Nairobi Holidays

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The safari capital of Africa

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi is far more than just a stopping-over point on your way to or from a safari adventure - it¿s a cultural centre with an abundance of modern attractions which can be easily explored on a holiday from The Co-operative Travel.

It was established as a watering hole for the Maasai tribespeople, but its strategic importance was confirmed when it became a staging post along the Mombasa to Uganda railway.

The safari capital of Africa is open to all sorts of adventures on a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday.

The city is home to a Giraffe Centre, and has its own national park which is one of the few places you can now see the endangered black rhino.

Nairobi's central area is safe to walk in and explore at night, and you'll find a wide range of eating establishments, from small family-owned businesses serving traditional cuisine to internationally-focused restaurants where you'll always find something you recognise. Meat, of a mind-boggling range of types, is central to Kenyan cuisine, so for carnivores, it's a great chance to be adventurous.

There is an equally wide choice of accommodation for your Nairobi holiday, so whether you're sticking to a budget or pushing the boat out, you'll find a Nairobi hotel to suit you.

Nightlife in Nairobi starts late and finishes late, so if you're making a full evening of it, be prepared to pace yourself, as the clubs don't swing into action until after midnight in most cases.

Scale Africa¿s highest peak ¿ Mount Kilimanjaro

Most visitors to Nairobi tend to stay briefly before heading off to the Maasai Mara or Great Rift Valley, while many enthusiastic holidaymakers take the chance to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, or at least get as close as possible to appreciate its snow-capped majesty. With some of Africa's best coastline less than a day's drive away, it's feasible to combine the bush with the beach on a Nairobi holiday.

Nairobi's bazaars and markets are the best place in the country to unearth colourful, hand-crafted gifts, so even if you're visiting before heading out on safari, this is the place to stock up on your souvenirs. You'll find that most are reasonably priced, certainly more so than the offerings at the reserves themselves.

A Nairobi holiday will see you following in the footsteps of royalty. It was close by where the then Princess Elizabeth was staying when she first learned she was to become Queen Elizabeth II.

Today, it's a much more visited city, and this means you might be lucky enough to find last-minute holidays and late deals and offers if you're prepared to be flexible with your travel plans.

Check The Co-operative Travel for availability of any special deals, or book your wildlife-watching holiday of a lifetime in the natural wonderland of Nairobi, Kenya.

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