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Our Guide in Nairobi

Canadian zoologist Anne Innis Dagg takes us to her favourite spots.

Anne Innis Dagg in Nairobi

Photo: Jonathan Staav

Anne Innis Dagg first saw a giraffe at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo when she was three years old. Since then, she's been up to her neck observing, studying and documenting the animal's behaviour. She recently published Giraffe: Biology, Behaviour and Conservation and spent time in Kenya with a crew filming Pursuing Giraffe, a historical biopic on her life as the first person in the world to study giraffes in their natural habitat.


Rolf's Place

Photo: Teddy Zetterlund

Rolf's Place

To get to this restaurant, you have to walk across a swinging bridge over a 30-metre-deep gorge – but it's worth it for the whole mushrooms with garlic and cream. The place looks like an old-fashioned German hunting cabin with animal heads on the wall, and the patio is on the side of a cliff.
Maasai Lodge Rd., 254-202-022272


Soysambu Conservancy

Photo: Kathryn Combes

Soysambu Conservancy

A herd of 9,000 cows live among zebras, buffalo and birds, and you can tour the area by renting a Land Rover. It's a great place to see giraffes. Once, we saw a herd of about 13 just 200 metres away: there were a couple fighting, some were lying down, and one little baby was running from one female to another. It was mesmerizing.
Nakuru, Kenya, 254-711-235039


AFEW Kenya Giraffe Centre

Photo: Adradne Van Zandbergen

AFEW Kenya Giraffe Centre

Built by Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville in 1979 to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, this research centre is now a public attraction. On the feeding platform, you can put a pellet between your teeth and a giraffe will come and take it. I got such a "kiss" from a giraffe named Helen – it was the best kiss I've ever had.
Gogo Falls, Koitobos Road, 254-208-070804


Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass

The artists at this studio collect glass bottles from all over Kenya, and melt them down to make incredible glass designs, like a sunset with more than 100 pieces of different coloured glass, or a complete map of Africa. They also make jewellery, which is much easier to bring back on the plane.
Muthaiga North, 254-722-523284

 

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Sally

Monday, February 16th 2015 04:49
I adore travelling, and I'm trying to teach my children to love it as well. I sometimes think though that they don't need to be taught - they have this in their vessels. :) But still, during each our trip I educate them on how to behave, what to pack, hpw to plan and so on. But this year I came across another problem - school. They got so many home assignments for the holidays, that we have to spend loads of hours on them, even while traveling. But still, I'm trying to fond something good here - in such a way i become involved into their studies and try to motivate my kids to gain more and more knowledge.
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