Nairobi is the capitol of Kenya with a population of around 3.1 million people. One of its well known attractions is the Nairobi National Park, which I unfortunately didn’t have any time to see. The city has many things to do during the day and night. You have your pick from safaris, restaurants, golf, rugby, soccer, and many other events. Everything that can be found in a large city is here. They just have the added benefit of giraffe, wildebeest, monkeys, and other animals right around the corner in the National Park.
I flew into Nairobi and stayed at the Tribe Hotel. This is a very nice hotel with an expansive shopping mall only 100 yards away. The hotel and grounds were beautiful and contained their own pool and waterfalls.
When we arrived we met James, our driver for the trip. He was gracious enough to give us lots of information on the city as we traveled around for work. We did find time for one quick stop at city park so I could feed some of the monkeys and walk through the park on our way back from work.
We didn’t have much time for the local cuisine either since we were in and out after only a couple days. We stopped by the Mediterraneo, had some shrimp and a Tusker beer. We also found time for some local fare at Ranalo Foods. I got the BBQ and James ordered the fish. Apparently the owners of the Ranalo grew up in Kenya and are avid fishermen. All the food was delicious.
It’s disappointing the trip was so short. I’ll have to look into sailing into Mombasa while we’re on our circumnavigation and try to talk James and his family to come down to our boat so I can return the favor of hosting him while we’re there. Hopefully we’ll see them soon.