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Our safari starts & end in Nairobi but we do not spend any time there. Any recommend if we should extend and spend a day in Nairobi? Also a recommendation for a budget price hotel for one night? Thank you in advance for your input.

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    A day up front would be most beneficiary.
    - If luggage is lost it gives you a day for it to catch up
    - If there are delays or cancellations, you have a buffer
    - If jetlag takes a severe toll, you can recover without having to maintain the pace of a tour
    - Some of the non-safari things you are likely to do in NBO will hold more appeal before you get out in the bush. Right after your safari, they may pale in comparison.

    Hotel:
    One that has gotten good reviews lately as a nice budget option, but I have not stayed there, is Maschula in the suburb of Karen. I've stayed at Boulevard and Sixty Eight, both budget, and just fine. Boulevard is a block from the National Museum. Near the airport is Panari, where I've stayed a couple of times (very good), with a view of Nairobi Nat Park. A new hotel, with an even better view of the park, and just slightly farther away from the airport is Ole Sereni.

    At the upper end of the budget is Giraffe Manor, where the giraffes stick their head in your window for breakfasat in the morning. If you stay at this unique place, allow yourself enough time in the morning to enjoy the giraffe encounter and don't rush off early and miss the happenings.

    If you plan to go to Giraffe Center (near Giraffe Manor with some of the same up close and personal experiences as if you stayed at Giraffe Manor, but far less cost), Karen Blixen's home/museum, and Sheldrick's Ele Orphanage, a place in Karen may be best. Lion World may also have special deals. I assume you are spending one night in NBO already through Lion World. Adding another night at that location may be the easiest solution. They would pick a nice one. My friend stayed at Stanley.

    Here's a list.

    http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/kenya/guide/kenyanairobihotels.asp

    This link discusses NBO activities among other things and contains another link to more details.
    http://www.fodors.com/community/africa-the-middle-east/beginners-questions-kenya.cfm

    My last question may open a can of worms. If you are considering adding one more night to the set itinerary, why not add even more to the base package for a better, more comprehensive trip? Like spending 3 nights in the Mara, instead of the 2 that Lion World customarily does.

    Add NBO up front and another Mara night on the end. You can fly back to NBO on a scheduled flight instead of traveling with the group.

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