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Excursions & Transfers

Our hotel is located within a few minutes drive of a number of tourist attractions found in Karen, Nairobi. Guests can pre-book excursions to these destinations directly with our reservations desk. Costs will vary depending on the itinerary, size of group and the choice of vehicle.

Nairobi National Park:

The Nairobi National Park is situated approximately 9 KM away or 15-20 minutes’ drive from Margarita House. The park boasts of the unique distinction of being the only wildlife park in the world that is situated within a city. It consists of wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city sky scrapers and scattered acacia bush. Nairobi National Park has acquired the nickname ‘Kifaru Ark’, a testament to its success as a rhinoceros (kifaru in Kiswahili) sanctuary. The park is home to the world's densest concentration of black rhinos. Lions and hyenas are also commonly sighted within the park; park rangers at the entrance usually have updates on lion movements. You’ll need a bit of patience and a lot of luck to spot the park’s resident cheetahs and leopards. Other regularly spotted species include gazelles, warthogs, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, ostriches and buffaloes. The park’s wetland areas also sustain approximately 400 bird species.

 Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.

 David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.

The centre is one of Nairobi's most popular attractions, and is located within the Nairobi National Park, approximately 10 Km from Margarita House. After entering at 11 AM, visitors are escorted to a small viewing area centered on a muddy watering hole. A few moments later, the animal handlers come in alongside a dozen-or-so baby elephants. For the first part of the viewing, the handlers bottle-feed the baby elephants – a strangely heart-warming sight.

The baby elephants also use this designated time slot for their daily mud bath, which makes for some great photos; keep your guard up as they’ve been known to spray a tourist or two with a trunk full of mud.

While the elephants gambol around, the keepers talk about the individual orphans and their stories. Explanations are also given about the broader picture of the orphans project and some of the other projects in which the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is involved. There's also the opportunity to 'adopt' one of the elephants.

The trust is also home to a number of orphaned rhinos, many of which, like the baby elephants, mingle with wild herds in Nairobi National Park during the day.

Karen Blixen Museum

The Karen Blixen Museum is located 4 KM or 8 minutes’ drive from Margarita House, on the southern outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. It is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate. The museum is a bungalow-style house which was built in 1912. The house and its attached property were bought in 1917 by Karen Blixen and her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke. Karen Blixen lived at the house and run the plantation until she returned to Denmark 1931. The house was later donated by the Danish government in 1964 to the new Kenyan government as an independence gift. It was opened to the public in 1986 as one of Kenya's national museums following the popularity of the 1985 movie, Out of Africa.

 

The Karen Blixen Museum is open every day between 9:30 AM and 6 PM, including on weekends and public holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house.


Transfers:

We offer city-wide transfers for all our guests to and from various destinations such as; Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Wilson Airport, Nairobi Central Business District and. Our rates vary with each destination and are available upon request from our front office team.