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Old 4th Aug 2018, 06:29
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Hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa Air Safari

I have business trip down to Kenya in mid November and have not been down there since about 2008. When I was working the African beat we used the Serena in Nairobi indeed we seemed to live there just wondered if there are any other options people have used. Also was thinking of tagging on some game viewing and some fishing on the coast and a colleague suggested using Mombasa Air Safari to fly direct from Mara to Mombasa any knowledge of the carrier.
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Old 6th Aug 2018, 12:05
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Since no replies can I suggest a look at the hotel reviews on Tripadvisor.
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afaik the serena is a good bet still - have used the hilton in past years - all OK no issues

there are now many carriers flying to the parks - cheli & peacock do some nice packages but £££
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Old 7th Aug 2018, 20:12
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Serena it is then, and I also get the joy of fish night on Thursday on this trip which from memory was quite good, sometimes see LH Cargo Crews in there, but not noticed many other crew. Using Mombasa Air Safari down to the coast in a Caravan so should be fun.
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Trip advisor 3rd world can be a little manipulated shall we say. Generally my rule for 3rd world or worse, is follow the UN/World Bank White Land Cruisers, the Chateaus are usually at the right temperature and the food very good. Cynical me how can that be ?

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Old 12th Aug 2018, 20:44
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Haven't been there for a while but the Sankara seemed to be one of the best options.
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Old 16th Aug 2018, 09:35
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Sankara is indeed nicer (and more expensive) than the Serena, though about 10-15 mins further in the taxi from JKIA. Lots of good Bars and Restaurants within walking distance, though don't walk alone at night.
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 10:19
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I would avoid Serena and Hilton, both run down and not well placed as the city has changed. Sankara is good advice, but many other new good hotels have mushroomed on the W side of the city recently, have a look at DucitD2 for example. You will find most of the chains there, definitely avoid the older hotels in the middle of town - traffic is a nightmare and there is nowhere to go without being mugged. While on the W edge of town you can use the bypasses to avoid the CBD, it is safe if you are sensible and there is plenty to see and do.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 10:10
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Make sure you visit the ''Aero Club of East Africa'' at Wilson Airfield (Nairobi city airport), sit on the outdoor patio and watch the safari planes go in&out. Try their burgers. Drink beer. Be happy!
Uber works well there.
Bring your pilot's certificate and they let you into the member's area (the bar, that is). Historical building. Worth the visit! And did I mention the burgers?

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Old 20th Aug 2018, 02:45
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A big thumbs up for the Dusit D2 on Riverside Drive, as double-barrel says. I spend a lot of time in Nairobi, and to my mind the Dusit is the best hotel in town at the moment - and not ridiculously expensive. The Norfolk has managed to retain some old fashioned style despite a major overhaul in recent years. And there is a Sheraton Four Points and a Hilton right by the airport now, which is excellent news if you just need somewhere to kip for a few hours while transiting through JKIA.
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For deep sea fishing don't forget Hemingways at Watamu.
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Old 21st Aug 2018, 01:50
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For deep sea fishing don't forget Hemingways at Watamu.
Or Open Shorts Ocean Sports...
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Hemingway's already booked, been fishing there since late 90,s on and off. Was told about the place while drinking with a BA crew and a Telegraph travel journalist in the Golden Tulip in Havana of all places, after we had both been fishing from Hemingway marina ironically. Never tried Ocean Sports - White Bear was one of their boats I re call. I always seemed to fish with Ali in Bee,s Nest, though I know he went onto do other things circa 2007.

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No license only humble SLF so no Burger for me, though have visited with those that do, and have sampled the food and the beer / atmosphere shall we say !

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Thanks for the tips. If we get the gig I will have a look on next trip, though Serena is handy for the project I am looking at.
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Old 25th Aug 2018, 06:17
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Enjoy. Remember, in Nairobi, it's all about the traffic. Your life will be ruled by the little red lines on Google maps!
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Old 25th Aug 2018, 15:10
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Same as Lagos, though last time I was through Nairobi (2008) I did not think it was that bad. Anyway we will see. If it was a "normal" capital in the first world, I could walk to the project as under 1mile, but this is Africa as they say, loath it and love it in equal measures. Thanks for the heads up on the traffic.
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Old 26th Aug 2018, 20:56
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I would endorse the earlier recommendation of Aero Club of East Africa. Lots of memorabilia (mainly photos) in the bar area, a must see for anyone hooked on aviation.
When I was there about 3 yrs ago they also offered accomodation - reasonably basic rooms, low cost, no questions asked about membership.
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Anyone know if the old Hurlingham Hotel is still there on Argwings Kodhek Rd near the Yaya Centre?
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Anyone know if the old Hurlingham Hotel is still there on Argwings Kodhek Rd near the Yaya Centre?
sorry, I donít know if it is. But I sure remember living in Hurlingham back in 97í-98í. Awesome times that was. Used to eat burgers at the Yaya center.
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Wilson well worth the visit but traffic to and from induces losing the will to live. Thus discounted for my regular business trips.

CBD also very unattractive for my daily destination so I've consistently used the EKA Hotel within 400 hundred meters of the Serena. Very modern, great staff and now has a mall and food court in the next block to it so not tied to the two in house restaurants. It used to be a desert for external sources of shopping and food in that area.

However, recommend rib night at the in-house Spur restaurant though on a Thursday! I'm besotted with the unlimited beef ribs...

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Old 8th Sep 2018, 06:00
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Thanks for the tip, if we get the gig I will check out recommendations on other venues on subsequent visits. Have a slight fly in the ointment as PA let slip to Mrs M that there maybe some leave and fishing / diving tacked onto my trip, and I am now looking at having to spring for another ticket ! Funny that when I have to go to the Stan,s / China/ India/ Russia, its a see you later dear, but mention of a beach in midwinter and the cry of can I come goes up.

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Old 17th Sep 2018, 15:35
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The Stanley Hotel in Nairobi was nice when I stayed there, although it was a while ago.
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