Nairobi

The largest city in East Africa and the capital of Kenya, Nairobi is a bustling city affectionately known as ‘Safari City’ or ‘Green City in the Sun’ (owing to it’s many public parks and green spaces).  Replacing Mombasa as the capital city during colonial times, Nairobi became popular with visitors who would spend a night or two in the city before and after a safari. Not much has changed in that regard and so Nairobi fulfills a vital transit role for the rest of Kenya. So much more than just a stopover, a visit to Nairobi can be incredibly rewarding in its own right. Remnants of its colonial past include beautiful British architecture, luxurious hotels and a variety of pubs and restaurants. The wealthy, leafy suburbs of Karen and Ngong Hills are popular with expatriates and have all the usual modern amenities you might require while the city center hustles and bustles with traditional Kenyan markets and crowded alleyways.

Attractions in the city itself include the Giraffe Centre and the famous Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. Founded by Dame Daphne Sheldrick in the 1970’s, the Elephant Orphanage specializes in raising and reintegrating orphaned elephants into the wild. The Orphanage provides a great opportunity to interact with the gentle giants and makes for a very informative, rewarding experience.

Tea and coffee enthusiasts can sample their beverages of choice straight from the plantation itself, just an hour or so drive from the city center while film enthusiasts can visit the Lauren Blixen Museum where the Robert Redford classic ‘Out of Africa’ was shot.

With a variety of day trips and easy accessibility via it’s international airport, spend a day or two soaking up urban Kenya in Nairobi and experience one of Africa’s great cities.

 

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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

A historic manor house set in a wide stretch of indigenous forest in the leafy Karen suburb of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is a captivating experience not to be missed at the start or finish of a Kenya safari. An intimate guest-house with a lovely old-world feel, its irresistible attraction is the tame giraffes who breakfast with you or greet you at your bedroom window for a morning snack.

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Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi

Grandeur, luxury and a beautiful woodland setting overlooking the Ngong HIlls aren’t the only things that distinguish Hemingways’ brand new boutique hotel in Nairobi’s sylvan suburb of Karen. Well away from the bustle of the city centre, Hemingways is close to the Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Sanctuary and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and is conveniently located for those heading out on a Kenya safari.

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Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

A landmark historic hotel in the centre of Nairobi, Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel is set in lush gardens and courtyards that insulate it beautifully from the bustle of the city. Without losing its reminiscent air of colonial history, the hotel has been renovated over the years with all the modern amenities of a luxury establishment and lives up to its 100 year reputation as Nairobi’s best-known hotel in style. The central location is ideal for business travellers and is also a traditional starting point for many Kenya safaris, as well as being a favourite meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

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