Embarking on a solo journey to Nairobi, Kenya was an unexpected delight that unfolded with a mix of surprises, cozy comforts, and a bit of the unexpected. My stay at the Four Points Sheraton at Nairobi Airport set the tone with complimentary airport transfers and a breakfast that can only be described as top-tier gastronomic bliss.

Despite my eagerness to take a dip in the rooftop pool with stunning views, the chilly Kenyan winter and intermittent rains kept me from indulging. Lesson learned: January in Kenya is winter, so pack that jacket! But fear not, for my trip wasn’t lacking in excitement.

Navigating the city with Uber was a breeze, and the option to pay with cash made it even more convenient. Nairobi’s impressive development and infrastructure ensured a safe and easy exploration of the city, even for a solo traveler like myself.

Venturing into the typical tourist experiences, I explored local restaurants and spas, reveling in the vibrant atmosphere. The nightlife took a bit of a backseat due to the winter chill, but I compensated with a self-care day at an upscale spa, treating myself to a massage, manicure, and pedicure at an unbelievably affordable price.

Now, let’s talk about the safari experience. A visit to Nairobi National Park for a game drive, the Giraffe Centre, and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage was both thrilling and affordable. However, my expectations were slightly let down at the national park, with limited animal sightings and rainy weather hindering some of the wildlife activity.

For those craving a more immersive safari experience with the “Big Five,” I’d recommend exploring larger reserves a few hours away from Nairobi. Though Nairobi National Park did offer glimpses of lions, cheetahs, rhinos, crocodiles, and giraffes, I longed for a more expansive and active safari encounter.

While I confess to skipping local cuisine due to personal preferences, the city’s diversity in culinary options accommodated my taste. Nairobi pleasantly defied my expectations, emerging as a bustling city where people work hard but also take the time to enjoy life.

In conclusion, Nairobi is a cool destination for those seeking iconic tourist attractions, but the real magic may lie in exploring other parts of Kenya with bigger safaris boasting the magnificent “Big Five.” My adventure in Nairobi turned out to be the opposite of what I expected, a testament to the beauty of experiencing a place firsthand and challenging preconceived notions. I encourage more travelers to embrace the unexpected and explore Kenya for what it truly is, beyond any stereotypes.


Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport