48 Hours In Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city is viewed as the Safari capital of Africa, rising from once an uninhabited swampland, quickly catching up to the modern world to become a thriving cosmopolitan hotbed. Nairobi has risen to become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities; one that never seems to sleep, with boundless energy, where all of human life can be found. Nairobi is the starting point for many short flights to spectacular wildlife parks such as the Maasai Mara, and has additionally become a magnet for some of the world’s biggest corporations trying to gain a foothold in Africa. The city’s beauty is augmented by perfect temperate climate: mostly sunny with low humidity. It is a multicultural place, where you can experience incredible traffic, world class dining feeding giraffes and baby elephants all in one day.
Where to Stay?
Stay with Go Places™ highly recommended partners: Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi; a 5-star hotel that charms with its African design, uplifting atmosphere, cool features and panoramic views. Hilton Garden Inn; an oasis conveniently close to the main international airport –JKIA. Tamarind Tree Hotel; a youthful, vibrant Kenyan brand with world class standards. Sovereign Suites; an opulent boutique hotel set on a private immaculately manicured garden estate, and its very own lake. Nairobi Serena Hotel; a member of The Leading Hotels of the World group. View more incredible accommodation deals at www.goplacesholidays.com
What to Do?
Start with the Nairobi National Museum; for pre and post-colonial history as well as exhibitions on art, wildlife and culture. Enjoy unobstructed views of the city from the 30-floor Kenyatta International Conference Centre which opens daily. On clear days, see Mount Kenya to the north and Mount Kilimanjaro to the south. Head on to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage for bath time and baby calves playing in mud. Visit Nairobi National Park; home to a surprising range of wildlife followed by the Giraffe Centre. Karura Forest, a quiet escape in the heart of the city, offers more than 2,500 acres of trails, bicycles to rent, waterfalls, butterfly-filled meadows and many species of tall trees.
Where To Wine & Dine?
Nairobi’s thriving culinary scene offers something for every palate. Mandhari Fine Dining Restaurant promises world class seasonal menus and exceptional wine pairings. The Chop House Restaurant specialises in a holistic dining experience that highlights modern African fare, is a unique French bistro styled restaurant with a rustic ambience and the only underground wine cellar in the region. Enjoy high tea overlooking enchanting green gardens at The Lord Erroll or a continental and seafood experience from Tamarind Nairobi. The Carnivore Restaurant is every meat lover’s little haven as is Olpul Steakhouse. Try the signature grilled Kenyan Angus beef and seafood from Tatu Steakhouse.
Time’s Running Out…
Your trip has to include the famous Maasai Market, an open-air affair that moves from place to place every day of the week. It’s a treat for those on a quest for cheerful souvenirs. You must also, armed with bravado, experience at least one matatu ride. Visit Karen Blixen’s home, from the memoir turned film Out of Africa. Get one last glance of history at the National Archives, a frequently overlooked museum and art gallery with a fine collection of crafts, oddball paintings and interesting black-and-white photos. Nairobi is known for its ‘anything goes’ nightlife so cruise down Westlands or other suburban haunts for your own version of adventure!
Go Places™ Travel tip: Save money and use Uber, Taxify or Little Cab to get around this exciting city; but avoid rush hour!
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