Flights to Nairobi (NBO)

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Nairobi, Kenya

What to do in Nairobi

Relax at Muthaiga Country Club

This country club is an oasis of calm on the outskirts of the city. The MCC was founded in 1913 and used to be a favorite hangout for British aristocrats. Now, it welcomes travelers who want to stop by for a bite to eat and a taste of colonial charm.

Muthaiga Road
Muthaiga
+254 734 605055
mcc.co.ke

Take a mini-safari in Nairobi National Park

Travel just a bit south of Nairobi’s busy city center and you’ll find yourself in 117 square kilometers of national park. And while it is relatively small by Kenyan standards, the Nairobi National Park is home to black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeests, and many other incredible creatures. The Nairobi Safari Walk, an elevated platform through an area of the park, is stunning.

Nairobi National Park
Langata Road
+254 20 600 0800
kws.org

Explore Rift Valley

If you want a real taste of the savannah, join a tour to the Rift Valley, which lies on the edge of Nairobi. The valley is at its deepest towards the city, resulting in dramatic scenery and great views, especially near Lake Naivasha and the surrounding national park.

Great Rift Valley Lodge
Off Nakuru–Nairobi Rod
Eburru
Nakuru
+ 254 20 210 3445
heritage-eastafrica.com/great-rift-valley-lodge-golf-resort

Learn about Kenya’s culture at Bomas

Get involved with the locals at this brilliant tribute to all things Kenyan. You'll be welcomed and treated to cultural dance performances and tours through mock traditional villages to see how the country looked many years ago.

Bomas of Kenya
Forest Edge Road
Langata
+254 20 806 8400
bomasofkenya.co.ke

Meet the monkeys at Nairobi Arboretum

This century-old 30-hectare protected area boasts more than 350 species of trees and over 100 species of resident and migrant birds, as well as small mammals such as the cheeky vervet and the sykes monkey. Its seclusion makes it a wonderful place to relax.

Kileleshwa Estate
Aboretum Drive
Off State House Road
Kilimani
+254 20 353 7568
naturekenya.org/nairobi-arboretum

Visit the Karen Blixen Museum

The farm that belonged to Danish author Karen Blixen, best known for her memoir Out Of Africa, has been turned into a museum. Much of the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the book was shot here, making the grounds and rooms inside instantly recognizable.

Karen Road
Langata
00100
+254 736 919 321
museums.or.ke/Karen-blixen

Where to eat in Nairobi

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Tin Roof Café (Cafe)

This cool, kitsch independent cafe serves its own brand of coffee, alongside fresh salads, soups, and sweet treats. It has a lovely atmosphere created by Nairobi’s edgy younger crowd, tapping away on their laptops looking for the next big idea.

The Souk
Dagoretti Road
Karen
+254 706 348 215
facebook.com/TinRoofCafe

Thai Chi (Asian)

Set in the Sarova Stanley, one of the city’s finest hotels, Thai Chi serves colorful, fragrant, and very tasty Thai-Asian fusion food. When the weather’s good, try to grab a table by the pool for a memorable dining experience.

Sarova Stanley
Kimathi Street
Nairobi Central
+254 20 276 7000
sarovahotels.com/stanley/dining_thai_chi_restaurant

Purdy Arms (British)

The lounge at the Purdy Arms, complete with an outdoor terrace, is a favorite after-work hangout for expats and affluent locals. It’s also one of the top places to kick back and watch the sun go down. The restaurant serves a handful of international dishes, but the real draw is the English grub.

61 Marula Lane
Off Langata Road
Karen
+254 712 007 001
purdyarms.com

Tamambo Karen Blixen (Seafood)

Situated at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, near the museum dedicated to the famous author, this elegant eatery serves fresh, sophisticated seafood, steak, and chicken dishes. Guests can dine al fresco, enjoying the views from the picturesque terrace.

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
Karen Road
Karen
+254 719 346 349
tamarind.co.ke

Tokyo Restaurant (Japanese)

The interior design of this restaurant is true to the Japanese aesthetic: light woods, limited lighting and natural tones, with movable screens to separate individual dining areas. The sushi and sashimi have set the bar high for what is a developing cuisine in this country.

Kolloh Road
Lavington
+254 722 485 556
facebook.com/tokyonbi

Carnivore, Nairobi (Steak)

This haven for meat eaters serves everything from beef to zebra and ostrich to crocodile. It’s an African experience from the outset, with a live band drumming you in and the meat roasting on open spits.

Langata Road
Near Wilson Airport
+254 20 600 5933
tamarind.co.ke/carnivore

Places to stay in Nairobi

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Sankara Nairobi

This five-star hotel, located in Westlands, features stylishly appointed rooms, an acclaimed spa, and a fantastic infinity pool on the rooftop. There’s a strong commitment to regional art, with many of the rooms and communal areas decked out with sculptures. There are four restaurants to choose from.

Woodvale Grove
Westlands
+254 20 420 8000
sankara.com

Giraffe Manor

Set in a former hunting lodge, this hotel epitomizes high-end luxury. As the name suggests, giraffes roam the grounds and make a habit of joining guests for breakfast by peering through the dining room window in search of a snack. The hotel is connected to the giraffe sanctuary.

Duma Road
Langata
+254 731 914 732
thesafaricollection.com/giraffe-manor

The Boma Nairobi

This swanky establishment offers 148 luxury deluxe guest rooms, restaurants, and a spa and health club. Amazingly, all the hotel’s profits fund the Kenya Red Cross Society’s humanitarian activities, and guests are encouraged to learn about their work in Africa.

Bellevue
Off Mombasa Road
Red Cross Road
West Nairobi
+254 20 394 0000
theboma.co.ke

Fairmont The Norfolk

Since opening in 1904, the Fairmont has been one of the most famous hotels in Nairobi. Situated across from John Michuki Memorial Park and the Nairobi River, which runs through the park, the hotel offers the utmost in comfort. It also has its own subtropical gardens.

Harry Thuku Road
Nairobi Central
+254 20 226 5555
fairmont.com/norfolk-hotel-nairobi

Tribe

Beyond the Gigiri Forest, Tribe is a boutique hotel whose focus on design has made it stand out from the crowd in Nairobi. With the traditional tribal art it features throughout, you’ll find something to admire around every corner, before you even get to your room.

The Village Market 9/418
Limuru Road
Gigiri
+254 20 720 0000
tribe-hotel.com

Hemingways Nairobi

This boutique hotel is designed in the spirit of a plantation-style property. It features 45 spacious rooms, each boasting a private balcony looking out onto the Ngong Hills. The Brasserie is one of Nairobi’s most popular restaurants, too, specializing in succulent steaks.

Mbagathi Ridge
Karen
+254 718 529 070
hemingways-nairobi.com

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