Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and is the only capital city in the world with a national park within its boundaries. A prime destination for so many tourist across the world. Nairobi is one of the most historical and diverse city. It is a place to explore and learn about the early settlers, the history of art and nature. During my recent trip to Nairobi with Kenyan Tourism Board, we have listed a few things to do when visiting Nairobi. Don’t forget that Kenya has one of the greatest wilderness so make sure you also hop on a domestic flight and visit some of the most wonderful lodges around the country.
Things to do when you are in Kenya
Stay at Hemingways Nairobi
An incredible haven for ultimate luxury in Nairobi. The 45 room colonial style boutique hotel is part of the SLH and it is magical taking you back into the days of when settlers first explored Kenya with 10-acre grounds down to the Mbagathi River. Depending on traffic, the property is 45 minutes away from Jomo Kenyatta international airport. You will enjoy your sunset strolls and watch the spectacular Ngong Hills views. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the Brasserie. They make their own patisserie decorated with hand-crafted cakes is known for their wonderful seafood specials. Although I stayed here for just one night, I almost felt as if I belonged here sitting by the firewood on the sofa feeling extremely safe and content. Situated on Karen road, most of the attraction is just a 10 minute drive away.
Book here http://www.hemingways-nairobi.com
Recommended for couples, single travelers and exploreres.
Visit Nairobi’s National Park
Established in 1948 covering an area of 117sq.km it is the only park in close proximity to the city center.
Visit Giraffe Manor
An opportunity to wake up with a Giraffe peeping into your window! That is exactly what you will get when staying at Giraffe Manor. This beautiful establishment was built initially as a hunting house in 1932 until a lovely couple Betty & Jock purchased it and Betty’s son from her first marriage open the doors to the manor in 1983. The Manor has six bedrooms, one of which is furnished with the belongings of Karen Blixen, and all profits from the hotel go to furthering the charitable objectives of AFEW.It serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes, I also learned that it operates a breeding programme to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to secure the future of the subspecies.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Elephants are brought here from all over the country. Orphaned by poachers or natural occurrences. They receive the best specialized treatment and personalized care from highly dedicated staff. The orphanage is open to the public during the calves feeding time. There is also an option for visitors to adopt an elephant where they will be in charge of the elephant’s care at the orphanage.
Kazuri creates hand shaped and painted ceramic jewelry which is made in Kenya by over 300 local women and sold all over the world.
Karen Blixen Museum
This is the home of farmer Danish author Karen Blixen made famous by her book and the movie based on the book “Out of Africa”
Mt Kenya’s Great Lakes Tour
Thanks to their remote location northeast of the mountain, the top four, Lake Alice, Lake Michaelson, Lake Ellis and Lake Rutundu offer blissful solitude for the few who venture on this great lakes tour. Stories of romantic retreats by royalty at Lake Rutundu, explorers of yore stumbling across Lake Alice while looking for mythical creatures, and a whirlpool beneath Lake Michaelson, add to the allure of these great lakes.
You can buy and view different art designs by Kenyans. The market also moves around the city visiting different malls and location selling their products.
Located just 22km southwest of Nairobi City making a very popular weekend destination for visitors from all over the country Enjoy activities such as hiking, picnics and jogging.
Oloolua Nature Trail
Hidden away in the up market suburb of Karen is 250 hectares of the indigenous tropical dry Oloolua forest that is home to the institute of primate research that is run by the national museums of Kenya. Activities you can enjoy are jogging, picnics, camping, short hikes, guided tours in the forest, visiting caves, swamps and waterfalls.
A beautiful Oasis in the middle of a coffee farm close to Kiambu Town, 10km from Nairobi. Enjoy activities such as boat riding, fishing, bird watching, feeding ostriches, horse and camel riding, visiting caves, waterfall, camping and walk on the natural trail.
Dine in Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens
It was the original hunting lodge/farm house which was built around 1906 to 1908. It is located approximately half a mile from Karen Blixen Museum.