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The Brandy Bus - Renovated Bus in Quiet Paradise

SuperanfitriónNairobi, Kenia
Autobús - Anfitrión: Karen
6 huéspedes2 habitaciones4 camas1 baño
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The Brandy Bus is an old-school bus that has been revamped into a cozy and distinct Airbnb home. Tucked away in the serene beautiful suburbs of Karen it is a perfect place to escape.

The Bus is close to many tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and close to both airports. All shopping,banking etc are accessible nearby.

There are two double beds upstairs and two small single beds downstairs that also serve as sofas. There is outdoor seating and an outdoor fireplace.

El espacio
The Brandy Bus is an old-school bus that has been revamped into a cozy and distinct Airbnb home. Tucked away in the serene beautiful suburbs of Karen it is a perfect place to escape.

The Bus is close to many tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and close to both airports. All shopping,banking etc are accessible nearby.

There are two double beds upstairs and two small single beds downstairs that also serve as sofas. There is outdoor seating and an outdoor fireplace.

Acceso de los huéspedes
Guest have access to the entire bus and surrounding garden including the tennis court.

Otros aspectos a destacar
Please note there is an unfenced swimming pool and a young dog on the property so do not let children out of the bus area unsupervised. The pool is NOT for guest use. Guests need to walk about 150m from the carpark to the bus along a path that can be muddy in the rainy season.
The Brandy Bus is an old-school bus that has been revamped into a cozy and distinct Airbnb home. Tucked away in the serene beautiful suburbs of Karen it is a perfect place to escape.

The Bus is close to many tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and close to both airports. All shopping,banking etc are accessible nearby.

There are two double beds upstairs and two small single beds downstairs…

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Habitación 1
1 cama doble
Habitación 2
1 cama doble
Áreas comunes
2 camas individuales

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Nairobi, Kenia

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills,” so says Karen Blixen in her book Out Of Africa, a memoir. It is here that the story of Karen begins. When in 1931 a developer by the name Remy Martin bought the land owned by Karen Blixen, the Danish author, and converted it into residential lots, he had no idea that he had just initiated what in modern day would be one of Nairobi’s fastest growing suburbs. More than 80 years later, Karen, which was named in honour of Ms Blixen, is a popular suburb sprawling with gated communities, ranches belonging to some key individuals in the country and high-end shopping malls.
For those of us who call it home, Nairobi’s muscular, cosmopolitan charms include a vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting nightlife. If you're just passing through, this melting pot of people and attractions has an unlikely national park (black rhinos and lions), an irresistible elephant orphanage, the ground zero for the Rothschild’s giraffe, Karen Blixen's former home and so much more.
Please keep in mind that Nairobi is notoriously bad for traffic, especially at the moment while widespread road works are ongoing. I would advise you to try to avoid travelling at all peak rush hour times. Most of the suggestions I have made here are easy to get to from the Karen area to avoid all day traffic battles!
I have only included my preferred places in this guide so keep in mind there are many more options out there for you to discover.

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park (at 117 sq km, it’s one of Africa’s smallest) has abundant wildlife which can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and airliners coming in to land – it's the only national park on earth that borders a capital city. You will need your own car to drive around or you can organize a tour through a local company. Robert the taxi driver can arrange a car and driver to take you to the park. Early mornings and late afternoon are best for game viewing.

Location: About 20 mins from the Brandy Bus to the main gate
KWS Telephone: +254 20 2423423
Website: www.kws.go.ke

DAPHNE SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Occupying a plot within Nairobi National Park, this non-profit trust was established in 1977, shortly after the death of David Sheldrick, who served as the anti-poaching warden of Tsavo National Park. Together with his wife Daphne, David pioneered techniques for raising orphaned black rhinos and elephants and reintroducing them back into the wild, and the trust retains close links with Tsavo for these and other projects. The centre is one of Nairobi's most popular attractions, and deservedly so.
After entering at 11am, visitors are escorted to a small viewing area centred on a muddy watering hole. A few moments later, much like a sports team marching out onto the field, the animal handlers come in alongside a dozen or so baby elephants. For the first part of the viewing, the handlers bottle-feed the baby elephants – a heartwarming sight.
Once the little guys have drunk their fill, they proceed to romp around like big babies. The elephants seem to take joy in misbehaving in front of their masters, so don’t be surprised if a few break rank and start rubbing up against your leg! The Trust is also home to a number of orphaned rhinos, many of which, like the baby elephants, mingle with wild herds in Nairobi National Park during the day.
You can go on their website and adopt your own elephant for $50 which means you can go for a much more private viewing at 5.00pm – well worth it!
Location: About 20 mins drive from the Brandy Bus
Telephone: +254 20 2301396
Website: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

THE GIRAFFE CENTER
This center, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You may also spot warthogs snuffling about in the mud, and there’s an interesting self-guided forest walk through the adjacent Gogo River Bird Sanctuary.
This is one of Kenya’s good-news conservation stories. In 1979 Jock Leslie-Melville (the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish earl) and his wife Betty began raising a baby giraffe in their Langata home. At the time, when their African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) was just getting off the ground, there were no more than 120 Rothschild’s giraffes (which differ from other giraffe subspecies in that there is no patterning below the knee) in the wild. Unlike the more common reticulated and Masai giraffes, the Rothschild’s giraffe had been pushed to the brink of extinction by severe habitat loss in Western Kenya.
Today, the population numbers more than 300, and the center has successfully released these charismatic creatures into Lake Nakuru National Park (home to around 45 giraffes), Mwea National Reserve, Ruma National Park and Nasalot National Reserve.
Location: About 10 mins drive from the Brandy Bus
Telephone: +254 20 8070804
Website: www.giraffecenter.org

KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM
If you loved Out of Africa, you'll love this place. This museum is the farmhouse where author Karen Blixen lived between 1914 and 1931. She left after a series of personal tragedies, but the lovely colonial house has been preserved as a museum. The museum is set in expansive gardens, and is an interesting place to wander around. That said, the movie was actually shot at a nearby location, so don’t be surprised if things don’t look entirely right!
Guides (non-mandatory, but useful) are included in the admission fee, but they do expect a tip.
Loaction: About 5 mins drive (or 15 mins walk) from the Brandy Bus
Telephone: +254 02 8002139
Website: www.museums.or.ke

KAZURI BEADS AND POTTERY CENTER
An interesting diversion in Karen, this craft centre was started up by an English expat in 1975 as a place where single mothers could learn a marketable skill and achieve self-sufficiency. From humble beginnings, the workforce has burgeoned to over 100. A free tour takes you into the various factory buildings, where you can observe the process from the moulding of raw clay to the glazing of the finished products.
There's also a gift shop with fixed prices.

Location: About 10 mins drive (or 20 mins walk) from the Brandy Bus
Telephone: +254 20 2328905
Website: www.kazuri.com

EATING (AND DRINKING!) AROUND KAREN

TALISMAN (my favorite restaurant!)
This iconic and classy cafe-bar-restaurant remains fashionable with the Karen in-crowd, and rivals any of Kenya’s top eateries for imaginative international food. The New York Times has proclaimed Talisman Nairobi’s best restaurant. With a charming interior of Middle Eastern tapestry and Kenyan craft and unrivaled candle-lit al fresco dining, who can blame them. The Talisman is much more than your typical restaurant, playing host to a series of regular exhibitions on African art and monthly foodie events. The continental menu stretches from Japan to Zanzibar, Limuru to Mombasa and amazing sushi. Start with the feta and coriander samosa’s doused in chili jam. Booking is essential.
The bar is also a great place to have a cocktail or sample the best Bloody Mary in Nairobi. Be prepared to pay European prices! The bar is always busy on a Friday or Saturday night if you are looking for somewhere to have a drink!
Location: About 10 mins drive from the Brandy Bus.
Telephone: +254 705999997
Website: www.thetalismanrestaurant.com

BOHO EATERY
Nairobi has a new mainly vegan restaurant. "Mainly vegan" may sound like an odd description, but it works here: Boho Eatery's owners have swapped what would be a mostly meat menu with a mostly vegan one, leaving a couple of options for those carnivores unwilling to branch out. Label the cuisine what you will, it is definitely delicious. The elegant restaurant, located in a converted house, has an outdoor bar and patio seating area as well as a large garden. The perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of wine! There is also a photographic studio and luxury clothing shop on the property.
Location: About 10 mins drive from the Brandy Bus.
Telephone: +254 727 502416
Website: www.facebook.com/bohoeaterynairobi

TIN ROOF CAFE
This place has all the necessary ingredients to be a firm favorite – a quiet garden setting both locations, great coffee, the city's best salad bar and a commitment to healthy eating. My only complaint? It doesn't open for dinner. There are two locations and each are located in a fabulous shopping places, even more reason to visit!

Location: There are 2 locations: The souk About 15 mins drive from the Brandy Bus and Langata Link about 5 mins drive from the bus
Telephone: +254 706348215
Website: https://www.tinroof.cafe/

HARU JAPANESE AND SUSHI
The place to go for the best authentic Japanese dishes. Offering seven different kinds of Japanese Sake (Japanese rice wine) and Asahi which is the most famous beer in Japan. Haru offers the best Sushi and Sashimi in town. It has a sushi bar, shady outdoor patio and a dining area. This is somewhere to go purely to fill your belly it is not geared towards a night out. They also do very efficient takeaway and delivery.
Location: About 10 mins drive from the Brandy Bus.
Telephone: +254 020 2437871
Website: https://www.facebook.com/HaruRestaurant/

J’S FRESH BAR AND KITCHEN
J’s Fresh Bar pays homage to the British gastropub. Recently re-opening its doors in January 2019 on a rooftop in Karen, it has got local foodies talking excitedly over the beautifully executed smoked paprika scotch eggs, battered fish and chips and Szechuan-peppered squid with roasted garlic aioli. The atmosphere is laid back and modern. Sit inside or outside and let the barman work his magic, great place to grab a banging cocktail (an Austin Powers is a must have!). They also have music every Friday night to a packed bar if you are looking for a party! Check their Facebook page to see what’s going on (don’t confuse the Karen location with the Westlands one which is further away!).
Location: About 10 mins drive from the Brandy Bus.
Telephone: +254 718 607 197
Website: https://www.facebook.com/JsFreshBarandKitchen

NYAMA CHOMA
Looking for some local and budget friendly flavors? Drop into any of the numerous Nyama choma joints in Karen. Nyama choma literally means “roasted meat.” Most of the time goat is the default genre, but beef (ng’ombe) and chicken (kuku) are also quite common and can be very delicious too. Nyama Choma in Nairobi is usually eaten off a communal cutting board, as the main dish, with others dishes on the side. What do you eat with Nyama Choma? Some prefer just straight meat and salt. Others like a bit of kachumbari (combination of chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro, sometimes avocado) or pili pili (chili). For starch, ugali (cornmeal starch) or greasy chips (French fries) are common. My favourite local meal is Chapati (flat bread) with Skumawiki (fried kale and onions) and Githeri (usually a mix of corn, red kidney beans and peas).

Local Places to eat nearby: The Grassy Knoll, Tamasha Joint and Karen shopping center car park


LOOKING TO GO OUT, OUT?!
Although Karen has a lot of bars and restaurants if you are looking for something more from Nairobi nightlife you will have to venture further into the city, but it is well worth the journey to get a taste of the urban scene in Nairobi.
Places to check out events:

PAWA 254
PAWA254 is Nairobi's unique social enterprise through which innovative professionals from diverse artistic fields exploit their creative genius to foster social change. Among the creatives who collaborate in this dynamic space are photographers, graphic artists, journalists, musicians and poets. Significantly, promising youths are invited, both to make their contribution in this informal powerhouse and to receive mentoring from the experts.PAWA254 promotes good governance in Kenya through the arts.
PAWA254's founder is Boniface Mwangi,a photographer who documented Kenya's post-election violence of 2007/8 and managed to reach a large audience with his messages for peace.
Location: About an hours drive from the Brandy Bus with normal traffic - events are usually in the evening which means getting there during peak traffic a boda boda is a good option.
Telephone: +254 721 956552
To see whats on while you are in town check out their Facebook page.

K1 KLUB HOUSE
For a full on club night with more of a local flavor head to the western end of Westlands, the Klub House is another old favorite. The spacious bar has plenty of pool tables and excellent DJs spinning reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and R&B until late. Watch for live bands on Saturday nights, Tuesday night is jazz, while Wednesday is Ladies' night and Thursday is Reggae.
They have also just started a funky Sunday market (pictured below) selling all kinds of goodies with a relaxed brunch vibe.

Location: About 40 mins drive from the Brandy Bus with normal traffic – it doesn’t get kicking here until around 10pm so getting there and back is pretty stress free.
Telephone: +254 20 20 749870

J’s WESTLANDS
A visit to J’s is like hanging out a friend’s back yard – of course a friend with a very large backyard, amazing food and drinks constantly on supply, and live music on demand.
The restaurant, which might better be described as a “hangout spot” with a great kitchen, is highly popular with both trendy Kenyans and their expat counterparts. The vibe is open, communal, casual, and when it gets dark and the fairy lights are ablaze, quite magical. J’s has both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
There is live music here every Thursday and it is packed to the rafters so book a table in advance. Definitely one of the most fun night out in Nairobi.
Location: About 30 mins drive from the Brandy Bus with normal traffic.
Telephone: +254 707 612585
To see whats on while you are in town check out their Facebook page.

THE ALCHEMIST BAR
The Alchemist Bar is Nairobi’s newest and sweetest spot. It is the hottest place in town right now bringing together, food trucks, drink, live music, Dj’s and art lovers. The energy is amazing and the crowd is just right. The also do regular movie screenings.
Location: About 40 mins drive from the Brandy Bus with normal traffic.
Telephone: +254 705 264883
To see whats on while you are in town check out their Facebook page.

BREW BISTRO
Kenyas first and only craft brewery also serves amazing food. Live music and DJs, always buzzing with the young professional crowd. Book a table outside.
Location: Ngong Road – about 20 mins from the Brand Bus with normal traffic they have also recently opened up a second location in Westlands (rooftop bar pictured above) opposite Havana.
Telephone: +254 731 006068
To see what’s on while you are in town check out their Facebook page.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills,” so says Karen Blixen in her book Out Of Africa, a memoir. It is here that the story of Karen begins. When in 1931 a develop…

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