About Nairobi Kenya

For many, Nairobi, Kenya's capital city is either somewhere to arrive and quickly transfer to another destination or for a place for a brief, reluctant overnight stop before going home or heading for the game parks. In fact most visitors arriving at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta international airport then transfer immediately to nearby Wilson Airport for their short flight to the bush, or pick up their short flight to the bush, or pick up their safari van for the overland trip to their lodge or camp. And they do exactly the same in reserve on their way home.
It a pity because Nairobi has a lot to offer even though its fair to say that many of its attractions are not always immediately apparent to the fleeting visitor.

Not only do Nairobi posses some real hidden games, but there is a host of attraction within easy striking distance of the city to delight even the hardest bitten and world weary travelers. For a start, there is Nairobi national park headquarters of the Kenya wildlife service and the only game park of its kind to be located near the capital city. Covering 117 sq km. its also East Africa’s oldest game park. And so there cannot be many airports in Africa where its common to see giraffe or a herd of antelope on your way into the city.

Opportunity in Nairobi
Right along side the entrance to Nairobi game reserve is the Nairobi education centre animal orphanage, which is not only a refuge for young animals but also provides an opportunity for visitors, especially local school children, to interact with some of Kenya’s best known wildlife.

Not far from Nairobi game reserve and on the same road heading out of town in the direction of the delightfully elegant suburb of Karen named after Danish author Karen Blixen are the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust’s elephant sanctuary and the giraffe Manor, which is also a rather splendid small hotel, surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest. The David Sheldrick wildlife trust is a sanctuary for orphaned elephants and visitors can actually watch them being fed by their keepers.

These two attractions make an ideal combined visit and can be linked to a lunch or dinner at the Karen Blixen coffee garden or the Karen country club. It’s also possible to visit the Karen Blixen museum, located in the original farmhouse where the author lived from 1914 to 1931. The house was presented to the Kenyan government at the time of independence by the Danish government.

With Access Africa Tours Kenya origins, our local knowledge is unrivalled, and we are best placed to provide our clients with their ideal holiday.
Safaris cover the full range of Kenya's most famous national parks and game reserves in combinations that meet the requirements of most visitors. However, for those who require something a little bit different, is it walking tour or camel trek, a camping safari, flying safari or trekking route, our wealth of local knowledge and infrastructure can assist in putting together the perfect tailor-made itinerary.

Suburbs
On the far side of the city from Karen is another up market suburb, Muthiaga which is also home to Nairobi’s diplomatic corps. The muthiaga country club, an integral part of Kenya’s colonial history, is the sitting for the book white mischief, which tells the true life story of the murder of lord Errol.
Muthiaga Golf club started way back from the early 1900s is the home of the Kenya open. Nairobi has several other excellent golf clubs as well as enjoying the perfect climate in which to play the game.
For those interested in Kenya’s colonial past, there is probably no finer example than the Kentmere club the quintessential settlers’ club located in the Tigoni high lands about 20 km from the city centre. It is also possible to stay overnight at the club.

As for Nairobi itself, is the city of wonderful restaurants serving fine locally grown food in carnival surroundings at affordable prices. It’s also a city with a varied and exciting nightlife that doesn’t just come awake on Friday or Saturday. Visitors are sure to receive a warn welcome from whatever establishment they frequent even those that don’t on first inspection look especially promising.
For those who love shopping, there can be no finer experience than a visit to village market. This not only contains an excellent assortment of small shops and some larger stores but also be a place to enjoy a large cup of Kenyan coffee and a light meal in the plaza. Village market is probably the best place to buy locally made handcrafts and curious and is the location for the weekly Masai market on Tuesday at the globe cinema, Saturdays at the city’s high court parking and on Sunday at Yaya centre. The market is also held elsewhere in Nairobi on other days of the week.

All in all Nairobi is a lively exciting and above all, fascinating place to visit. Once you have experienced its treasures, you will want to come back.