It’s March, which means your highs from the holidays have faded and your summer vacation feels like eons away. The fact that you’ve caught yourself fantasizing about cool animals and far-off landscapes on your screensaver is a sure sign that you need a break, and you need a break soon. Great news: KLM just made your day with a flash deal that's too good to pass up.
Starting today, March 8th, KLM Airlines is offering flash fares to Nairobi, Kenya from New York (starting at $743), Washington DC (starting at $814), Houston (starting at $723), Los Angeles (starting at $1,042) and Seattle (starting at $1042). Even better? All of these fares are round trip. You read that right: round trip. Your vacation can start and end any time between March 8, 2016 and May 31, 2016, with a minimum stay of seven days (okay, KLM, if you insist). Of course, like many deals of this nature, restrictions may apply. Be sure to book your tickets here by midnight of March 14th, or you’ll be back to staring at your computer screen, dreaming of the trip that could have been.
Once your tickets are confirmed and your Out of Office email is sent, it's time to get planning. For those with diverse traveling interests, Nairobi offers the perfect choose-your-own-adventure kind of vacation. While the city is a common jumping-off point for many safari experiences, those shorter on time can plan a day trip to the world-renowned Nairobi National Park to see lions, cheetahs, giraffes and more, only fifteen minutes from the city center. Nearby is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an animal orphanage where visitors get the chance to interact with orphaned or injured elephants, and even foster a rhinoceraus. For those who can't get enough of the animals, there is even a hotel built on a giraffe reserve—guests are often woken up by purple tongues and long necks poking through their windows.
Of course, Nairobi also offers up an eclectic mix of cultural experiences. There is the National Museum of Kenya, filled with Kenyan history, or the Karen Blixen Museum, for those interested in the late author's life. For a taste of local experiences, visitors can chow down on nyoma chama—Swahili for roasted meat—drink Kenyan coffee, and browse the colorful craft markets sprinkled throughout the city. If you're looking for something different for your next trip, Nairobi probably has it. All you have to do is get yourself there.