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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Ngong House

Ngong House

Quirky tree-houses, sublime luxury, a tranquil bush setting and a welcoming family ambience are perhaps the last things you’d expect of a Nairobi hotel, but Ngong House has its own unique flair and style. Set in 10 acres of unspoilt bush gardens in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, where once Karen Blixen’s coffee farm was located, the hotel is a wonderful place to stay before and after a Kenya safari, conveniently close to Wilson airport but secluded away from the city bustle, full of indigenous bird life and African atmosphere, and with very flexible and generous hospitality.

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House of Waine

House of Waine

An oasis of luxury and peace in the quiet Nairobi suburb of Karen, House of Waine is a family home converted into a stylish boutique hotel and makes a perfect start or end to a Kenya safari vacation. Set in a lush 2.5 acre garden with its own swimming pool, it is close to the many attractions of Karen, such as the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, and is an easy journey to and from Wilson Airport, where most safari flights depart. A country house atmosphere and friendly attentive staff make it a home from home away from the city bustle.

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Macushla House

Macushla House

A quiet and comfortable guesthouse in the green leafy Karen suburb of Nairobi, Macushla House is perfectly set up for a restful stopover before or after a Kenyan safari. It is set in beautiful gardens  with a lovely swimming pool. Within easy distance of the Giraffe House, Karen Blixen Museum and David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage Macushla is also conveniently placed for Wilson airport where safari flights depart, and is a haven of peace in a busy city.

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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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Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

Built around beautiful courtyards and long-established gardens, its red-tiled roofs and white gabled walls adding a colonial era charm, Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi is in Parklands, conveniently located for the embassy district and the business area of Westlands, just outside Nairobi city centre. Part of the Tsogo Sun hotel group, the hotel prides itself on its excellent service and hospitality and offers a tranquil respite from the city bustle within its beautifully kept grounds.

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Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nairobi Serena Hotel

A renowned luxury hotel set in shady indigenous gardens overlooking Nairobi’s Central Park, Nairobi Serena is the flagship hotel for the Serena Hotel group and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. At the heart of the cosmopolitan city centre, it is convenient both for business travellers working in the CBD and for those setting off on a luxury Kenya safari.

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Sarova Panafric Hotel

Sarova Panafric Hotel

Location in Nairobi is all-important and the Sarova Panafric is ideally placed for business travellers and safari stopovers who want to be close to the city centre but slightly removed from the frenetic atmosphere of the CBD in a quieter residential suburb. Just off the famous Kenyatta Avenue, guests can stroll through the leafy Uhuru Park or take a short drive into the city for the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and other business venues. Known for its friendly service and comfortable accommodation, this modern big city hotel also has a swimming pool, small spa and extensive conference facilities.

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Safari Park Hotel & Casino

Safari Park Hotel and Casino

A well known resort and conference destination, The Safari Park Hotel and Casino is set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens that make it a glittering oasis cocooned from Nairobi’s city bustle, and is close enough to the new freeway on the east of the city centre for easy access. The lush botanical gardens filled with bird-life create a peaceful atmosphere and there is a wide choice of entertainment, restaurants, leisure and business facilities on site, so that it is an affordable and convenient choice for a Nairobi stopover before or after your Kenya safari.

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