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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.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Quintessential Kenya

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Classic Kenya

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Set departure

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small 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. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Safari & Wildlife

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Eka Hotel

A landmark along Mombasa Road, Eka Hotel Nairobi is ideally located with easy access to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport, only... Find out more

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Giraffe Manor

Dating back to the 1930's and based on a Scottish sporting lodge, Giraffe Manor has become one of Nairobi's most historical and iconic buildings. Although... Find out more

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Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi is the sister hotel to the famous Hemingways in Watamu. A plantation style property with views of the Ngong Hills is an exceptional... Find out more

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Ngong House, Nairobi

The luxurious private Ngong House is located in the Langata in Nairobi, overlooking the Ngong Hills. Main accommodation includes 6 Luxury Tree Houses,... Find out more

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THE EMAKOKO

Bordering the Nairobi National Park, Emakoko is a family owned and run property, just 45 minutes from both the international and domestic airports in... Find out more

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Kicheche Offer, Kenya

Kenya

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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Naibor, Kenya

Kenya

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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Quintessential Kenya

Kenya

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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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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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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