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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.
For some, Nairobi only serves as a transit point en route to Kenya’s many exceptional wildlife reserves, however the city has much to offer in its own right, either at the beginning or end of your safari. The leafy suburb of Karen with its backdrop of the Ngong Hills is the perfect base from where to visit the aforementioned Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi’s giraffe sanctuary or the excellent Sheldrick Trust’s elephant orphanage. Or you may choose to stay within Nairobi’s own National Park where surreal encounters with lion and elephant are common with the backdrop of Nairobi’s modern cityscape.
Suggested accommodation in Nairobi Holidays
Ngong House, Nairobi
The Norfolk Hotel
Suggested itineraries in Kenya
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
Nights: 25 | from £70,600
An incredible around-the-world trip by private jet taking in spectacular destinations, like Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Monaco over 25 nights.
Highlights of Kenya
Nights: 7 | from £3,625
Track lions, hang out with chimpanzees, learn from the Masai and go on game drives through Kenya on our 9 day Kenyan adventure.
Nights: 7 | from £3,600
Search for the ‘Big Five’ and other wildlife while you explore Kenya’s national parks with expert guides and local Masai and Saburu residents.
Nights: 8 | from £4,995
An 8 night African adventure tracking the Big 5 in the famous Masai Mara and exploring Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Small Luxury Group Journeys - Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari
Nights: 13 | from £5,135
This 13 night itinerary through Kenya and Tanzania includes gorgeous lodges and daily game drives into the finest national parks and game reserves.
Islands, Savannahs and the Amazon by Private Jet
Nights: 26 | from £80,689
Fly around the world on an exclusive private jet journey, taking in the mighty Amazon, tropical Samoa and mysterious Papua New Guinea, captivating Asia and the beautiful plains of Kenya.
Out of Africa
Nights: 10 | from £7,775
Follow in the footsteps of silver screen legends on our 11-day Out of Africa tour of Kenya.
Family Luxury Small Group Journey - Family Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nights: 14 | from £7,475
Visiting Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park And Masai Mara Game Reserve
A Family Safari to Kenya
Nights: 8 | from £5,340
Perfect for your first family safari, this magical trip means getting up close and personal with the 'Big 5': lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes.
Price from £5,670 per person saving up to £600 per person for 8 nights
There has never been a better time to travel to Kenya and stay at Sanctuary Olonana. With this exclusive offer save £600 per person on our Quintessential Kenya itinerary. Price from £5,670 per person including international fligths, accommodation on a full board basis and two daily safari activities based on two people sharing a double/twin. The saving is based on travelling in high season between 01 July and 20th September 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
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Save up to £475pp on 6 nights from £3,150pp
Book a six night holiday to Kenya and receive a free night when staying four nights. Includes three nights and Kicheche Laikipia and three nights at Kicheche Mara. Prices from £3,150pp including international flights and six nights' accommodation. Valid for travel until 31st December 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Save up to £585pp on 7 nights from £3,535pp
Book a seven night holiday to Kenya and receive a free night when staying four nights. Includes three nights at Kicheche Laikipia and four nights at Naibor, Masai Mara. Prices from £3,535pp including international flights and seven nights' accommodation. Valid for travel until 15th July 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Nairobi or Mombasa
8 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
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.