We traveled to Kenya on its 1st Maiden Direct flight from JFK in New York to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. We departed New York at 1:00 p.m. Monday October 29, 2018 and we arrived in Nairobi, Kenya two hours ahead of schedule on Tuesday Morning October 30, 2018.
The next part of my Journey took me to the Enkare Hotel located in Nairobi, Kenya across the street from a public park called JeevanJee Park. I choose the room based on the economy rates and the fact that they had internet and Wi-Fi. I first traveled to Kenya in July 1990 and my experience in Kenya was 100% associated with the Kenya Tourist Industry and in my 25 years of association in Kenya I never connected to the pulse of Kenyan people.
My experience at the Enkare Hotel allowed me to experience the inner-working and culture of Kenya people outside of the tourist trade. I experienced a professionalism in Kenya that I have rarely experienced in America in decades. In America the hotel industry is dominated by Asians from India. While the same exist via my past experience in Kenya our stay at the Enkare Hotel was operated and owned by a local Kenyan whose name is Charles. The hotel staff were dedicated professionals who seem to honor and appreciated their jobs. The service was not only exquisite, everybody was warm and friendly.
If there was ever a time that I can say I was home culturally, I was at home at the Enkare Hotel. The Hotel had a restaurant and bar that was frequented by local patrons who wanted a drink after work. The food was designed for the hotel and local clients. This hotel had “True African Food” what we call “Soul Food” in America. What was most pleasing was the quality service and the reasonable local hotel pricing. Had I stayed at a “tourist hotel” I would have paid “International Rates” for my room and for my food. I could eat and find service in Kenya cheaper than I could in America.
What more could I ask for in Kenya than good food, good service, and warm hospitality. Moreover I found the best in service. I had a suit that need alterations and I walked downstairs and found a tailor. Just next door from the hotel I got a haircut, manicure and pedicure. The barber/beauty shop are like those in America.
I need money and the bank ATM machine was just than 600 feet away. We were able to walk to all of our meetings in Kenya. Even when I went out at night to the “New Florida” night club in Nairobi taxi fare was only $3.00 in American money. All the while of my stay at the Enkare hotel I felt that I was at home with the people and the culture.
In this hotel I encountered local people and tourist. The tourist were clearly identifiable by their backpacks and cultural expressions. They were not hanging out and integrated into the hotel culture as. Often I would see trays whereas patrons would order room service, whereas in my case the joy of the food was enjoying the warm Kenyan atmosphere.
Via my last day I ventured to enter JeevanJee park. I learned that this park is the place where one can express political views sanction by the Kenyan government. I had the opportunity to give a talk in the park. In this video I introduce the Enkare hotel owner, the manager, cook and the warmness of this hotel. I have visited Kenya for about 25 years and this hotel experience one experience that I enjoyed. Kenya has something for everybody. There is a fit in Kenya for any type of traveler in America.
There is a restaurant in Kenya that serves “Wild Game” called the Carnivore that has a disco. If I was with American tourist I would have taken them to the “Carnivore Restaurant” myself and our group was so happy at the Enkare Hotel and the price and value it was not worth having to get a taxis , paying so much when we got such great food and service at our hotel.
I met wonderful people and when I return to Kenya I will get me a room at the Enkare Hotel……