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Nairobi
Travel Guide

Nairobi which includes a city, cbd and skyline

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.

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 SG$252 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (462 reviews)
"Clean, friendly, comfortable and so convenient for resting up during a long layover. I have stayed at the Four Points at the JKA airport many times, and it's always perfect"

Reviewed on 4 May,2021

Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
Fairmont The Norfolk
Fairmont The Norfolk
5 out of 5
Harry Thuku Road, PO Box 58581, Nairobi
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This family-friendly Nairobi hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from Kenya National Theatre and University of Nairobi. Jeevanjee Gardens and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (148 reviews)
Relaxing oasis
"Spent 4 days here after a busy 4 weeks traveling around Kenya and Tanzania. What a welcome treat to be pampered in this little oasis of comfort in the middle of Nairobi. Great service staff!!"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2020

Fairmont The Norfolk
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 SG$238 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (339 reviews)
Loved it!
"Lovely staff, comfy bed and great food!"

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2021

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
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The Grand Gables
The Grand Gables
3.5 out of 5
NAIROBI, Nairobi
The price is SG$86 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 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 SG$139 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Location and large square footage. Easy access to shopping centers."

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2020

Yaya Hotel and Apartments
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Reviews of Nairobi

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4/5 - Good

Shane

23 Feb 2020

Everybody speaks English. Malls are just big with overpriced (non-Kenyan) stuff, you must visit the markets if you want to really explore Nairobi (but watch out for pickpockets and scammers)

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

National Park is worthwhile seeing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Jan 2020

Nairobi is a great place to visit and Uber can get you anywhere

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

I only stayed one night at the Crowne Plaza as a stop over between flights.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Dec 2019

Moses accompanied me to supermarket & exchange bureau. I had to be picked up and there was a delay the hotel allowed me to stay until I was ready to leave. It’s close to all services. I recommend this hotel.but leave info in the rooms for guests.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Amazing and looking forward to going back