Kenya’s capital city serves as a major gateway to and from the entire East African safari circuit and is the hub where most Kenyan safaris start and end, and a good place to stock up on last-minute essentials before you venture into the wilderness.
Having seen a lot of development over the last decade, Nairobi is now one of Africa’s largest cities, and one of its most interesting. A place of great contrast, the modern world has caught up with it, but local culture and traditions are still very apparent – it’s not uncommon to see a Maasai warrior in traditional dress speaking on a mobile phone or riding a motorbike.
Tourists attractions run the gamut from a dynamic bar and restaurant scene, to museums and markets (one of the best places in East Africa for souvenir hunting). A unique day trip worth looking into is a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant and rhino orphanage in Nairobi National Park. Here a dedicated team of conservationists and carers rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and orphaned baby elephants, rhinos, and other animals. Open for limited visiting hours each day, it’s an opportunity to see them close up while contributing to this cause.
As with any capital city, Nairobi’s accommodation options are abundant and range from luxurious hotels to more affordable lodges, so you’ll easily be able to find something that suits your needs and budget.