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Why visit Nairobi?

Although not a specific tourist destination in its own right, Nairobi has plenty to offer visitors, from wildlife to nightlife. Small and accessible, it is the gateway not only to Kenya but also East Africa.
Reasons to visit Nairobi include:

  • Explore the great craft shops and markets, and shop for hand-made ceramic jewellery, colourful clothing and fabric, or hand-blown glass products. 
  • Eat out! Nairobi and its suburbs have some excellent restaurants, including the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant, where great joints of meat (including Ostrich and crocodile) are cooked on Maasai swords over a huge charcoal pit. 
  • Take in a music performance or have a day out at the Ngong Races. 
  • Visit the National Museum of Kenya, or the Karen Blixen Museum. See wildlife in a different context at the Nairobi National Park. 
  • No elephants, but you will see lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and rhino in this park, all against the backdrop of city skyscrapers and the airport control tower! 
  • Meet the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage or feed a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre.

When to go to Nairobi

Most people use Nairobi their gateway to Kenya.  There is no good or bad time to visit the city, although some will say rush hour traffic is best avoided.

How to do it

As Nairobi is usually the entry point into Kenya, most people arrive by international airline. We can arrange a meet and greet for you to assist you to your accommodation or onward transfer.

Accommodation in Nairobi

Eka Hotel is a popular option if you prefer to stay close to the airport, alternatively there are some lovely boutique hotels in the quieter suburb of Karen such as House of Waine.  If you want something a little different, just outside the city is Giraffe Manor with its own herd of Rothschild giraffe in the grounds.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.

Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.


Visas are required for European passport holders.


Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.


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