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Feb
23

Cheap flights to Nairobi- We’ve got them.

Book a flight to nairobi before it’s too late.

kenya safari

kenya safari

With the recent news that rebels from the Sudan crossed into Cameroon and killed 300 elephants and that Sierra Leone lost its last elephant in 2009 (imagine that!), it made me realize that these amazing creatures just might be around for long. Especially since the ban on the LEGAL sale of ivory was lifted allowing both legal and of course illegal, because really how much of ivory is legal? Seriously!

Anyways, with such cheap flights to Nairobi and great deals on hotels, and safari packages, there is no reason at all no to go for a few days.

Nairobi is a the perfect combination of raw Africa and refined London. Here you can roam without feeling threatened.

Winter is always a good time to be in Kenya: it is usually dry and the animals are out and about. In the capital, the weather is also super comfortable.

Check out these hotels:

For those of you who have business in the city but maybe have decided to take your family with you to learn about the animals, the Sankara on Woodvale Grove in Westlands ( sankara.com), is reasonable priced at $210 a night, and it has all the amenities of a large hotel — rooftop pool, Thai spa, first-class food — with the feel of a boutique hotel. It’s a great choice if you don’t want to rough it on safari.

sankarra

sankarra

Nairobi Tented Camp is the only place to stay inside Nairobi National Park (nairobitentedcamp.com). Overnight stays, including meals, drinks, park fees and a game drive, are US$335 but that includes everything. And this is where I’d want to be, hop on a flight to nairobi, get picked up at the airport and BAM! Be out here where elephants talk all night long.

Nairobi Tented Camp

Nairobi Tented Camp

If you’re on a budget, Wildebeest Camp off Ngong Road near the city center (wildebeestcamp. com) offers the option of rooms, dorm beds, basic tents, more palatial safari tents, or camping with your own equipment. Doubles from $30 including breakfast.

Check out the view:

kicc nairobi

kicc nairobi

The 30-floor Kenyatta International Conference Centre is Nairobi’s iconic structure that towers over the city. A fast lift takes you to the viewing deck, from where there are unobstructed views across the city — and on clear days, north to Mount Kenya and south to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Lunch:

weird fish design at seven

weird fish design at seven

The fusion restaurant Seven at ABC Place in Westlands (experienceseven.com) is a fresh and friendly new seafood and grill venue. A big salade niçoise or an Ultimate burger and fries can really hit the spot.

An aperitif

thorn tree

thorn tree

The Thorn Tree CafĂ©, at the Sarova Stanley Hotel (sarovahotels.com), is a g rat for a drink but what’s really special about this place is that it’s a shrine to pre-internet backpacking in Africa, when the noticeboard on the thorn tree carried messages from travelers heading out.

Dining with the locals

Haandi in The Mall, Westlands provides a broad spectrum of Nairobi dinnertime life. North Indian food is prepared in the on-show kitchen. Dishes include a diwani haandi, featuring peas, beans and cauliflower cooked in ginger and garlic, great for veggies.

Sunday morning: go to church

nairobi all saints

nairobi all saints

Nairobi’s main church is All Saints Cathedral (allsaintsnairobi.org), the focus of many pro-democracy rallies over the years. Services on Sundays include Holy Communion at 7am, and modern services at 8am and 9.30am. This is an experience not to be missed.

Out to brunch

Book a table well in advance at the outdoor River CafĂ© in the verdant suburb of Rosslyn. There’s a garden and space for the kids to play.

brunch!

brunch!

A walk in the park

karura forest waterfall

karura forest waterfall

Also in the northern suburbs, the recently opened Karura Forest is a secure and delightful sanctuary of indigenous rainforest and blue gum plantation. Wildlife includes bushbuck and monkeys. Popular with joggers and dog walkers, it has marked trails to waterfalls.

The holy grail

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is the city’s crown  and glory, nearly 120 square kilometers of rolling savannah starting in the southern suburbs.

Unfenced along its southern boundary, the park is home to nearly all the plains wildlife. You have as good a chance of seeing a lion kill here as anywhere — and perhaps a better chance of seeing rare black rhinos.

For rewarding close-up encounters with baby pachyderms, call in at the elephant and rhino orphanage on the west side of the park. This is why you book those flights to nairobi in the first place. You can stay in the city and see the wildlife.

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