Villa Rosa Kempinski Blog
Meet the relatives
A trip to the Nairobi National Museum might not, at first, strike you as an enthralling prospect. But think again. It’s not just that the museum offers you an unrivalled insight into Kenya’s history, culture, flora, fauna and avifauna. It’s because it also allows you to meet up with some of your most distant relations.
Described as ‘the single most important collection of early human fossils in the world, the museum houses the quite extraordinary discoveries of the world-famous Leakey family, whose discoveries in Kenya and Tanzania taught us more about our far distant past than we had ever known before. Until the museum was refurbished in 2008, you would have had no chance ...
It’s another world. Outside the high pink walls of the Villa Rosa Kempinski, the Nairobi traffic flashes past in a braid of red and white taillights. Within the walls, the Villa rises in graceful rose and cream arches until it brushes the midnight-blue sky. You could be in Rome. Or Florence.
Below the arches, where the soft lights of the foyer spill out into the night, a fountain cascades down wide steps set in lush gardens. At the foot of the steps, there’s a paved courtyard. Tables have been laid out, candles flicker and you can just make out the face of a carved lion set into a mossy garden wall.
You could be in Venice.
A sign hangs outside, ‘Lucca’, it reads. Inside, where the lights ...