Our tailor-made Nairobi holidays illuminate the charm of the Kenyan capital, a city that amply rewards those who choose to explore its many charms either before or after their safari. Taking its name from the evocative Maasai phrase meaning ‘the place of cool waters’, Nairobi is often seen merely as a jumping-off point for Kenya’s many incredible wildlife reserves; but to do so means missing out on a wealth of attractions.
On your tour of Nairobi you can explore the popular Karen Blixen Museum, situated in the leafy suburb of Karen. The author of the iconic novel Out of Africa documented her experiences in Nairobi and went on to inspire an Academy Award-winning film. There’s also much to see tucked away in the Ngong Hills which, as well as providing a dramatic backdrop to your stay in the city, harbour a giraffe sanctuary and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage.
Your experienced guide will also be able to take you to Nairobi National Park where, just a short drive from the central business district, you might encounter elephants and lions.
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"Our whole trip went very smoothly , everything was perfect in Zanzibar. Well done and many thanks!!
"Every day I thought 'it couldn't get better than this' - but it did.
Mrs Jane Knight"
"We are experienced travellers and always looking for something a little different. We thought Ethiopia Odyssey was beyond our expectations and to see so many different Unesco World Heritage Sites in one holiday was exceptional. The wildlife content was unexpected and to see so many different types during such a short holiday was surprising. Would recommend Cox & Kings to others and congratulate them for putting together our holiday - the literature and the tour manager were first class.
Mr David King"
"My husband and I both thought the tour was excellent - very well thought out and executed - but John made the trip for us. I would rate him as one of the best tour leaders I have ever encountered - and I state that after travelling widely and frequently for over 40 years. John worked continuously in the most conscientious manner. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he took a huge pride in his work. John definitely added a quality and enjoyment factor to our travelling experience. I hope this young man has a great future in tourism - he is certainly a credit to your company. Our driver was very good, too. I was enchanted by the beauty of the landscape and would love to return to Madagascar sometime in the future. Thank you for show-casing this beautiful island in such a great way.
Mrs Jeanette Ruberry"
"An excellent itinerary. Transfers were seemless.
Mr and Mrs. Johnson"
"Although the rock churches of Lalibela were particularly impressive, it was the overall balance of sights that impressed us: the stelae of Axum and the castles of Gondar plus the magnificence of the Simien Mountains and Lake Tana.
Mr Roger Darlington"
"We had a marvellous time! Our driver Rarjed was brilliant at finding the animals and positioning the car just so. Seeing our first lion on the first day was so exciting. The view of the Masai Mara from Serena Mara lodge was an awe inspiring experience. Watching two male giraffes fighting was an unforgettable sight. As you can see it is impossible to pick the most inspirational moment, the whole trip was a dream come true."
"The tented game reserve at Nkomwasi was sensational. The rangers were excellent in every way accommodation was well above average and the meals up to a very high standard. The second moment was the meal in the vineyard with the four course meal accompanied by wine with every course. The view was absolutely magnificent.
Mr David Buss"
"Ethiopia is an absolutely fascinating country - one which fully deserves to be known better. The infrastructure details were accurately described in your brochure, and any shortcomings were made up with the richness of historical culture offered to us. Thank you for a brilliant holiday.
Mr & Mrs Sheppee"
"Difficult to choose between the tracking and finding of desert elephants in Damaraland, and the safari drive in Erindi, where we saw a host of different animals and witnessed a kill (two cheetahs on a springbok). Both expeditions were enhanced by the jeep drivers who showed enthusiasm, persistence and knowledge.
Ms Sarah Dearman"
"An excellent itinerary. Transfers were seamless.
Mr and Mrs Johnson"
"I think Victoria Falls and then Bumi Hills resort were, without doubt, the highlights of the trip - which was a really fabulous trip.
Mr Steven Wigg"
"There was no one inspirational moment as there were so many! I shall never forget our granddaughter's wow moment when she saw the first elephant so close to our vehicle at Shamwari Game reserve.
Mrs Penelope Cook"
"The tours to the battlefields and the guides themselves were brilliant.
Mr Gordon Carter"