The largest city in East Africa and Kenya's capital, Nairobi is a bustling metropolis set in the Kenyan highlands. Quite the urban jungle, expect a surplus of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. Nairobi's urban sprawl cuts away to pleasanter surrounds as it fades into the city suburbs - that bit more verdant and home to a variety of luxury hotels. Staying outside of the city and commuting in is certainly an option to consider if city bustle just isn't for you.
Holidays to Nairobi hold a number of attractions, the Nairobi National Museum being one of them. A good introduction to exploring the city, the museum is home to some excellent exhibitions: the prehistory section is particularly noteworthy. Nairobi's Karen Blixen Museum is also worth a visit - named after the baroness from whom it takes its name, Blixen was the author of the well-known book 'Out of Africa'. With her story so remarkable and engaging the chance to step back in time is not to be missed.
To begin the wildlife adventure post safari, Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are good places to start. The national park is Nairobi's principal attraction and set only 7km outside of the city centre. Lion sightings are good and there's the chance to see huge numbers of plains game, elephant being the exception. However, you can get up close to the gentle giants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Orphaned baby elephant, and occasionally rhino, call the trust home. They are hand reared by keepers before their eventual release back into the wild.
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Stay at the aptly named Giraffe Manor in Nairobi to start your safari experience early and get up close to Rothschild giraffe, that often appear at upstairs windows.
Expect a gourmet restaurant, dedicated butler service, and charming style from this well-appointed member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Set in the quiet suburb of Karen, this hotel is surrounded by 2.5 acres of land and offers comfortable rooms, a heated pool and tasty cuisine.
A city hotel for over 100 years The Norfolk offers old world charm in the heart of Nairobi. Expect 170 rooms, an outdoor pool and tasty cuisine.
A new boutique hotel in Nairobi offering luxury accommodation, tranquil surroundings and easy access to the main attractions of the city.
A luxury option while staying in Nairobi, this city hotel is an ideal stopover if you wish to stay in style. Explore all the capital has to offer while indulging in a world class spa and spacious rooms and suites.
Situated just outside of Nairobi city centre, this is the perfect property for those wishing to explore the capital's central hub. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, relax in luxury.
Hop off the plane and straight into deep wilderness as you explore Nairobi National Park. Very unique, Nairobi Tented Camp offers a thrilling safari only minutes from the city centre and Wilson Airport.
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