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Nairobi city

Nairobi is the Capital City of Kenya. It is situated at in South-Central Kenya, 140 Kilometers (87 miles) south of the Equator. It is surrounded by 113 km² (70 mi²) of plains, cliffs and forest that makes up the city’s Nairobi National Park. It is adjacent to the eastern edge of the Rift Valley, and to the west of the city, are The Ngong Hills. Mount Kenya is situated north of Nairobi, and Mount Kilimanjaro is towards the south-east.

It is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3.5 million. This makes it the 14th largest city in Africa.

Being Kenya’s capital, and the arrival point for many visitors, it is well served by leading international airlines, and regional road networks linking it to other major East African urban Centres.

Before visiting Nairobi, there are some important things to know to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Nairobi. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a visa in advance or be eligible for a visa on arrival. 
  2. Health Precautions: You may need a yellow fever vaccination depending on the country you are traveling from. 
  3. Safety and Security: Nairobi is generally safe for tourists, but like any major city, it’s important to stay vigilant. Avoid displaying valuable items, be cautious in crowded areas, and use reliable transportation options. 
  4. Currency: The currency in Nairobi is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). It’s advisable to carry some local currency for small purchases, but credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and major businesses. There just might sometimes be a foreign exchange fee. I recommend holding cash.
  5. Language: English and Swahili are the official languages in Nairobi. While English is widely spoken, learning a few basic Swahili phrases can enhance your experience and interactions with locals.
  6. Transportation: Nairobi has a variety of transportation options, including taxis, matatus (minibuses), and ride-sharing services like Uber. Uber was reliable and affordable. 
  7. The best time to visit Nairobi: The best time to visit Nairobi largely depends on your personal preferences and the type of experiences you seek. For the best weather, you should visit during the dry season which is between June to September and December to February. 

Things to do in Nairobi, Kenya

Explore Nairobi National Park: Nestled just a few kilometers from the city center, Nairobi National Park stands as a prime destination for game reserve and safari adventures in Kenya. Opt for a guided game drive during the early morning hours to witness lions, black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, and an array of bird species.

Visit the Nairobi Elephant Sanctuary: Also known as the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, this sanctuary provides a heartwarming experience with orphaned elephants. Joining an organized tour is ideal, as it not only includes a visit to the elephant nursery but also the nearby Giraffe Centre.

Experience Giraffe Centre: Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Giraffe Centre is dedicated to the conservation and breeding of Rothschild’s giraffe. Interact with these majestic creatures on an elevated platform and delve into the rich heritage of the center.

Immerse in Kenyan Culture at Bomas of Kenya: The Bomas of Kenya offers a captivating display of the nation’s diverse cultures and heritage. Witness traditional dances, savor local cuisine, and explore vernacular architecture to gain insights into Kenya’s rich cultural tapestry.

Discover Nairobi City on Foot with Nai Nami: Embark on a walking tour with Nai Nami to unravel the mysteries of Nairobi, guided by the city’s younger generation who share stories and perspectives from their unique vantage points. Explore landmarks, museums, and the charming old architecture.

Shop at Maasai Market: Delve into the vibrant Maasai Market, an open-air shopping experience showcasing Kenyan craftsmanship. Browse through an array of paintings, beads, jewelry, fabrics, and wood carvings, perfect for acquiring unique gifts and keepsakes.

Venture into Gikomba Market: Gikomba Market, one of Kenya’s largest markets, offers a labyrinth of stalls selling clothes, accessories, and various items. Navigate through this bustling market with the assistance of a local guide to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.

Experience Nairobi Nightlife: Explore the lively Nairobi nightlife, savoring local delicacies like Nyama Choma and Kachumbari while enjoying the city’s diverse entertainment options. From partying to live bands, Nairobi’s nightlife promises memorable experiences.

Hike Ngong Hills: Escape the city to Ngong Hills for an invigorating hike with breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley. The seven hills offer a rewarding day-trip experience, providing a perfect blend of nature and adventure.

Chase Githiga Caves and Waterfalls: Discover the enchanting Githiga Waterfalls, surrounded by idyllic highlands and tea farms. The journey takes you through scenic landscapes, leading to caves where Kenyan freedom fighters sought refuge during the struggle for independence.

Experience Nature at Karura Forest: Nature enthusiasts can find solace in Karura Forest, offering activities such as jogging, cycling, bird watching, and leisurely walks. Familiarize yourself with the trails, ensuring an immersive experience in this natural haven.

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market: Explore the City Park Market for a genuine farmer’s market experience, where you can shop for fresh produce and interact with locals. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this market, situated close to a public park for added relaxation.

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