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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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Old 6th Aug 2018, 13:19
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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.
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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