A modern, young, thriving and extraordinarily diverse city with a population of over 5 million, Nairobi is the undisputed commercial, financial, cultural, tech and tourist capital of East Africa. Nairobi National Park forms the southern boundary of the city and its 29,000 acres of savannah and woodland hosts a huge quantity and diversity of wildlife. It is also home to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage, and the AFEW Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum are nearby in the leafy suburbs of Karen and Langata at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

An eclectic and intriguing amalgam of the post-colonial, the traditionally African and the modern, international and high-tech, Nairobi has grown and developed almost beyond recognition over the past two decades. Home to UN agencies, embassies, NGOs and international businesses, it has a large and diverse expatriate population and a cosmopolitan cultural and culinary scene.  Amidst a growing collection of new and exciting restaurants, some of our favourite places to eat and drink are Cultiva in Langata, The Talisman in Karen and The Social House in Lavington.

The Circle Art Gallery in Kilimani stages exhibitions of East Africa’s best modern art in a world-class new gallery space, while The Opportunity Factory in Karen is a hands-on hub for craft and creativity.  A number of other excellent galleries, artists’ collectives, boutique shopping centres and arts & craft emporia are dotted around the city.  Getting around Nairobi has never been easier – the new Expressway and network of ring roads have greatly improved access to and through the city, and its reputation as traffic-clogged and hazardous is very largely a thing of the past.

Nairobi enjoys excellent international connections including direct flights to and from the UK on British Airways and Kenya Airways who also fly direct to New York and other international destinations. Other carriers serving Kenya daily include Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Emirates – their flights arrive and depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is 30 minutes from central Nairobi. There are numerous daily domestic flights to and from the Kenya Coast, Masai Mara and other local airports – many depart from Wilson Airport which is close to Nairobi National Park and just 20 minutes from JKIA.

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