Your Trip to Nairobi: The Complete Guide
As the capital of Kenya, Nairobi is the first natural port of call for most of the country's visitors. However, with a multicultural population and a plethora of attractions and activities to suit all tastes and budgets, there is more to the city than its international airport.
Go head-to-head with endangered rhinos and rescued baby elephants in Nairobi National Park, hand-feed giraffes at the Giraffe Center, or shop for souvenirs at the Maasai nomad market. In this article, we'll look at the best ways to spend your time in Nairobi, as well as practical information, including what to eat and drink, where to stay, and tips for staying safe.
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Planning Your Trip
- Best Time to Visit: Nairobi is a year-round destination. However, for the best weather and wildlife viewing in Nairobi National Park and other game reserves in Kenya, we recommend scheduling your trip to coincide with the annual dry season from June to September. There are two rainy seasons in Kenya: short rains from October to November and long rains from March to May. The latter is the least preferable time to visit Nairobi.
- Language: Swahili and English are the two official languages of Kenya. Of the two, Swahili is the most widely spoken.
- Currency: The Kenyan shilling is the national currency of Kenya. It is divided into 100 cents and is generally abbreviated as KSh.
- Getting Around: Nairobi has several forms of public transportation, including shared minibusses known as matatus and buses operated by services like KBS, City Hoppa, and Double M. However, the safest way for tourists to navigate the city is by private taxi licensed or on a shared ride. app. Both Uber and Bolt operate in Nairobi.
- Travel Tip: While most visitors enjoy their time in Nairobi without incident, petty theft is common. Avoid becoming a victim by leaving flashy jewelry and expensive cameras at home and keeping your money in a hidden cash belt. Never walk alone at night.
Things to do
Nairobi is a vibrant (sometimes chaotic) capital that offers a simultaneous view of modern Kenyan culture and history. It also has more than its share in nearby nature reserves and national parks, while the surrounding Central Highlands is home to award-winning coffee and tea plantations. During your stay in Kenya's capital city, you can expect once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters, eclectic shopping opportunities, and a variety of international food and drink options, and that's just to get started.
Nairobi National Park
Located just 11 km from downtown Nairobi and incorporating over 45 square kilometers of wild nature, Nairobi National Park offers a completely unique safari experience. See rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, and more in black and white, all within sight of the city's skyscrapers.
The park is also home to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphan Project, a sanctuary for baby elephants and rhinos that welcomes visitors once a day.
Head to the Nairobi suburb of Langata to visit the Giraffe Center, a breeding project and conservation education center dedicated to protecting the endangered Rothschild giraffe. You can pet and feed giraffes from an elevated platform, attend giraffe conservation lectures, and observe native animals and birds on the downtown nature trail. Don't you get tired of giraffes? Consider splurging a night at the 5-star Giraffe Manor.
Karen Blixen Museum
If you are one of the thousands of people attracted to Kenya by the book (and later film adaptation) "Out of Africa", don't miss the opportunity to tour the original farm owned by its author, Karen Blixen. The bungalow-style home has been immaculately preserved and many of the items on display belonged to the Blixen themselves. The Karen Blixen Museum also has a beautiful garden.
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