24 hours in Nairobi
Written by Mark Eveleigh Illustration by Patrick Hruby
Two unique new urban safari venues have recently opened, offering ideal bases for the perfect 24 hours in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
It’s just 20 minutes since you collected your baggage at Nairobi Airport, and you’re already driving among herds of buffalo, giraffe, and rhino, across savannah that seems to stretch into the very heart of the African wilderness.
The Kenyan capital is the gateway to some of the most spectacular wildlife venues on the planet, and Nairobi National Park has traditionally been overlooked as the smaller cousin of wilderness wonderlands such as Masai Mara and Amboseli. Two unique new accommodation options are now making safari connoisseurs think again. Now you can be on a game drive, peacefully watching lions and hippos, while others are still battling through Nairobi’s notorious traffic towards a city-centre hotel.
The Emakoko (emakoko.com) offers spectacular lodge facilities, in spacious bungalows, while Nairobi Tented Camp (nairobitentedcamp.com) surprises visitors with the realisation that unabashed luxury is entirely possible even when you sleep under canvas.
Both Nairobi Tented Camp and Emakoko can supply chauffeur-driven vehicles for tours to any part of the city, and they have specially equipped 4WDs for exploring the park itself.
Nairobi’s infamous traffic system makes public transport – usually privately run matatu (combis) unattractive for most visitors.