There is plenty to see and do in Nairobi and it’s definitely worth spending a night or two in Kenya’s capital before or after your safari. It is one of the few cities in the world that can boast its own national park, offering a great introduction to Kenya’s wildlife - including lion, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, hyena and leopard. Nearby, you can interact with the long-legged residents at the Giraffe Centre or watch the antics of the baby orphan elephants being bottle-fed at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Learn more about Karen Blixen, author of ‘Out of Africa’, with a visit to her home, now a museum. Stay in the foothills of the Ngong Hills at the luxurious plantation-style Hemingways Nairobi or meet the curious residents of Giraffe Manor, perfect for families.
A drive through Nairobi National Park provides you with a great introduction to Kenya’s wildlife and makes for some interesting photography with the city skyline as a back drop. Learn how the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife are protecting the Rothschild giraffe with a visit to the Giraffe Centre in Karen, before seeing the charming elephant orphans as they are bottle-fed at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Karen Blixen Museum
Author of ‘Out of Africa’, Karen Blixen’s former home is now a fascinating museum giving a great insight into her life. Originally from Denmark, Karen and her Swedish husband made the farmhouse their home, inspiring the opening lines of her autobiography: ‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills’. Explore the lovely colonial house, surrounded by expansive gardens.
There are plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs in Nairobi with beadwork, pottery and wooden carvings some of the most popular purchases.
The temperature in Nairobi remains fairly constant throughout the year, though two wet seasons occur annually - one in spring and one in autumn. June and July are the driest months, experiencing pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine. April, May and November experience the most rainfall.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Nairobi.
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From London Heathrow to Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.
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