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Africa, Kenya, Zebras graze in  Nairobi national park with the Nairobi skyline in the background.

Nairobi Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    1. Destinations
    2. Africa
    3. Kenya
    4. Nairobi

    Travel to Nairobi on Vacation

    Nairobi—whose name derives from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, or “cool water”—transcends the initial impressions of its name. Visiting the Nairobi National Museum or the Nairobi National Park, which is home to 400 species of birds, reminds you of the city’s storied culture. But the beating pulse of the city can be found on the street, where the Masai Market, local coffee shops, and bustling barbeque restaurants have given the green city a new edge.

    1. The Ngong Hills viewed over the beautiful lush natural northern Nairobi rural countryside in Kenya, Africa

      1. Ngong Hills

    2. View on the entrance of the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi, Kenya

      2. Karen Blixen Museum

    3. Giraffe centre in Nairobi in Kenia

      3. Giraffe Center

    4. Young lions in Nairobi National Park in Kenya

      4. Nairobi National Park

    Things to Do in Nairobi

    1. Ngong Hills

    The sleepy, rolling Ngong Hills were a source of inspiration for Beyond Africa, Karen Blixen’s seminal colonial novel. Her descriptions take on significance when you look upon these peaceful hills for the first time: verdant pathways lead into the sky and, on the other side, views of the Great Rift Valley drop over 3,281 feet below.

    2. Karen Blixen Museum

    Blixen’s spirit lives beyond the Ngong Hills, and the titular museum which her name now ascribes is a paean to her lifework. The Karen Blixen Museum has now become an unmissable excursion in Nairobi. Having lived onsite in the early 20th century, Blixen transformed the former coffee plantation into an inspiring place, visible in the various pieces of furniture, photographs, and bronze bust that have been pristinely memorialized.

    3. Giraffe Center

    As one of the most important nature reserves and breeding stations for giraffes in East Africa, the Giraffe Center in Nairobi is unmissable if you’re an admirer of these craned giants. Here, you’ll be able to feed the friendly Rothschild giraffes from towering platforms—and let them lick the pellets from your hand with their raspy tongues.

    4. Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi National Park may be only four miles away from Nairobi, but the unkept wilderness you’ll find here is second to none. Cheetahs, leopards, lions, and Masai giraffes roam freely there, not to mention Black Rhinos: the park is one of the few places where you can still see these beasts in the wild. Here, a unique world opens up and gives you detailed insights into the wildlife of the savanna. Less

    Visit Nairobi on These Tours

    1. Spot zebras in the Serengeti on a safari in Tanzania and Kenya

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      $3,988

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    2. See Elephants walk in the green plains of kenya with a mountain in the background on a Masai Mara safari

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      $3,176

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    3. See the wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara National Park on a Kenyan safari

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      $2,052

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

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