One of the most prominent cities in Africa, Nairobi is at the heart of the African experience. In addition to its urban core, the city is home to Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos, along with giraffes, zebras and lions. Nairobi is also often used as a stopover point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.
Where to stay
Fairmont the Norfolk
Built in 1904, the hotel is one of the most beloved landmarks in Nairobi, and the launch point for ‘bucket list’ worthy safari tours.
Located just minutes away from Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen (whose tale was immortalised in the Academy Award winning film ‘Out of Africa’) and Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, the hotel is also adjacent to artisanal craft shops and modern shopping centres.
Karen is to Nairobi as Berkeley is to San Francisco: an affluent enclave of progressive artists, skilled craftspeople and environmentalists. Located some 45 minutes southwest of the city and bordering Nairobi National Park, Karen boasts both an 18-hole golf course and Oloolua Nature Trail. It appeals to nature lovers and those preferring a quiet alternative to Nairobi’s often frenetic vibe. To set the historical stage, visit the Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Road), the house where the Danish-born writer lived and operated a 4,500-acre farm and coffee plantation, and which later served as the setting for her luminous memoirs, Out of Africa.
Book yourself an afternoon tea – a tradition instilled during British colonisation from 1920 to 1963 –
at Giraffe Manor. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal. It is set in 12 acres of private land, in turn located within 140 acres of indigenous forest, which harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. Giraffe Manor offers a unique opportunity to meet the resident giraffes, all of whom are the endangered Rothschild species that can only be found in East Africa. If you’re lucky, a giraffe or two may join you on your afternoon tea; they often poke their heads through the dining room windows in search of a tasty snack.
Nairobi has a subtropical highland climate, the sunniest and warmest time of year would be between the months of December and March when the average temperature is 24 C.
The official language of Kenya is Swahili but English is widely spoken and understood.
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