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Fairview Hotel, Kenya

The Fairview Hotel Nairobi is divided into luxury hotel rooms and fully furnished apartments is situated only 1 km from the Nairobi city centre, set within 5 acres of beautiful gardens, from which it earns its moniklor “the country hotel in town, being a family accommodation means attention to detail unlike other hotels in Nairobi that are part of a hotel group chains with many hotels – this hotel group has only one full-service hotel and all of their energies are focused on perfecting your experience here. The dedication and focus has allowed them to have a tremendous impact on their customers. Fairview Hotel is that rare bird in Africa - a comfortable luxury accommodation that hasn't decked itself out in feathers of up market gloss and tasteless hotel luxury. Nairobi Fairview Hotel leafy acres and scattered buildings are laid out on Nairobi Hill, a world away from the overheated bustle. The Hotel Fairview was acquired by the Szlapak family in 1946, at that time; the Fairview Hotel had only 40 rooms, since then, Born in Kenya, Daniel Szlapak never imagined that Kenya "economy would take off," he said. "The economy never seemed to move." And now? "Every sector is booming," he said. He’s seen that growth firsthand as joint CEO of City Lodge East Africa, a chain of budget hotels catering to business travelers in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana. Szlapak joined the company after the sale of the Fairview Hotel, his family’s hotel in Kenya, which he transformed from a "small little hotel business" into a high-end property after returning from the United States in 2002. Rooms used to go for $70 a night; these days, they go for nearly six times that amount. The purchase of the Fairview Hotel Nairobi was City Lodge’s first foray outside of South Africa and represented confidence in the economic growth in Kenya and the rest of east Africa. "The middle class has now started to come into its own, and that’s driving consumption in a big way," he said. "There’s demand now." Part of the growing appetite for products and services is made possible by political and economic stability that’s come to the region in the last decade, one Szlapak said he thought he "would never witness in my lifetime." The Fairview Hotel has grown to just over 100 rooms; as a result the Fairview hotel offers a wide range of room alternatives. An individual hotel understands that its guests are individuals too, with distinct requirements. That's why the Fair view hotel offers a choice of room type’s economy, business or 5 star class and even apartments for those staying a while. Fairview Hotel is a box shaped; double storeyed building, typical of Georgian colonial style, with butch stone walls under a Mangalore tiled roof. Windows are glazed in rectangular steel casements and frames, while doors are made of beautiful paneled timber hung in recessed timber frames. Floors are finished in polished parquet to the main surfaces and ceramic tiles to wet areas. The original was built to recreate a country atmosphere. The Fairview offered a serene environment away from the din of the city at competitive prices or as Charles Szlapak puts it, “They (luxury hotels) charge double the price for half the service”. The Szlapaks, a Jewish family from Poland, came to Kenya in 1938, seeking a better life. In 1946, they bought the Fairview Hotel believing it was what they were looking for. They were vindicated. Three generation of the family have run the business successfully until last year, a period of close to 70 years. Fair view Hotel Nairobi is home away from home for the many tourists who keep coming back; to many travellers the essential Nairobi Hotel has become a retreat country style hotel; a haven offering friendly service, good food and clean accommodation,. It is a statement of traditional values - as timeless as is its 1930's architecture, expressed in Nairobi Blue Stone and in countless arched windows; each of them offering yet another perspective - either botanical or architectural. To others The Fairview hotel all about personal security and dependable service; a unique and convenient rendevous where the traveller, resident or visitor can meet, relax and enjoy dependable service that is above all 'value for money' - and away from the tourist track. With its own resource of 'back-up' utilities - it is most reassuring to be confident of a reliable, clean supply of water (The Fairview has its own Storage tanks and Borehole, apart from the City Mains), electricity (Generators stand by to 'cut-in'), good satellite reception on T.V's (in all rooms) and there is a well stocked larder (able to cope with any contingency).Experience 'The Nairobi Country Hotel in the city' - just 1 kms from the bustling metropolis of Nairobi City centre. Wake up every morning to birdsong. The Fairview Nairobi truly provides a unique oasis close to the City - from which to begin or end your Kenya safari holiday and for many, forms a base of operations from which to conduct an assortment of projects. Fairview Hotel 1n Nairobi is one of the best luxury 4star hotels in Nairobi, Kenya. Located in the prime location of Bishops Road opposite the Israeli Embassy, Nairobi Fair view Hotel offers the discerning corporate and luxury traveler and his/her family a relaxed and friendly hotel accommodation. Fairview Hotel Nairobi is within the easy reach of the center of Nairobi, Kenya, the nearest airport and its major attractions. The Fairview Hotel Nairobi is known for its collection of cutting edge technology, luxury and comfort, individually designed bedrooms, spacious meeting rooms, chic restaurants and bars, service and staff that focus on every detail of your stay at Fairview Hotel Nairobi. This hotel is well-suited for tourists, honeymooners, corporate travelers, professionals, foreigners and premium customers. The Fairview Nairobi is a charming hotel, they have all the amenities you could need and the staff are friendly and cannot do enough to help you. The food is excellent, with restaurants to choose from, and breakfast buffet. It was easy to relax in one of many main areas, enjoy a beer or fine wine and socialize with others staying at the hotel.

Fairview Hotel Nairobi Accommodation

Fairview is a family owned B&B hotel located near Nairobi Central. Guests have a choice of either sleeping in single, double or twin rooms. There are also five levels of accommodation (Economy Plus, Business and First Class [see below] to Suite and Executive Suite). Most clients however find the Business level rooms comfortable enough. All rooms have hardwood floors, hot showers, telephone, satellite T.V., electronic safe, a tea/coffee maker and are secured by an electronic key-card system. Some rooms are equipped with a bathtub and can be reserved based upon availability. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and when available, can also be found on all public areas of the hotel. Features of the property include a business media center, first class lounge, outdoor swimming pool, and fully equipped gym. With four restaurants on-site, guests can enjoy all meals without leaving the property. Fairview Nairobi offers the classic standards of a mid-level hotel. Its friendly staff, clean facilities, and comfortable accommodation attract repeated guests from all over the world. Early booking is highly encouraged.

Fairview Hotel Nairobi Economy Room

Our Economy Singles are the least expensive rooms that we offer. Most of these rooms have excellent views and quiet locations. The beds are 4 feet wide. These rooms all have showers and a few have both a bath and a shower. All of these rooms have a telephone, satellite T.V., electronic safe, tea/coffee maker and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition the rooms have a large working desk. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Economy Double

Our Economy Double rooms are the least expensive double rooms that we offer. These rooms are approximately 365 sq. ft. The beds are either 6 feet wide or in the case of the twin room, each bed is 4 feet wide. Most of these rooms have excellent views and quiet locations except for a few. These rooms all have showers and a few have both a bath and a shower. All of these rooms have a telephone, satellite T.V., electronic safe, tea/coffee maker and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition the rooms have a large working desk. The price is for two people and includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Business Single Room

Our Business Singles are slightly more expensive than the Economy single rooms. The rooms are larger, the beds are 6 feet wide (except 2 rooms), and most of these rooms have both a shower and a bath (all have showers). The approximate square footage of these rooms is 355. A few of these rooms have their own balcony as well. All of these rooms have a telephone, satellite T.V., electronic safe, tea/coffee maker and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition the rooms have a large working desk. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Business Double

Our Business Class Doubles are slightly more expensive than the Economy double rooms. The rooms are larger, the beds are 6 feet wide (except 2 rooms), and most of these rooms have both a shower and a bath (all have showers). A few of these rooms have their own balcony as well. All of these rooms have a telephone, satellite T.V., electronic safe, tea/coffee maker and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition the rooms have a large working desk. The price is for two people and includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi First Class Single Room

Our First Class single rooms offer a five star experience at a four star rate! All rooms are extremely spacious with very large desks, tremendously large bathrooms (both a shower and a bath), a separate seating area, three telephones and various other standard, 5 star perks such as a fridge, trouser press etc. Guests in these rooms enjoy complimentary access to the First Class Lounge. These rooms are all on the ground floor and have beautiful views as they all enjoy their own private garden access. The beds are 6 feet wide and the approximate square footage of these rooms is 390. All these rooms have a 38″ Flat screen T.V offering satellite TV content, electronic safe and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition to the WiFi coverage, these rooms have wired internet Connection. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi First Class Single Room

Our First Class single rooms offer a five star experience at a four star rate! All rooms are extremely spacious with very large desks, tremendously large bathrooms (both a shower and a bath), a separate seating area, three telephones and various other standard, 5 star perks such as a fridge, trouser press etc. Guests in these rooms enjoy complimentary access to the First Class Lounge. These rooms are all on the ground floor and have beautiful views as they all enjoy their own private garden access. The beds are 6 feet wide and the approximate square footage of these rooms is 390. All these rooms have a 38″ Flat screen T.V offering satellite TV content, electronic safe and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition to the WiFi coverage, these rooms have wired internet Connection. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi First Class Double Room

Our First Class Double rooms offer a five star experience at a four star rate! All rooms are extremely spacious with very large desks, tremendously large bathrooms (both a shower and a bath), a separate seating area, three telephones and various other standard, 5 star perks such as a fridge, trouser press etc. Guests in these rooms enjoy complimentary access to the First Class Lounge. These rooms are all on the ground floor and have beautiful views as they all enjoy their own private garden access. The beds are 6 feet wide and the approximate square footage of these rooms is 390. All these rooms have a 38″ Flat screen T.V offering satellite TV content, electronic safe and are secured by an electronic key-card system. In addition to the WiFi coverage, these rooms have wired internet Connection. The price is for two people and includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Small Suite

Many of our guests have travelled many hours and across many time zones to be with us and they stay for several days or even a couple weeks. These guests often choose our Suites as they offer tremendous space– a separate bedroom and living area – along with a quiet and exclusive garden area and private swimming pool. The Suites are fully air-conditioned and have a mini-kitchen. Guests in the Suites also enjoy access to the First Class Lounge. In addition to WiFi coverage, these rooms have a wired internet Connection. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes. The large suite is approximately 20% larger than the small suite


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Large Suite

Many of our guests have travelled many hours and across many time zones to be with us and they stay for several days or even a couple weeks. These guests often choose our Suites as they offer tremendous space – a separate bedroom and living area – along with a quiet and exclusive garden area and private swimming pool. The Suites are fully air-conditioned and have a mini-kitchen. Guests in the Suites also enjoy access to the First Class Lounge. In addition to WiFi coverage, these rooms have a wired Internet Connection. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.The large suite is approximately 20% larger than the small suite.


Honeymoon

Small private island; secluded, palm-fringed beaches; luxurious beach retreat; lavish honeymoon suites; candlelight dinners on the white sands - if this sounds like your idea of a perfect romantic break, consider a honeymoon holiday in Mombasa ' The setting is stunningly dreamy, and the tropical islands idyllic, making your honeymoon to Mombasa unforgettable! The best time to visit the Mombasa is from May to January, but within this the driest months are July and August. Mombasa Honeymoons holidays are on very high demand; A Mombasa honeymoon is perfect for newlyweds who want the relaxation of the beach as well as the thrill of a unique experience. Water or land, Mombasa is loaded with exciting and unique excursions, beautiful sites and plenty of opportunities to be immersed in the culture and history of Mombasa.


Fairview Hotel Nairobi Executive Suite

The Executive Suite enjoys its own private garden access as well as access from within the main building. Fully air-conditioned, the Executive Suite offers access to the First Class Lounge. The Executive suite comprises of 2 bathrooms,1 bedroom, 1 large lounge/meeting area, and 2 entrances. In addition to the WiFi coverage, these rooms have wired internet Connection. The price includes breakfast (served in the Mitende Atrium between 6am-10:00am), Wi-Fi and all taxes.


Fairview Hotel Pango Gourmet Brasserie

Owned by the Fairview Hotel Pango Gourmet Brasserie was launched in 2005 with the aim of becoming Nairobi’s top Restaurant. A recent review has honoured them with the distinction of “Best Brasserie” in East Africa. In addition, a recent review by Business Daily of top restaurants in Nairobi ranked Pango as the first in its category. With its underground wine cellar, romantic ambience, quality service, classy food presentation and excellent taste, Pago Gourmet Brasserie is in a class of its own. If you are looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, Pango Gourmet Brasserie is the perfect choice. Most popular dish: Delicately spiced tiny Crab cakes with leeks and fennel fondue, Grilled goat cheese with basil and rocket salad with a honey garlic glaze. Special features: Pango offers Business Lunch Menus which change weekly and set menus can be arranged in advance for large groups. In more exciting news,The Fairview’s Pango Gourmet Brasserie proudly presents to you their Club 144 Kenya. Club 144 Kenya is an exclusive wine club offering membership to their esteemed wine lovers. A membership includes 144 bottles of quality wines from renowned wine growing regions namely New Zealand, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. So who can join Club 144? Very simple “so called membership” is open to all members who bought last year, regular Pango restaurant guests and all YPO/WPO members. The Pango Brasserie has established itself as Nairobi’s top lunch and dinner venue and has recently undergone a refurbishment. Pango has the distinction of being a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Expect gourmet French-style cuisine, a fantastic selection of wine (the restaurant has its own wine cellar and Wine Bar) and the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion


The Fairview Hotel Pwani Pool Restaurant

Pwani Pool Restaurant is perhaps one of the top outdoor eateries in Nairobi. This restaurant, adjoining a beautiful swimming pool, offers a full range of international cuisine in a casual environment. The following dishes are to die for: Murg Makhani, Chicken Mango, Vietnamese Barbequed Pork Spare Ribs & Sizzling Honey Chilli Duck


Fairview Hotel Mukutan Garden Café

The Fairview Hotel Mukutan Garden Café is without a doubt the best place in Upper Hill (perhaps all of Nairobi) for top-notch coffees and light/quick meals such as gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and Quesadillas


Fairview Hotel Mitende Atrium

Our brand, the Country Hotel in Town, is omnipresent at breakfast with the addition of our atrium. Having breakfast on a rainy morning takes a whole new dimension!


Fairview Hotel Conference

Recently, the Fairview hotel invested in five-star conferencing facilities equipped with the latest conferencing necessities. All rooms have both a wired high speed internet connection as well as wi-fi access. Moreover, the hotel just installed a wireless voice network. This means that our Conferencing Coordinator is just an internal call away so when you need help, we will be there in a few seconds! Also, our LCD projectors are connected to a UPS to ensure conference delegates are not interrupted during a power cut (prior to the generator kicking in). The Fairview Hotel Kenya offers a variety of five-star conferencing facilities equipped with the latest conferencing necessities for up to 120 delegates. State of the art conferencing equipment is provided. All rooms have both a wired high speed internet connection as well as wi-fi access. All rooms offer plenty of natural daylight and allow conference delegates to step into the fresh air, surrounded by beautiful gardens, for coffee break. Business meetings with a modern touch and luxurious service is what you experience with all our boardrooms; Pango and Majani Executive Boardrooms, Kijiji A, Kijiji B and Aquarist all at the Fairview Hotel


Fairview Hotel Facilities

The Fairview Hotel facilities include a gym, a sports room, a swimming pool, and a business centre. The hotel’s location allows easy access to the city and both airports. Another recent addition to The Fairview is the new hotel swimming pool. Situated behind the business center the pool is currently for residents only and is open from 7.00 am to 6.30pm every day. Maintained at a constant temperature of 28 degrees the new swimming pool is cleverly designed to resemble the famous Fairview window - the top semi-circular portion being for kiddies only. The Bridge to Fitness, recently opened, has a wonderful view of the pool area and contains 2 treadmills, a stepper, rowing machine, basic weights, leg press, an upper body all in one system and a few other of the basics. All equipment is manufactured by "Life Fitness". For the time being, the gym is only open to hotel and Apartment residents. Fairview Hotels has 2 options for guests requiring internet access in the rooms. The first is wireless access (Wi-Fi). Fairview hotel rolled out a Wi-Fi network so please check with Reception to determine whether wi-fi is available in your room. If you don't have a Wi-Fi card, Fairview will happily install for you. The second option is a wired Ethernet connection - unfortunately, only 6 rooms have this option so please request it during your reservation our reservations and we will be happy to check availability. Recently, Fairview constructed a Business Centre that offers the following facilities: email, Internet browsing, computer renting, typing, faxing, photocopying, shredding and scanning.


Nairobi City

Nairobi is the principal and capital city of Kenya. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase "Enkare Nyorobi", which means "a place of cool waters". It is also generally known as the "Green City in the Sun." Nairobi is the most densely inhabited city in East Africa, with an estimated city population of over million inhabitants and is currently the 4th largest city in Africa. Nairobi started simply as a depot stop on the East African Railway constructed from Mombasa to Kampala, Uganda. As the railroad developed, so did Nairobi and before long it was the administrative center of operations of the British Protectorate. In those early days the overnight trains ran from Nairobi going east to Mombasa or west to Kampala. The East African Railway is no more since it was broken up in the 1970's but Nairobi is still the main tourist doorway city to East Africa. Today's Nairobi boasts a population of over 3 million people and it is one of the most contemporary cities in sub-Sahara Africa. In just over a century, the capital city of Kenya has been transformed from an uninhabited highland swamp to its current evolution as a bustling metropolitan city which still recognises its wilderness roots. The city was first formed when rail workers set up a basic railway camp and a supply depot in 1899 and named it ‘Mile 327’, it like many African regions, was once under British Colonial rule, and much of the architecture of the area reflects this. The city was made the capital of British East India in 1907, only eight years after inception and since the Kenyan independence in 1963, remains the current capital of the new republic. Nairobi is not like other ‘average’ capital cities which have developed away from its wilderness roots and into technological havens. The Nairobi city is covered in foliage and green-space, so much so that it has been nicknamed ‘The Green City in the Sun’. Nairobi very much recognizes and celebrates its safari heritage with a 117km ² national park interlocked with the city itself. Visitors to Nairobi no longer have to lack for luxuries with a large range of accommodation, and many five-star properties, that can meet the needs of the ficklest traveller. The shops, restaurants and nightlife in Nairobi don’t fall far from the par in other metropolitan cities either, with swanky new bars and locations opening all the time. Contrasting to this Nairobi has one of the largest slum suburbs in all Africa! It is city in which you do have to maintain good security. It is nowhere near as bad as the reputation of Johannesburg, but it's nickname of Nairoberry has some basis with fact. These problems can be got around by booking good accommodation in good locations and using recognized and accountable local service providers who inevitably work with well established travel agents around the world. The iconic Kenyatta Tower is another one of these monuments to exaggerated self importance that inevitably took much money away from improving the daily life of locals Kenyans, but enhanced, in his mind, Jomo Kenyattas, personal ego. It is there and won't be going away so if the revolving restaurant is operating on the top floor this does provide a wonderful view of Nairobi. Hopefully the coffee is still as good as this author remembers! For your own out of Africa experience, Nairobi is served mainly by the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Located just 15kms out of town, Nairobi is no longer difficult to reach. Or for a more ‘authentic’ experience the railway system can still reach the city centre from locations such as Mombasa and Kisumu, so travellers can still enter the city the way that the original founders did. Whatever reason motivates you to visit this 1661-metre highland city location. Nairobi is a city that offers an experience of some of Kenya’s most unique features, from the savannah wildlife planes to the old-world colonial features that have enhanced the city’s mystique. Nairobi is a must see for the modern plucky traveller. Today, the Nairobi's skyline is dominated by ultra-modern high rise buildings and is a tourism and commercial hub. Nairobi is now a vibrant city with a mix of races and cultures, providing the visitor with several sightseeing options such as museums, a national park, golf courses, world-class hotels and resorts, stylish restaurants and posh night clubs. Nairobi can now be confidently described as a lively, interesting and pleasant cosmopolitan city. Its central business district is a great place to tune into modern urban African life. From its township days, Nairobi central business district (CBD) has morphed from the time it was declared a city in 1950 and now boasts being home to commercial skyscrapers blended with monumental buildings bearing a strong British architectural influence. Connecting them is a network of roads tucked with rich history. Felix Kipkoech Melly Tiony, Secretary of National Museums of Kenya’s heritage Nairobi walking Tours, shares some insights on the names and what influenced the renaming of the CBD roads when Kenya gained independence in 1963. Named after the first president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, this is the principal street in the Nairobi CBD and remains the widest road. Kenyatta Avenue was originally called Sixty Avenue and renamed as Lord Delamere Avenue in 1932 following the death of Lord Delamere in honour of the pioneer white settler and colonial administrator. Delamere had erected a statue at an “island” between Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street outside the New Stanley Hotel.
However, in the early 1930s, the Delamere family asked the government to remove it. It was relocated to Soysambu ranch in Elementaita, Naivasha. In memory of those who died in the two World Wars, a memorial monument of three soldiers was erected on Nairobi Kenyatta Avenue. Four streets branch out of Kenyatta Avenue, namely Nairobi Kimathi Street, Nairobi Muindi Mbingu Street, Nairobi Wabera Street and Nairobi Koinange Street, which had originally been named after the first, second, third and fourth colonial commissioners who were later given legislative powers to become governors. Nairobi Kimanthi Street: This road was formerly known as Hardinge Street, but was later renamed Nairobi Kimathi Street after Field Marshall freedom fighter, Dedan Kimathi, to honour his role in the Mau Mau War. A statue of Dedan Kimathi, made by Francis Kaguru, was erected at the northern side of the Hilton Hotel a few years ago. Joseph Gachanja, a senior citizen who witnessed the changing of street names, recalls that there was a central bus station near the Nairobi Hilton Hotel and Empire Cinema occupied the current space where IPS Building stands today. The Stanley House, built in 1902, was also based on this street and the Horse Shoe Coffee Bar was opposite the present-day Nation Centre. Kenwood Building housed the Kenya Power and Lighting headquarters while Woolworth Building, which according to A brief Tour of the Buildings of Nairobi, a book by Iwatani & Wanjiku, was opened in 1914 but razed down by a fire in 2009 when Nakumatt supermarket burnt down. Formerly Stewart Street, the road was named in honour of Coastal elder Samuel Muindi Mbingu who led a protest from Machakos to Nairobi with natives who were unhappy with a colonial policy requiring that Africans de-stock cattle by seizing the cattle by force, taking away their wealth. Muindi Mbingu led the protest match from Machakos and was arrested when they arrived in Nairobi and depoted to Kismaiyu. He eventually died in 1953. Nairobi Koinange Street This Street was named after paramount chief Koinange wa Mbiyu who worked for the British colonial government but was not shielded from the humiliation when the colonial government gave a directive that natives were not allowed to grow cash crops such as coffee. Koinange defied that directive and went ahead to try his hand in coffee farming, which had been brought by the British. The street was named after him for his courage in fighting for the grievances of Africans. Nairobi Wabera Street: The Street was named after the first African Isiolo District Commissioner, Daudi Dabasso Wabera, who was gunned down protecting Kenyan territory against Somalis who wanted to take over northern Kenya from Isiolo upwards. According to African News Online, Kenya would probably have a much smaller geographical acreage were it not for Wabera. Today, Wabera’s name stands out in a city where street names are dominated by political players. BIASHARA STREET: It was formerly known as Bazaar Street, the Indian word for (biashara or business). The street had Indian wholesalers and shops were owned by Indian dukawallas who traded on the street. According to Iwatani & Wanjiku in A brief Tour of the Buildings of Nairobi, Biashara Street experienced its first major change in 1916 as a result of the bubonic plaque when Indian shopkeepers moved away temporarily. The street was rebuilt with proper planning with shopkeepers boldly displaying their own taste of architecture. TOM MBOYA STREET: This was previously called Victoria Street, after the queen and renamed to Tom Mboya after the prominent political personality in Kenya’s history, Tom Mboya. The road was renamed Tom Mboya to honour and commemorate the assasinated politician who was the founder of Nairobi People’s Congress Party, a key figure in the formation of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) and the Minister of Economic Planning and Development at the time of his death in 1969. A monument in his honour is erected on Moi Avenue. In the 1950s, several key places on this road were Victoria Bar, which was a popular joint with the British Army and the Chez Joseph restaurant, which is the modern day Express Bar, recalls Gachanja. It was initially known as First Station Road between 1899 and 1902. Thereafter, it was renamed Government Road in 1901 as most government offices were situated along that road such as Ministry of Lands, which was in present-day Moi Avenue Primary, while Imenti House was the Town Hall, says Tony. The road was renamed Moi Avenue after former President Daniel Arab Moi came to power. MURANGA ROAD: This road was previously called Forthall Street or Swamp Road because Nairobi was swampy and that area near the Nairobi River was extra swampy. Gachanja recalls that in the 1950s, there was a popular Indian curry house called Friends Corner Bar and Restaurant and a prominent lawn mower repair shop near the modern-day Red Crescent. Where the Fig Tree Bar and Restaurant now stands, there was the Lady Grid Hospital. The street also housed the Sikh Union Temple and behind it was the Goan Institute. RONALD NGALA: It was previously known as Duke Street after the British noblemen of the highest hereditary rank. After independence, this road was renamed after Ronald Ngala, who was the leader of opposition party, Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU), during Kenyatta’s government. Gachanja adds that there was a gunsmith shop situated where modern-day Tuskys Supermarket is. Was previously named Kingsway or Tenth Avenue. All state delegates used Moi Avenue and University Way as they headed to The Government House (the current State House). University Way housed Kingsway Police Station, which is modern-day Central Police station. It had the Persian carpet shop situated at the corner of Kingsway House, which also housed the Special Branch headquarters after Kenya gained independence. Also situated on that road was the Royal College, Nairobi, which is today the University of Nairobi. The Jewish synagogue is situated there even today. HAILE SELASSIE: This was previously called White House Road named after the Chief Railways Engineer George Whitehouse. According to Gachanja, this road held the East African Railways and Harbours Headquarters and White House Bakery in the 1950s. Near the Kenya Polytechnic (currently the Technical University of Kenya) was the Road Avenue Clinic and the government press. During the colonial era, this road was called Queens Way and renamed Mama Ngina Street after President Kenyatta’s wife. A coffee bar called Act 1 Scene 1 stood opposite the entrance of City Hall at Travel House, formerly UTC building. There was (and still is) also the Twentieth Century cinema and Barclays Queensway branch retaining the name of the previous road title. As Silopark House, people would park at the basement and cars would be lifted to an elevated parking bay, recalls Gachanja. HARAMBEE AVENUE: This was the Coronation Avenue. Parliament Road and Loita Street were non-existent and instead were the railway alignment heading towards Chiromo Road. The railway line was moved to its current location to expand the CBD. Coronation Avenue had the famous City Hall Garden Restaurant. In the 1950s, Jogoo House was the secretariat while oil companies, Shell & BP, were tenants where the Deputy President’s office is currently situated. There was also the county hall, which used to accommodate the councillors, which is part of modern-day Parliament premises. Also located on this road was the Bharat Building, which was the high commission of India and the Air India office MFANGANO STREET: This street used to be called Jivanjee Avenue named after Asian born Alibhai Mula Jivanjee. As an entrepreneur in Kenya, he became a wealthy building contractor and owned most of the buildings East of Moi Avenue. He provided a park for Nairobians to rest, which is the modern-day Jivanjee Gardens, which is named after him and he placed a statue of Queen Victoria, a monument of himself, which was unveiled in 1904 by the Duke. The capital of Kenya is located 5,889 ft above sea level. Not enough to give you a constant headache, but enough to make the weather this close to the equator more bearable and the gym a rough test of endurance. While Kenya has just $1,300 in GDP per capita, many districts such as Westland’s make it look more like a middle-income country. Somewhat surprisingly, Kenya isn’t cheap – most options that you might enjoy as a tourist are priced like in a major US metro area or even above that. Let’s face it – Nairobi is short on many public services such as electricity, roads and most importantly, public safety. Although Nairobi often gets a bad rap for lack of safety, the situation is not as dire as some travel warnings and tourist guides make it seem. Most offenses are property crimes. This does not come as a surprise in a metropolis where the gap between the haves and have-nots is huge. Actually, poorer Kenyans who can’t afford personal security are more likely to fall prey to criminals than those with burglar alarms and their own driver. However, new tourists should take the time to become acquainted with the usual safety tips. Hopefully, the advice won’t make you paranoid, but rather serve as a guide until you have settled in. When you are familiar with your new surroundings and feel more at ease, you can judge for yourself which rules make sense in your specific circumstances. Personal experiences in Nairobi can be vastly different. Some tourists lose all their cash and credit cards to pickpockets. On the other hand, tourists visiting Nairobi’s shantytowns report meeting impoverished families who want to treat them to dinner in recompense for the visit they received. Generally speaking, you are much more likely to meet friendly people in Kenya than get involved in sticky situations, however from our experiences living in Nairobi always note that When you are out and about in Nairobi, keep to the main streets. Don’t go into back alleys, footpaths, or unfamiliar areas – especially not after dark or if you are on your own, also avoid shantytowns (unless you are a doctor or aid worker), and don’t linger in the area around bus stations in central Nairobi, Don’t carry too much cash, don’t wear expensive jewelry, and leave your passport at home, If you should ever become the victim of a thief, burglar, or carjacker, don’t resist! Just hand over your valuables instead. Nairobi is Kenya's capital, and a remarkable place to visit and explore the delights of Africa. When in the city, it's an absolute must to go on Safari to Nairobi National Park and is just a short distance from the heart of the Nairobi city, and inside can be found zebras, giraffes, gazelles, hippos, leopards, cheetahs and more. A special treat is in store for those who are in the Park from 11am till noon, as this is when baby rhinos and elephants receive their daily mud baths; a site that is not to be missed. Due to the naturally dusty and hot nature of Nairobi, it's no wonder that cold beer is the beverage of choice in the city. The city makes its own beer, and the local favorite is called Tusker. There are numerous places throughout the city where one can get a glass of Tusker; from hole in the wall bars to upscale lounges. The flavor of the beer is quite delicious, and it's certainly refreshing after a long day of venturing through the city or being on safari in Nairobi.
For those who are fans of the ever-popular Meryl Streep movie, Out of Africa, then visiting the Nairobi Karen Blixen Museum is a great choice. Within Nairobi is the farm where Karen Blixen lived from 1917 till 1931. Her famed memoir was written from this house, and tours are available daily. If one goes out on the veranda it is possible to see the corner lantern that was hung for your lover, the ill-fated english hunter Denys Finch Hatton. You can still find his monogrammed books on the shelves. Perhaps not the first destination that comes to mind when traveling, but an educational and inspiring experience is to visit Kibera; the largest slum in the entire world. One million people live in this town, and the only way to see it is with an escorted tour. Visit the orphanage or bead factory. Even though it's a challenging visit to make, there's much to be gained by seeing the resilience and humanity of this remarkable town. Most people don't realize it, but coffee originally comes from Africa. Ethiopia was the first to produce it, but today one can experience some of the best coffee all throughout Africa, and Kenya is no exception. That's why a trip to Nairobi Java House is a must during ones travels in the city. The coffee is exceptional, and popular amongst tourists and businessmen trying to recover from a red eye flight. You can also find an outlet of the coffee shop at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Be sure to try the Kenyan AA; a local favorite. Nyama Choma is the name for Kenya's favorite food, and it literally means barbecued meat. This is why carnivores are very much welcome in Nairobi. Here, one can find such exotic dishes as ostrich, camel, and crocodile, all cooked to perfection. The food is cheap and plentiful in Nairobi, and for those who are adventurous, there's no end to the strange, unique, and delicious dishes one can find. Muthaiga Country Club is not to be missed when visiting Nairobi. Built back in the colonial-era, its pink and white collonades and stuffed animal heads hanging from the walls have an old school charm. There's a beautiful old library and wonderfully maintained bars open to the members. This is a very formal environment requiring a jacket and tie. It's a members-only establishment, but those traveling on business can usually find someone to bring them as a guest. The Nairobi Matatus are minibuses that take people all across town. Per African tradition, these busses are elaborately equipped with fluorescent lighting, blaring sound systems, huge TV screens, and have fun murals on the sides of famous figures. These local treasures are a lot of fun to ride and quite inexpensive. The Rift Valley is a very classic African landscape. With its sprawling savannas, incredible flora and fauna, as well as unique geology, it's often referred to as the "cradle of human life". Here one can find some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country. On a crystal clear day it's possible to see hundreds of miles; all the way to Tanzania. The Nairobi-Mombasa line of the Jambo Kenya Deluxe is one of the finest rail trips the world has to offer. And for a very economical price, one can even enjoy their own room with bunk beds and vanity sink. The price of the ticket includes a three-course dinner, as well as breakfast. The weather in Nairobi is actually much cooler than the rest of Kenya, so you may even need to pack a jacket for the cool nights of July and August. The 2 rainy seasons are between March and May, and then again in November and December. Things to remember when packing for your trip. The official languages are English and Swahili. Most Kenyans, and all inhabitants of Nairobi, speak English well. No matter what you’re searching for, it can be found somewhere in Nairobi. The city is home to plenty of modern shopping malls as well as makeshift sprawling markets. I like to go to Toi Market, a second hand market with a great selection of clothes, shoes, cd’s, and hair styling salons. For Kenyan art and handicrafts, check out the Triangle Market (Blue Dukas) opposite Sarit Center, and the famous Maasai Market. Local Kenyans in Nairobi enjoy having a good time, and there are plenty of ways to be entertained when you’re in town. From watching a live sports match to browsing an art museum, the spectrum of attractions caters to everyone. Kenyans are passionate about music, and there are frequent concerts and bashes that take place in Nairobi. For nightlife, there is no shortage of options either. The area of Westlands is home to numerous bars and nightclubs, while downtown includes a few well known choices as well. For a more relaxing experience, duck into one of the many dark nyama choma stalls for some meat, Tusker, and Lingala music! As one of the most influential hubs of East and Central Africa, along with being home to Africa’s United Nations headquarters, Nairobi is a serious melting pot of diverse cultures. The influence of the Middle East, India, Britain, and many neighboring countries are noticeably evident in everyday aspects of life throughout Nairobi. One of my favorite places to get a dose of international culture and food is at Diamond Plaza, a local Kenyan Indian shopping center. The food court offers a spectacular selection of curries and grilled tandoori chicken. Nothing is more popular to eat in Nairobi than nyama choma, Kenyan style roasted meat. Goat (mbuzi choma), is the most beloved choice, but you can also get beef or chicken (kuku choma). Nyama choma is placed on a giant cutting board, sliced up into bite sized pieces, and served with just salt and pili pili (peppers). I also like to eat my nyama choma with a side of kachumbari – a combination of chopped tomatoes, onions, and dhania (cilantro). There are countless street side restaurants in Nairobi where you’ll find nyama choma, but my personal favorite is Kenyatta Market for lunch. There are a series of stalls that roast top quality meat that’s always ready to be served. This is just a flavor of the incredible array of things to experience in Nairobi, there’s still so much more to discover! Below find attractions in Nairobi


Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi National Museum - the museum is more than a hundred years old and it's the place to go for a glimpse into the history and culture of this city or for a meal and some shopping. The site also has a snake park and botanical gardens with a nature trail. The Kenya National Museum is located within Nairobi City and is an excellent place to visit while in the city. The museum is famous the Leakey prehistoric artifacts plus some of Kenya's best preserved tribal artifacts that date back hundreds of years. Other sights within the museum include well preserved birds, butterflies, wildlife remains and snakes.


Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park was established in 1946, and is world famous for being the only National Park to be found within a capital city in the whole world. Being a mere 8 miles from the city centre, the parks vegetation is primarily savannah and plains and has areas of highland forest, acacia and riverine environments. It hosts over 100 animal species such as the rhino, lions, cheetahs (with an exception of the elephant) and an amazing 500 plus bird species


Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa,” arrived in Nairobi from her homeland of Denmark in 1914 and settled in what is now the suburb of Karen. She purchased 6000 acres of forested land, using only 600 acres for her coffee farm and preserving most of the native habitat. Karen left Kenya in 1931, and her famous novel was published in 1937. The residents that lived nearby maintained her home until Kenya’s independence when the Danish government donated the home and surrounding lands, and later restored the house that was used for the film “Out of Africa”. In 1986, the Karen Blixen Museum opened the historic house to the public. The home is situated 10 miles from the Nairobi city center at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Although the property is historically breathtaking, the most memorable part of visiting the museum is the Karen Blixen house. Built in 1910, the bungalow-style home features a red tile roof, wood paneling and the original furniture and kitchen. Efforts are currently underway to restore the coffee factory and remaining machinery, which will complete the experience of living as a settler in Kenya in the early 1900s. The museum is open every day for guided tours and special events may be held at the site. Visit the gift shop to find many of Karen’s works, as well as souvenirs, and then you can enjoy a delightful cup of coffee or tea at Tamambo before your leisurely walk through the property’s tranquil gardens and bird sanctuary. I wonder if I’ll see Meryl Streep here,” I think as I first behold the squatty, sprawling gray fieldstone bungalow where once lived Karen Blixen, the real-life heroine of Out of Africa, a film that won seven Academy Awards. Now home to the Karen Blixen Museum, this elegant century-old cottage on the outskirts of Nairobi draws visitors from all over the world. Streep, who played Blixen opposite Robert Redford in the 1985 Sidney Pollack film, was rumored to be on Kenya safari, so it wasn’t altogether unreasonable to think she might wander in. George Clooney has even visited, but you not looking for movie stars; you have come for Karen, whose true story is far more fascinating. Exactly 100 years ago this December, Karen Christenze Dinesen, a naive 28-year-old Danish bride, boarded a ship in Naples, Italy, and embarked on a life-changing adventure in Kenya, where she would spend the next 17 years. Her story, later chronicled in her memoirs, Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass under the pen name Isak Dinesen, is one of a passionate, tumultuous 17-year love affair with Africa. Her great adventure began when she married her cousin, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, and they bought a 6,000-acre coffee farm in colonial Africa. After they divorced, the baroness tried to hold the failing farm together. Over time, she fell in love with tall, blond, balding British aristocrat, safari guide and aviator Denys Finch Hatton. Although he loved her and periodically lived with her in this house, he was a free spirit who wouldn’t be tied down. Killed in a plane crash on his way back to her, Finch Hatton is buried in the Ngong Hills above her farm. At the time of his death, Blixen was losing everything she owned to drought, fire and creditors. At night she would walk paths of the farm agonizing over how to save it. In despair, she attempted suicide and left Africa forever. Time would soften the rough edges of her story and help Blixen heal. Bror and Karen named their 1912 bungalow Mbogani, a Kiswahili word meaning “house in the forest.” In 1964, the Danish government purchased the house, which had several owners over the years, giving it to Kenya as an independence gift. Acquired by National Museums of Kenya, it opened as a museum in 1986. After closing for renovations, it recently reopened to the public. Surrounded by sweeping lawns and towering trees, the house looks surprisingly unchanged from when Blixen lived there from 1917 to 1931, as old photographs show. Though Blixen sold most of her furniture to pay creditors, a few pieces have been recovered and donated to the museum, including a bookcase built for Finch Hatton’s books with money he gave her. On it, she engraved small brass plates with his initials. A cabinet in the dining room held medicine used to treat natives on the farm. Other furnishings are of the period; some, including a phonograph, cuckoo clock and dining table, are from the set of Out of Africa. The house is roomy, with a library, dining room, foyer, lavatory, three bedrooms and kitchen. The dining room where Blixen twice entertained the Prince of Wales has a fireplace and French doors opening to a small patio with views of the Ngong Hills. A millstone table there was Blixen’s favorite spot to sit and smoke each morning. Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature, Blixen died in Denmark at the age of 77. Biographer Linda Donelson writes, “Every evening before going to bed, she opened the south door of her house and looked toward Africa.” Blixen writes, “I have had so infinitely much that was wonderful … I have looked into the eyes of lions and slept under the Southern Cross … seen the grass on the great plains ablaze and covered delicate green after the rains. I have been the friend of Somali, Kikuyu, and Masai; I have flown over the Ngong Hills.” Here in Kenya in this house, Blixen would awake each morning thinking, “Here I am where I ought to be.” Today, standing on her lawn where thousands of natives once gathered for Ngomas, drum dances lit by bonfires, I feel the same way. The Karen Blixen Museum, 6 miles outside Nairobi, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., including weekends and holidays, offering guided tours. The museum conducts research and has collected oral history about Blixen from the descendants of her workers. It also hosts a new exhibition that tells Blixen’s story from the African perspective and is building a new visitor center. Stay: Out of Africa fans will love spending the night on Blixen’s actual farm in the Karen Blixen Suite, adjacent to the Denys Finch Hatton suite at Hemingways Nairobi, a new 45-room boutique hotel property that opened in April on what were once the grounds of Blixen’s farm, less than a mile from the Karen Blixen Museum. All rooms have arresting views of the Ngong Hills. For possibly the best steak in town, dine at Hemingways Brasserie, where the executive chef, Barry Tonks, is the only chef in Kenya to have been awarded a prestigious Michelin Star. Kenya’s best safari camps are just a short flight from Nairobi on small carriers such as Safari Link. For a family-friendly option, visit Sweetwaters Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the shadow of Mount Kenya. If you want the best chance to see the Big Five of wildlife and long for your own romantic Out of Africa experience, go on safari where Denys Finch Hatton and Bror von Blixen-Finecke did: the Masai Mara. Stay in the Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara Tented Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy, where you’ll find more than 2 million wildebeest, zebra and the world’s largest lion population (kempinski.com/masaimara). Other great options are Elephant Pepper Camp or Mara Leisure Camp and Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp


Bomas of Kenya

About 10 kilometers from the Nairobi central business district, at the junction of Lang’ata and Magadi roads, is one of Kenya’s veritable repository of culture, the Bomas of Kenya. Its mandate so well articulated in its brochure, is to “preserve Kenya’s rich and diverse cultures”. Lush and serene greenery welcomes you as you make your way from the main entrance to the auditorium. All around, wild hogs from the adjacent Nairobi game reserve graze unhurriedly on the grass. This place is a major attraction and tourists have always found this place inspiring, in that they can be able to get an in depth glimpse of the country from a single place. And the good side of it is that, the Bomas of Kenya is located in a serene environment that offers a perfect place to learn and reflect on Kenya’s diversity. For many, the first stop is the main auditorium, where one can watch dance and skits from diverse ethnic groups of Kenya. On weekdays, the show is on from 2.30pm to 4pm, while on weekends, it’s from 3.30pm to 5.15pm. An entrance fee is charged. Away from the auditorium, one can visit the well-stocked gallery where an eclectic mix of traditional artifacts is on display. You get to see kitchenware, furniture, ornaments, musical instruments, ceremonial regalia, and tools of war from different ethnic groups. For matters culinary, Utamaduni Restaurant offers both Kenyan and international cuisine. Though the menu does not list cuisine from every ethnic group of Kenya, with prior arrangement, any Kenyan delicacy that is not on the menu can be prepared. A visit to Bomas of Kenya is incomplete without a walk through the traditional homesteads. Tucked away in a wooded area with imposing eucalyptus trees, there are 22 homesteads, each representing a distinct ethnic group; from the populous and well known Luhya and Kalenjin, to the less populous and less known Sengwer, Sakuye, and Ilchamus. One is able to see how houses were constructed and distributed in different homesteads, and the position, occupants, and significance of every house in a homestead. And then there is the splendid botanical garden in which is to be found a pleasant mix of indigenous trees such as the cape fig, wild date palm, and exotic trees such as the casuarina, Indian rubber plant, jacaranda, to name just a few. Picnics are allowed in the botanical garden at a fee. For most Nairobians, access to Bomas of Kenya has been made easier through the dualling of Lang’ata Road. Every day, there are traditional dancers that entertain visitors. You too can join and dance to the tunes of circumcision songs, wedding songs and harvest songs. And if you have ever gone there, you will agree with me that these dancers are not only entertaining, but amusing. Usually the shows are done every week day from 2.30pm-4.00pm and on weekend and public holidays from 3.30pm-5.15pm. With large open fields, this is a place every kid will love going. They can run around, play hide and seek, and other games as this is just a perfect place for that. Why not try taking you kids out there on of these weekends. I highly recommend that you carry a camera and a note book. But you can also carry any other thing that you feel will make your experience more memorable.


Nairobi Arboretum

Nairobi Arboretum was established in 1907 by Mr. Batiscombe, then Deputy Conservator of Forests, to try out introduced forestry trees for Kenya. It was gazetted as a national reserve in 1932 and in 1996 a title deed issued by Commissioner of land designating it as a public owned reserve. It was a trial plot for fast growing exotic tree species, to meet the high demand of fuel wood required for the newly constructed Kenya- Uganda railway line and thus help save Kenya’s indigenous forests. Under the stewardship of a succession of foresters, seeds were obtained from all over the globe and planted in an effort to compile a comprehensive collection of indigenous and exotic trees and shrubs. The initial trial plot gradually developed into an arboretum: “a living collection of trees”. The Arboretum occupies 30 hectares and holds over 350 tree species; it is home to over 100 species of resident and migrant birds, a multitude of insects, reptiles and small mammals, notably the playful Vervet and Sykes monkeys. The Arboretum is one of Nairobi’s few remaining green spaces, with shaded walkways, picnic lawns and jogging trails. It is situated about 3km from the city centre. The Arboretum is under the management of Kenya Forest Service (formerly Forestry Department) with the help of FONA - Community Forest Association for Nairobi Arboretum Forest Reserve. The Nairobi Arboretum owes its existence to the construction of the Kenya Uganda Railway back at the beginning of the 20th century. What could the Nairobi Arboretum and trains have in common… you silently wonder. Well, trains back then used wood-fired steam engines. This called for a constant supply of huge amounts of firewood to keep them in operation. Initially, indigenous trees within 3km either side of the railway line were cut to supply the required fuel wood. With time, foresters noted that the indigenous trees were getting depleted faster than they could regenerate, due to their slow growth rate. Clearly they were not going to sustain the railway operations for long. In trying to solve this problem, they decided to try planting quick growing exotic softwoods and see if they could adapt to local conditions, and meet the trains’ fuel needs. The site of the present day Nairobi Arboretum was set aside in 1907 for this purpose. Today, the Nairobi Arboretum is a protected 30 hectare forest reserve holding over 350 species of indigenous and exotic plants, most of which are labeled for educational purposes. It’s also home to over 100 species of birds, and a significant population of Sykes and Vervet monkeys. Through the efforts of Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA), the Arboretum has been spruced up with paved walkways, park benches, trash bins, and public toilets. It has become a popular recreational park for city residents, who come looking for tranquility, to take long walks, hold picnics, or simply to commune with their God. Large groups often come on weekends for team-building activities and games in the central lawn at the park, while lovebirds enjoy spending romantic moments in its secluded spots. Runners also love to jog around the Arboretum’s forest trails. The Arboretum is situated 3km from the city centre. Its close proximity to the city centre makes it easily accessible on foot. To get to its main entrance, get onto State House Road near St Andrew’s Church, go past St Paul’s Cathedral, YMCA Nairobi Central, University of Nairobi Halls of residence, and past the Arboretum Drive junction. At the point where State House road makes a sharp left turn, take the little road that goes straight ahead. The Nairobi Arboretum main entrance is about 300m ahead. There’s also a car park at the main entrance for vehicles. Another entrance to the park is on Arboretum Drive in Kileleshwa.
Nairobi City Tour
One of the first stops of the Nairobi tour is the bustling Nairobi City Market. If you are looking for unique gifts and souvenirs, you will find a wide selection of local handicrafts here, including unique soapstone carvings, wood carvings and the famous Kenyan hand-woven baskets “kiondos”. If you are prepared to barter, you can pick up some great bargains. Other tour of Nairobi highlights include the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, the National Museum, Parliament Buildings and Nairobi Snake Park, which was built to educate the public about Kenya’s native snakes and reptiles. During the Nairobi city tour, your friendly local tour guide will be happy to share his vast knowledge of Nairobi by answering any questions you may have. What stands out about Nairobi city above all else is its vibrant energy, which never seems to tire. From shoppers and street vendors to youngsters looking to party the night away, Nairobi buzzes from dawn ‘til dusk. This diverse city tour is a different kind of African experience not to be missed.


David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honour to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation & Management Department. David died 6 months later but his legacy of excellence and the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry and ethics, lives on. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is where you come close to elephant calves. Daphne Sheldrick, As part of the David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation, rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife here at her home just outside of Nairobi National Park. These babies have lost their mothers to poaching, death, injuries, on getting lost in the wild or other tragedies. Daphne and her dedicated staff raise them to be released back into the wild when they are ready. It's worth visiting and witness the humanitarian care to the wildlife and the heart it takes to care. They charge a small entrance fee, instead you can buy a souvenir or donate for the conservation. The Giraffe Center was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata - home of the present centre. Since then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks. The Giraffe Centre is located Langata, approximately 5 km from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya.

It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, that is found only in the grasslands of Africa. In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education centre to his (then still private) giraffe sanctuary. By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor's Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi. The center is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. To reach their drive towards the Nairobi National Park to Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage which is open 1 hr daily. You can visit between 11am and 12 noon every day, and see the elephants being fed and playing. In addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. You can get really close to the elephants. The orphanage also takes in rhinos and so if you are lucky you will get the chance to see a young rhino. Continue to the Karen Blixen Museum, for many years was her home. Later proceed to the Giraffe Centre to see and hand feed the famous endangered species of Rothschild Giraffe and her family