathfinder we have doing the commando course.

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DRC and Kenya Pathfinders

Excursions
 
Bomas Of Kenya

Tell Me About My Tour To The Bomas Of Kenya In Nairobi?

Bomas of Kenya offers you "Kenya in a miniature". It lets you see the wonderful diversity of cultures that make up Kenya.

The term Bomas, meaning "homestead", are displayed on your tour; each represent one of Kenya's major ethnic groups, and is built to the original traditional architecture of an African home as built by the ancestors.

The government in 1971 as a wholly owned subsidiary company of Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (K.T.D.C) started the Bomas of Kenya. It was established to preserve, maintain and promotee rich and diverse cultural values of various groups of Kenya, and to act as a tourist attraction center.

Different aspects of Kenyan culture are displayed that include living styles, crafts, music and dancing.

You can view traditional villages representing the lifestyle of ethnic groups such as Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luhya, Taita, Embu, Maasai, Kamba, Kisii, Kuria, Mijikenda and Luo.

The Bomas' world famous Harambee dancers perform daily in a unique spectacular theater, the biggest in Africa which seats 3,500 people. Dancers representing different ethnic tribes dance across the stage in a vibrant kaleidoscope rhythm and hue. Proud Samburu warriors vault skywards as they woo their maidens with chanting cries and twirling spears.

Bomas of Kenya has over 30 traditional dances collected from different tribes of Kenya.

Other facilities at the Bomas of Kenya include:

  • Two large separable halls accommodating up to 2,500 and 4,000 people.

  • Picnic sites

  • Children's playground.

  • Outdoor soccer and volleyball grounds.

  • Indoor volleyball, badminton, pool and table tennis facilities of international standards.

     

     

     

     

     

    Karen Blixen Museum

    Tell Me About My Tour Of The Karen Blixen Museum In Nairobi, Kenya?

    Karen Blixen Museum is located on the outskirts of Nairobi on Karen road. Its history dates back to 1914, during the First World War, with the arrival of Karen Blixen from Denmark. At the foot of Ngong Hills, Karen Blixen established herself as a farmer. After her departure in 1931, the suburbs retained the commemorative home of Karen.

    The Danish government donated the house, and the surrounding land to Kenya after independence. The house was restored by the Danish government, and was used during the filming of "Out of Africa" which immortalized Karen Blixen's book by the same name. The museum was opened to the public in 1986.

    Karen Blixen Museum
    A striking feature about Karen Blixen Museum is the beautiful grounds. The house built in 1910 has a red tile roof and mellow wood paneling in the rooms. When Karen Blixen bought the property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres were developed for growing coffee; the rest was retained under natural forest.

    Much of the original furniture is on display in the house. The original kitchen has been restored, and is now open for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one used by Karen Blixen is on display, as are the kitchen utensils. Reconstruction of the coffee factory, along with other old farm machinery is underway. The aim here is to take an individual back in time, and provide a visual impression of each settler life in Kenya.

    The museum has become a herb of various activities including private parties, research and visitation, from all over the world. The income so generated is used to refurbish and maintain Karen Blixen and other regional museums.
     

    Karen Blixen Museum Exclusive Online Video

    Karen Blixen's Home in Ngong Hills, Nairobi Suburbs, Kenya.

     

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    Tell Me All You Can About The Great Rift Valley And Lake Nakuru National Park Located In Kenya?

    The Great Rift Valley, mostly known in Kenya as the East African Rift Valley, was formed between 2 and 7 million years ago. It is the longest rift on the surface of the earth. The Rift Valley starts all the way from Jordan, Middle-East, and runs through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, Malawi, and ends near the coastal town of Solada in Mozambique. The amazing quality about the Rift Valley is that once it reaches the Kenyan border, it diverges into two rifts, which later converge near Lake Rukwa in southern Tanzania.

    The Great Rift Valley is approximately 4,000 miles long and 35 miles wide. It was formed due to geological tension in the earth's crust that caused a deep depression, while probably forcing the sides upwards. The floor of the valley is normally below sea level. In Kenya, the Rift Valley gave rise to many lakes that have become a habitat for diverse wildlife. The walls of the Rift Valley are called escarpments; the famous escarpments of Kenya being the Mau Escarpment. The Mau escarpments are famous for their height, which rise over 8500 feet.

    To the surprise of many tourists, geological movements still occur in the Rift Valley. In 2000, the British media, BBC, reported that Mount Kenya had reduced in height. Both Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro are almost adjacent to the Rift Valley.

    Nakuru in Kiswahili means "Waterbuck Haven". Lake Nakuru National Park, close to Nakuru town, was established in 1961. It started off small, only encompassing the famous lake and the surrounding mountainous vicinity. Now it has been extended to include a large part of the savannahs. Currently, the fenced Lake Nakuru National Park covers around 90 square miles. It has unusual but beautiful vegetation. The forest vegetation is covered with Euphorbia, tall cactus like trees and acacia woodland. The forest region is a host to over 400 migratory bird species from around the world.

    Lake Nakuru National Park can be accessed via three gates: Main, Lanet and Nderit. The park's lake is internationally known for its Lesser and Greater Flamingos. Ornithologists often describe Lake Nakuru as "the most fabulous bird spectacle in the world". The Lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip. The Lesser flamingos are ones that are commonly pictured in documentaries mainly because they are large in number. There are estimated to be over a million Lesser flamingos. These numbers are on a steady increase again. The numbers had been reduced due to the El-Nino weather pattern that flooded the lake, and changed the alkaline concentration. The flamingos feed on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and plankton. Lake Nakuru National Park is also shared with the white pelicans and the ever-snorting hippos.

    Other wildlife in the Lake Nakuru National Park include: The famous Black and White rhinos. The Black rhinos have been slowly multiplying over the years, and are well protected. Thanks partially to the government of South Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park also boasts an increase in White rhinos. There are plenty of waterbucks, impalas, dik-diks, grants gazelles, lions and leopards. In 1977, the Rothschild giraffe was introduced to the Park. The park also has large sized python snakes that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

    Due credit should be given to the World Wide Fund For Nature organization and local Kenyan wildlife foundations for supporting the preservation of animals, protection of the rhinoceros population and research into the effects of surrounding communit ies and industries. Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park in Kenya that is completely fenced.

    Lake Nakuru Tour And The Great Rift Valley
     

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    Limuru Tea Country Tour

    Limuru Tea Country Tour

    Tell What To Expect On My Tour To The Limuru Tea Country Plantations?

    On your arrival at the Kiambethu Tea Estate, you will be guests for lunch and afternoon tea. The Kiambethu Estate is located at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, and has lush acres of tea plantations that seem to vanish in the horizon. Two English families, Mitchell & McDonnell in the early 1900's, built the Estate. These families are said to be the first to have ventured into the tea business. You will also have a lecture on the area and about the production of tea. In the afternoon, a walk through the tea plantations and forests will display the conditions needed for the growth of tea.

    The lecture on growth of tea is a good learning experience. For instance, you will see tea pickers on the farm plucking the top two leaves and bud from each plantation. Tea needs good rainfall, which is plenty in the region so tea is picked all year round. After the tea is picked, they are sent to the factories to be processed and sold to local and export markets. Kenya is the third largest producer of tea after Sri Lanka and India.

     

    Nairobi City Tour

    Tell Me What To Expect On The Nairobi City Tour, Capital City Of Kenya?

    If you planning to visit Kenya, it is more than likely that Nairobi will be the first city you will fly into. It was built in 1899, and grew as a central point for the Kenya-Uganda railway. Nairobi comes from the Maasai word, "Enkare Nyrobi" meaning the "place of cool water".

    During your tour of Nairobi, you will visit a variety of places. These are:

      Snake Park - The park displays a variety of East African snakes that are viewed in glass cages. Most of the park attendants used to allow one to place a four feet python around one's neck and take a picture with a camera.

      Kenya National Museum - is adjacent to the Snake Park. They exhibit fossils excavated within East African river valleys, which is believed to be the origin of human kind. The Kenya National Museum also displays a variety of stuffed bird species and displays diverse Kenyan culture.

      National Archives  - Seen here are photographs, exhibitions of handicrafts, paintings and journals of Kenya's history.

    You will also visit the Kenyan parliament building, the shopping bazaars and the local shopping market.

    Nairobi City Tour
    Nairobi City Tour
     

    Kenya National Museum Exclusive Online Video

    Come explore African culture and anthropology, archaeological excavations, birds' species, art gallery and more. The visit is a must for educators, student and families.

     


    Nairobi National Park And Animal Orphanage

    Tell Me All You Can About Nairobi National Park And Animal Orphanage Located In Kenya?

    Nairobi National Park is located 15 minutes from downtown city center. It was established in 1945 as the first national park in Kenya. It is 44 square miles in size, and much to everyone's surprise, all the wildlife are free ranging. The meeting of the Athi and Kapiti plains promoted the abundance of animals within the surrounding location. For the protection of the residents in surrounding regions, a small section of the Nairobi National Park has been fenced off to deter wild animals from wandering off. During the dry season, the animals congregate on the northern part of the park because of availability of water from the dams, otherwise the seasonal streams cause the animals to be fairly distributed.

    There are 75-recorded species of mammals at the Nairobi National Park, such as: cheetahs, rhinos, gazelles, giraffes, impalas, and lions.  The vegetation around Nairobi National Park is a mixture of grassland, shrubs, plains and woodlands. There are a number of migratory and local birds; migratory birds come from as far as Western and Eastern Europe. Bird species include the secretary birds, ostriches, crowned canes, doves, tawny and martial eagles, hornbills and marabou storks.

    Visit To The Animal Orphanage

    The animal orphanage provides shelter to stray and orphaned animals. The animals once well enough or old enough are released back in the wild.
    Nairobi National Park And Animal Orphanage

Bomas Of Kenya

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VISA INFORMATION

Visitors now require a visa to enter Kenya. For more information, check with your local Kenyan Embassy, or visit the Kenya Embassy visa page at http://www.kenyaembassy.com/visa.html

ENTRY AND HEALTH REGULATIONS

Visitors must be in possessions of health documentation on arrival in Kenya. 

Yellow Fever vaccination is needed.

Cholera vaccination certificate is no longer a condition of entry to Kenya. However, it is highly recommended to take precautions against this disease.

Malaria is a serious threat especially to people who have no resistance against it. African Medical Research Foundation strongly recommends the use of prophylactic drugs. Please visit your local health care provider or hospital to obtain medication and advice.

Hepatitis information can be received form your local Center For Disease Control or hospital.

CUSTOM AND EXIT REGULATIONS

Personal effects, films, and cameras may be brought temporarily free of duty. Firearms need a special permit, which must be obtained in advance. Custom officials inspect baggage on arrival and departure.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency is the Kenya Shillings (Kshs) that is divided in to 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50.  There is no restriction to the amount of foreign currency a visitor may bring in during his stay in Kenya. All hotels facilitates and assists its customers in converting their foreign currency into Kenya Shillings.

MEDICAL ADVICE

Kenya enjoys a healthy and invigorating climate. Visitors need feel no concern for their general health during their stay. Customers requiring special medications should pack sufficient supplies in their hand luggage. Chemists' are well stocked. Tap water is considered safe in Nairobi and Mombasa. On safari, lodge rooms and tented camps are provided with flasks of filtered, and purified water. Bottled mineral water is also available throughout Kenya, and should always be opted for.

SECURITY

Visitors should take the same care as they would normally take in any other destination worldwide. Keep a close watch on handbags, wallets and cameras when walking in crowded places. Avoid wearing expensive or flashy jewelry. It is advisable to hire a taxi if you wish to move around at night, and for your personal safety, avoid deserted lanes and streets. Safe deposit boxes are available in all hotels for security purpose and all guests should utilize them for the safety of their valuable.

FOOD, SPECIAL DIETS AND NEEDS

Cuisine throughout Kenya is outstanding. Meals include American and European buffet breakfast with fresh local fruits; lunches and dinners consists of African, American and European buffets. In the case of special dietary needs or facilities for the physically challenged, please let us know these requirements in full at the time of making the booking. Vegetarian meals are also available at Kenya hotels.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Bring plenty of films and extra batteries, as both items are quite expensive in Kenya. While on safari, make sure you have some way of protecting your camera from the dust. As most of the safari game viewing takes place in the early morning and late afternoon, 100 or 200 ASA film is probably best to use. A telephoto or zoom lens is highly recommended. Always ask before taking photographs of the Kenyan people.

KENYAN BANKING

Travelers checks and most major credit cards are widely accepted in Kenya.  Banking hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and some banks open on Saturday mornings. Banks at airports are open for longer hours.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST

  • Four to seven changes of casual clothing (T-shirts, sports shirts, long sleeve shirts, a sweater or jacket, shorts, slacks, blouses and a dress.)
  • Two pair of comfortable shoes, and a pair of sandals
  • Swim suit, and cover-up
  • Hat with a visor
  • Sunglasses (neck string comes in quite handy)
  • Binoculars
  • An extra pair of glasses/contact lenses
  • Sun screen
  • Eye drops
  • Skin and hair moisturizers
  • Small flashlight
  • Personal medications
  • A photo copy of your passport, credit cards, and airline tickets (to be kept separately form the originals)
  • Insect repellent
  • Pre-moistened small napkins

 

PAN AFRICAN CAMPOREE

Please get the registration form (Wisconsin USA) here.