If you’re visiting us here at Okay Great, we imagine you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, you’ve probably got a photograph of some beautiful scenery in a far-off land as your laptop background. Are you dreaming of going there? Why aren’t you making plans to go there right now?
Oh yeah, there’s the stack of paperwork piled three feet high, an analytics report that needs doing and a presentation to make.
You’re not alone, the number of people who have never travelled outside of Europe is frightening, and the people who have never even left the UK even more so.
We bet you’re reading this right now wishing you could just pack a bag and hop on a flight to explore somewhere exotic. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place, we’re about to take you on an adventure to Kenya.
The trip is long. We flew from the UK, as one of our first ports of call, and it took eight hours. Stepping off the plane into the heat and hustle and bustle makes it worth it. There’s definitely something in the air in Africa. We’ve noticed it when we’ve visited South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Morocco, we can’t quite put our finger on it but every time we touch down you can tell you’re in Africa.
The beginning of our trip was, admittedly, a lot more extravagant than what would come in the future, so our accommodation in Kenya was at the famous Giraffe Manor. If you haven’t heard of it, watch these YouTube videos and you’ll soon see why it world-famous.
Spoiler alert: there are giraffes EVERYWHERE. You may have guessed from the name, they have free reign of the grounds and will frequently visit the restaurant. They love to interrupt afternoon tea to beg for cakes. It was amazing to get so up close and personal to the giraffes, truly astonishing. But you won’t get a chance to enjoy this if you travel to Kenya in the month of April and May because they are closed for maintenance.
The next stop was the Nairobi Safari Walk, which is one of the world’s most revered safari walks as it is the home of the white rhino, the bongo and an albino zebra. It’s not too far from the city, only 7km with frequent public transport links.
The Maasai market is the cultural mecca in Kenya, it’s highly popular amongst tourists and locals alike, offering drawings, curios, paintings, jewellery, wood carvings and East African based Fabrics which can be great souvenirs, great to send home to say ‘yep, I’ve been to Kenya.’
You think we’ve got a great nightlife in the UK? Manchester, Liverpool, London are all fab for a good night out but the nightlife in Kenya is something else entirely. It totally caught us by surprise and blew us away. The fun starts at the city centre and moves on to Electric Avenue in Kenya’s Westlands. Where there are numerous bars to choose from and unwind.
There are a couple of reasons why Nairobi is called the ‘The City In The Sun’ and one of these reasons is the fact that it rejuvenates you and brings you closer to nature in ways no other city can. So, if you are looking for an adventure or just looking to get away, then you need to get off that desk, toilet or wherever it is that you’re reading this, and start making plans to experience Kenya like we did.