Two nights in Nairobi

There’s a lot to love about the hustle and bustle in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Many of our YPA travelers book a short two-night stay in Nairobi before their ‘real’ safari starts, and they’re always pleasantly surprised by what the city has to offer.

Here’s a quick need-to-know from our founders, Nick and Ashley… 

Where to stay

Manzili House

After a long international flight, Manzili House is an oasis of luxury that’s situated conveniently close to the airport. It’s an intimate, luxury guest house that boasts 4 rooms in the main house (which works well for couples), a pool, and a separate 2-bedroom family house.

“We booked the family house (Ndoto House), checked in late, and woke up feeling refreshed to a beautiful day in Kenya. It’s away from the crowds and an easy place to love.”

The Emakoko boutique safari lodge in Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is a short drive out of Nairobi’s CBD, making it the ultimate city and safari experience. It’s so close that you can even go on a game drive right after you’ve checked in.

“We’re always on the hunt for great two-bedroom family suites – and even better if the lodge knows how to make a great Dawa (local cocktail). We saw rhino and lions with cubs – needless to say, we were all delighted.”

Giraffe Manor

If you book far enough in advance, a stay at the world-famous Giraffe Manor is everything it’s hyped up to be. This exclusive boutique hotel is undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay in the world, offering extraordinary wildlife encounters (including feeding their resident herd of endangered Rothchild’s giraffes while you have breakfast!), with luxury hospitality and a long-term commitment to giraffe conservation. Giraffe Manor, Hotel Nairobi – The Safari Collection  

Give back by visiting an elephant orphanage

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. To support the amazing work they do, book a space to join the orphaned elephants at their midday mud bath and milk feed at the orphanage in Nairobi National Park.

Support the local art scene

There are so many galleries to visit in Nairobi. One of our favorites, however, is Anthony Russell’s space. Born and raised in Kenya and the UK, Anthony is an artist, designer, musician, philanthropist and conservationist with a passion for lions and Masai culture. He has drawn upon a lifetime of experience in the African wilderness and a deep knowledge of tribal culture to create iconic art.

“I love his wildlife focused style and energy,” says Nick.”He’s a fun guy to hang out and spend time with. His vibe is infectious, and we are excited about his new private hosted experience in the Maasai Mara.”

Ashley adds: “A visit to Anthony’s home will inspire anyone, even if you aren’t particularly interested in art. The walls are alive with stunning pieces, widely varied and each captivating in some way. Anthony plays with layers, whether it’s photography and paint, or textured items such as feathers, each piece is unique. We now have an Anthony Russell piece hanging in our office and shipping it home from Kenya was possible.”

Time to shop

    At fashion designer Anna Trzebinski’s long-time Nairobi home 

Anna Trzebinski’s long-time home is now a boutique hotel, along with her own studio and a separate shop selling beautiful local brands. It’s a wonderfully colorful space and boasts the popular Deck & Egg Bar for spectacular views, eats and drinks over a lagoon of water.

    At Utamaduni Craft Market

Utamaduni is an artisan craft market situated in the heart of Langata, Nairobi, that you don’t want to miss! Picture an old Kikuyu house with 18 rooms or ‘shops’ to explore, full of treasures like authentic fabrics, toys, baskets, beads, soaps, wooden artefacts, jewelry, and clothing.

Restaurants we love

The local cuisine is full of flavor and won’t disappoint. Here are some of our favorites that our YPA clients loved too!  

    For fresh, healthy dishes, vegetarian options, and a vibey garden setting: Boho Eatery.

    For foodies who appreciate farm-to-table dining: Cultiva.

    For those wanting something unique (by appointment only – private bookings are required): Sheba’s Secret Garden.

    For a classic favorite and staple in Nairobi, boasting its own organic garden: Talisman.

    For a quick bite at an old favorite that prioritizes fresh, local ingredients: Mat Bronze Café.

If you need advice on how to maximize your time in Kenya, including a short but interesting stopover in Nairobi, get in touch and we’ll help plan the perfect trip.

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