Parks and recreation

Nairobi local Elsie Njeri is our guide around the streets and museums of Kenya’s capital. Photography by Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie, styling by Nobuko Tannawa

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Elsie wears a dress and shoes by Givenchy outside the National Museums of Kenya.

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Left, Elsie wears a top by Sonia Rykiela skirt by Isa Arfen and sandals by Ancient Greek Sandals for Peter Pilotto; this was shot as Elsie crossed the road outside the City Market.

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This was shot in Uhuru (“Independence”) Gardens. Elsie wears a body, a dress and sunglasses by Chanel. Right, she wears a top, a skirt and shoes by Céline.

Kenya _4This was shot outside the Go Down Art Center. The ear belongs to Barack Obama. Here, Elsie wears a top by Gucci, a bra by American Apparel, trousers by MSGM and boots by Miu Miu.

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Below, the statue is of Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya after independence. The Supreme Court building is in the background. Elsie wears a jacket by Peter Pilotto. Opposite, she wears a body and shorts by Chanel at the Nairobi Railway Museum.

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The roof of the KICC building. It is in the same square as the statue on the previous spread, close to City Hall, Parliament and several other governmental buildings. We were caught on CCTV taking pictures and told to stop because of the threat of terrorism. Elsie wears a jacket and a skirt by Peter Pilotto. Her sandals are by Ancient Greek Sandals for Peter Pilotto.

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A roadside flower market – we saw several like these as we were being driven around the city. Elsie wears a jacket by Chanel and a skirt by American Apparel, and carries a bag that is also by Chanel. Right, she wears a dress by Sonia Rykiel and shoes by Chanel in Jevanjee Gardens.

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Above, left, Elsie wears a jacket and trousers by Chanel, a top by American Apparel and trainers by Louis Vuitton at the National Monument at Uhuru Gardens. Right, she wears a vest, a top, a shirt, boots and earrings by Miu Miu, and trousers by Acne Studios

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At the giraffe sanctuary, Elsie wears a top by Acne Studios, shorts and leggings by MaxMara and trainers by Marni.

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Here, she wears a shirt, trousers and shoes by Chanel and a vest by Dior.

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Inside the National Museums of Kenya. Here, Elsie wears a top by Versace. Right, she wears a top by Acne Studios and a dress by Fendi.

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Left, Elsie wears a top by Louis Vuitton and leggings by American Apparel. Right, at the elephant orphanage, there are daily presentations about the animals for tourist groups. Elsie wears a top by Acne Studios and a dress by Fendi.

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Model: Elsie Njeri at City Models Africa / Casting: Sunny Dolat / Special thanks to Shamim Ehsani, Benjamin Kamau, Kevin Odhiambo, Shaileen Shah

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, one of the most beautiful countries in East Africa. It has playfully been nicknamed “Silicon Savannah”, because of its growing reputation as a tech hub in Africa. 

Country: Kenya
Area: 696 km2 (269 sq mi)
Population: 3,138,369
Time zone: GMT +3 


While in Kenya, Tank stayed at the Tribe Hotel, a boutique hotel in Nairobi, and at Porini Nairobi Tented Camp, a safari location designed to minimise its impact on the local environment. We also visited Nairobi National Park, where we were guided by Gamewatchers Safari.;