Nairobi is easily one of my favorite African cities. I was initially terrified of the place. It does have a reputation. After living there for a few months, then visiting again often things totally changed. There is a lot of great stuff here. It's a fairly easy place to move around (minus the...more
Not only are cheeky little elephants the funnest thing on earth but the way they are cared for here is so inspiring. I was fortunate enough to work in Tsavo East national park, where the adolescent graduates from Sheldrick's go on to the next stage to learn how to be wild elephants. This is closed...more
It might seem counterintuitive to visit a zoo while in Africa but the Nairobi Safari Walk is worth a look. Whether it's the albino zebras you're interested in or the very rare bongo, a type of antelope you probably won't ever see in the wild, there are enough unusual animals there to...more
You might see other tourists here but it is mainly for the locals. The open-air meat markets and veggie stands say it all. Still, you can find some unique jewelry and cloths, called kikoys or kangas, here.
It's no grand terminal but there is a kind of romance about hopping aboard a plane here, about to be whisked off into the Masai Mara or Meru national park. Traffic can be dense around here during certain times of the day, so ask locals about that if you need to get there....more
Karen camp is a home away from home for me. A good spot for backpackers. It is far from luxurious but the rooms do the job. There's usually a good crowd there as a lot of the overland trucks stay at the camp. It's a great place if you are looking to meet up with other travelers or expats to get...more
It is the only national park within an African city. You'll find a surprising amount of wildlife at this park, all with the towering buildings of downtown Nairobi in the background. The entrance is at the headquarters for the Kenya Wildlife Service, which is also where you'll find the...more