I'm a solo female traveller coming to Africa for the first time in a few weeks, trip is being planned last minute! My flight from London arrives into Nairobi at 21:50 on a Wednesday, I then have time to explore Nairobi until 18:00 on Friday when I join a group safari tour for 8 days.
1) Hotel - looking for a nice hotel in a safe area which ideally will allow me to walk around outside in the day and explore and have shops, bars, restaurants close by. Breakfast is important so either the hotel serves a good western breakfast or places I can get breakfast within walking distance and if there is wi-fi even better. Hotel doesn't have to be top end luxury but I do like to be comfortable! I had shortlisted the following: Sankara, Fairview, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi Serena, Intercontinental - thoughts please?
2) I usually explore cities on foot but have never travelled alone before so am a little nervous! Some things I'm interested in doing are Shopping - aside from local handicrafts shops are there malls which are good? I'm used to London so know I maybe a little spoilt but I like strolling round people watching and architecture, are the government buildings worth walking round? I'm also thinking of visiting the KICC Tower, where can I find info on this? I'm not interested in seeing/visiting animal places as I'll be going out on Safari do you have any other suggestions of how to fill my time?
3) Restaurants/Bars - Any reasonable restaurants serving western/Italian food with a nice view? I like nice bars, I saw a post on the roof top bar at Sankara any others?
I normally spend months reading other peoples postings on TA and get my info from that but time is short, thanks in advance LF