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NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM TOUR EXPERIENCE WITH AFRICANMECCA
The Nairobi National Museum began as the Coryndon Museum, named for Sir Robert Coryndon, a prominent patron of the Uganda Natural History Society. On September 22, 1930, the site was opened as the Nairobi National Museum, a repository that preserves the history and cultures of Kenya. Later, Dr. Louis Leakey successfully raised funds to expand the museum, and many of the gallery names honor prominent personas of the past, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Aga Khan, Winston Churchill and others.
During the 1960s, the Nairobi Snake Park was added to the museum, and in 1969, the Kenya government setup new museums in Kisumu, Meru, Kitale, Lamu and Fort Jesus in Mombasa, and the Leakey Memorial Building was added in 1976 to include a section of archaeology and paleontology (read more on other AfricanMecca tour activities in Nairobi).
Expansion continued to include research programs in ethnography and cultural anthropology in cooperation with the University of Nairobi and Institute of African Studies, as well as a close association with the Institute of Primate Research. Between 2005 and 2008, there have been significant fabricated and collection expansions of the museum to keep up with highest standards of excellence.
Making time for a visit to the Nairobi National Museum before your AfricanMecca safari excursions in Kenya is both an educational and relaxing experience as you spend your time exploring the art gallery and varied exhibitions, discovering the richness of Kenya and her people. Located less than two miles from the city center at Museum Hill, the venue is open year-round and also offers a tranquil setting of lush botanical gardens, as well as dining and shopping venues (read more on where to stay in Nairobi City).
Collections within the museum include culture, nature and history pillars, and many exhibits are of particular interest to children. The culture pillar covers creativity, cycles of life and cultural dynamism, and in the nature pillar you learn about geology, human origins, natural diversity, ecology of Kenya and the mammalian radiation.
The final pillar, history, covers the cycles of life history in Kenya. One of the most recent additions to the museum is the Peace Path, a collection of stones that have been carefully laid upon the green lawn. At first glance, the area does not seem to have any significance, but the design is actually a labyrinth, a design that has been used by many cultures to mark a place of meditation, healing and prayer.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NAIROBI
Hemingways, House of Waine & Giraffe Manor offer boutique, suburban experiences while deluxe hotels like Norfolk and Serena serve as city lodgings. Palacina allows you to stay away from the urban bustle.
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GUIDE ON NAIROBI
Within a relatively short period of time, what was once swampland was reborn into the city of Nairobi, the thriving prime capital of Kenya. The transformation began when the railroad arrived in 1899.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NAIROBI
Because Nairobi is at an elevation, year-round temperatures tend to be quite mild. The best time to plan your tour activities is during the dry months of July to October and also January and February.
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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Covering miles of grasslands, forests, rocky valleys, forests and wetlands is Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest national park and the only one in the world that is situated amidst a capital city.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NAIROBI IN CENTRAL KENYA
When visiting Nairobi, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Nairobi attractions and tour activities including Nairobi National Park before heading out on your Kenya safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes.
You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a twin-beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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