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Nairobi
Travel Guide

Nairobi which includes skyline, a high-rise building and a city

In the “Green City in the Sun”, you can enjoy a safari with giraffes, elephants, lions and other wildlife, all within the city limits.

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, offers cultural displays, historical and ethnographic museums, craft markets and delicious local coffee and beer. Although the city is known for its high crime rate and recurring terrorism threats, people still book a trip to the “Green City in the Sun” for one big reason: An amazing wildlife park set amid reserves of forest and grassland is located right within the city limits.

See lions, leopards, rhinos, wildebeest and more than 400 bird species at the Nairobi National Park, just 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the heart of the city. Don’t miss The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located within the park, where you can visit orphaned baby rhinos and elephants. Nairobi is also home to the AFEW Giraffe Centre and an arboretum.

Immerse yourself in Kenya’s art, history, culture and natural history at the Nairobi National Museum. This museum is part of the National Museums of Kenya, which also manages the Nairobi Snake Park and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Experience tribal culture at Bomas of Kenya where you can tour traditionally crafted huts and enjoy a dance and acrobatics performance. Maasai crafts such as jewellery, carvings, beadwork and fabric can be found at the Maasai Markets, which rotates its location daily. Ask a local for the whereabouts of the market.

After a day of sightseeing, try local food and drink, such as Tusker beer and nyama choma, a meal including barbecued meats. If you’re looking for things to do at night, the suburb of Westlands is known for its more secure bars and cocktail lounges. Even so, it’s best not to go out or use public transport at night in Nairobi.

Taxis and minibuses known as matatus are a cheap way to get around, but allow for plenty of extra time to arrive any where on schedule. Nairobi is best to visit during the drier seasons, from January to March and July to October. Check your government’s official travel advice for the latest updates about the events in Kenya and possible safety warnings.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
First Freight Lane, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
The price is AU$248 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Gateway Mall, Nairobi National Park and The Nextgen Mall. Southfield Mall and Signature ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (344 reviews)
"Great experience, very convenient for transit travelers. Restaurant is open 24/7 excellent food, very friendly stuff."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
Nairobi Serena Hotel
Nairobi Serena Hotel
5 out of 5
Kenyatta Avenue / Processional Way, Nairobi
The price is AU$362 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
This family-friendly Nairobi hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Park and University of Nairobi. Yaya Centre is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"The hotel was absolutely gorgeous, very clean, and the staff were incredibly helpful, friendly, and professional. If I go back to Nairobi, I will definitely stay at the Serena Hotel again1"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2020

Nairobi Serena Hotel
Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
4 out of 5
9042/1044 Tower Avenue, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Nairobi
The price is AU$250 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Gateway Mall and within 9 miles (15 km) of Nairobi National Park and The Nextgen Mall. Southfield ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (468 reviews)
"The staff was very welcoming and kind! We loved the rooftop restaurant/bar as well."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Grand Gables
The Grand Gables
3.5 out of 5
NAIROBI, Nairobi
The price is AU$86 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Situated in Nairobi, this luxury aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from The Sarit Centre and 2 mi (3.2 km) from University of Nairobi. Oshwal Religious Centre and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Always a good experience! Nice and quiet place, wish they had dish soap though..."

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2021

The Grand Gables
Sherry Homes Raha Westlands
Sherry Homes Raha Westlands
3.5 out of 5
School lane, westlands, Nairobi
Situated in Nairobi, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of The Sarit Centre and Westgate Shopping Mall. Oshwal Religious Centre and ABC Place ...
Sherry Homes Raha Westlands
Yaya Hotel and Apartments
Yaya Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
Argwings Kodhek Road, Adjacent to Yaya Centre, Nairobi
The price is AU$102 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Located in Kilimani, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yaya Centre and Prestige Plaza. Nairobi Hospital and Royal Nairobi Golf Club are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Yaya is my first choice when I stay in Nairobi. That says it all!"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2021

Yaya Hotel and Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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