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.

Where to stay in Nairobi

Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport
4 out of 5
Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Nairobi, 00100
The price is AU$214 per night from 25 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (506 reviews)
Nice
"The hotel driver Tito was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport
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, 1939-00606
The price is AU$323 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (559 reviews)
"Easy place to stay for a late night or early morning near the airport"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2022

Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
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$259 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (478 reviews)
"Clean and Freud my staff. Very convenient as a stopover for an early morning flight next day"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2022

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
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.
Amalia Apartments
Amalia Apartments
3 out of 5
Embakasi, Nairobi, Nairobi County
The price is AU$88 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Southfield Mall and Gateway Mall are located nearby. ...
Amalia Apartments
The King Post
The King Post
3.5 out of 5
Rhapta Raod, Westlands, Nairobi, 13606-00800
The price is AU$125 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (58 reviews)
"The Zanzibar charm of this property was really cool. The convenience of having a bar and tavern within the stay was great, and the staff were very nice and helpful. We would certainly recommend this stay in Nairobi!"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2022

The King Post
Mimosa Court Apartments
Mimosa Court Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Muchai Drive, off Ngong Road, Nairobi, 00200
The price is AU$157 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Nairobi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"Near to everything, near the city center."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2022

Mimosa Court 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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