Nairobi Travel Guide


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    Its streets are wild like its safaris, but for the thrill-seeking adventurer, these are the very qualities that make Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, the kind of place that gets one's adrenaline pumping. The Maasai called it Enkare Nyrobi, which roughly translates to ""land of cool waters"" due to it...

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Hotels in Nairobi (89 Hotels) See All Nairobi Hotels

  • Nairobi Serena Hotel

    Seen within Nairobi, Nairobi Serena Hotel is a finest hotel conveniently positioned close to Safe Ride Tours & Safaris, Kairi Tours and Safaris Day Tour and Central Park....

  • Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

    Having tennis, golf, spa treatment room, steam room and pool you will constantly have something calming to do while you reside at this hotel. Medical assistance available...

  • Sarova Panafric

    With Safe Ride Tours & Safaris, Kairi Tours and Safaris Day Tour and Hot Air Safaris comfortably placed close to the three and half star hotel, Sarova Panafric; this hote...

  • Tribe Hotel

    Located within Nairobi, Tribe Hotel is a luxury hotel opportunely placed alongside United Nations Visitor's Service, Banana Hill Art Gallery and Spinners Web Kenya. Some ...

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  • Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi National Park is a national park in Kenya. Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya'...

    Attractions, Activities, Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Outdoors
  • Nairobi Gallery
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  • Karen Blixen Coffee Garden And Cottages

    Karen Blixen Coffee ...

    336 Karen Road

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  • Giraffe Centre

    Giraffe Centre

    Langata Rd

    The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was es...

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About Nairobi

Its streets are wild like its safaris, but for the thrill-seeking adventurer, these are the very qualities that make Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, the kind of place that gets one's adrenaline pumping. The Maasai called it Enkare Nyrobi, which roughly translates to ""land of cool waters"" due to its swampy topography. Today, Nairobi is a bustling city full of exciting possibilities.

Must-See Attractions

Also known as the Green City in the Sun, Nairobi has a national park that houses lions, cheetahs, rhinos, wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, giraffes, hippos and more in their natural habitats. if you want to see elephants, then you should drop by the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Other places to see include the national archives where memorabilia from the country's colonial period are on display and the national museum of cultural artifacts. You can find local produce at City Park Hawkers in Parklands and Kenyan souvenirs at the Maasai Market.

Things to Do

Nairobi is famous for its nightlife as well as its cuisine. Savor popular Kenyan food and drinks, such as nyama choma or roasted meat, chal tea with milk and sugar, and sukuma wiki, which is made of kale or collard greens mixed with onions, tomatoes and a sprinkling of a local flavoring called mchuzi. When going out at night, observe the usual precautions as you go bar hopping with friends in the Westlands. Naturally, upscale restaurants cost more than local diners, but if you've got the stomach for it, why not go for Kenyan street food to know what people really like to eat in Nairobi.

The city is also known as the Safari Capital of the World because of its many safari tours. If you'd rather see nature in a well-manicured setting, then visit Nairobi's famous Uhuru Park, Jeevanjee Gardens, and Nairobi Arboretum, to name a few. Other fun activities to do in Nairobi include white water rafting down Tana River, a visit to the historic residence of Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, and a day trip to Fourteen Falls, which is a 27-meter deep waterfall in Thika.

Basic Visitor Info

In Nairobi, the major forms of transportation include mini buses called matatus, city buses, and taxis. Be wary of the fares for each of these. Many taxis don't have meters, so it's important that you check beforehand how much the fare will be from point A to point B. There are also trains available for out of town trips.

Though Nairobi is relatively safe during the day, it's still best to be cautious and alert. Dress less ostentatious and more modestly when going out with friends or family. Don't wear jewelry and expensive watches. Keep your cameras and cell phones out of sight. Carry only what you need and leave your wallet or pocketbook behind. Most importantly, don't travel alone at night.

Nairobi isn't an easy place to visit because of its chaotic character. The crime rate is still high and the city's slum area kept growing. Yet, it's become a major hub of safari tourism despite the political turmoil in its past. Once you've been there, you won't easily forget your travel experiences in Nairobi.

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