Capital of Kenya and the heart of the country's government and commerce, Nairobi is the most significant city in East Africa and an important player on the pan-African stage. It is home to many international embassies, the United Nations headquarters, numerous multi-national companies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and press correspondents. Besides this is a dynamic city home to some 3-4 million people embracing a vibrant cultural lifestyle with upmarket restaurants and busy bars.Read More
Nairobi steadily grew from a swampy worker’s camp during the construction of the Kampala-Mombasa railway at the end of the 19th century. Back then it was called Ewaso Nai'beri, a Masai word meaning 'a place of cold water', a reference to the powerful flow of the Nairobi River. The fertile farmland around Nairobi attracted some 80,000 British settlers between the 1920s and 1950s, including Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame - her house is now a museum on the outskirts of the city. This privileged community would convene at the famous Norfolk Hotel, which opened in 1904. Today, visitors can step back in time to the colonial era that has shaped much of East Africa with a gin and tonic at the bar.
The Nairobi National Museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions with an impressive collection of fascinating prehistoric finds from Ethiopia to the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. It also has informative exhibitions on everything from wildlife to art and geology to local history. Just outside the city's limits is the Nairobi National Park, one of Africa's smallest parks but also one of its most easily accessible options with plenty of wildlife set against an urban backdrop. It's a great option for those short on time or merely stopping over in Nairobi on the way to somewhere else.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Nairobi
If you are planning a Nairobi holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Eka Hotel Nairobi
Modern and bright, the Eka Hotel is a great base for further exploring Kenya. Boasting spacious rooms, a refreshing outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi - it's the perfect place to stay whilst avoiding having to navigate central Nairobi madness. Enjoying a meal at the internationally acclaimed Spur restaurant and sipping on a Tusker beer in the Galaxy bar are a great way to spend an evening. The Eka Hotel is perfectly located close to Nairobi International Airport on the Mombasa Road.
Ole-Sereni Hotel Nairobi
Overlooking the Nairobi National Game Park, the wonderful Ole-Sereni Hotel is the only hotel bordering the wilds of the park. The classy rooms are tastefully decorated in earthy tones and are well-equipped with amenities ranging from complimentary WiFi to tea and coffee making facilities. Enjoy fine dining at one of the hotel's attractive venues or pamper yourself in the luxurious steam and sauna rooms. The property is located just off Mombasa Road between the international airport and the city centre of Nairobi.
Sarova Panafric Hotel Nairobi
The Sarova Panafric Hotel offers a range of standard, superior, club rooms and suites, all decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. Set amid beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb, the hotel is ideally located to enjoy a quiet stay with good access to the city centre. Enjoy leisurely meals at the lively and warm Flame Tree restaurant. To wind down after a busy day in the city, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage, or simply enjoy a cool drink. The hotel is located 5 minutes drive from the CBD and 18 Kms from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi.
Serena Hotel Nairobi
Frequently rated as the 'Best Hotel in Nairobi', the Serena Hotel's décor reflects a beautiful pan-African theme. With it's picturesque outdoor pool and 'Maisha Spa', it is the perfect place to relax and unwind in a very busy city. The in-house restaurant is also world renowned offering a fantastic blend of African game meat and western dishes. Why not try the ostrich carpaccio or gazelle with poached pears? The Serena Hotel is wonderfully located in the centre of Nairobi, overlooking Central Park and within walking distance from the shops and Central Business District.
Nairobi Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Nairobi.