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A stylish new pre-safari stopover in Nairobi

A brace of smart new stopovers in Africa

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A stylish new pre-safari stopover in Nairobi

September 05 2011
Sophy Roberts

For the polish that makes African safaris even easier, Nairobi now has an alternative to Giraffe Manor (; from $460) for the city overnight before heading out to the bush – Hogmead (first picture,; from $300 per person), which is in the lush suburb of Langata. The six airy suites in its main villa are shortly to be joined by a clutch of day rooms in the converted stables for those wishing to kill their 11 hours of day layover in style. At the end of the year, a full tented camp will also be set up on the lawns. The much-liked host Jay Macleod knows what he is doing, being part of an estimable safari-camp dynasty.

The trend for better stopover hotels in Africa’s urban hubs is also evident in Windhoek, Namibia. At the new Olive Exclusive (; from Namibian $2,240, about £209), four suites boast their own pool, and all seven have Eros Mountains views.

Second picture: view from the restaurant deck at the Olive Exclusive hotel.