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The name of this capital and largest city of Kenya comes from the Maasai phrase meaning "the place of cool waters". Both Mount Kenya to the north and Mount Kilimanjaro to the south east are visible from Nairobi on a clear day. Many 20th century novels have been set in Nairobi, the most famous undoubtedly 'Out of Africa', written by Karen Blixen as her account of living in Kenya in the early 20th century. The film won 7 Academy Awards and its popularity prompted the opening of Nairobi's Karen Blixen Museum. 


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Useful info

Fly to

Nairobi or Mombasa

flying time

8 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

December - March, July - October

Weather

Kenya's equatorial location ensures warm weather year round, though it can be cool at night and first thing in the morning. There are two rain seasons, the long rains occur from late March to early June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.

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Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara, Kenya

Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara, Kenya

Save up to £900 per family
There has never been a better time to book a family safari at Sanctuary Olonana. With this exclusive offer, one child under 16 years who shares a tent with his or her parents will stay for free. The saving is based on a 3 night stay at Sanctuary Olonana travelling in the high season. Valid for travel between 3rd January - 31st December 2014 and from 1st January to 20th December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

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