Safari in Kenya without four wheels
Bicycling through Hells Gate National Park
Its name is intimidating enough (though Hell's Gate actually refers to a narrow break in the cliffs at the park's entrance), but the – albeit slim – prospect of coming upon a voracious lion while riding nothing but rubber tires and a metal frame is downright formidable. Hell's Gate is one of only two national parks in the entire country that you can walk and bicycle through. Imagine, cruising along on two wheels while a group of zebra graze curiously from a few metres away. You are likely to encounter herds of hartebeest, Thompson's gazelle and buffalo. And while the occasional carnivorous feline does make an appearance, they are extremely rare. The park itself is exquisite, with hot springs and nesting raptors. In fact, its jagged Fischer's Tower –a tower of basalt rock ideal for climbing, in the park's northeast corner – is the main inspiration for Pride Rock in Disney's 1994 film, The Lion King.
Hell's Gate is about 90km northwest from Nairobi, and the city's Goshawk Tours offers day-long bicycling and walking tours with round-trip transportation.
Walking among giants in Aberdare Country Club
A course where a baboon absconds with your golf ball is not your typical putt-putt, but rather daily life on the grounds of Aberdare Country Club, a sprawling 1,300 acre wildlife sanctuary with a nine-hole golf course and lodge surrounded by primates, warthogs and more. Peacocks wander the trails and lounge on the rooftops, while giraffes graze on the trees a few hundred meters away. Aberdare's nature walks and horseback riding tours also get you up close to the animals, literally wandering among zebra, elands and impalas.
Despite a recent renovation, the property has the relaxing feel of an old-world country retreat like something you would see in the movie Out of Africa. In fact, cast members from the early-20th century period piece stayed here during filming. The lodge, located 190km northeast of Nairobi, offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and is the perfect spot for simply enjoying Kenya's vast natural beauty – preferably with a Tusker lager in hand.