The wilds of Africa are spectacular enough to inspire the most restrained of men to wax lyrical about its wonders. In a rare spate of words, one youthful retiree even went so far as to remark on his impression of “the Milky Way in tango and all the stars having a waltz”.
It is as lyrical as it is contrasting, as beautiful as it is rough, as rich in natural wealth as it is poor in people and infrastructure development.
Nairobi is touted as the safari capital of the world and hotels in Nairobi Kenya are well positioned to serve the tourist trade. Tourism is a major source of income for many African countries and many a hotel in Nairobi Kenya bank on capacity bookings during the annual wildebeest trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara plains. It has been hailed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; an 800km migration for some two million animals between the months of July and October.
The Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi a hotel in Nairobi Kenya where you can begin your exploration of the country more recently famous on celluloid for the setting of The Lion King, but also the location for such landmark films as Out of Africa and King Solomon’s Mines and documentaries for television like the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. Born Free, from the book by Joy Adamson, was filmed entirely in Kenya and the trained lions used in the film were later rehabilitated into the wild by her husband, George. The resultant Born Free Foundation continues to support conservation efforts in the country.
A hotel in Nairobi Kenya might be near the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, located within the Nairobi National Park, which attracts over 200 000 visitors per year. Injured and orphaned animals are taken there for treatment and rehabilitation; it’s the oldest animal orphanage in the country and the park is noted for its close proximity to the capital city.
Wildlife enthusiasts can also visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage near many a hotel in Nairobi Kenya, and adopt a baby elephant. More than that, they can spread the word about the wonderful work they do there in the face of mounting elephant and rhino poaching that continues to devastate these precious animals.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust runs seven full-time desnaring teams and two mobile veterinary units. Its community outreach programme educates locals and trains potential wildlife managers.