msafi ri 63 Y3 NAIROBI SAFARI With a national park right on its doorstep, Nairobi is the perfect launchpad for some close encounters with wildlife. In a weekend city break you can visit a number of worthwhile wildlife organisations and also spend half a day game viewing in Nairobi National Park. This break is ideal for families with young children who do not have the time ( or the budget) for a longer safari. WHY? There are few other places to get so close to animals in Kenya and you're guaranteed fantastic photo opportunities. Your visit will Eyeball a giraffe at the Langata Giraffe ( www. sheldrickwildlifetrust. org), stroke a cheetah cub at the Nairobi National Park Animal Orphanage ( www. kws. org), and take a stroll Daily fl ights link Nairobi with also support some unique wildlife conservation initiatives. WHERE? Centre ( www. giraffecenter. org), watch baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust along the elevated boardwalk to see a variety of animals at the Safari Walk ( www. kws. org). Then see wildlife in its natural habitat with the city as a backdrop in the Nairobi National Park. FLY KQ TO NAIROBI Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Kisumu as well as regional and international destinations.
WEEKEND ESCAPES Y4 BEACH SPA BREAK A dazzling swathe of white sand backed by palms and lapped by the turquoise Indian Ocean, Diani Beach stretches 20km to the south of Mombasa. A weekend beach break here is the perfect opportunity to get deliciously pampered at a hotel spa. WHY? Indulgent massages, rejuvenating facials and body wraps, nourishing hand and foot treatments, invigorating jacuzzis and swimming pools, healthy eating and long beach walks in the sunshine. WHERE? Uzuri Spa at the Leopard Beach Resort ( www. leopardbeachresort. com) is set in six hectares of tranquil indigenous forest. Treatment rooms have hydrotherapy baths and peaceful courtyards for outdoor massages. The Shaanti Holistic Health Retreat ( www. shaantihhr. com) offers sunrise yoga sessions, meditation, refl exology and Ayurvedic massages among its many holistic activities. The Maya Spa at the Diani Reef Beach Resort ( www. dianireef. com) has a full range of treatments, plus steam rooms, sauna, fl otation pool and Vichy shower. FLY KQ TO MOMBASA Frequent daily fl ights from Nairobi, taking one hour. Y5 BLAKE NAIVASHA Just 85km, or a pleasant 90- minute drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha makes an ideal country weekend retreat. One of the few freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley, it is very picturesque with fl oating islands of papyrus. Naiva-sha is surrounded by forests of giant yellow- barked acacia trees that are full of birds and black- and- white colobus monkeys. WHY? Take a boat out onto the lake to see hippo, fi sh eagles and many other waterbirds, take lunch or afternoon tea on brilliant green lawns next to the lake, or cycle your way around the shoreline through pretty fl ower farms. WHERE? Elsamere ( www. elsatrust. org) is the former home of George and Joy Hiring a car at the airport gives you overlooking the Rift Valley on the way. NAIVASHA IS SURROUNDED BY FORESTS OF GIANT YELLOW- BARKED ACACIA TREES THAT ARE FULL OF BIRDS AND BLACK- AND-WHITE COLOBUS MONKEYS FISH EAGLE: DARYL BALFOUR/ GETTY; LAKE NAIVASHA: GEORGE WRIGHT/ GETTY Adamson, whose story of rearing Elsa the lioness in the 1950s is one of the greatest animal stories ever told. You can visit the museum and enjoy a 4pm tea of dainty sandwiches and scones, jam and cream. The colonial Lake Naivasha Country Club ( www. kenyahotelsltd. com/ lake) is set in magnifi cent manicured grounds on the lakeshore and has an excellent buffet lunch on Sundays. It offers boat rides and rents out bikes – as do Fisherman's Camp ( www. fi shermanscamp. com) and Fish Eagle Inn ( www. fi sheagleinn. co. ke). FLY KQ TO NAIROBI fl exibility to explore Lake Naivasha. Stop at the viewpoint msafi ri 64