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Boulevard Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Boulevard Hotel is a 4 star hotel accommodation located within four and a half acres of lush gardens bounded by the Nairobi River at the back in Nairobi, on the other side of which are the green precincts of the National Museum of Kenya. Boulevard Hotel Nairobi boasts its own swimming pool and tennis court. Better still, this genuine haven of peace and tranquility is situated within ten minutes' easy walk to the Nairobi city centre. Boulevard Hotel first opened its doors to the public in 1971 and for close to a generation, the luxury hotel has played host to an array of local and international dignitaries, businessmen, students, missionaries, families and honeymooners who have always come back to savour the delights from our fabulously equipped and well staffed kitchen, or are just drawn back by the allure of watching the world pass by from the private balconies of each room, with the cool breeze and the songs of a variety of birds in the background. Hotel Boulevard Nairobi is managed by Sentrim Hotels who offer quality and affordable accommodation in Kenya Safari destinations. Their Kenya Hotels & Lodges offer you state -of - art facilities for both holiday and business travelers. Sentrim Hotels has established itself as top Kenya accommodation provider with their newly opened Sentrim Samburu Lodge and Amboseli Lodge. Sentrim Kenya Hotels and Lodges employs professional experienced staff that ensure guest get the best service. Other hotels include Six Eighty Hotel Nairobi - Castle Royal Hotel Mombasa. The Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is well guarded and the security men patrol the hotel at all times, the hotel staff are very friendly and courteous at all times, the luggage is transported to and from the room with no problems. The Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located in beautiful gardens next to Nairobi River, which you can hear. These gardens are lovely for morning and evening strolls, they are also completely safe due to good security and fencing. The pool is pretty good too. The food is absolutely fantastic; the breakfast that is included with the room rate is excellent, full menu plus any special orders. Lunch and Night meals are excellent as well. The crystal clear water, the inviting sun beds, the superb cocktails and not to mention the excellent snacks. All this makes the swimming pool area at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel Nairobi a great place to wind down and relax. Sentrim Boulevard Hotel located at the end of Nairobi’s Harry Thuku Road, an oasis of peace and quite with beautiful manicured gardens and lawns. There are 70 rooms in 2 storeys. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, Restaurant and bar. The Mezzanine floor has the conference facilities. At 5,449 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a fairly moderate climate. The altitude makes for some chilly evenings, especially in the June/July season when the temperature can drop to 10 °C (50 °F). The sunniest and warmest parts of the year are from December to March, when temperatures average the mid-twenties during the day. The mean maximum temperature for this period is 24 °C (75 °F)

Boulevard Hotel Nairobi Accommodation

Boulevard Nairobi Hotel has70 double bedrooms, (bathroom en suite). There are two wings, namely the Pool Wing and the Garden Wing. Each room has its own private balcony. All rooms have a minibar, safe, TV, radio, Internet facilities, and direct dial telephones and are served by a 24-hour beverage delivery service. The Pool wing gives you that refreshed feeling. Imagine waking up and seeing the lovely inviting water of the swimming pool. The Garden Wing provides you with a country feel. The manicured gardens provide a wonderful place to sit and gather your thoughts. The trees provide a comforting shade during the day, and the sound of the Nairobi River just reinforces the "country feel" of the hotel. Rooms on the ground floor provide a direct access to the gardens. There are wonderful benches and coves located all over these rolling lawns, for you to enjoy a quiet moment.

Boulevard Hotel Nairobi Accommodation

Boulevard Nairobi Hotel is one of the top hotels in Nairobi Kenya. It is conveniently located at the end of Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road. The hotel lies amidst beautifully landscaped and manicured gardens and lawns where comfort, warmth and complete hospitality pertain. It is distinctive and stylish and offers executive accommodation while on holiday in Kenya. Sentrim Boulevard Hotel offers exclusively, luxury to those in quest of tranquility and a taste of Africa. Relax and unwind in one of its 70 en-suite rooms tastefully designed and well furnished individual suites with panoramic views overlooking the lush gardens. 30 of the rooms overlook the Pool side while another 40 are in the Garden Wing. To ensure your valuables are secure, each room contains a safe. In addition to the safe, each room contains a satellite TV and telephone. High speed internet connection is also provided upon request. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, restaurant and bar. There is a swimming pool and tennis court for your relaxation and enjoyment. A gift shop is also available that offers a wide variety of souvenir collection. For meetings, conference facilities are readily available. Transfers from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Sentrim Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi takes approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic and covers a distance of 18 Kms. Enjoy finger-licking delicacies in The Hotel Boulevard’s Restaurant and Bar where every taste is catered for with sumptuous local and international cuisines including Chinese cuisine. Our bar boasts various wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks to cater for your tastes. Picnic lunch boxes are available. Hotel Boulevard Garden Bar proved to be a "meeting place" for the local population, yet also provided a great place to enjoy the extensive hotel gardens. Hotel Boulevard Pool Bar was "refreshing" to say the least. Here you can get superb cocktails, served with a smile. Get your drinks brought right to your sunbed and enjoy!

Hotel Boulevard Terrace provides the perfect "sundowner" venue. Here you can watch the world go by, and on weekends enjoy the superb live band. Hotel Boulevard Residents' Lounge is beautifully appointed, to help you unwind. This area of the hotel is restricted to guests only. In the evening the idyllic fireplace is lit, and the ambience is just like being at a country lodge


Nairobi City

Nairobi is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Africa. From the glittery high-rises of the hectic CBD, to the swank northern suburbs, to the gritty neighborhoods that ring Nairobi city, you’ll find thousands of opportunities to shop, dine, and get immersed in local culture in establishments that reflect the international melting pot that is Nairobi. It’s hard to believe when you look around at the number of people and buildings in Nairobi that this is an “accidental” city not much more than 100 years old. Instead of beginning as an ancient settlement or as a market town on a historic trade route, Nairobi started as a work camp at Mile 237 of the Mombasa-to-Kampala railroad around 1899. Since then, it has grown into one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in Africa. Nairobi is adjacent to Kenya’s famous Rift Valley and the Ngong Hills and it’s also extremely close to Mount Kenya to the north, and Mount Kilimanjaro to the southeast — you can see both mountains from downtown Nairobi on a clear day. Once you’re in the city’s CBD, it’s fairly easy to navigate and get your bearings, and most hotels can provide easy information for getting around foot or by taxi. Nairobi is the business and commercial heart of Kenya and is a busy city most days of the week. Traffic congestion in Nairobi is a major problem especially in Nairobi city centre and finding a parking place is often impossible unless you get to the city early in the morning. Most people move about Nairobi city on foot as this is the easiest and quickest way to get from place to place. It is not a large city and everything is in the city centre – hotels, banks, shops, offices and homes – just like any city anywhere in the world. If you look closely you will notice that nearly all the Nairobi vehicles are Japanese and the Toyota is the favorite make of car, this is because spares can be obtained easily and everyone wants to own a Toyota and especially a four wheel drive vehicle. However, these are expensive but there are plenty of good second-hand vehicles available. Bicycles are popular and motor cycles, because they are relatively cheap, are very popular indeed especially amongst the city's young men. Nairobi is a very beautiful city with parks and many trees. Although Nairobi is situated in the middle of East Africa, its high altitude—about a mile above sea level—means that the city’s climate is mild year-round. Visitors are spared the extreme, blistering temperatures found in other regions of Africa, or even other areas within Kenya. Summer months in Nairobi are December through March, when average highs are in the upper 70s and lows are in the mid- to upper-50s. Winter months (June through September) are a little cooler. Average highs are in the lower 70s, and lows are in the lower 50s. There are two distinct rainy seasons that occur in Nairobi, one in the spring months of March to May, which are locally referred to as the ‘long rainy’ season. April is the wettest month during this period brining upwards of eight inches of rain on average. The other rainy period occurs between mid-octobers to mid-December, the period referred to locally as the ‘short’ rainy season. November sees approximately five inches of rain. During the rest of the year, around two inches a month can be expected. February sees the most sunshine in Nairobi, with about ten hours of daylight. Half a year later, in August, sunshine lasts for about five or six hours. Even though it is over 1750 metres above sea level (5889 feet), it has a sub-tropical climate and palm trees grow alongside acacia. It is also famous for its bougainvillea and other beautiful bushes. There are many organisations working to make the city greener. One is the Green Belt Movement that was founded by Wangari Maathai who was the first African woman to gain the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Working with the Trees for Cities project they have planted thousands of trees in Nairobi in recent years. Overall speaking, the Nairobi weather is fairly consistent through the year and you won't find huge temperature swings or any violent weather. It's mainly pleasantly warm, sunny and clear. This makes Nairobi an all the year round destination. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa with an estimated urban population of between 4 million, according to the 2012 Census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 3,138,295 inhabitants lived within 696 km². Nairobi is currently the 4th largest city in Africa and its inhabitants are referred to as Nairobians. Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main co-ordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa's fourth largest exchange in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network define Nairobi as a prominent social centre. When most people come to Kenya, they arrive in Nairobi – nowadays a sprawling city with modern skyscrapers, supermarkets and huge shopping malls, cinemas, discos and European styled cafes as well as a wide variety of high class hotels and restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. Migration from the countryside to the cities is one of the big trends in Africa, and Nairobi’s Kibera area is one of the largest slums in Africa. Despite the city’s cosmopolitan look, Nairobi has a distinctive African feel to it and it is the only capital in the world with a full scale National Park in the vicinity of the city centre. Nairobi is situated at a medium altitude, the climate is therefore very comfortable and the city is mostly green and lush – a stark contrast to the lowland regions of the Rift Valley and the Northern Frontier Districts scrub and desert land. During the past 20 years, Nairobi has seen quite a change in many ways. Population has increased dramatically and big modern buildings have been built, giving the city a cosmopolitan feel to it. A growing middle class has evolved in Kenya and by posting more police officers in the streets, the citys nickname as Nairobbery have been fought successfully, at least in the centre. Smokers are now being referred to confined spaces and the government and city council has made a strong effort to shine things up a bit. The UN, Red Cross and embassies from all around the world is located in the suburbs of Nairobi. Westlands, Kilimani, Lavington, Parklands and Karen are all among the posh areas while South B and Eastleigh mostly are for the less wealthy and with a population of about 3 million people Nairobi also sees most of the problems associated with other big cities in the developing countries. There are many things to do and see in Nairobi; theNational Museum of Nairobi is an interesting place to spend an afternoon as you can study some very interesting exhibits like Joy Adamsons Peoples of Kenya tribal portraits and upstairs there are displays on Kenyan tribal groups and big galleries of stuffed wildlife. Downstairs there are re-creations of rock art and hominid fossils from Lake Turkana region. Volunteer guides offer tours in English, German, French and Spanish. Other attractions in Nairobi are the National Archive, The Parliament House, The Railway Museum, Langata Giraffe Centre and Butterfly Africa. Also Karen Blixens old farm is a popular stop-over when tourists are coming from a Kenya safari, before departing on a plane for a relaxing beach-holiday at the coast. The Karen Blixen Museum offers guided tours and there’s a wonderful shop with fine African art, interesting books about Kenya and beautiful jewelry. Also there are a few public art galleries in Nairobi and if you have a few days in the city and is in need of a new tailormade suit, some of the Indian owned shops in Nairobi would be a good place to get one at a competitive prize. Culture vultures can find more concerts, art exhibits and museums than you can shake a stick at in Nairobi. Those seeking history, art and culture will want to stop by the Nairobi National Museum, a long-standing fixture in Nairobi. Aside from the cultural exhibits that offer a peek into African art, the Louis Leakey auditorium hosts a number of visual arts and musical shows — plus art workshops that will enthrall and move you. The National Museums of Kenya, in conjunction with Nairobi County, also provide for walking tours of the city, showcasing Nairobi’s rich heritage through her landmark buildings or monuments and the stories they have to tell. The Murumbi collection is also a great place to check out and is comprised of artifacts and texts donated from the personal collection of the late Joseph Murumbi, former Vice President and curator of African heritage. This vast and enlightening collection is split between The Nairobi Gallery and the National Archives, both within the city centre. If you value an intimate look at Kenyan culture and history, both of these should make your top three lists. Synonymous with Kenya after she wrote Out of Africa, many parts of Karen Blixen’s life are featured in the Karen Blixen Museum. The house was once the centre of the farm owned by Blixen and her Swedish husband, Baron von Blixen. The museum itself is part of the Kenya National Museum. The house is set within a tranquil garden, and has a view of the Ngong Hills, so beloved by Karen. Also in Karen is the world-famous Kazuri Beads factory, which produces exquisitely handmade ceramic beads and pottery. It was founded by a European expat in 1975 to help provide livelihoods for poor single mothers. Visitors to Nairobi have plenty of choices ranging from up market boutique hotels to shoestring budget options. One of the nicest places to rest your head is the Boulevard Hotel. The hotel is an oasis of calm just outside the city center separated from downtown by Central Park. It’s surrounded by lush tropical gardens with jacaranda, acacia trees and the riotous color of bougainvillea blossoms. This is a classic, upscale Western-style hotel, with all the expected services and amenities including free WiFi, a business center, fitness center, swimming pool, hair salon and spa. And because it’s located outside the city center, there’s free parking. Nairobi features many open-air shopping centers within the central business district that sell beaded items, arts and crafts, jewelry, carved goods, wall hangings and much more. Shoppers can find numerous ways to spend their cash, from the trinkets at the Maasai market, to the handmade beads at the Kazuri Beads factory, to the swank designer boutiques at Westgate Mall. The Central Business District is geared more toward the clerks and officials who work there — think office supply stores, dry cleaners and banks — but there are a few places to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. It’s a good idea to do a bit of comparison shopping before loading up on souvenirs to bring home, and there are lots of African carvings, Maasai textiles and beaded necklaces from which to choose. Browse the storefronts along Biashara Street, check the art galleries on Kaunda and Standard streets, and consider the options at the Zanzibar Curio Shop on Moi Avenue, which has a good selection of traditional crafts at reasonable (and fixed) prices. If you are out in Karen, the Kazuri Beads factory is a great place to stop and produces exquisitely handmade ceramic beads and pottery. It was founded by a European ex-pat in 1975 to help provide livelihoods for poor single mothers. Two employees in a small workshop in an estate’s backyard have become more than 400 who work in a factory that ships products to 30 countries worldwide (including the United States). And a visit to Nairobi wouldn’t be complete without the visiting the vibrant Maasai Market. Every Saturday and Sunday, Maasai artisans proudly display beads, African-printed fabric, sculptures, shoes, bags, jewelry, and other artwork. For a shopping experience with less crowds, you could check out the affluent Westlands neighborhood, a few minutes’ drive northwest of downtown, where there are enough different curio shops and boutiques to completely fill up your goodie bag before heading home. Many people heading to Nairobi are going there exclusively for the excursions just outside the city. Within a half-dozen or so miles of downtown is the Nairobi National Park, a 44-square-mile preserve with lions, Cape buffalo, rhinos and gazelles (an estimated 80 species of large mammals) plus ostrich, egrets and hundreds more seasonal birds. The wildlife is most active at dawn and dusk, and this will be your best chance to see the elusive leopard (a nocturnal hunter). You’ll be able to see plenty of animals here without venturing far from the city, only you’ll have the Nairobi skyline as a backdrop and traffic noise as a distant hum. Another cool place to check out for wildlife is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Here, you can watch the staff bottle-feed the two dozen pachyderm “toddlers,” most of whom were orphaned by ivory poachers (a continuing challenge in sub-Saharan Africa). To avoid overexposing the young elephants to humans, they’re only on view for one hour. Get there by 10:30 a.m., and you can get a good spot at the rope for the 11 a.m. to noon feeding. Usually an elephant or two will come close enough to the rope that you can rub its dry and dusty thick skin. To see a more gentle giant, head to the Nairobi Giraffe Center, operated by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, a breeding facility for the endangered Rothschild’s, one of many subspecies of giraffe. Visitors can climb a tower to hand-feed food pellets at giraffe-height. The bravest hold the pellets between their lips and let the animals swipe the food away with their long, slippery tongues. It’s one of the best places to go outside of Nairobi, especially if you want your children to get up close and personal with animals. Those looking to get a bit of exercise and a dose of the natural world can head to the Oloolua Forest Trail. The facility offers not only the nature trail, but also a waterfall, natural caves, a viewing tower, and the Institute of Primate Research. Located in the suburb of Karen, just southwest of the central business district, it’s a great place for a relaxing a half-day trips. Most travelers coming into the city will fly in via Nairobi’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta (JKIA). Many major airlines such as British Airways, Air France and Kenya Airways have regular flights. You can also enter the city by train — there are daily arrivals and departures at the Nairobi Railway Station from Mombasa and Kisumu. There are also several bus operators in Kenya that can get you reliably from city to city, though its best to book these through a tour company. Once in the city, taxis in Nairobi are plentiful from both the CBD and airport, but they don’t operate on a metered system, so make sure you get a quote before getting in. Tuk-tuks are also available for intrepid travelers that want to save some money. Even more adventurous travelers can try a matatu (mini-bus). These operate on set routes and allow passengers to get on and off wherever they want. However, if you’re claustrophobic or don’t like speed you may want to avoid them, because they are often crowded and drivers don’t necessarily respect speed limits. Unless you’ve been to Kenya before and are familiar with the roads and know where you’re going, you probably don’t want to rent a car and self-drive. English is one of the country’s two official languages (the other is Swahili). However, an estimated 60 different languages are spoken in Kenya. The rules for avoiding petty theft are the same in Nairobi as they are anywhere else you might go in the third world. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t flaunt money or pricey possessions. During the day the touristic areas are OK to walk around in, but avoid them at night. Don’t walk on deserted beaches at any time. A steep rise in the cost of living has pushed Nairobi up the list of Africa’s most expensive cities and diluted the quality of life for its residents, a newly published report indicates. The Kenyan capital is now ranked Africa’s second most expensive city after Nigeria’s Lagos, putting to test its ability to attract foreign investment and tourists. This latest ranking is the opposite of last year’s edition when Nairobi was listed as the second least expensive city in Africa after Egypt’s Cairo. The high cost of living in the Kenyan capital is mainly driven by the prices of consumer goods such as petrol, beers and wines. A litre of petrol costs an average of $1.3 in Nairobi, up from $1.24 last year – nearly five times the $0.35 price that consumers are charged in Cairo and Lagos’ $0.61. Nairobi is a very busy city, and getting around can be a challenge due to limited information available on the existing public transport system. There is some public transport in operation in the city, but due to insufficient infrastructure and traffic rules, the situation can get very chaotic. In general tourists on safaris in Kenya don't use public transportation in Nairobi because of poor safety records. Modes of public transport include matatus or shared minibus taxis, buses, trains and regular taxis. Except for train services provided by the government-owned Kenya Railways Corporation, all public transport in Kenya is operated by the private sector. As with public transportation in any major metropolitan city, tourists on Kenya safaris who do choose to use public transport in Nairobi should be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye on their belongings at all times and Women and children need to be especially careful when travelling at night. Cars are expensive in Nairobi and for some tourists it makes more sense to hire a car in Nairobi rather than buy one. Tourists will find that many international car hire chains have many branches in Nairobi. These Nairobi car hire companies offer a range of options to suit different budgets, tourists on safaris to Kenya must read the car rental contract carefully to check for rules on insurance liabilities in case of an accident or the theft of the vehicle. Local vehicle hire firms in Nairobi often operate on a cash-in-advance basis, but tourists should at least have a recommendation before using one of these Nairobi vehicle hire companies. They are cheaper and more flexible than international car hire companies, but there is a greater risk and hassle in the event of an accident, breakdown or theft, which can happen at any time or anywhere in Nairobi. Tourists driving in Kenya must be in possession of the correct paperwork. International driving permits or a licence from another Commonwealth country can be used for up to three months. Thereafter, tourists on safaris in Kenya should contact the Road Transport Department or the Kenyan Automobile Association and ask if/how they can exchange a foreign license for a Kenyan driver's permit. This process can take a while, so patience is required. Due to poor road conditions, lack of traffic rules, inadequate lighting and almost constant roadwork’s, Nairobi has its fair share of bad traffic jams. During rush hour from 7-9am and 4.30-6.30pm traffic in and around the Nairobi city grinds to a halt a local driver guide comes in handy, please contact us for more information. Neither pedestrians not drivers seem to obey standard traffic rules or use common sense in traffic, which adds to the chaos. Most tourists in Kenya holidays choose to hire a local driver with experience of local road conditions as they are better placed to anticipate the erratic behavior of Kenyan road users. Bad driving habits are ubiquitous among local drivers and indeed many auto hire companies will provide them with a car and a driver. Most wealthy Kenyans and tourists opt to hire 4x4s, which are better equipped to handle the dirt roads that prevail away from major urban centres. Kenyans drive on the left hand side of the road. For new arrivals choosing to drive in Nairobi, a GPS is a good idea, given the lack of road signs. As a general rule, don't take a short cut; rather stick to the main roads, as some parts of the city can be dangerous. Tourists who do decide to drive in Nairobi should do so defensively and be as risk-aware as possible. Tourists are not advised to walk or cycle in and around the suburbs of Nairobi, due to various safety issues. It is worth noting that in many parts of the city, there are no assigned pavements. Those that do choose to walk or cycle should be aware that there are high risks involved and should exercise special caution. Tourists who are only in the city for a short time and those who do not have a company car will find that taxis are the most convenient and safest way to travel around Nairobi. Taxis can be easily found near international hotels, at most tourist sites, in the city centre and near shopping malls. They are usually marked with a yellow line on the side of the car. Tourists should be aware that if there is no meter visible, they should agree upon a fare in advance or expect to be overcharged. A commuter train service was introduced to address the high cost of travelling by matatu and bus for the urban poor in Nairobi. These services are the most cost-effective mode of public transport in Nairobi, with trains operating on four lines. However, during rush hours, trains in Nairobi can become very busy and travelling becomes uncomfortable. Matatus in Kenya are 14-seater shared taxis. These minibus vehicles are predominantly used by locals and a few expats in and around Nairobi. While the network of matatus is somewhat informal, they do cover a wide geographical area, operating in much of greater Nairobi and its suburbs. It's easy to spot a matatu by the yellow stripe on the side of the vehicle. Tourists who choose to travel by matatu in Nairobi should be aware of the unruly and chaotic conduct of the drivers. It is wise to be aware of the destination of the vehicle as this is something that can change while en route. Matatu fares constantly fluctuate, so it's best to check the fare before starting the journey


Safari to Nairobi National Park

a holiday to Kenya is the pride and joy of any visitor coming to this continent. However, it usually involves long hours of driving into the country, time that most passersby might not have. Nairobi offers you the opportunity to enjoy that experience without having to go out of your way. With a National Park within the city limits, Safari hunters can take amazing game drives only minutes away from Bolevard Hotel. . Lions, Giraffes, Gazelles and a host of other wild animals wait at Nairobi National Park. Nairobi National Park is located only 7km from the Nairobi CBD: as a result, it is arguably the most accessible game game you'll ever encounter, and is easily explored on a half day trip. Nairobi National Park was Kenya's first game park, and was proclaimed as early as 1946. The Nairobi National Park is primarily acacia-dominated savannah with some wooded thickets, and is a lovely spot, even discounting the wildlife. One of Nairobi National Park advantages is that the topography is not flat and there are a couple of vantage points from which you can get excellent views out over the Nairobi National Park to the city skyline beyond. The mammal life is dominated by herbivores - zebra, giraffe and a whole range of antelope - and you'd have to be very unfortunate indeed not to see a good number of species. There is really good birdlife, much of which is large and will appeal even to the 'non twitcher': it's not often that you're lucky enough to get a good view of a secretary bird snootily stalking through the long grass in search of a tasty snake, and the vultures are just great! Other common (but nonetheless endearing) animals that you're almost guaranteed to spot are warthogs and ostrich. Compared to other East African game parks, we wouldn't claim that Nairobi National Park Safari offers as many close encounters with big cats (although they do have lions, leopards and cheetahs), The Nairobi National Park offers guided safaris which are advisable for two reasons, the first of which is that it negates the need for you to have your own vehicle. In order to improve your game spotting, it's best to have an elevated viewpoint which allows you to look out over the landscape, which the purpose-built safari vehicles offer, and also having a guide who knows what he's looking for is invaluable (since beginners take a lot of time to 'get their eye in'). There are dedicated picnic areas in Nairobi National Park but there is no accommodation in the park. For up-to-date details on admission fees and other details, please contact us. So, if you're planning to visit Nairobi on business or pleasure, and won't necessarily have the chance to do any game viewing elsewhere, why not consider flying Kenya Airways, stopping off for a day in transit, and then catching your connecting flight? For the price of a night's accommodation and a visa (depending on which passport you hold, and generally available on arrival), you'll have the opportunity to recuperate from your long haul flight and enjoy a taste of that iconic Nairobi National Park wildlife experience that you might not otherwise get around to: my only warning is that once you're hooked, you'll want to return time and time again! Because of it's location, there are many visitors, both tourists and Kenya born residents but you are guaranteed to see an abundance of game, seemingly unaware and unafraid of humans. At the Western end of the Nairobi Park is an area where they take care of orphaned baby animals. Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya's rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few safari parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat. Nairobi National Park occupies around 200 sq. kilometres, offering to visitors three separate units; Animal Orphanage, Walking Tour and Safari Tour. Walking tour, by the well marked paths, takes few hours enabling visitors to see animals in what is almost their natural environment. The predators, however, such as lions, leopards or cheetahs are isolated from the other animals. The Nairobi National Park is right next door to the International airport and it is not uncommon to land in Nairobi with the pilot pointing out a giraffe or two next to the landing strip! “Welcome to Kenya!” Situated approx. 40 minutes drive from the city centre, if you are not intending to “do a safari in Kenya” this is probably the most ideal park for you to experience some of Africa’s wildlife. The park is advertised locally as the park with 4 of the big 5, the elephant being the only one of the 'big 5' not found within the Nairobi Safari Parks boundary. You may be lucky enough to spot a leopard, lion, buffalo or rhino here though!


Nairobi Central Park

Central Park is a recreational park of the city of Nairobi. Central Park is a place of rest that is located amidst all the busy life of the city of Nairobi and amidst the high-rise development at the Nairobi city centre. The central Park in Nairobi is one of the few places found within the city of Nairobi where one can run to for a picnic atmosphere. Central Park in Nairobi is located on the upper side of Nairobi city near University of Nairobi. This green reserve park in Nairobi borders Uhuru Highway, Kenyatta Avenue, Serena Hotel and Nyerere Road. Mostly, central park can be confused as an extension of the vast Uhuru Park that is its neighbour. Central park is a major destination of the city especially during lunch breaks and in the afternoons for both the locals as well as the tourists in Kenya. The tourists in Nairobi appreciate the cool environment offered in the park which is a huge contrast to environment in the middle of Nairobi town in Kenya. Central Park in Kenya has a memorial to honour the late Jomo Kenyatta, who was the first president of Kenya. The Jomo Kenyatta memorial in Central Park was elected in this park to show that Kenyans appreciate the freedom fighters that made Kenya a nation of its own. It shows that our citizens in Kenya are patriots and could protect their land any time. It is also a good way to show honour of our past leaders in Kenya. This monument on Central Park grounds in Nairobi greets you as you enter the park from Uhuru Highway. The park in city of Nairobi is often visited for its lush green wealth that offers a soothing relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In other places of the city, you will find people walking fast doing their usual businesses, but in this part of town, people are usually resting under shades of the tree in the park and sitting on the grass which offers one some respite. Central Park is a haven where one escapes the scorching sun in the city of Nairobi. The rising and falling green spaces in Central Park in Nairobi city are perfect for picnics and family fun-days out. The presence of face-painters, hawkers and professional photographers in Central Park makes the park a child-friendly zone and avails the services that its visitors need. At one end of the Park is a Children’s playground with a wide range of facilities for Children to play on such as swings and other playing materials. Central park has expansive lawns and well maintained gardens, interspersed with shade trees. It also has flowers which make the park attractive. Picnicking at this park is a favourite pastime with Nairobi residents on weekends and public holidays. Those seeking to find jobs in the city also find a resting place in this park in between their searches. People could also use this park as a meeting place, an advertising place through putting up tents which attract the people, and among many others ways. Central Park is easily accessible to residents of Nairobi from all corners of the city and it is open for free to the public in Kenya. There are toilet facilities provided in Central Park in Kenya where the public use at a fee. The Nairobi City Council ensures that it maintains Central Park and makes it as friendly as possible. In Nairobi, there are other similar parks which people could visit which include Jeevanjee Gardens Nairobi Arboretum, Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi City Park and Uhuru Park.


Nyama Choma

Make your way to Nyama Choma on Milimani Road for the ultimate Kenyan food experience. Highly regarded by locals, this little eatery allows you to choose your own meat from the butchery downstairs before it’s barbequed on the fire and plated for you at the restaurant above. (Disclosure: It’s not the quickest experience but it’s well worth the wait!) “˜Nyama choma’ or barbequed meat, is a staple in Nairobi, so an experience here is a must. Try the roasted goat: tender, moist meat cooked to perfection, accompanied by chapatti, similar to the Indian bread but slightly thicker, a salad and ugali. It is truly a delicious and a unique experience. (My mouth is watering just describing it!) Meat lovers will worship this place ““sorry vegetarians!


Karura Forest

Karura Forest, stretching across the northern side of Nairobi, is one of the largest urban forests in the world. The protected forest is one of the city’s greatest assets and a feature every visitor should see. Follow the running and hiking trails through the dense forest and you’ll pass by waterfalls, lakes and caves – providing a striking contrast to the frenetic pace of this cosmopolitan city


Kibera Slum Tour

Kibera slum located in Nairobi is the largest slum in East-Africa. You’ll get to experience a part of Kenya that is not usually seen by tourists. Kibera slum tour gives people an insight about the poor neighbourhood in Nairobi. You will definitely have fun, meet with the locals and enjoy their friendliness.


Masai Market

Located in the central business district(CBD)Masai Market is always abuzz every weekend with locals and tourists alike ready to buy various crafts, jewellery, clothes, unique paintings and home accessories at an affordable price. You can find anything and everything here as long as you have the patience and time to bargain with the vendors.

Matatu

One’s experience with local transportation is never the same again after you ride a Matatu. Blaring sound systems, large giant flat screens are all part of a Matatu ride, known for their notorious and hazardous driving skills, lack of consideration for other motorists and pedestrians, shouting touts all add to the thrill of Matatu culture in Nairobi.

Enjoy a cold Tusker with the locals

Tusker is KenTusker is Kenya’s local beer and pride. If you enjoy a cold drink every now and again, you will find that drinking a few cold tuskers while in the company of the locals is not only a refreshing experience, but an amusing one as well. Kenyans love to share little anecdotes and escapades with fellow drinkers. Find a nice restaurant within the city (there are many that are of international standards) and enjoy a cold beer while being regaled by the locals..


David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Elephant Orphanage

If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to come close to Africa’s greatest member of the Big Five, head over toDavid Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Elephant Orphanage. The orphanage specializes in caring for this majestic yet almost endangered species. As a visitor, you get to see them up close and even pet them. When a tiny new-born elephant is orphaned, it is often because its mother and family have been killed to serve the brutal ivory trade. For an elephant, family is all important; a calf’s very existence depends upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life. In Kenya an Elephant Nursery exists nestled within Nairobi National Park under the auspices of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is overseen by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, whose elephant experience spans a lifetime. This pioneering organisation, which works in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service offers hope for any orphaned elephant fortunate enough to be found alive. It took Daphne Sheldrick nearly three decades of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry necessary to rear an orphaned infant African elephant yet today, with support from many caring people world-wide, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to have saved over 150 orphaned infant calves, which would otherwise have perished. More importantly, every one of these orphans can look forward to a quality of life in wild terms, living free in Tsavo East National Park protected by their new extended orphaned family and friends amongst the wild herds.


Visit the National Museum

If you want to see exquisite displays of early man, artifacts from a host of local tribes and the flora and fauna offered by this great nation, then take a day trip to the Nairobi National Museum located at Museum Hill near Westlands. It will be a trip worth remembering.


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