Nairobi Journals

The Green City in the Sun

An April 2005 trip to Nairobi by vc81

Holiday Inn Nairobi Photo, Nairobi, Kenya More Photos
Quote: I stopped over in Nairobi on my way to Seychelles, and was shown around the city by a local friend. I was immediately charmed by the atmosphere, the architecture, and the people.

The Green City in the Sun

Overview

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Despite the terrible stories of crime, I found Nairobi to be a charming city, steeped in colonial architecture, bursting with interesting museums, bustling markets, historical attractions including the Karen Blixen Museum, and with the animals of the African bush nearby in the Giraffe Centre and National Park. The European, African, and Indian cuisine is exquisite, the people welcoming and friendly, and everything is so cheap! Quick Tips: Nairobi is situated at a higher altitude than the rest of Kenya and the climate is noticeably cooler, so it is essential to bring some warm clothing.It is unadvisable to drink the tap water due to poor purification and carriage systems in the city....Read More

Holiday Inn Nairobi

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Hotel | "Nairobi Holiday Inn"

Holiday Inn Nairobi Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Nairobi Holiday Inn was converted from a 1940s colonial hotel, The Mayfair Court, and has retained much of that old time character. It is a large hotel, with 171 rooms, but there is a very personal atmosphere, and the staff are exceptional. Even though I was only there for a short stay, I was greeted by name every time I went to the reception, and even the gardeners and security guards never failed to say “jambo” in passing. The hotel rambles around two large swimming pools, and pretty gardens, and when inside you forget you are anywhere near a city. My room was right at the very end of the building, in an older, unrenovated section of the hotel. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2005

Holiday Inn Nairobi
Parklands Road
Nairobi, Kenya
+254 02037409201

The Norfolk Hotel Restaurants

Restaurant | "The Norfolk Hotel"

The Norfolk Hotel Restaurants Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Norfolk is one of Nairobi’s elegant old colonial buildings. Opened in 1904, the luxurious hotel has been host to many renowned guests, including Theodore Roosevelt and Lord Badon-Powell, and was the point of arrival for many of Nairobi’s white colonial settlers. Even though it was recently renovated, with the decor being updated, this is still a fascinating hotel steeped in history, and due to the favourable exchange rate, the supreme luxury and atmosphere is affordable to even a traveller on a shoestring budget. The Hibiscus Lounge is a large comfortable sitting area and bar, with attendants on hand to knock up some sophisticated cocktails, and it is a lovely place to soak up the glamou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

The Norfolk Hotel Restaurants
Harry Thuku Rd.
Nairobi, Kenya 40064
250900

Karen Blixen Museum

Attraction | "Karen Blixen House"

Karen Blixen Museum Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Karen Blixen House Museum is located in the wealthy, leafy suburb of Karen, only 15 minutes from central Nairobi, yet the quiet, tree-lined, spacious streets seem a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Baroness von Blixen emigrated to Kenya from Denmark to marry her cousin, and ran a coffee farm on this site from 1914-31. Her charming wood-panelled colonial house is now open as a museum, and can be looked around on an interesting guided tour, which includes the bedrooms, library, living room, dining room, and outside kitchen. The furniture is from the period and was either Blixen’s or purchased for the movie adapted from her au...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2005

Karen Blixen Museum
Museum Hill
Nairobi, Kenya
254-20-3742131

Langatta Giraffe Center

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Attraction | "The Giraffe Centre"

Langatta Giraffe Center Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Giraffe Centre is located in the wealthy suburb of Langata in the grounds of the magnificent colonial mansion Giraffe Manor. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife was founded in 1979, and has been instrumental in saving the beautiful Rothschild giraffe sub-species from extinction, breeding new groups to be released into the national parks, as well as providing essential environmental education to the public. The small group of resident giraffes emerge from the bush to be hand-fed, the sociable adults walking boldly up to the visitors, the bashful baby giraffes lingering in the background. Visitors climb up to a wooden platform, at a level headi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2005

Langatta Giraffe Center
In the Karen Area, near Giraffe Manor
Nairobi, Kenya