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Nairobi

National Museum

Museum Road
Nairobi
Kenya
Tel: 254 20 374 2161

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City Market

Muindi Mbingu Street
Nairobi
Kenya

Langata Giraffe Centre

Koitobos Road
Langata
Kenya
Tel: 254 20 890 952

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Giraffe Manor

Koitobos Road
Langata
Kenya
Tel: 254 20 891 078

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Karen Blixen Museum

336 Karen Road
Nairobi
Kenya
Tel: 254 20 882 138

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Concierge.com's insider take:

After years of heading the short list of Africa's most dangerous cities, Nairobi—one of the continent's busiest capitals—has taken a fresh turn. Energetic efforts to clean up the downtown area have paid dividends, and the streets that once earned this place the notorious nickname "Nairobbery" are safer than they've been in years. Youre still not likely to spend too much time around the capital, when Kenyas wildlife and beaches beckon, but Nairobi is the best place in East Africa to do a bit of splashy shopping—or sample some serious dining. Diplobrats, expats, and up-country sophisticates flock to the surrounding suburbs for the hottest nightclubs and haute-est cuisine, while luxe retreats like Ngong House offer a cozy oasis outside the city's spotlight.

The city itself was built on a swamp in the late 1800s as a railroad stop-off between Mombasa and Uganda, and later became the capital of what was then known as British East Africa. You can get a window into that history by checking out the National Museum, which houses cultural and geological exhibits as well as East African artifacts. Pick up artifacts of your own (or just regular old souvenirs) by trolling the sprawling stalls of the City Market.

For those who want to kick-start their safari, you can head to the Nairobi National Park on the outskirts of town to view lions, rhinos, and elephants against the backdrop of the city skyline. You can also get up close and personal with giraffes at the Langata Giraffe Centre, a sanctuary in a suburb of Nairobi for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Can't get enough? Then book a night at the grand Giraffe Manor (next door to the sanctuary), a historic bed-and-breakfast where the gracefully gawky creatures roam the grounds and pop their heads in the windows during meals. Also outside Nairobi, you can visit the farmhouse of Out of Africa author Karen Blixen.

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