Nairobi: Still a City in the Sun?

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Nairobi has the country’s main international airport, so you will probably arrive in this city as you start your business trip or safari in Kenya. For the night, or nights, you will spend in this city, explore its attractions. This city offers unlimited outdoor adventures, a rich metropolitan culture and numerous sightseeing spots.

The most exciting things to do in Nairobi are:

  • Game viewing – the best places to see wildlife in the city are David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi National Park, Silole Sanctuary and the Giraffe Centre.
  • Sightseeing & city tour – Nairobi Railway Museum, Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi Galley are some of the places to visit.
  • Hiking – nature trails in and around the city include Karura Forest and Oloolua Nature Trail.

Where to Eat:

In this city, you can enjoy a sumptuous meal in an on-site restaurant at the hotel you are staying, or you can enjoy the culinary skills of chefs in major restaurants around the city.  Of course, on-site restaurants in some hotels are exemplary. For example, Serena Hotel has one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city. Other hotels whose chefs craft tantalising meals include Sarova Stanley Hotel and the Tribe Hotel.

Buffet breakfast set-up at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Buffet breakfast set-up at Sarova Stanley Hotel.

To sample cuisines from different parts of the world, you can dine in a restaurant that serves African, Chinese, Japanese, French or Ethiopian dishes. In upmarket spots like Kilimani and Gigiri, there is always an ethnic restaurant close to you.

Where to Stay:

This city has most of the country’s top hotels, ranging from lavish to budget-friendly hostels. You can stay within the city centre, close to the airport, near attractions like the national park or in suburbs around the city. Here are a few examples of top hotels, for different budgets.

Luxury:

Sarova Stanley Hotel – city centre

The Tribe Hotel – Gigiri

Radisson Blu Hotel – Upper Hill

Villa Rosa Kempinski – Westlands

Mid-range:

Nanchang Hotel – Westlands

Sentrim 680 Hotel – City Centre

Budget:

Kenya Continental Hotel – Westlands

Eron Hotel – Kirinyaga Road

Airport View Plaza Hotel – Close to JKIA

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