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What we love

The gateway to Kenya, Nairobi is the perfect base for a short city stay before or after your safari holiday and offers plenty of things to see and do.



The destination

The go-to destination when flying in and out of Kenya, the capital city of Nairobi makes the perfect place to stopover either before or after you embark on a safari in some of East Africa’s best loved reserves and national parks. Home to its very own national park, which houses over 50 black rhinos and offers great chances for spotting lions, giraffes, hyenas and 400 bird species, Nairobi National Park is one of the only parks in the world to be bordered by a capital city.

Despite its ‘concrete jungle’ feel, Nairobi is definitely worth a visit during your time in Kenya, and we feel it offers more than just an ‘airport stopover’. With several interesting museums, art galleries and animal parks, there’s plenty to see and do for all ages. The National Museum and Giraffe Centre are a must, and the Karen Blixen House, home to the Out of Africa author for 17 years, is a colonial property set in beautiful gardens which has been preserved as a museum and is a great place to wander around.

Where to stay

There is a range of hotels to suit every style of traveller, and a selection of our favourite ones are listed below. This is just a sample though, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 227376, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 

Who should visit?

We believe Nairobi is great for families or couples looking for somewhere to stay before or after a week on safari. Its close proximity to the airport makes it the perfect place to base yourself before heading off to explore other parts of beautiful Kenya.

When to visit?

July – September, during the country’s dry season, is one of the best times to visit Kenya, particularly because of the Great Migration that occurs every year during these months. Although game drives during this time can be crowded in the more popular areas, we know all the best places to escape the crowds, so it’s a fantastic time of year to visit Kenya. Outside of the peak period, and outside the ‘long rain’ season (April-May) you can find excellent wildlife viewing all year round, with a fraction of the visitor numbers and many bargains to be had.

Passports and visas 

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is required for all visits to Kenya, and you can either apply upon arrival at the airport, or online before you travel to minimise queuing time at the airport.


Top tips

  • Kick-start your time in Kenya with a stopover in Nairobi before or after a busy week on safari
  • Enjoy a hotel breakfast like you’ve never seen before during a stay at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor -admire these beautiful animals as they poke their heads into the windows of the breakfast room whilst you dine!
  • Don’t miss Nairobi National Park, one of the only national parks in the world which borders a capital city
  • There are plenty of museums to keep you occupied, including the Nairobi National Museum which houses a cultural collection of bird and animal archaeological discoveries


Local currency: Kenyan Shilling

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)             

Time zone: GMT +3 hours

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