While you’re on safari, your food will probably be provided by your safari service. And safari food is top-notch. But before and after your safari, you’ll want to try the local cuisine.
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1. Tamarind Restaurant
This local favorite is known for its seafood dishes like crab and prawns. Reviewers state that it has wonderful service. It’s at the Karen Blixen coffee garden. The location is also popular for its Sunday buffet. This restaurant also has some of the most artistic desserts around.
2. The Talisman
If you’re looking for a cozy, high-end dining experience, this is one of the best places to eat while on safari. Reviewers describe the food as high class. You’ll be able to find classy dishes like veal liver. The place also has tons of art around to create a truly high-class atmosphere.
3. Nook Cafe
This place gets its name because it’s literally a little nook in an unassuming carpark. Guests especially love the coffee they serve at this place. In addition to the non-traditional location, the menu rotates every week. But reviewers state that it’s a great experience no matter what you order.
4. Kilimanjaro Jamia
If you’re looking for authentic East African food, this is the place. Reviewers state that the place has a wide selection of dishes to choose from. The service gets positive reviews and the dishes come with decent serving sizes.
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5. 45 Degrees Kitchen
If you’re in the mood for plates that are a work of art unto themselves, you’ll want to take a look at this establishment. It’s also a favorite place for a couple’s night out. Reviewers state the place has a good ambiance, with a quiet, country atmosphere. It’s tucked away in a residential neighborhood, making it a good way to get away from city life for a bit.
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6. Tatu Restaurant
Warm lighting and art line the walls of this high-end restaurant, making it one of the best places to eat while on safari. It’s located at the Norfolk hotel. Reviewers state that the service is outstanding. The restaurant is famous for its beef dishes and reviewers also state that the portions are huge.
7. Tamambo Karen Blixen
Here’s the eatery that’s close to the Karen Blixen museum. This is another location that will get you outside of the city for a bit. If you’re lucky, you may hit a gallery day where artists have a display set up. It’s a great way to experience some of the history of the area while enjoying great food.
Since Africa is such a hotspot of diverse cuisines, you may want to give this top-rated Ethiopian establishment a try. It’s famous for its combination platter of different rich stews and veggies you scoop onto injera, a spongy sourdough flatbread.
9. K’Osewe Ranalo Foods
This place specializes in Swahili food. The restaurant is also known for its quality fresh fish. It’s located in the heart of Nairobi, so it’s easy to find and more accessible than some of the other locations.
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10. Mama Ashanti
Here’s another place that offers traditional West African food, making it one of the best places to eat while on safari. Some of the top dishes are jollof rice, grilled fish and plantains. It offers both takeout, and a restaurant portion with a relaxed garden setting.
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Written by Daniel Kikemu is the founder and CEO of DK Grand Safaris and sits on the advisory board for many philanthropic organizations, including: Ecolife Conservation, Cherkin Preston Foundation, and in many schools as a Board of Trustee. He is well known for his expertise, philanthropy and enthusiasm both in Kenya and beyond it’s boundaries.
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