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Nairobi Skyline, Kenya


Used mainly as a quick stopover, Nairobi is an interesting city with some good places to visit.

Central Nairobi is like many other African cities, with traffic jams, noise and a hint of chaos. But the suburbs are quite different, with excellent markets, restaurants and great places of interest to visit, like The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the wonderful Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.


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Schoolgirls with paintings, One Horizon Charity, Nairobi, Kenya

Visit the Local Community

Take a tour of a local school, sit down to dinner with elders and interact with the local community with One Horizon.

Sheldrick elephant orphanage, Nairobi, Kenya

Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Adopt an orphaned elephant and visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.

Colourful flower pots, Nairobi, Kenya

Local Handicrafts

Go shopping for excellent handcrafted souvenirs, including sculptures and paintings.

Feeding giraffe, Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Sanctuary

Visit Nairobi’s giraffe sanctuary, home to a population of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hemingways Hotel £££££

  • Kenya
  • City

This plantation-style property has 45 spacious suites, all overlooking the garden, towards the distant Ngong Hills. The design is classically stylish but set up in such a way as to give the hotel a much smaller, more intimate atmosphere than the number of rooms might suggest.

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Giraffe Manor £££££

  • Kenya
  • Boutique

Giraffe Manor is a beautiful, eccentric country house located in an upmarket suburb of Nairobi, a hop and skip from major attractions. Originally built in 1932, and saved from dereliction in 1974 by US conservationist Betty Leslie-Melville and her husband Jock. Giraffe Manor has two main buildings – the original Manor House with six bedrooms, and Garden Manor, a four-bedroom annexe, all beautifully decorated. There aren’t many places you stay where a giraffe is likely to pop its head through the window and steal a bit of your breakfast.

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The Emakoko £££££

  • Kenya
  • City

The Emakoko sits on Nairobi National Park southern edge – a safari lodge within easy reach of the city. Two rows of stone bungalows are built into a steep hillside, facing into the park and looking out over a winding river. Beside the river, tall trees dot the long grasses, which are occasionally trampled by a wandering hippo.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Illona has visited Kenya numerous times, as well as spending time in the Masai Mara as a safari guide at one of the camps. Having explored much of the country and stayed at a variety of camps and lodges, she always enjoys the diversity of activities on offer, including her personal favourite, horse riding.

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Chris Johnston

Chris has explored much of Africa over the years, yet holds firm the belief that Kenya offers the best big-game experience in the world. He has walked, driven, mountain-biked, ridden and paddled past some of Africa’s most exciting wildlife whilst on safari in Kenya. And such is the style and comfort of the country’s lodges, all this was whilst within easy reach of an ice-cold G&T.

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