THE IN­SID­ERS I NAIROBI

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - TREVOR FER­NAN­DES

STAY: Nairobi Ser­ena Ho­tel Nairobi’s pre­mier ho­tel, with a unique pan-African flavour, is built in park­lands and over­looks the CBD. It has grown into a mag­nif­i­cent prop­erty over the years but re­tains its warmth and charm — and the per­sonal touch of its staff, some of whom I’ve known for more than 35 years; ser­e­na­ho­tels.com. EAT: The Tamarind An in­sti­tu­tion, still in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion close to Nairobi Rail­way Sta­tion, and with many of its orig­i­nal staff. De­spite be­ing more than 480km from the In­dian Ocean, The Tamarind is the best seafood spot in the re­gion, with fresh catch flown from the coast in dry ice ev­ery morn­ing. I rec­om­mend the lob­ster Swahili, an in­fu­sion of co­conut and spices; tamarind.co.ke. SHOP: Ba­nana Box A few doors from WWWShop& Bar is Ba­nana Box, where I buy gifts — any­thing from salad servers to carved bowls — for friends and fam­ily. While it’s a small store, the items are unique and hand­crafted; The Junc­tion Mall, Ngong Road, Lav­ing­ton. EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Ele­phants and gi­raffe Nairobi is the sa­fari cap­i­tal of Africa, so no visit is com­plete with­out a wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence. In the outer sub­urbs, there is an elephant or­phan­age run by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where aban­doned baby ele­phants are cared for. You can pay a fee and watch their keep­ers feed and frolic with them daily at about noon. You can also get face to face with the rare Roth­schild gi­raffe at the African Fund for En­dan­gered Wildlife’s Gi­raffe Cen­tre nearby. Get the photo of a life­time as you hand-feed th­ese beau­ti­ful crea­tures; sheldrick­wild lifetrust.org; gi­raf­fe­cen­ter. org.

MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, WILDLIFE SA­FARI WWWShop & Bar For an in­for­mal lunch, seek out this wine shop and bar in The Junc­tion shop­ping cen­tre in sub­ur­ban Nairobi, where my good friend Philippe serves more than 50 in­ter­na­tional wines by the glass. His mini-burg­ers are out­stand­ing, too; wi­neshop.co.ke. Kazuri Beads Es­tab­lished as a com­mu­nity work­shop for sin­gle moth­ers with HIV/AIDS, Kazuri now has hun­dreds of women mak­ing jew­ellery and other items from vol­canic mud sourced in the Mount Kenya area; kazuri.com.

wildlife­sa­fari. com.au.

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