Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city which historically and still to this day, is considered to be the international gateway hub to East Africa. More often than not, due to flight arrival times and logistics, travellers on an East Africa curcuit to Kenya and Tanzania will need to ovenight in Nairobi either on the way in or out of the National Parks and Game Reserves.

It is a big, busy, vibrant city that never sleeps complete with skyscrapers and a bustling downtown where you’ll have the opportunity to get an impression of life in modern urban Africa.

Depending on your budget and traveling style, there are some great accommodation options – ranging from big full service hotels to characterful boutique hotels, steeped in history tucked safely away in the quiet leafy suburb of Karen. staying in Karen is conveniently close to the best attractions and nicest restaurants and craft markets. Karen is also closer to Wilson Airport.

There are two airports – the Jomo Kenyata International Airport which links you to other nearby international destinations like Dar es Salaam and Mombasa and the smaller Wilson Airport from which travellers into the other destinations in Kenya or charter flights into the game reserves. Depending on your routing, you may need to factor in the 40 minute transfer between the two airports.

Being the gateway to Africa and within close proximity to national parks and private reserves, Nairobi has a wide range of wildlife and visitors on a layover in the city can also enjoy animal interactions – For example, with elephants at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, with giraffe at Giraffe Foundation

A popular accommodation option if you have the budget, is Giraffe Manor where the resident herd of Rothschild giraffe are known to poke their heads through the windows of the breakfast room!

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A beautiful ivy-clad manor with giraffes roaming the grassy meadow before visiting guests for breakfast, Giraffe Manor isn’t a Disney animation, but a luxury guesthouse in the green suburbs of Nairobi. Set in 12 hectares of private land within the indigenous Langata forest in the upmarket suburb of Karen, the property is home to a giraffe sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Read More

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A quiet and comfortable guesthouse in the green leafy Karen suburb of Nairobi, Macushla House is perfectly set up for a restful stopover before or after a Kenyan safari. Within easy distance of the Giraffe House, Karen Blixen Museum and David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage Macushla is also conveniently placed for Wilson airport where safari flights depart, and is a haven of peace in a busy city. Read More

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A peaceful boutique hotel set in verdant gardens in Nairobi’s upmarket suburb of Karen, House of Waine is the perfect place to relax after a long haul flight before heading out on a Kenya safari. With the welcoming ambience of a spacious family home, beautifully maintained 2.5 acre garden and heated swimming pool and friendly staff who look after every detail with warm hospitality, it’s a soothing sanctuary from the bustle of the city and conveniently close to Wilson Airport. Read More

The grande dame of Nairobi, Fairmont The Norfolk has been at the centre of the city’s high life for 110 years now. Today it offers an oasis of peace in the middle of the bustling city that has grown up around it, welcoming safari and business travellers alike with professional and dedicated service and all the five star amenities you’d expect. Built around several lush courtyard gardens, this well placed Nairobi hotel is surrounded by a choice of restaurants and bars. Read More

Contemporary grandeur with a colonial flavour, Hemingways Nairobi is a brand new boutique hotel set in luscious grounds that truly is an oasis of serenity away from the bustle of the city centre. Located in the upmarket suburb of Karen, with leafy views over the Ngong hills, echoes of a bygone age are re-interpreted for Read More Read More