Nairobi, Kenya

Only 100 years ago, Nairobi was just a watering hole for the Masai. Located at an elevation of 5,500 feet in the Kenyan highlands, the site was quickly appreciated for its sunny days and cool nights by British colonialists. Many fine examples of colonial architecture exist, but the center of the city rises high with modern buildings.

Mombasa, Kenya

Glimpsed from the winding streets of the Old Town, Mombasa is a city cloaked in the mystery of the Orient. As the chief port and second city of Kenya, it bustles with life. Shop the colorful markets of the Old Town for native woodcarvings and highly patterned cloths, of visit the 16th-century fort.