Nairobi Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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    Uhuru Park
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  • Out front of the Nairobi Museum
    Out front of the Nairobi Museum
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Nairobi Things to Do

  • David Sheldrick Animal Trust - Elephant...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Elephant orphanage is the place to be if you have not touched an Elle in your life, the little orphaned babies are so cute and very playful. When we visited there the last two days ago,there was a tiny babie that had just been rescued and kept on following the keeper, it was so nice to see if fed some milk and play with the keepers foot. Its...

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  • Giraffe Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It is a small place with several Giraffes to feed. The experience was fun, if only our toddler weren't too scared to feed them herself. But she enjoyed picking up the feed from the floor for us to feed. It was a good experience for her overall. We could linger as long as we wanted and the feed was free flow. But 1 hour is really more than enough...

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  • National Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This modest monument in Nairobi National Park commemorates the founding of the park in 1946 - the first national park in Kenya, which opened the door for the subsequent proclamation of iconic parks such as Masai Mara and Amboseli.

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  • National Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    The National Museum in Nairobi is a wonderful place to visit if you have some spare time. I was actually stuck in Nairobi due to flight issues, so I headed to the museum to see what was there. This place had several interesting collections, both dealing with natural history as well as cultural and artistic presence in Kenya. There were sections...

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  • Uhuru Park

    Its such an amazing place just to seat and have a chat with your friend under the shade of the great trees. The grass has already been worked on and hence its soft and tender. The city is just a walking distance where you will find the supermarkets and the cafes where to buy a snack and a drink. Children activities are in plenty, some are free and...

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  • Karen Blixen Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Many others here on VirtualTourist have written about this museum. I am not going to add any more to what they have said. While I will do is provide a list of links here for those who would like to read further about what others have said about this museum. Karen Blixen was a settler here in the Nairobi area, and is best known for the book "Out of...

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Nairobi Hotels

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Nairobi Restaurants

  • Carnivore - so where is the exotic meat?

    A special restaurant - famous for kenya.It was on our tour list and since I like to try exotic meat, I was looking forward to this one.Well - I got a little bit disappointed.Not that the food was bad - it was good: the different meats were well grilled, the choice wide, the side dishes good and they also accommodated our Junior who just wanted...

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  • Very nice surprise

    It is advisible to take the taxi when hanging around in the evening hours. First, because it is very cheap and second because this guys know where the good restaurants are. I wanted to have some european food and the taxi driver suggested me "Trattoria" which is well know Italian restaurant in Nairobi. The restaurannt itself is situated in not...

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  • Stupendous food and a sublime...

    Oh my, if you like Indian food, then you're going to love Anghiti!I would like to thank both suet and sphynxxxs for this recommendation - you're clearly both ladies of great taste and discernment, and I (quite literally) applaud your taste!Kenya - and indeed most of East Africa- has a long history of Indian settlement, so it stands to reason that...

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Nairobi Nightlife

  • Kengeles nightclub and cafe-bar

    Kengeles nightclub and cafe-bar is in the downtown. It's situated in the Koniage Street, not far from the Kenya Comfort hotel. Even though it is located in an infamous street, the clientele is ordinary Kenyan and tourists. The food and drink is good and not too expensive.

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  • WOMEN BE WARE!!

    Truly saddened by an event that happened tonight: At a very frequented bar in Westlands on Woodvale Grove, BACCHUS, catching up with close friends a guy grabs my friend’s bottom. When we confront him he laughs it off, and of course it wasn’t funny. So we call the bouncer and just as the bouncer starts talking to him, a big bodied, bald, bearded guy...

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  • African music only

    Club Afrique, in the area of Westlands, is one of my favourite clubs. Here one can hear and feel the real sound of African music. The program starts with the live music, performed by the bands from all of Africa. At the time I was there, it was the band from Zaire, excellent musicians and very hot dancers.In the second part of the program DJ was...

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Nairobi Transportation

  • Nairobi Bus Station

    This bus station in downtown Nairobi is the onlu one to Uganda. The buses are OK, always crowded but exotic.I took a bus to South Sudan, until Juba, but I mad an exchange of buses in Kampala.

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  • Matatu

    The Matatu's are the cheapest way to travel in Nairobi, These are TOYOTA Hiace Vans mostly White with Yellow Stripe (some are Blue with Yellow Stripe) fare from KS 20 (Taxi Charge KS800 for same distance) and they go every where, the main terminal is at Accra Road/River Road, just ask any conductor and they will guide you to the one to your...

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  • Airport Bus

    Bus # 34 from Moi Avenue / beside Ambsedure Hotel to Airport, look for the Number Sign held by the attendants. GPS Coordinates -1.285891,36.826105This is normal commuter Bus 3+2 seats in a row, no space for storing luggage but you can buy 2 seats if required. KS 50 per person. I have got the space behind the door to keep my luggage, and the Bus was...

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Nairobi Shopping

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  • Open street market

    It was saturday morning and I was strolling around the city area with no particular interest. Have bought a couple of video cd's with traditional Kenyan music and there in the shop the guy reminds me on saturday Maasai Market which I missed to see in my previous visits. Maasai Market is an open air market in the city centre, on saturdays and...

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  • Beads, beads, beads

    You can find shops selling Kazuri beaded jewellery in the major shopping malls of Nairobi (for example Junction, Village market, Westgate) as well as at the airport. But it is more interesting to visit their place in Karen, where you can watch the production. Kazuri (Swahili for "small and pretty") sells beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings as...

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  • The best known chain of local malls

    As far as I could see it, Nakumatt is the biggest chain of department stores in whole of Kenya, everywhere you go this name is following you, inside city areas or along the roads. Nakumatt offers all what an family needs, like grocceries, cloths, technique etc, but it is slightly expensive than Tusker, Uchumi or small retail shops. Most of Kenyans,...

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Nairobi Local Customs

  • BEER CELEBRATING BEING TRAMPLED TO DEATH

    On December 8, 1922 Kenya Breweries was founded by brothers George and Charles Hurst. They had previously worked as gold prospectors and farmers. One week later they brewed their first beer and bottled the first 10 cases by hand. They were delivered to the famous Stanley Hotel and their brewing business had begun. In 1923 George was killed on a...

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  • Furahi day

    Kenyans don't make big difference if monday or sunday, to most of them all days in a week look alike, except for friday. Friday or "furahi day" (in kswahili) is special day, it's time for total relax and blust. It doesn't matter if one is working class or jobless, rich or poor, CEO or assistant, furahi is a day when everybody must go out and get...

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  • Keep Nairobi clean - it works

    I don't know weather this campaign started only this year but fact is, Nairobi looks to me much cleaner than I remembered it during my last year visit. Such a litter bins are disposed all over the city centre and the locals really care to keep Nairobi clean. In fact, it is much cleaner than some European cities I visited in last couple of years....

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Nairobi Warnings and Dangers

  • Kibera slum area

    Kibera, also called Kibich in Nairobi is the largest slum area in Kenya. More than 800000 people lives here. It is better than its reputation, but tourists should be careful to go inside the slum without a guide. Buses and matatus goes from downtown to Kibera many times an hour. A music bar called Big Five, located in the area of Forth Jesus on the...

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  • Do not walk late at night

    some of the Nairobi streets are unsafe specially when walking at night during late time, take care when visiting Eastleigh, There has been cases of tourists being robbed of their money, above all police may harass you and ask you several questions , they are corrupted and will likely ask you for a bribe , take your identification all the time like...

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  • Rush hour!

    Nairobi is a big city - with a very overdated road system. It just can't hold the many cars - especially during rush hour in the morning (from 6 to 9?) and in the evening (from 5 to 8).How bad that is you can see from that: To get from our hotel to the restaurant for our dinner (Hotel: Jakaranda, Restaurant: Carnivores) which is about 10km, we had...

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Nairobi Tourist Traps

  • Fake (?) Police in Nairobi

    Walking around central Nairobi near the Hilton hotel first some Sudanese (?) came with a bad luck story to buy for his family some rice, a view minutes later he came again and wanted to sell some hash and less than a minute later came one claiming to be police dressed with tie and suite soon joined by a second one showing a police badge (?) asking...

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  • Is Your Safari Company a KATO Member??

    There have been noted to be some unscrupulous tour companies that attempt to deceive potential visitors that they are KATO members but they are not. Do check this very carefully before you book anything.Whatever your Safari needs, you can be sure that you are in good hands when dealing with a KATO member. Should you be in doubt, please check the...

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  • Kenya is an expensive country for...

    When you come to Nairobi you will be shocked to see how locals pay, and how you, yourselves have to pay. There are big supermarkets that sell everything we find in Europe, but they are overpriced. I know this well, because we used to stay with locals, and we realized that when we were with our friends and had to enter a safari or park, and we had...

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Nairobi What to Pack

  • Pack Light !

    Generally one backpack and one daypack is recommended. If they are too heavy to lift, you’ve packed too much. Hard-sided suitcases are not advised as they are difficult to fit into the luggage compartments of overland vehicles. On tour you’ll have access to your big pack in the morning and evening but not during the day. Ensure you put everything...

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  • Good photo equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, a jacket or fleece are all essential. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and toilet paper are all a must. Having said this, I feel that headache tablets are a must when travelling in Africa. Remember that Nairobi is called the "rooftop of africa" and some travellers do suffer from mild altitude sickness...

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  • No matter if Africa, bring jacket with

    I am travelling with my samsonite bag, actually half bag half knapsack, huge enough to put half of my wardrobe in it. It is waterproof of course and very resistant. Two pairs of trousers, two or three bermudas, all made of cotton fabrics. Dozen t-shirts, 3 or 4 nice polo-shirts, 3 or 4 shirts, all made of cotton fabrics. Jacket of light leather is...

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Nairobi Off The Beaten Path

  • Unilever Kenya Ltd

    March 2013, I visited Unilever Kenya for the first time. We did a safety traing on site with the local operators of the refrigeration installation.

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  • Tusker Brewery

    In 2010 I made a bussiness trip to Tusker Brewery in Nairobi. Tusker is the most famous bear in Kenya. The brewery is owned by Diageo and we (GEA Refrigeration Netherlands) upgraded the refrigeration plant.

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  • Bomas of Kenya - Maasai people

    From all Kenyan tribes I like Maasais the most and I am proud to say that some of Maasais are my good friends.Maasais are highlland pastoralists living life in accordance with their traditions which hasn't change in a centuries. "God gave us cattle and grass, we don't separate the things God gave us", says the Maasai. They strongly believe that...

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Nairobi Favorites

  • WHY GO TO KENYA ??

    Many people wonder why Kenya is so interesting.Have you ever counted the reasons that make you travel out there?For me it was first a mission trip that I have always considered doing.I wanted for years to have this opportunity and come here in Kenya and help the poor and orphans.The environment with the many bird species like the beautiful...

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  • Languages

    The language widely spoken here is English. There also another national language, Kiswahili. Both Languanges are taught throughout the country. It's extremely useful for the traveller to have a working knowledge of Swahili, especially outside the urban areas and in remote parts of the country.

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  • CLIMATE in Kenya

    July and August are the coolest months. Short rains between October and November.The temperature reached the 23 degrees C while we were there and the locals felt cold which was something I could not believe!Instead of rain there was drizzle in the mornings, and for me it was so beautiful.For locals it was their winter!!The 19 degrees C is the mean...

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