Your Guide To Nairobi

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Nairobi Family Holidays

Attractions: Nairobi is the gateway to the Serengeti so there’s plenty of nature and wildlife for you and your family to enjoy. Feed the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre or get close to the zebras, gazelles and big cats at the Nairobi National Park. At the Snake Park in Arusha you’ll be able to learn about some of the world’s most dangerous snakes, feed a baby crocodiles and even ride a camel!

Activities: Nairobi is one of the busiest and most bustling cities in Africa. With delicious restaurants, fantastic shopping and great museums, you won’t be short on places to take the family too. The Jamia mosque is one of the most recognised religious buildings in Kenya and one of the most popular tourist hot spots. If your family prefers to get back to nature then take a tour of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or, for a spot of retail therapy, hit the Sarit Centre, Kenya’s busiest shopping mall – but be prepared to haggle!

Eating & Drinking: Like many places in Africa – and indeed many capital cities – Nairobi offers all different kinds of cuisine, both local and international, so no matter your family’s tastes, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice! Be sure to try some of the traditional barbeque dishes.

Hotels: From city skyscrapers to quaint, family-run bed and breakfasts, there are plenty of different places to stay in this magical city. A huge array of self-catering accommodations and apartments are available, which are perfect for families.

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Nairobi Couples Holidays

Attractions: The Karen Blixen (author of Out Of Africa) House and Museum is a lovely way to dwindle away an afternoon and enjoy the grounds, which are breathtakingly beautiful. Walk around the house that inspired the author and where the film was shot, have a look at some of the props from the movie and then take a stroll in the gorgeous surroundings.

Activities: Nairobi has everything to offer, from some of Africa’s best restaurants to swanky bars, amazing galleries such as Gallery Watatu and awe-inspiring sights like the Jamia Mosque. As the gateway to the Serengeti you can go on a lion trail safari or even enjoy overnight safari, where you can get up-close and personal with some of nature’s most ferocious and fascinating beasts.

Nightlife: Try the Havana restaurant for some first class seafood in a gorgeous, romantic setting. If you really want to splash out then check out The Nairobi Tamarind, the leading seafood restaurant in the city where everything is flown in daily. After an evening of indulgence, try Casablanca bar – a hip club in the centre of Nairobi with a Bedouin and North African theme.

Hotels: Treat yourselves to a little luxury on holiday and indulge in a little of the expert hospitality that Africa is famed for! Many hotels are framed by stunning backdrops of botanical gardens and nature with a variety of different restaurants, bars and restaurants just a short stroll away, making them perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

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Attractions in Nairobi

Surrounding Area: Treat yourselves to a little luxury on holiday and indulge in a little of the expert hospitality that Africa is famed for! Many hotels are framed by stunning backdrops of botanical gardens and nature with a variety of different restaurants, bars and restaurants just a short stroll away, making them perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Must Visit: Be sure to visit Uhuru Park is you’re looking to step off the tourist track whilst in Nairobi. Its huge lawns and beautiful gardens draw masses of the city’s residents here on a daily basis. For thrill seekers, white water rafting on the Tana River is an experience like no other, and of course no trip to Nairobi would be complete without a visit to The Rift Valley!

Hotels: There are plenty of hotels that allow you to get back to nature, situated just outside of the city centre or by the beautiful beaches along the coast – there are some hotels and lodges that are even situated where you may see some real predators just outside your window.

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Image sourced from en.wikipedia.org

Nairobi Cultural Holidays

Architecture: With stunning buildings such as the Jamia Mosque and the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple, you must be sure to bring your camera! Beneath the temple there is an exhibition where you will be able to learn all about the Hindu culture and see the stunning craftsmanship that went into the creation of the temple itself.

Attractions: Those looking to delve into Nairobi should make a beeline for the National Archives where you’ll be able to learn all about the capital’s history, or check out the Kenya National Theatre where you can see local productions, giving you a real taste of the city’s culture.

Local Cuisine: Get stuck in at many of the city’s eateries and try as many local dishes as you can during your stay, such as nyama choma or barbequed meats, which Kenya is famed for, as well as some other traditional Swahili foods like Matoke which is mashed plantain or githeri, a bean dish.

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2 thoughts on “Your Guide To Nairobi

  1. Very cool write-up about Nairobi. That palace in the last picture looks very unique. I also like the mosque picture. I’d like to make it to Kenya one day!

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