Nairobi

Kenya’s vibrant capital is also one of Africa’s largest cities. The starting point for most East African safaris

Kenya’s vibrant capital is also one of Africa’s largest cities. The starting point for most East African safaris, there’s plenty to see and do here, from admiring handsome colonial architecture to visiting the playful young elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

At an altitude of 1,795m above sea level, Nairobi boasts a very pleasant climate all year round. Once a depot on the Mombasa/Uganda railway, the city has grown from a sleepy settlement built around a waterhole to a thriving metropolis abuzz with traffic, markets and tourist attractions.

If you’re a fan of the movie “Out of Africa”, be sure to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, located in the actual farmhouse where she lived for almost two decades on the peaceful outskirts of the Nairobi. Not far from here is the Giraffe Centre, established by a Kenyan family of Scottish descent, to bring the rare Rothschild’s giraffe back from the brink of extinction. Today, you can watch and even hand-feed some of these graceful giants, whose numbers have made a rebound thanks to the efforts of this organisation.

Further down the road within the Nairobi National Park is Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Specialising in the care of orphaned baby elephants and rhino, this sanctuary opens for just an hour each day, providing visitors with an insight into conservation efforts and some great photo opportunities.

Should you wish to “give something back”, you can foster an elephant through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Alternatively, spend a day volunteering with some of the country’s most disadvantaged such as the kids at the Kibera Slum School or HIV-affected families at the Ngong Hills Women’s Centre & School.

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Nairobi Highlights

  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • The Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Starting point for most East African safaris

When To Go

Thanks to its elevation, Nairobi enjoys mild temperatures all year round and being a busy, modern city, has no specific peak travel periods. However, it might be worthwhile timing your visit to coincide with when wildlife-viewing is at its best in Kenya’s most famous national parks.

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Best places to stay in Nairobi

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in Nairobi. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Eka Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located along Mombasa Road, close to both Nairobi's airports and the Nairobi National Park.

Fairmont The Norfolk

This landmark Nairobi hotel was built in 1904 and continues to be one of East Africa’s most popular launching points for a high-end wildlife safari.

Giraffe Manor

This boutique hotel is a Nairobi icon and offers one of the city’s most unique experiences: the opportunity to feed and walk with rare Rothschild's giraffe.

Hemingways

This gracious boutique hotel sets the standard for luxury accommodation in Kenya’s vibrant capital, Nairobi.

House of Waine

This excellent family-run boutique hotel offers elegant accommodation and personalised service in the leafy, upmarket Nairobi suburb of Karen.

Sarova Panafric

This comfortable hotel is located in Nairobi's city centre close to many attractions including the Maasai Market and Carnivore Restaurant.

The Panari Hotel

This comfortable deluxe hotel is close to Nairobi National Park, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport.

The Sarova Stanley

Kenya’s first luxury hotel, The Sarova Stanley continues to offer the same high standards of accommodation and world-class dining experiences as it did over a century ago.

Kenya Overview

What are the best things to do in Kenya?
Kenya has so many exciting and wonderful experiences to enjoy that the options are endless. Top experiences include:

  • Witnessing the great wildebeest migration (September to October) in the Masai Mara.
  • Exploring Samburu Game Reserve with its big game as well as rare endemic species.
  • Breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Thousands of flamingos and pelicans on the Rift Valley lakes .
  • Getting close to rhino in Laikipia.
  • Meeting the Samburu or Maasai and learning about their culture.

What is the climate like in Kenya?
The highland areas have a temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to the high altitude, however  it is hotter in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). The coast is hot and humid most of the year. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the ‘short rains’ that take place over 5-6 weeks in November and December and the ‘long rains’ that occur during March to May.

How do I get to Kenya?
Kenya’s major capital Nairobi is the main entry point into the country. Major airlines that fly into Nairobi include British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers flights to other popular African destinations including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Kenya is often combined with neighbouring Tanzania, and with Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Kenyan safari.

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