Nairobi is a bustling metropolis that many tourists use as a jumping point for their Kenya safari journey, but it has so much more to offer.
Nairobi Hotel and Destination Guide
See Nairobi HotelsNairobi is one of the largest (and fastest growing) cities in Africa. It is one of the continent's most vibrant cities. Many tourists spend as little time as possible in Nairobi, closeted in their hotels before heading to Kenya's Big Five safari attractions in nearby national parks. With some pre planning it is easy to explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city that has much to offer.
Getting ThereThe easiest way is to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the largest airport in East Africa. The airport is about 20 km from the city centre. The traffic flow through Nairobi is often very stop start, so please always add extra time to your journey’s plans.
Getting Orientated: The central area of Nairobi has many interesting shops which offer a unique shopping experience. There are also theatres and cinemas where you can experience the local cultural scene. There are many great restaurants and cafes, which offer a wide array of different cuisines. There are several great nightclubs for some exciting night life. Nairobi is a city that offers it all, including a national park right on its doorstep.
Nairobi HighlightsNairobi National Park - This is the only national park in the World located on the edge of a capital city. Just 12 km from the city centre you can even see Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and much more.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Nestled next to the National Park is the elephant orphanage, which is open daily between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon. Here you can watch the baby elephants play at the mud hole. It is an educational and fun tour. A very worthy trust working in Kenya to conserve the wildlife; you also have the opportunity to “adopt an elephant”.
National Museum of Kenya - This is 3 km from the City centre and has great displays on Kenya's rich heritage, natural wonders, culture and contemporary art. The museum is open on all 356 days throughout the year from 08:30hrs -17:30hrs.
Karen Blixen Museum - Many travellers conception of Africa have been shaped by Karen Blixen's Biography and the movie based on it called "Out of Africa". You can see the house where she lived which is now a museum, giving insight into the colonial African way of life.
Langata Giraffe Centre - This started as a breeding programme to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. There is a viewing platform where you can see these wonderful creatures at eye level and perhaps feed them a snack. Open daily 09:00hrs - 17:30hrs including weekends and public holidays.
Where to Eat: Carnivore - As the name suggests this celebrated restaurant is a meat eater's dream! It has been voted one of the best restaurants in the World and serves many different types of meat cooked to perfection on Maasai swords over flaming coals. There is also the Simba Saloon at the same location, which is an a la carte restaurant by day and a nightclub by night.
The ExperienceNairobi was founded by the British colonial authorities, British East Africa, in 1899 as a railway depot between the coast and Kampala in Uganda. The local Maasai tribe called the area Enkare Nairobi, which means "cool waters", which is also the Maasai name for the Nairobi River, which is how the city was named. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the Republic of Kenya’s capital. It is an established hub for culture and business.
Nairobi is a mix of skyscrapers and financial institutions, sprawling suburbs and slums on the outskirts. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, with a strong Indian influence. The city is home to between 2 and 3 million people.
Nairobi AccommodationStanley Hotel - This historic hotel has been the departure point for safaris for over a century. It has played host to legends of the screen and royalty. Step back in time while staying at this luxury hotel which has thoroughly modern touches, while paying homage to the past.
Norfolk Hotel - The hotel is one of Kenya's best known hotel's that has been the starting point for countless safaris. This luxurious hotel offers an ideal starting point or finale for your holiday.
Sarova Panafric - this hotel is a symbol of Kenya's independence and has a contemporary, vibrant African feel. Ole- Sereni - this hotel borders the Nairobi National Park, making it the ideal choice for easy access to fantastic game viewing. Experience all the conveniences of a city hotel with the benefits of a game lodge.
Giraffe Manor Resembling a traditional Scottish hunting lodge, This elegant 1930's manor with luxury en-suite double rooms and 4-poster beds, come complete with a resident herd of friendly Rothschilds Giraffes roaming the grounds. You can even feed them from your window.
Palacina Suites Offers boutique hotel accommodation in Nairobi with 5-star luxuries to delight the travellers of today. High comfort and style combine with gracious African hospitality, with a choice of apartments or penthouses.
ClimateNairobi enjoys a warm and temperate climate due to its height (1,795 m above sea level). Nairobi has a significant amount of rainfall, even in the dry months, average rainfall is 869 mm per annum. The warmest month is usually March, with an average temperature of 20 C, the coldest month is July with an average temperature of 16.7C.
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