Each guest room is luxuriously furnished, with all the five-star comforts—plush carpets, marble bathrooms—meshing perfectly with the warmth and charm of Africa. Whether experiencing Kenya’s world-renowned tea or coffee for the first time in the Tea Room, snacking on the famed Lord Delamere Terrace and watching the bustle of Nairobi go by, or relaxing in the tropical garden that fills the inner courtyard with sweet scents and singing birds—this legendary safari starting point has an undeniable buzz of impending adventure.
With three restaurants, the Tea Room, a pool bar and of course, room service, there are many opportunities to enjoy the fruits of this wonderful kitchen. To work up an appetite, simply visit the health club, where personal trainers and daily classes compete with the pleasures of the sauna, steam room and delightful spa!
- Newspaper delivery
- Butler service
- Same-day laundry and dry cleaning
- Complimentary shoeshine
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Health club, with personal trainers and daily classes
- Sauna and steam room
- Day spa, with treatment rooms
- Color satellite
- Hair dryers
- Telephone (direct dial)
- En suite bathroom
- Electric razors
- Safety-deposit box
- Backup generator (ensuring 24-hour electricity)
- Electrical mosquito repellent
A note for families & children
Fairmont The Norfolk is happy to host children of all ages. Baby-sitting services are also available.
All of Nairobi is ours to explore! Perhaps we’ll visit Kenya’s foremost animal orphanage and conservation foundation, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. For more than four decades Dame Dr. Daphne Sheldrick has been a recognised authority on successfully raising infant elephant and rhinoceros orphans and re-integrating them into the wild. Watch the babies feed and play while learning about them from Dame Daphne and her staff.
Karen Von Blixen’s home—the Danish author of Out of Africa—is nigh obligatory, paying tribute to the woman who nearly single-handedly inspired a generation of safari travellers. The home remains a perfect architectural gem with much of her original furniture recovered, and a visit will surely put you in the proper frame of mind for launching an excursion into the bush.
Then there’s the Giraffe Centre, set in 120 acres of primeval forest. The Centre raises, and then releases, endangered Rothschild giraffes into the wild. Children and adults alike thrill to the treat of feeding these gentle ginats by hand, facing them eye-to-eye from an elevated viewing platform.
And of course, we have the opportunity to visit the Micato-AmericaShare Community Centre in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi, where the smiles on the residents’ faces belie the poverty one sees. Witness the good works done here, from the Community Centre library to the basketball court to the fresh water borehole, and perhaps even have a chance to speak with some of the children whose educations are sponsored through Micato-AmericaShare—because of Micato travellers and friends, their lives have changed.