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Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and biggest city. Nairobi National Park, the world’s only wildlife reserve located inside a large metropolis, is well-known. Nairobi was established in 1899 as a rail station on the Uganda Railway by colonial authorities in British East Africa. Nairobi, after Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is the second-largest city in the African Great Lakes area by population, with an estimated population of 3.36 million in 2011.

Nairobi is one of Africa’s most important cities, both politically and economically. Nairobi is a well-established economic and cultural centre, with hundreds of Kenyan firms and over 100 important foreign corporations and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).

The Maasai word Enkare Nairobi, which means “cold water,” inspired the name “Nairobi.” The term also refers to the Maasai name for the Nairobi river, which gave the city its name. It is, nevertheless, renowned as the “Green City in the Sun” and is bordered by a number of rapidly growing villa suburbs.

Nairobi’s climate is subtropical highland.

Evenings may be cold at 1,795 meters (5,889 feet) above sea level, particularly during the June/July season, when temperatures can dip below 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit).

The months of December to March are the sunniest and hottest of the year, with daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties. The average maximum temperature for this time period is 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).

Although there are two rainy seasons, rainfall is usually mild. The cloudiest time of year is shortly after the first rainy season, when circumstances are generally cloudy with drizzle until September. Because Nairobi lies so near to the equator, the seasonal changes are small. The seasons are divided into two categories: wet and dry. For the same reason, the time of dawn and sunset changes little throughout the year.

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Nairobi | Introduction

Nairobi – Info Card

POPULATION :  City: 3,138,369  /  Metro: 6,547,547
FOUNDED :   1899
TIME ZONE :  EAT (UTC+3)
LANGUAGE :  English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
RELIGION :  Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2%
AREA :  696 km2 (269 sq mi)
ELEVATION :  1,661 m (5,450 ft)
COORDINATES :  1°17′S 36°49′E
SEX RATIO :  Male: 49.89%
 Female: 50.11%
ETHNIC :  Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African  1%
AREA CODE :  020
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE :  +254 20
WEBSITE :  Official Website

Tourism in Nairobi

Nairobi is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city.

Nairobi may be renowned as Africa’s safari capital, but the city has managed to stay up with modernisation. Nairobi, unlike other towns, is surrounded by the Nairobi National Park, which covers 113km2 (70 mi2) of plains, cliffs, and woodland.

There are several things to do both during the day and at night in the city. Safaris (wildlife, cultural, sport, adventure, scenic, and specialty), ecotourism excursions, restaurants, culture, shopping, and entertainment are all available to tourists. Tourists may participate in a variety of sports in Nairobi, including golf, rugby, athletics, polo, horse racing, cricket, and football (soccer).

Climate of Nairobi

Nairobi’s climate is subtropical highland.

Evenings may be cold at 1,795 meters (5,889 feet) above sea level, particularly during the June/July season, when temperatures can dip below 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit).

The months of December to March are the sunniest and hottest of the year, with daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties. The average maximum temperature for this time period is 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).

Although there are two rainy seasons, rainfall is usually mild. The cloudiest time of year is shortly after the first rainy season, when circumstances are generally cloudy with drizzle until September. Because Nairobi lies so near to the equator, the seasonal changes are small. The seasons are divided into two categories: wet and dry. For the same reason, the time of dawn and sunset changes little throughout the year.

Geography of Nairobi

The city is 696 square kilometers in size and is located in 1°09′S 36°39′E and 1°27′S 37°06′E. (270 sq mi).

Nairobi is about halfway between Kampala and Mombasa. Minor earthquakes and tremors are common in Nairobi due to its proximity to the Rift Valley’s eastern side. The Ngong Hills, situated to the west of Nairobi, are the city’s most conspicuous geographical feature. Mount Kenya is located to the north of Nairobi, whereas Mount Kilimanjaro is located to the south. On a clear day, both mountains can be seen from Nairobi.

Nairobi County is bisected by the Nairobi River and its tributaries. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, battled valiantly to rescue the Karura Forest in northern Nairobi, which was threatened by housing and other infrastructure.

Nairobi’s western suburbs span for around 20 kilometers, from the Kenyatta National Hospital in the south to the United Nations offices in Gigiri neighborhood in the north (12 mi). The City Square in the Central Business District serves as the city’s focal point. The area is surrounded by the Kenyan Parliament buildings, the Holy Family Cathedral, Nairobi City Hall, Nairobi Law Courts, and the Kenyatta Conference Centre.

Economy of Nairobi

Nairobi is home to Africa’s biggest stock exchange, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). The London Stock Exchange formally recognized the NSE as an international stock exchange in 1953. In terms of trading volumes, the exchange is Africa’s fourth biggest, and in terms of Market Capitalization as a proportion of GDP, it is the fifth largest.

Several multinational firms and organizations have regional headquarters in Nairobi. GE, Young & Rubicam, Google, Coca-Cola, IBM Services, Airtel, and Cisco Systems all moved their African headquarters to the city in 2007. UNEP and UN-Habitat have their headquarters in the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

Nairobi is home to some of Africa’s top corporations. The city is home to KenGen, the biggest African stock outside of South Africa. Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves as a hub for Kenya Airways, Africa’s fourth biggest airline.

Clothing, textiles, construction materials, processed meals, drinks, and cigarettes are all made in Nairobi. Several international corporations maintain plants in and around the city. Goodyear, General Motors, Toyota Motors, and Coca-Cola are among them.

Nairobi, being a tourist attraction and a transportation hub, has a sizable tourism sector.

Internet, Comunication in Nairobi

Although there are numerous internet cafés in Nairobi, connection speeds and computers are not always fast, you will be able to check your email, utilize a camera, and view YouTube. The majority of fine cafés can be located in Norwich Union, which has a large number of them directly opposite the Hilton Hotel close to Nandos, while the most costly ones can be found in Westlands malls. Although the ones in Westlands may be more ideal for visitors since they are generally less crowded and more exclusive, they are not always quicker or better in terms of technology.

In the city and malls, free wireless internet is offered in Java House restaurants and Doorman’s coffee shops. Free internet is also available at certain pubs, such as Havana in Westlands. Wireless internet is also accessible in the internet café at Sarit Centre for a reasonable price.

Mobile phones are widely used in Kenya, with coverage from all carriers (Safaricom, Orange, Yu, and Airtel) extending to the majority of the country’s population centers. Many outlets across Nairobi and the nation, including the airport, sell phones and SIM cards. Phones are reasonably priced for Kenyans with typical incomes.

How To Travel To Nairobi

Get In - By plane

Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Mauritius, China Southern Airlines, Saudia Airlines, South African Airlines, KLM, British Airways, RwandAir, Air Arabia, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, and Swiss all fly to Nairobi on a regular basis. Kenya Airways’ national carrier, Fly540, Jambo Jet, travels across Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific area. JKIA Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Nairobi’s primary airport, located 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of the city center.

In 2013, a fire damaged the main terminal structure. The newly renovated Terminal 1A is connected to Terminal 1C by both airside and landside walkways. A modest food court is located above airside at Terminal 1A, and a Nairobi Java House is located between the two terminals airside. Except for ten little stores selling the same items, Terminal 1C offers practically nothing. Two modest stores in Terminal 1A provide a greater assortment of duty free and gifts.

Wilson Airport, located 11 kilometers (7 miles) south of the city center, handles limited domestic and general aviation flights.

TRANSFERS

If you’re taking a cab from JKIA, make sure it’s a trustworthy one. Many people are waiting outside to take you to the city center, and the fee should be about KES1,600; Westlands or locations farther west or north would be more. Just after you depart the customs area, there is an official KAA taxi counter where you may purchase a fixed-price ticket and be escorted to a cab. When taking a cab to your destination, resist the urge to accept their proposal for lodging.

From the city center, take Airport Bus #34 to the international airport for just Ksh 50 from in front of the Ambassador Hotel on Moi Avenue. 6am-8pm.

At Wilson, there is no official cab desk, and each airline has its own hanger/terminal. It may be difficult to get a trustworthy cab when you arrive, but there are many waiting at the curb.

Get In - By train

Nairobi is also accessible by rail, with trains arriving and departing three times a week at the Nairobi Railway Station. Trains only go east to Mombasa at this hour. Because of terrible roads and bus mechanical troubles, trains are generally a more pleasant and safe mode of transportation than buses.

There are three levels of difficulty: first, second, and general. General class is the least costly and most pleasant means of transportation, however it is often congested and not all participants have seats. The first and second positions are both sleepers. The first cabin has two seats, while the second has four. Genders are segregated in Second Class unless you buy the complete compartment of four seats.

First-class prices vary by destination and start at Ksh 4405 in Mombasa, but they include everything: bedding, breakfast, and supper; second-class prices start at Ksh 3385 in Mombasa and are all-inclusive. Both of these items are available without bedding or food. Tickets must be purchased in person or online at the office on Station Road in Nairobi’s south-central district. It’s possible that shopping online is more costly than shopping in person. From Nairobi to Mombassa, a third-class ticket is Ksh 680. The cost of a 2nd class sleeper without supper or breakfast is Ksh 2335, which is double the price of the bus.

Get In - By bus

Kenya’s (usually dependable) bus system is centered around Nairobi. There are several bus companies that run between the country’s various cities.

  • from/to Mombasa (from KES1,200) 8-10h by Mash Poa, coast bus, Crown bus service, Modern Coast (Oxygen). The majority of buses to Mombasa depart from Accra Road in Nairobi’s downtown area.
  • from/to Arusha in Tanzania (USD25-30) 5.5h by Riverside Shuttle, Akamba
  • from/to Kisumu, Eldoret,Kitale,Kericho, Homa bay Kampala Uganda Easy coach.

Get In - By Matatu

Matatus (14-18 seater minibuses) and shuttles (six-seater automobiles) are convenient, affordable (and sometimes the only) forms of public transportation for linking Nairobi with cities and tourist sites in the Rift Valley and Central Highlands, such as Naivasha, Nyeri, Nanyuki, Isiolo, and Thika. Matatus may be found along the River Road. Because petty theft is a serious problem in this region, valuables such as cell phones and wallets should not be conspicuously displayed here, especially after dark and even when in the matatu.

The most convenient way to connect to a matatu is to arrange for a cab to drop you off and pick you up right at the matatu’s boarding or alighting stop. Tell the taxi driver your destination while boarding a matatu from Nairobi, and they will drop you off at the exact area. If you’re being picked up, inform the taxi driver where you’re going as well as the matatu business you’re using (the name of the operator should be on your ticket). It’s preferable to book a cab from the hotel where you’re staying. The cost is determined on the distance traveled.

How To Get Around In Nairobi

Traveling around Nairobi should be done with caution. Like any other large city, traffic is awful, but if you use common sense and a local or guide, you should be able to get where you want to go.

Get Around - By car

Renting a vehicle is useful since it enables you to explore Nairobi at your leisure. Self-drive and chauffeured options are available from most rental providers in Nairobi. A substantial number of the automobiles offered for rental are Japanese: Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available for rental. Right-hand driving is standard on all rental vehicles.

The number of days and projected miles per day are often used to set automobile rental costs. Some automobile rental businesses may offer you a 50% discount but will either give you a contract with a condition restricting you to specified destinations, an outdated car, or a large deposit. If you rent a vehicle for a week, a month, or a year, the charges are lower. The majority of automobile rental tariffs include unlimited mileage, comprehensive PSV insurance, and theft and damage waivers.

Some firms need you to hire a driver if you are using a big 4X4/4WD vehicle (e.g a Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser j70, Range Rover, Land Cruiser VX, Land Rover discovery). The cost of a driver varies, but as of April 2015, the daily rate was KES 2500, which included meals and lodging.

Although a large majority of local vehicle rental firms are trustworthy, it is recommended that you either take photographs of the automobile before renting it or carefully note and agree on any dents or scratches. In addition, examine the rental contract carefully for insurance liability requirements in the event of a vehicle accident or theft.

Get Around - By taxi

Taxis are neither inexpensive nor plentiful. Prior to the trip, prices should always be negotiated and paid (only cash is accepted, often with limited change available). This can be difficult because you must be familiar with the market rate price of the ride you want to take. Taxis are usually parked near hotels, malls, and tourist attractions. Taxis are usually identified by a yellow line on either side. Ask a local or inquire at your hotel for further information.

Due to its convenience, cost competitiveness, and higher quality of service when compared to other taxi providers, Uber has become the hired car provider of choice among Nairobi’s large expatriate population.

Davina Cabs is a good option if you want a pre-arranged taxi with consistent pricing. They provide taxi services in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, and Eldoret, where they just built an office.

Get Around - By Bus (Matatu)

Matatus (public minibuses/commuter buses) are often utilized to travel between Nairobi’s central business district and the outskirts. Matatus come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 14-seat vans to 50-seat buses. While matatus are typically safe, they are involved in a large number of accidents each year. Matatus are often packed, with more passengers than seatbelts, making them risky in the event of an accident.

Matatus are often improperly driven, with drivers passing on curbs, speeding, or driving in oncoming lanes when automobiles are impending, due to the lack of license requirements. On each bus, a conductor will stand outside the matatu and announce the fee (typically between KES10 and KES40) and the destination. In order to reduce traffic and accidents in Nairobi, the government has decided to prohibit 14-seat matatus from entering the city starting in January 2011. The City Hoppa bus service, as well as the recently restored Kenya Bus Service, are perhaps the finest options. Beware of traffic congestion on major routes at all times, not just during rush hour.

Get Around - By foot

Nairobi is a relatively simple city to walk about since it is small and things are easily accessible. However, there are several places of the city where visitors should avoid going, and nighttime wandering should be avoided. Many places are infested with thugs. While some may consider walking through the city center to be safe, it is not a pleasant experience. Expect to be contacted by beggars, touts, and other types of people.

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Nairobi

Nairobi is split into a number of electoral districts. Makadara, Kamukunji, Starehe, Langata, Dagoretti, Westlands, Kasarani, and Embakasi are the constituencies in question.

Central, Dagoretti, Embakasi, Kasarani, Kibera, Makadara, Pumwani, and Westlands are Nairobi’s primary administrative divisions.

The majority of Nairobi’s affluent suburbs are located in the west and north-central parts of the city, where most European immigrants lived during colonial times. Karen, Langata, Lavington, Gigiri, Muthaiga, Brookside, Spring Valley, Loresho, Kilimani, Kileleshwa, Hurlingham, Runda, Kitisuru, Nyari, Kyuna, Lower Kabete, Westlands, and Highridge are among these wealthy suburbs, however Kangemi, Kawangware, and Dagoretti are lower-income districts near by.

Many English place names in the city honor the city’s colonial origins. Highridge, Parklands, Ngara, Pangani, and locations to the southwest and southeast of the metropolitan area near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are home to the majority of lower-middle and upper-middle income neighborhoods. Avenue Park, Fedha, Pipeline, Donholm, Greenfields, Nyayo, Taasia, Baraka, Nairobi West, Madaraka, Siwaka, South B, South C, Mugoya, Riverbank, Hazina, Buru Buru, Uhuru, Harambee Civil Servants’, Akiba, Kimathi, Pioneer, and Koma Rock in the center-east, and Kasarani in the northeast are just a few of the notable ones.

The low- and low-income estates are mostly found in Nairobi’s far east. Umoja, Kariokor, Dandora, Kariobangi, Embakasi, and Huruma are among them. The Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Area includes Kitengela suburb to the southeast, Ongata Rongai and Kiserian suburbs to the southwest, and Ngong/Embulbul suburbs to the extreme west.

More over 90% of Nairobi inhabitants work in the official and informal industries inside the Nairobi Metropolitan Area. Eastleigh, dubbed “Little Mogadishu,” has attracted a large number of Somali immigrants.

Prices In Nairobi

Tourist (Backpacker) – 44 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:meals in cheap restaurant, public transport, cheap hotel.

Tourist (regular) – 180 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:mid-range meals and drinks,transportation, hotel.

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk 1 liter $ 1.00
Tomatoes 1 kg $ 0.97
Cheese 0.5 kg $ 7.00
Apples 1 kg $ 2.75
Oranges 1 kg $ 2.45
Beer (domestic) 0.5 l $ 1.85
Bottle of Wine 1 bottle $ 9.80
Coca-Cola 2 liters $ 1.65
Bread 1 piece $ 0.60
Water 1.5 l $ 0.84

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range) for 2 $ 24.00
Dinner (Mid-range) for 2 $ 35.00
Dinner (High-range) for 2 $ 52.00
Mac Meal or similar 1 meal $ 8.00
Water 0.33 l $ 0.55
Cappuccino 1 cup $ 2.30
Beer (Imported) 0.33 l $ 2.95
Beer (domestic) 0.5 l $ 2.00
Coca-Cola 0.33 l $ 0.70
Coctail drink 1 drink $ 5.00

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema 2 tickets $ 12.00
Gym 1 month $ 60.00
Men’s Haircut 1 haircut $ 6.00
Theatar 2 tickets $ 18.00
Mobile (prepaid) 1 min. $ 0.04
Pack of Marlboro 1 pack $ 1.95

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics 1 pack $ 16.00
Tampons 32 pieces $ 4.70
Deodorant 50 ml. $ 2.35
Shampoo 400 ml. $ 4.70
Toilet paper 4 rolls $ 1.50
Toothpaste 1 tube $ 1.40

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1 $ 55.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M) 1 $ 48.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas) 1 $ 75.00
Leather shoes 1 $ 78.00

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline 1 liter $ 0.98
Taxi Start $ 3.40
Taxi 1 km $ 1.80
Local Transport 1 ticket $ 0.60

Sights & Landmarks In Nairobi

Nairobi may be renowned as Africa’s safari capital, but the city has managed to stay up with modernisation. Nairobi, unlike other towns, is surrounded by the Nairobi National Park, which covers 113km2 (70 mi2) of plains, cliffs, and woodland. There are several things to do both during the day and at night in the city. Safaris (wildlife, cultural, sport, adventure, scenic, and specialty), ecotourism excursions, restaurants, culture, shopping, and entertainment are all available to tourists. Tourists may participate in a variety of sports in Nairobi, including golf, rugby, athletics, polo, horse racing, cricket, and football (soccer).

Nairobi National Park

(just outside Nairobi) 

Large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Rhino, and even birds may be seen here (over 400 species). You may also visit the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational facility dedicated to raising public awareness about wildlife and habitat protection. The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is also located in the park.

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

(close to the Nairobi National Park), +254 736 919321. 11AM. 

Orphaned elephants from all around Kenya are taken in and cared for until they are ready to live in the wild. You should come approximately 10 minutes before visiting hours, which are everyday at 11 a.m. You will be entered, and the elephants will be fed for about an hour in two groups. After then, there is a limited window of opportunity to shop and look about until it shuts at 12:30 p.m. You may schedule an appointment to watch your elephant put to bed at approximately 5 p.m. if you are prepared to sponsor an elephant for USD50. The elephants are only allowed to come for short periods of time in order to avoid overexposure to people.

Giraffe Centre

(in Lang’ata right outside of Nairobi). 

The Centre raises endangered Rothschild Giraffes and runs conservation and teaching programs for Kenyan kids. There are also a lot of warthogs and leopard tortoises there. The giraffes may be fed and approached near enough to be touched. Per individual, the cost is Ksh 1000.

Kenyatta International Conference Centre (K.I.C.C)

(Central District).

The greatest vantage point for a panoramic perspective of Nairobi’s enormous, crowded city. Depending on the amount of pollution and fog, you may be able to see as far as the slums and the national park from the saucer-shaped top of the conference centre’s spherical observation tower. KES400 / KES200 / KES200 / KES200 / KES200 / KES

US Embassy Memorial Site

(Central District). 

The city of Nairobi was devastated by an explosion in 1998. A vehicle had detonated adjacent to the US Embassy building, destroying it and killing 212 people, some of whom were employees and the majority of whom were onlookers. On the same day, a similar terrorist incident occurred against the US embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Osama Bin Laden is among the 21 persons accused with the crime. The location of the old embassy now has a monument that may be viewed. 30 ksh

Nairobi National Museum

Museum Hill,  +254 20 3742131. 08:30-17:30. 

Visitors may learn about Nairobi’s history and culture at this location. In 2010, the museum celebrated its 100th anniversary.

National Railway Museum

Visitors may learn more about Kenya’s railway history as well as the Kenya/Uganda railway. It also contains some of the country’s colonial-era engines and rolling equipment.

Nairobi Gallery

P.O.Box 40658-00100, +254 20 216566. 

Because this is a museum dedicated only to special exhibitions, the exhibited artwork is always changing.

Karen Blixen Museum

P.O Box 40658-00100,  +254 20 8002139, e-mail: [email protected]

The Karen Blixen Museum is based on the novel “Out of Africa” by Karen Blixen. The museum is currently housed in her home. To tour the home, you must be escorted by a guide, although you are free to roam about the grounds on your own. If you’re not interested in the movie or the history of the home, it may not be worth your time and money to spend the hour or so it takes. The home retains few original furniture, but some of the items from the film are on display (although the film was not shot here; it was created on a set). The museum is located on the outskirts of Nairobi (in the Karen suburbs), and you may reach there by taxi or bus. The Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre are both nearby, thus these sights may easily be incorporated into an one visit.

Bomas of Kenya

Langata/Forest Edge Road, +254 20 891391.

Kenyan culture is shown. Traditional Kenyan dwellings, antiques, dances, music, and song are on display for visitors.

Uhuru Gardens

Langata Road. 

Built to commemorate Kenya’s battle for independence, which it received in 1963. The triumphant column stands 24 meters (79 feet) tall, carrying a pair of joined hands and the peace dove, high above a statue of a freedom warrior waving the flag. Fountains and lushly designed gardens surround the monument.

Westlands by night

Visit Nairobi’s buzzing and fashionable Westlands sector, which has emerged as the city’s new nightlife hotspot. The popular Woodvale Grove and Mpaka Road are lined with restaurants and bars. If you prefer a large club with an expat-dominated audience over the generally packed native-dominated ones, a visit to ‘Tree house’ is a necessity. Even in the early hours of the morning, traffic may be a nightmare. Security is normally tight, and the activity spills out onto the street from crowded clubs.

Jamia Mosque

(Central District). 

While the Jamia Mosque is nestled away among other structures, it offers stunning views of its complex construction from a variety of perspectives. The inside of the capital’s most spectacular religious building is off-limits to non-believers.

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

(65km from Nairobi).

Peak woods and meadows surround a 2,146m (7,141 ft) mountain, having a significant population of Buffalo. It’s also home to Colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, leopards, and a wide range of bird species.

Tana River

(An hour’s drive from the city).

Here you may go white water rafting through the cascades that lead to the 14 falls. A complete BBQ lunch is included in the rafting adventure.

Museums & Galleries In Nairobi

KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM

ADRESS: Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya

TELEPHONE:  +254 20 8002139

This is the lovely farmhouse where Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, resided from 1914 to 1931, when she had to leave Kenya due to a series of personal catastrophes.

NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM

ADRESS: Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

TELEPHONE:  +254 20 3741641

The National Museums of Kenya’s main brand is the Nairobi National Museum. The museum, which is located on Museum Hill, has four unique themes that highlight Kenya’s rich heritage: culture, nature, history, and contemporary art. The Snake Park and Botanical Gardens are among the other attractions on the grounds, as is a State of the Art Auditorium that accommodates concerts, film screenings, and other events on occasion. In our commercial wing, you’ll find dining and shopping options following your tour with us. We hope you enjoy your visit to the National Museum.

BOMAS OF KENYA


ADRESS: 
Langata Rd | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya

TELEPHONE:  +254 724 288044

Each boma (homestead) in this cultural village was created according to the customary criteria of many Kenyan tribes; the village serves to conserve Kenyan culture via architecture, crafts, music, and dance.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES


ADRESS: 
Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

TELEPHONE:   +254 20 2228959

Historic pictures, Kenyan crafts, and paintings may all be found in this conveniently placed collection.


ADRESS: 
Nairobi SW2 4DN, Kenya

TELEPHONE:  +254 20 216566

Things To Do In Nairobi

Go-Down Arts Centre

(South of Centre),  +254 20 555770. 

A disused warehouse has been transformed into an arts center in Nairobi, and this location enables you to see what modern Kenyan artists are up to via exhibits, performances, and talks.

Kazuri Beads shop

The Bead Workshop, which opened in 1977, is located next to Karen Blixen’s Museum. Was founded by an English woman in order to offer a stable source of income for underprivileged Kenyan women. Has wonderful clay jewelry made in the villages around Mt. Kenya.

Oloo’s Children Center (OCC)

Kibera, +1 616 987-1106 

Volunteer at the volunteer-run school, go on a tour of Kibera, and have a cup of tea with the founder of the OCC. The school’s founder resides in Kibera and tries to offer education and nourishment to children in need.

Try excellent food

Nairobi offers a wide range of international cuisine. See the Eat-section for further details.

Nightlife

Participate in Nairobi’s vibrant nightlife by going dancing.

Ice-skating

At Panari, you may go ice skating.

Village Market

With your buddies, go to Village Market and Sherlocks.

Maasai market

Purchase souvenirs for yourself and friends at the Maasai market: On Saturday, it will be held in the Nairobi High Court parking lot, on Friday at Village Market, Thursday at The Junction, and Wednesday at Capital Centre. Prepare to bargain and pay around half to two-thirds of the asking amount as a recommendation.

Visit the slum

Make a unique move. Visit Nairobi’s slums, Kibera. Kiberatours organizes guided hikes.

Food & Restaurants In Nairobi

Nairobi boasts a diverse choice of Indian eateries, reflecting Kenya’s considerable South Asian population. Other restaurants in the city specialize on various European and Asian cuisines.

Steers, Debonairs, Wimpy, Galito’s, and Kenchic, among others, are popular fast food restaurants.

There are also a number of local eateries that serve sukuma wiki (a green spinach-like vegetable known as ‘Kale’ in English), ugali (corn bread prepared from ground maize flour and baked into a delectable white bread/porridge), nyama choma (literally: beef roast), chapati, and other regional specialties.

Budget Restaurants In Nairobi

K and A Coffee house and Cafeteria

Koinange Street,   222870. 9am-5pm.sausage roll k80. Chips k80. Tea k50. Coffee k60.

In the heart of downtown, there is a pleasant, clean spot to dine. It has been open for almost 20 years.

Roast House

Roast House is located in the city center, on Tom Mboya Rd, across from the matatu station. Regular neighborhood rates with a larger variety, delicious cuisine, and nice service. Lunchtime is really crowded.

Habesha

Great Ethiopian cuisine for roughly USD5-6 at Habesha near Yaya centre, albeit they offer Nescafé coffee rather than the authentic Ethiopian freshly-roasted beans.

Smart Village

Elgeyo Marakwet, located southwest of Habesha, offers a genuine Ethiopian dining experience with fewer expats than Habesha.

Red Sea

Red Sea is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant on the top floor of China Centre, opposite the Chinese embassy, on Ngong Road. The cuisine is great, and there is a beautiful traditional coffee ceremony. Meals cost roughly KES500.

Mid-range Restaurants In Nairobi

Nairobi offers a wonderful selection of mid-priced restaurants.

Abyssinia Exotic Ethiopian Restaurant

Muguga Green, Off Brookside Grove, Off Waiyaki Way,   +254 725 3515 1515. 

A delectable Ethiopian eatery. Mains from KSH500-800.

Java House

Features a western coffee house cuisine, from bagels to burritos, with outstanding coffees and milkshakes, and a complete breakfast menu, with many locations including The Junction, ABC Place, and adjacent to the United Nations. Dormans is another renowned coffee shop. A comprehensive supper costs between KES500 and KES750.

Trattoria

Trattoria is an Italian dining establishment. When it comes to the mains, don’t hold your breath (all around KES700). There is, however, a fantastic and wide dessert menu, which includes crepes, tiramisu, souffle, and a coffee granita with fresh cream, among other things (KES250-500).

Motherland

Motherland is a genuine Ethiopian restaurant that serves delicious and reasonably priced Ethiopian cuisine (as is characteristic of Ethiopian eateries in Nairobi!).

Havana Bar

Woodvale Grove, Westlands,   +254 20 445-0653. 

With a laid-back Latin ambiance, this popular bar and restaurant is a hit. Their sizzling Fajitas, steaks, and seafood dishes are well-known. The pricing is reasonable. The kitchen is open everyday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Village Market Food Court

Thai, Italian, Chinese, and German cuisines, as well as a Mongolian Barbecue, are among the many ethnic cuisines available. Also, the prices are reasonable. If you venture a little deeper into Village Market, you’ll discover an excellent Japanese restaurant with somewhat higher costs. Other malls in the city also include food courts.

Nairobi’s High-End Restaurants

The Carnivore

A luxurious restaurant known for its meats is situated just outside the city, adjacent to the Uhuru Gardens. The restaurant was named one of the world’s top 50 restaurants in 2006. Different masaai grilled meats will be brought around on sticks and cut to your dish as requested after you’ve been seated. By Kenyan standards, it’s somewhat pricey; be aware of extra taxes and catering charges. Reservations are recommended; inquire at your hotel.

Furusato

The restaurant, which is situated in Westlands, serves excellent Japanese cuisine. For a fee, of course.

The Rusty Nail

Karen has been fantastic in the past, but has been middling recently. There’s no reason not to try it again.

The Lord Errol

It is reported to offer excellent cuisine and is popular with expats. It is located beyond Village Market and into Runda.

Moonflower

A very upmarket bistro / fusion / grill restaurant in a lovely outdoor setting is located on State House hill at the Palacina hotel. Excellent cuisine.

Pango Brasserie

Upscale French and continental cuisine is served at the Fairview Hotel. Dinner will begin in an underground stone wine cellar, where you will be served free tasters while sipping a bottle of wine of your choosing.

Alan Bobbe’s Bistro

It’s in Andrew’s Apartments, near St. Mary’s School, at the end of Rhapta Road.

is a renowned and iconic restaurant that has just relocated to Rhapta Road (near St. Marys School). The restaurant, which opened in 1962, serves French gourmet cuisine for a fraction of the price you’d spend in Paris!

Shopping In Nairobi

There are several networked banking machines in Nairobi’s main commercial districts as well as the airport’s arrivals area. A Barlays ATM is located at Gate 9 inside the security area, and another one is located on the left side soon after exiting the security area. Because most transactions are cash-only, having enough cash on hand to pay for goods and transportation is a good idea.

Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, I & M Bank, C F C Stanbic Bank, ECO Bank, and other major banks provide cheaper exchange rates than FOREX agencies. There are also ATMs that accept Mastercard. PayNet and other independent devices have smaller cash limits and may charge a higher fee. At any Stanbic or Eco bank ATM, there is no cost for using an international visa or master card.

Cash is distributed in KES1,000 denominations. It’s worth noting that many smaller stores won’t have much change, so bring a variety of smaller bills with you when you go shopping for curios.

Many regions of the city with a high tourist population have Forex Bureaus. They will convert cash in various currencies and may take a personal check in return for Kenyan currency. Before they exchange money, they will need a photocopy of your passport. The rates are not awful, but they will be more than those offered by a bank machine. Many exchange offices and hotels will not accept or exchange American cash that was produced before to 2000. When exchange bureaus do accept notes created before 2000, they usually give much cheaper conversion rates than cash printed after 2000. Small denomination cash often has lower exchange rates than $100 and $50 notes.

Using a Credit Card Many speciality shops will take foreign credit cards, however they may charge a 5% transaction fee. Credit cards are accepted without charge in the Nakumat and Uchumi grocery chains.

This might also be an excellent time to reiterate the safety warning. Pickpockets are common in Nairobi, and they have been known to watch persons withdrawing money from a machine. Rather of a wallet, it is preferable to carry cash in a secret pouch. Men, don’t put your wallet in your back pocket, and ladies, don’t put your handbag to the side or behind you, especially in crowded places.

Try Yaya Centre on Argwings Kodhek Road in Kilimani, The Junction on Ngong Road, or the Sarit Centre in Westlands for items not seen in supermarkets.

Any Western tourist will recognize the Sarit Centre as a retail mall, with clothing, shipping, and internet all accessible. A small cinema is also available. Yaya Centre in Hurlingham and The Mall in Westlands are two more malls in Nairobi.

In 2013, a terrorist assault on the Westgate shopping mall resulted in the destruction of a substantial portion of the complex. In July of 2015, it reopened.

ABC Plaza, along Waiyaki Way, is a smaller store that caters primarily to expats. Chandarana store has a large selection of foreign items, Zucchini greengrocer is a great place to go for fresh and different vegetables, and Gilani’s butchery is well supplied.

The Maasai Market, hosted on Fridays in the Village Market, an affluent, open concept retail facility between the United Nations and American Embassy complexes, is the most readily accessible and tourist-friendly for local curios and souvenirs.

Bargaining is important, and unless there are exceptional circumstances, one should not spend more than KES1000 on a single item.

Visit the Tuesday market in town, just down the street from the Norfolk hotel, for significantly lower pricing. This market is less safe, but it is bigger and provides greater choice and negotiating opportunities.

Nakumatt is situated beyond Lavington on the road to the Ngong Racecourse, near Nakumatt Junction (Horse Flat-Racing takes place 3 Sundays a month, and is a great way to spend an afternoon). There are a few additional shops in the Nakumatt Junction retail complex, one of which is Zebu, a store showcasing local designer Annabelle Thom’s leather bags and more, where you will discover greater quality and higher pricing for stunning creations.

Textiles are sold on Biashara Street, which is situated in the heart of the city. Make certain you get at least one kikoi or kikoy (a traditional wrap for Swahili men, predominantly at the coast). Haria’s Stamp Shop (www.hariastamp.com) provides one of the greatest collections of kikoy as well as other African textiles and souvenirs (it’s been operating for almost 70 years!).

Supermarkets

Naivas

Naivas has 39 locations around Kenya. boasts the most competitive pricing of any supermarket.

Tuskys

Tuskys has 44 locations in Kenya.

Choppies Ukwala

Choppies Ukwala has ten locations around Kenya. Choppies Botswana is a component of Choppies Botswana.

Uchumi

In Kenya, Uchumi has 25 locations.

Nakumatt

With 50 stores, Nakumatt is Kenya’s largest grocery chain.

Game

Game, which is owned by WallMart USA, has a single outlet in Nairobi.

Carrefour

Carrefour, a subsidiary of Carrefour France, operates a single location in Nairobi.

Nightlife In Nairobi

Florida 2000 (F2)

Located at Commerce House, Moi Avenue.

New Florida Clubs (F1)

The New Florida, often known as Madhouse or Madi, is located on Koinange Street in Nairobi’s centre.

Pango (F3)

+254 20 229-036, e-mail: [email protected] House, 1st Floor, P.O.Box 55381 – 00200

Nairobi, The newest member of the Florida Group

Double Inn

They also telecast rugby/cricket games in Karen, which are always packed with foreigners and white Kenyans. This is the place to go if you want to get smashed.

Seven Seafood & Grill

ABC Place (ABC Place Waiyaki Way),  +254 737 776677. 24. 

A must-see for amazing seafood and magnificent design. KES2000.

Shooters & Dips Cocktail Lounge

4372-00506 (Panari Sky Centre,Mombasa Road opp Simba Colt Offices,5km from JKIA),  +254 787 637948. 17:00. 

Relax, unwind, and chill out at the stunning Shooters & Dips, where the décor transfers you to a another world. Allow yourself to get carried away by the DJ’s hand-picked music. A diverse culinary selection, as well as a broad variety of unique cocktails, exquisite wines, and liquors, are available at the bar. Shooters and Dips is the ideal spot for meeting up with old friends, making new acquaintances, and getting a taste of Nairobi’s nightlife without leaving the hotel. KES250.

Mercury Lounge ABC

ABC Place (Off Waiyaki Way),  +254 722 309947.16:00-late. 

Modern cocktail and tapas bar with a high-end feel. With a delectable tapas and bites menu, as well as Nairobi’s greatest cocktails and high-end liquor selection, Mercury is the place to be seen. All of the main foreign and domestic wines and beers are served perfectly chilled. Expats, well-heeled residents, and business executives frequent this famous hangout. Any visitor to Nairobi should see this attraction. This is one of Nairobi’s most popular sites due to enough parking and decent security. Shooters and cocktails cost between $3 and $6, with high-end, internationally popular wines and spirits costing between $6 and $15. Acceptance of all major credit cards.

Mercury Irish Pub

(The Last Drop), Junction Mall (Corner of Ngong and Kingara Rd),  +254 722 309947. 11:00. 

Mercury Pub, located in the new Junction Mall, is Nairobi’s newest and most genuine Irish pub. The bar, which is the newest member of the Mercury Group, specializes in the finest steaks in town, as well as a large choice of cocktails, local and international beers, high-end spirits and shooters, and an excellent wine list. It is situated in the secure Junction Mall, which offers abundant parking, strong security, and a central position, and is furnished with magnificent woodwork, leather couches, and paintings of colonial Nairobi. On weekends, it transforms into a popular sports pub with several televisions. A favorite hangout for expats. A fantastic balcony from which to have a beverage while watching the world go by. All major credit cards are accepted, and food costs range from $10 to $15.

Club Soundd

 (junction of Kaunda and Wabera St),  +254 722 571382.  

Gipsy

Opp,Barclays,Bank Westland,  +254 20 4440964, e-mail:[email protected].  

Klub House 1 (K1)

(is located along Ojijo Road in Parklands), +254 20 374 9870, e-mail: [email protected]

Klub House 2 (K2)

Baricho Road. K2 Klubhouse is located in the Industrial Area.

Choices

Majestic House, Moi Avenue,  +254 20 550 629, e-mail:[email protected]

It’s a fantastic site to watch Formula One.

Black Diamond

There are numerous expats and tourists, as well as a cover band that performs excellent music. There are a lot of nightclub females here, who are constantly pursuing the foreigners.

Havana

020-4450653. 

On Thursday evenings, it’s a popular hangout for foreigners. On Saturdays, the live band draws a cosmopolitan audience. Snacks are served at the bar all night.

Apple Bees (Strip club)

Situated in the heart of the city, and has just built a branch in Parklands, very near to the police station.

Annie Oakley’s

Pool tables, a decent restaurant, and a huge screen with cable TV are located next to Milimani Backpackers. Another popular hangout for expats.

Cockpit

Langata Road, which runs parallel to Uchumi Langata Hyper, is well-known among Wilson Airport pilots.

Barrels. (Strip club)

Be on the lookout for police raids.

Red Tape

e-mail: [email protected]. Westlands, Mpaka Road, Bishan Plaza

Little Temple night club and bar,

Tom Mboya Street. 8 pm -till late. 

One of Nairobi’s few homosexual nightclubs. Ksh 200 for a beer Soft drinks are available for Ksh 150. There is no charge to enter.

Stay Safe & Healthy In Nairobi

Stay Safe In Nairobi

Nairobi has a reputation for being a thief’s paradise. Snatch and grabs, con artists, and gangs of persons following you should all be avoided. Scams are complex, requiring the collaboration of up to ten or more persons. The greatest advise for tourists is to remain in the city center, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and act as if you know where you’re going (even if you don’t). If you’re in an unknown region, your best chance is to hail a cab (albeit you’ll pay a premium if the driver believes you’re a terrified westerner!). Carry small amounts of cash or passports on the street, and believe that anybody attempting to engage you in conversation is either up to no good or trying to sell you something. Nairobi may be a safe city to visit if one is cautious and cautious, and avoids being out after dark. Most locals are trustworthy individuals who would gladly assist you if you approach them.

Kenyans are proud people who do not engage in begging as often as those in other nations. Some opportunistic individuals may beg at shopping malls, but if you do not give, they will usually take a simple’sorry’ and leave you alone. Many of these ‘beggars’ are middle-class children or adults who have realized they can benefit on white guilt, and they should not be supported. If you ever have the good fortune to visit a slum as a resident (rather than on some twisted tourist safari), you will notice that even the lowest of the impoverished do not beg.

Outside of tourist and expat areas, small children may get enthralled by the sight of a white person and rush up to shake your hand while yelling’mzungu’ (white person) or ‘how are you?’ Older children are more reserved, and you should be aware of children above the age of 9 or 10 who attempt to distract or approach you.

Tourists should avoid slums since they will draw a lot of attention, which may easily escalate into a hazardous scenario.

Nairobi, with the exception of the central city, is a ghost town at night. The streets are practically deserted. After dark, avoid walking alone. Taxis are always the best option. Avoid the regions north and east of River Road, particularly if you aren’t a local!

Due to the presence of 10-15 Maasai guards, Biashara Strip is a safe shopping street. The City Market is a tourist trap; you may find yourself spending considerably more than you would on Biashara Street.

If your valuables are in reach while you are in a matatu traveling slowly through traffic, especially after dark, you should keep your window closed to avoid others from stealing them from the outside (there are thieves who walk through traffic looking for such opportunities). In the River Road region, especially after dark, mobile phones and wallets should be kept safe and not shown publicly during calls or financial transactions.

Eastleigh (also known as ‘Little Mogadishu’) is a dilapidated neighborhood near the city center that has been neglected by the government for years (including the police). It is mostly occupied by Somali migrants and refugees, and most Kenyans are afraid to travel there for fear of being attacked. Tourists should avoid it at all times of the day and night.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for many grenade assaults that have occurred in the city. These are likely to continue as long as the Kenyan army is stationed in Somalia. They are unpredictable and frequently lethal, so be on the lookout and report any strange behavior. You may anticipate to pass through security checkpoints with armed guards at most sites, retail malls, and even on the streets due to the terrorism danger. You may anticipate to have your baggage inspected and your automobile investigated (at times).

Stay Healthy In Nairobi

It is suggested that travellers get vaccinated well in advance of their trip (6 weeks) before arriving in Nairobi. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies, and Meningitis are the most often prescribed vaccinations for those coming to Africa.

Food and beverages

Outside of the more affluent locations, be cautious about the food you consume. Make sure the dish is freshly made, properly cooked, and served hot before eating. Also, unless you’re eating at a high-end restaurant or hotel, avoid seafood, and make sure your fruits and veggies have been thoroughly washed in clean water. Bananas and papayas are the safest fruits to consume.

Do not consume or wash your teeth with tap water. Use only bottled or canned beverages (especially popular brands). Also, avoid using ice since it might contain infected water, and keep in mind that alcohol does not sterilize a beverage. The general rule is that the higher the quality of a business, the safer the food and drink it serves.

Insects

Yellow fever, dengue fever, various viral infections, sleeping sickness, filariasis, and malaria are all common throughout Africa, yet none of these diseases are a problem in Nairobi. When insects bite, protect yourself by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, socks, and pyjamas, particularly at night. It’s preferable to apply a DEET-based insect repellent on any exposed skin and clothes. During the night, use a permethrin-impregnated mosquito net in conjunction with an insecticide such as pyrethrum coils or an electric mosquito killer. Also, don’t forget to spray your hotel room every night.

Heat and sun

To prevent dehydration, consume lots of fluids (not coffee, alcohol, or strong tea). Your body will always generate enough of clean urine if you are well hydrated. Throughout the year, the average temperature is approximately 25°C (highest temperatures may exceed 30°C). People from Asian nations such as India will not be bothered by the weather; in fact, it will seem to be lovely throughout the year. It takes three weeks for persons from cold countries to grow acclimated to the heat. Avoid excessive physical activity and try to remain as cool as possible by staying in the shade. Increasing the quantity of salt in your diet and drink is a good idea. Apply a lot of high-factor sunscreen, stay out of direct sunlight, and wear a hat and shaded clothes if possible.

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