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  • Lanceshu2019
    8 contributions
    This place is a victim of its own success. It's become too popular. If you want to go you must get reservations in advance, there was a huge line of people in cars being turned away because they didn't have reservations. It was great to see all the work they do and fun to watch the elephants for an hour. Crowd control was a little chaotic and they seemed overwhelmed. It's a good problem that they are so popular. I originally booked my visit as a sponsor back in 2020 and was supposed to have a sponsor only visit later in the day. But after Covid they canceled the sponsor visits and I was unable to do anything other than the one hour a day visit. They may want to consider expanding their hours a bit to increase interest and to make the visit a little bit less stressful. But again the work they do is amazing and you should try to go if you can.
    Written July 28, 2022
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  • Curt M
    New York64 contributions
    We went with another couple the day before our 2 week safari tour started, and had a terrific time. It is amazing that this national park is within the city limits of Nairobi- a city of several million people. It was at times strange to see gazelles and rhinos and other large mammals in the foreground, and the city skyline in the background.

    We saw well over 100 large mammals that game drive (in a hired van with driver) and it was a good warm up experience.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Curt M
    New York64 contributions
    You get to see a number of the rare Rothschild giraffes here, up close, and you also get to feed them. That was fun, and interesting, and then in their small visitor's center, our own safari director taught us more about giraffes- that there were 3 subspecies (Rothschild's being one), where their territories were, and about how they lived.

    We all enjoyed this visit
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • Ruhi Patel
    Timau, Italy11 contributions
    The good thing with Karura is you can never get tired as there are many routes to exit such as passing the waterfall and just posing, the cave which is great as well. the River Cafe is a have-to-go one when done with walking. There is a slide and swings to chill afterwards.
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • Byron78
    Kisumu, Kenya307 contributions
    An old place that gets a new breath of air ,there is a formal tour now that depending on the guide is very informative.The old relics in the house still exist and one can feel transported back to such a time when she lived here.An evening watching the movie would top off the day.Lots of nice place around Karen to laze away the day after this small interlude.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • BonVoyager87
    Harrisburg, PA292 contributions
    I wish we had had more time to explore this museum on our own. We hired a city guide and he had a side deal with some guys hanging outside the front of the museum to show us around. Our museum guide was nice and seemed to know a lot but I would have preferred to explore on my own. My favorite part of the museum was the bird hall where there cases of gorgeous species of birds - hundreds of them! They were incredible to look at!

    Recommend going but getting a museum guide is not worth it.
    Written July 14, 2022
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  • Dan Brown Chauffeurs
    Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions
    The place is so nice for hill climbing, camping,picnic and also sight seeing,
    The view of Nairobi from the top of the hills is breath taking and also the view of sunset from up there is un imaginable
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • Philip Alex K
    Ongata Rongai, Kenya1 contribution
    Gorgeous and awesome cool palace.there a lively opportunity and Embraced mixed culture ,there much to do to ensure a real village ground .i love the idea
    Written April 20, 2020
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  • CossyWombat
    Diani Beach, Kenya399 contributions
    The new wing of the Village Market makes this one of my favourite shopping centres in Nairobi. You can find almost everything you need. It is clean, well laid out and accesable.
    Written November 12, 2021
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  • CarolD
    Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
    Pleasant shopping, few stores, but great options for restaurants, I really recommend checking out The Carnivore, despite the name the restaurant has great vegan/vegetarian options!
    There’s a garden that opens on selected days only but it’s great for pictures or just a romantic walk .
    don’t be intimidated by the security ;)
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • Granules2013
    Darwin, Australia2,019 contributions
    Visited the slums in Kibera while doing a driving day tour around Nairobi. Pretty eye opening experience to see how people live here. Worth coming for a few hours and wandering around. A few good markets and shops you can visit too.
    Written March 17, 2020
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  • Lisaj730
    New York City, NY306 contributions
    You really get to see birds eye view up here. Even though it was chilly, cloudy and cold when I went the views were still amazing. Worth a visit if you have time.
    Written July 15, 2022
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  • Claudio G
    Sicily, Italy20 contributions
    This place is a little gem. For me it was totally unexpected to find such a lovely park.
    In it you can find many monkey and different trees.
    It is a beautiful place to spend time with kids, have pic nic, relax or do jogging.
    I wonder if they shoot video clips or movies in this place.
    Written October 3, 2021
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  • Alex N
    Nairobi, Kenya68 contributions
    I have visited most of the malls in Kenya and I can attest to the fact that Two Rivers is among the best due to to the variety offered. When it comes to shops, including internationally known brands, this is the place to find them. The variety in eateries is also great , while there is also a large variety of fun activities to pick from. If looking for a place to spend time with family, try Two Rivers.
    The security is top notch.
    Written January 15, 2021
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  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India3,964 contributions
    Getting to this museum is a little convoluted—the approach to it is down a curving dirt road, past the outdoor sections of the museum (which are separated from the road by heavy wire mesh). To get on to the dirt road itself, you have to first go through a gate manned by a security guard, who will get you sign in, in a register. The actual tickets to the museum have to be bought at the museum building, at the end of the dirt road. The entry fee is $10 per adult (or KSH 600) and $2 per child (or KSH 100)—which doesn’t work out the same if you know the exchange rate, which the staff here don’t seem to. Since we didn’t have shillings , only dollars, we ended up paying $22 for my husband, me, and our daughter; if we’d paid in shillings, it would have been much cheaper. Make sure you bring along sufficient shillings.

    The museum spreads out across four rooms and the large yard outside. The first room is the largest, and the most interesting. Before we started, a museum staffer conducted us to a relief map of Kenya and gave us an introduction to the history of the Kenyan railways: how the system was designed by the British primarily to allow them access to the Nile in Uganda; how Indians were brought in to work as supervisors while local Kenyans provided most of the labour; the progress made; and important landmarks and incidents related to the railways, such as the infamous Tsavo maneaters.

    After this interesting little talk, we were free to go about the museum , looking at the exhibits for ourselves. The first room has a vast range of exhibits, ranging from photographs, survey maps, station masters’ chairs, a track inspector’s bicycle (and a similarly used trolley), plus other memorabilia from the late 1800s and early 1900s, all relating to the laying down of the railways in Kenya. There are also other interesting objects here, including the porcelain set used on board train by Princess Elizabeth when she visited Kenya in 1960 along with her husband Prince Phillip (as many would know, by the time she left Kenya, she was Queen Elizabeth II)—sofas on which she sat while in Kenya are also in the museum.

    Another highlight of this room are three claws of one of the Tsavo man-eaters that disrupted work on the ‘Lunatic Line’, as the Mombasa-Nairobi line was known. The claws are kept safely in a little plastic box, at the staff’s office: we asked to see these, and were shown them readily enough.

    The second room is much smaller, and contains signalling equipment and other communications equipment used by the railways, from bells and lamps and early typewriters, to telephones of various vintages. In the third room are items related to ships and water transport: models of ships associated with Kenya, and a good bit about a German cruiser named Konigsberg, which was sunk off the coast during World War I. This room contains a fine sideboard and the captain’s table salvaged from the Konigsberg.

    The last room is about modern railways in Kenya, most of which are being developed with Chinese collaboration.

    After these four rooms, we went off to the large, gravelled yard outside, where are stationed several engines, coaches and related railway equipment. Several of these are open, and you are allowed to climb in to look around. For me, the most interesting piece of history here was stationed inside the pale blue shed near the gate: here stands Coach #12, a first class coach inside which a British police officer, Superintendent Charles Henry George Ryall, had decided to sit up, armed with a gun, to try and kill one of the Tsavo man-eaters. Unfortunately for Ryall, he fell asleep—and was killed by the lion, which entered the coach.

    A little outside the shed and close to the gate of the yard is a locomotive which was used in the filming of the movie ‘Out of Africa’.

    A fascinating museum.
    Written January 31, 2020
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