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Ngong House, Nairobi 

Kenya, Africa + Middle East: A treehouse interior at Ngong House in Nairobi, Kenya
60 Ndovo Road
Tel: 254 20 891856
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Most travelers think of Nairobi as a quick stop-off on their way to the safari lodges, but the elegant Ngong House could make the city a destination in its own right. Set among ten acres of landscaped grounds on the outskirts of Nairobi National Park, the lodge is a cozy idyll just 20 minutes from the bustle of downtown. Its five luxurious tree houses are the main attraction, each uniquely designed with commanding views of the blue-tinged Ngong Hills in the distance. Polished hardwoods, hand-carved furniture, and plush cushions make the rooms feel downright cozy, but it's the stylish flourishes—beaded throw pillows, tribal rugs, stained glass windows made from recycled bottles—that give Ngong its quirky charm. For families, the rustic log cabin is a good option (it sleeps six), but you'll have a hard time keeping the kids away from those tree houses. Game drives into the neighboring park will whet your appetite for safari, though you'll probably want to save your energy for the Masai Mara. Spend some time around the dinner table instead, where the Belgian-inspired cuisine has made Ngong House's restaurant a fixture on the Nairobi dining scene. It's not uncommon for local sophisticates to pop in for dinner or curl up with a glass of wine by the lodge's stone fireplace.

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