Tuesday, 5 April 2011
SAVANNAH COFFEE LOUNGE at the Nairobi National Museum
Where BLANKETS AND WINE, previously blogged about, is about seeing and being seen, this lovely little cafe is mostly about seeing.
I recommend it especially early in the morning - from 7.30 am or so. It is quiet, and empty. The outdoor seating is on the second floor, so you sit among the trees, looking out at the museum gardens. In the distance, you can see the Nairobi skyline, looking uncharacteristically still and peaceful.
The kites swoop all around you, and there are hammerkops building their nests. If you are lucky, you will even see a Sykes monkey swinging through the canopy.
Less exotic, but just as much a must-see are the museum cats, who are usually stretched out in the sun on a neighbouring roof. They generally lie so still I fear they are dead, but so far not: they are just very relaxed.
The Americanos are very nice, and come with a little biscuit. You might just end up as relaxed as the cats.