Nairobi – An Oasis in the Heart of Kenya
“Jambo,” meaning Hello, is heard throughout the welcoming city of Nairobi. The cosmopolitan city is the vibrant capital of Kenya; famed for its array of coffee and tea fields and vast plains of wildlife.
ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND NAIROBI
Travelling around Nairobi is no easy task… I suggest taking a matatu; a traditional colourful taxi used by locals to get around in this city.
The Nairobi National Park hosts the Elephant Orphanage where visitors can view the feeding of elephants and even “adopt” a baby elephant.
Make sure to visit the Karen Blixen Museum – the historic farm of the woman behind the colonial-era love story and movie, Out of Africa. The National Museum has a spell-binding display of early man and tribal regalia.
Get up-close and personal with giraffes as they eat from your hand or even steal a kiss at the Giraffe Centre.
Looking for the perfect gift that screams “Kenya”? Visit the Maasai Market in the city centre.
Insider’s Tip: Remember to bargain with the owners for a discount.
The Upperhill viewpoint is a perfect setting to capture a panoramic view of the city.
Dive deeper into local culture at The Bomas of Kenya where various homesteads reflecting Kenya’s cocktail of cultures has been faithfully recreated for visitors to see traditional village life. The highlight in the afternoon is the performance of traditional dances and folklore.
Fancy witnessing flamingos nesting in their natural habitat? Lake Nakuru, north of Nairobi, is home to hundreds of thousands of flamingos along the shores of the lake.
Nairobi is any foodie’s dream – discover a variety of native offerings as you explore the city.
Carnivore Nairobi is famed for its selection of over 20 meats to choose from including crocodile, camel and ostrich. Carnivore ensures that no visitor leaves hungry!
Coffee shops are found on almost every corner and with the upmarket chain shops like Java House – any coffee/tea lover will find their haven in this bustling city at all hours of the day.
WHERE TO STAY
Known for its unique architecture, the Hilton Nairobi’s central location offers beautiful views of the city, luxurious amenities and an array of dining options. It also happens to be 25 min. from Jomo Kenyatta International airport as well.
Like many African cities; Nairobi amazes every visitor and once you leave, you will be longing to go back!
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