Nairobi isn’t often on travelers’ radars for African destinations, but this lively city has a lot to offer as a bookend to your safari. Whether you’re coming off a long haul flight and need a place to recharge or just coming off a safari and need one last dose of Kenyan magic before heading home, Nairobi has an accommodation and activity option for everyone.
Having visited the city countless times, the Mango team has refined its list of favorite guesthouses and boutique hotels to a fabulous collection that range from romantic retreats to family friendly escapes. Top of our list is the Giraffe Manor, a world famous hotel where habituated giraffes live right in the gardens. Every morning they will stop by the windows of your bedroom and the dining room for a morning treat. You wake up to a giraffe tapping on your second story bedroom window, looking for their morning snack, and enjoy your gourmet breakfast with a giraffe looking over your shoulder. It’s a must-stay destination for Nairobi, kids and adults alike will be absolutely thrilled by it. We certainly were!
If you have a little longer in the city, we love a mix of culture and nature. Take a game drive through Nairobi National Park, where you can see all the wildlife set against the skyline of the city – the best of Africa’s past and present in one scene.
Stop by the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or Rothschild Giraffe Center to see the unbelievably adorable baby elephants, rhinos and giraffes that are being hand-raised by dedicated experts. Kids will especially love both of these experiences. At the Rothschild Giraffe Center, you can handfeed the animals, which is a great opportunity if you didn’t stay at Giraffe Manor.
Next time you’re in Nairobi, think beyond a quick overnight and a shuttle to the airport. This vibrant city offers so much! Our team at Mango can help you plan out the perfect stopover, no matter what your travel style is.