Nairobi Journals

Kenya’s Capital – the Safari Hub of Nairobi

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A September 2008 trip to Nairobi by actonsteve

The notorious River Road area of Nairobi Photo, Nairobi, Kenya More Photos
Quote: Bustling, modern, exciting and not a little edgy - the foremost city in East Africa is a feast for the senses. Whether starting or ending your safari - you will pass through Nairobi
Muranga Road Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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IntroNairobi’s reputation precedes it.I found it to be OK, although many tourists pass through – it’s not really a tourist city. It’s one of Africa’s powerhouse cities. A city of skyscrapers, crowds and shantytowns where money passes through the country. But the truth be told you won’t spend much time here. It’s more than likely that you will be here at the start and end of your safari. Which is a shame because it is a city with uniquely African attractions and it has a buzz and life to it that is worth experiencing?You may not think so at first. Nairobi is exceptionally busy – traffic is at a standstill, people rush along the battered pavements ...Read More
The notorious River Road area of Nairobi Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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There are various thrills to travel but none but that rush of adrenalin when you "fit" into your new environment. The creeping realisation that no one is looking at you – no one is going to accost you. You can move from A to B with relative ease, there’s a buzz to fitting in to your new surroundings. You have mastered your new environment – it has not mastered you.I felt that on my first day in Nairobi. This city, like Lagos or Johannesburg has a wicked reputation. It has a sense of edginess amongst travellers and is the recipient of many warnings in the usual guidebooks. But nothing happened to me. Every person I spoke to said that crime was exaggerated – my taxi driver to the Kar...Read More

Meridian Court Hotel

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Hotel | "If Friendliness Could Be Measured?" – the Meridian Court Hotel"

Meridian Court Hotel Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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If stars could be given for friendliness then the Meridian Court hotel is five stars.It’s a big monstrous sixties hotel. Bright orange in colour it has five stories with balconies overlooking the busy streets of Nairobi. It’s situated just outside the centre on the Muranga Road. Muranga Road leads from Moi Avenue down to the massive Matutu stand at the start of the "River Road" area – so there is a constant stream of humanity walking uphill past the Meridian. One word of caution, I thought I’d take a look at the notorious "River Road" figuring I was safe first thing in the morning – a bellboy ran after me and pulled me back. They look after you at the Meridian Court. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2008

Meridian Court Hotel
Njugu Lane - Nairobi Central
Nairobi 00100
+254 (20) 313991

Fairview Hotel

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Hotel | ""A Country Hotel in Nairobi" – The Fairview Hotel"

Fairview Hotel Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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There have been times when I have stumbled back from the Thai jungle, the Australian Outback, the Rajasthani desert or the Brazilian wetlands that only the smothering comfort of a really good hotel will do.I spent three nights under canvas in the Masai Mara so when I got back to Nairobi I thought deserved a bit of luxury. On the hills overlooking Uhuru Park is the Fairview. It’s an old colonial building built out of stone and is tucked away in extensive gardens. Security is very extensive and you have to pass through a roadblock to get to it. Security is so tight as the Israeli Embassy is next door.The forecourt is always busy with taxis and safari vehicles but once past...Read More

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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road
Nairobi 00100
+254 (20) 2881000

Nairobi National Museum

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Attraction | ""I Was a Warthog" - the Nairobi Museum"

Nairobi National Museum  Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The highlight of the Nairobi Museum was Ahmed - a gigantic African bull elephant.Or to be more explicit his skeleton which held court in the central hall and stood 15ft at the shoulder. His claim to fame was his enormous curving tusks which seven foot long. They were things of beauty – like great curls of yellow ivory. Ahmed is seen as special in Kenya. He was a denizen of Marsabit National Park and lived to be eighty. He roamed the mountain national park with a fortune of ivory on his person. The seventies were a time of increased poaching which pushed the elephants in Kenya to the brink of extinction. Letters of concern were sent to President Kenyatta and he arranged for Ahmed to...Read More

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Nairobi National Museum
Museum Hill
Nairobi

Karen Blixen Museum

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Attraction | ""Out of Africa" – The Karen Blixen House"

Karen Blixen Museum Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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I got to see Karen Blixen’s tin opener ...Some people get to see the Elgin marbles, some people get to see the Rosetta stone and I get to see kitchen implements from the 1950’s.I’m being facetious. The Karen Blixen house is very interesting. One of the better things to do in Nairobi. It was time travel back to the Colonial days - of pink gins and pith helmets, of big game hunters and coffee plantations.I two days to kill in Nairobi between the Masai Mara and travelling down to Tanzania and rather than wander the streets of the city centre I took a taxi out to Ngong for about 1500 schillings return trip. Every taxi driver in Nairobi knows where it is or ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2008

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