Once a frontier for pioneer settlers and ever the home of nomadic herdsmen, this landscape runs deep with adventure. So before you fly off to the Masai Mara or the Indian Ocean’s ivory sands, spare a few rolls of film for Nairobi’s sights and delights. Within minutes of our manicured lawns is the only National Park in the world located right on the edge of a city. Out of the soft curve of hissing savannah grasses surge the skyscrapers of Nairobi’s cityscape - it’s an unusual backdrop to your game drive. Stop for coffee and colonial heritage in sepia photographs at the Karen Blixen Museum. Equally close by you’ll find the Giraffe Centre and its lofty denizens, always eager to extend their jig-saw patterned necks in welcome to new visitors. Nearby, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust hand-rears orphaned elephants and rhinos; meet the babies suckling from huge bottles and playing in bright red Kenyan soil. Demand a private excursion to Champagne Ridge; you need to see the evening sun’s rays cast mysterious shadows into the fathoms of the Great Rift Valley. Atop the escarpment, where the land descends beneath your feet and low clouds veil the distant plains, you begin to get a sense of the magnitude and mystique of this continent. There’s just about time to divest the designer boutiques of their latest collection - hand made leather accessories, printed cotton kaftans, heavy ethnic jewellery and tailored canvas luggage in quintessential safari hues will enhance your wardrobe (but diminish your bank balance).