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What You Should Know More About Nairobi

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Stay away from the beggars.

    ·         Do not get involved in any type of tussle or brawls with the locals.

    ·         Greet the locals with a smile.

    ·         Make sure you do not insult anyone.

    ·         Gather enough information about the place before traveling.

    ·         Do not eat off the street before checking for the quality.

    ·         Drink only bottled mineral water.

    ·         Carry with you at least one ID proof.

    ·         Do not pass a racist remark on anyone.

    ·         Do not dress inappropriately.

    ·         Girls please avoid traveling to any unknown path or destination alone at the night.

    ·         In case there is a secluded destination that you are taking a hiking trail make sure you have an active GPS or a map with you.

    ·         Do not buy a water bottle that does not have a seal.

    ·         Drink water from the bottle brand that is known to you.

    ·         Learn a few words from the local language. This will better help you in understanding the local cultures and traditions.

    ·         Do not leave your cash and valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Book a room in the hotel with good rating.

    ·         Avoid booking a room in shady hotel.

    ·         Do not involve yourself in any form of narcos or drugs.

    ·         Do not express quick interest in a particular item. Walk through the market and observe various stalls as you may find the same thing, but in a better design or price.

    ·         Do not forget to bargain as mostly the prices are inflated.

    ·         Do carry local currency, but in lesser denominations. This will help in your bargaining. Carry all the essentials with you but do make sure you place them in a body wallet.

    ·         Do not entertain ‘guides’ who promise to tour you to the ‘best stalls’. Often they are in treaty with the vendors so as to grab extra money from the tourists. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Nairobi is 18 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya that houses a number of natural setups. This region is perfect for sightseeing and one can start their journey by visiting the world famous Nairobi National Park. The wildlife reserve is a secure surrounding for numerous animals and plant species. This national park is situated at a distance of 7 km from Nairobi's city center. You will be amused to know that, the reserve also manages a rhino sanctuary which safeguards this endangered species. Visitors can check out lions, buffaloes, gazelles, warthogs, zebras, cheetahs and giraffes. In addition to this, there are around 400 species of birds which are spotted in the wetlands. One shouldn’t miss out an opportunity to access the Nairobi Safari Walk. It is a blessing for animal lovers to explore wildlife on foot. At the entrance of the park, tourists can bond with orphaned baby elephants as well as rhinos kept at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


    Karen Blixen Museum


    Karen Blixen Museum is listed among Nairobi’s best places to see. This destination is located at the foot of Ngong Hills and is named after the famous African author, Karen Blixen. She used to live in the house during 1917 to 1931, as she ran a coffee plantation in the surrounding. Currently, tourists visit this spot to explore the colonial farmhouse, a coffee-drying plant and a kitchen in a separate building. An agricultural college is also managed as a part of the museum. The displays present inside the building includes the furniture which belonged to Karen Blixen and her spouse. You can also check out photographs and books which were possessed by Karen. This museum is open on all days for the comfort of the visitors. Visiting this museum is a great thing to do.


    Giraffe Centre


    The Giraffe Centre is situated on the boundary of Nairobi National Park. Visitors love this place as they get to observe the endangered Rothschild's giraffes. It is a non-profit center which follows a mission to provide conservation education for young kids. You would be fed with all sorts of information about these charming creatures; moreover, you can also feed the giraffes at an eye level by accessing a raised platform. You can further stay at this centre to enjoy a self-guided tour of 1.5 km into the forest which is part of the adjoining nature reserve. This is a great sightseeing attraction of Nairobi.


    Nairobi National Museum


    The National Museum in Nairobi is one of the top tourist places in the city. It is an educational centre which is admired by visitors. The museum displays exhibits related to natural history and cultural elements. Moreover, it also includes around 900 stuffed mammals, birds along with fossils from Lake Turkana. One will be amused to check out ethnic displays belonging to various Kenyan tribal groups and traces of local artistry. The Geology Gallery of the museum can be visited to examine an impressive collection of minerals and rocks. Precise information related to tectonic plates as well as the volcanic life cycle can be acquired from this centre. The preserved fossil of an elephant is one of the prime attractions managed in the Nairobi National Museum.  It is advisable to buy combination tickets, which allows access to the adjacent Snake Park that house Kenya's popular reptile species. This definitely is a must visit place in Nairobi.


    Railway Museum


    The Railway Museum in Nairobi holds great significance. It is part of the rich history of the railway line in Kenya and also highlights the nation's development. The attractive collection at the museum includes train and ship models along with railway magazines, drawings, maps and a silver service set which was part of the overnight trains to Mombasa. You can also examine steam locomotives such as a model of the MV Liemba, constructed by the Germans and is stilled used near Lake Tanganyika. One of the famous exhibits in the museum is the carriage that was utilized during the Maneater of Kima hunt in 1900. Captain Charles Ryall, had positioned himself in the carriage to execute the man-eating lion; unfortunately, his sleep acted as the main enemy and made him fall into the trap of the lion. Tourists do count this museum as an enticing sightseeing destination.


    Ngong Hills


    Ngong basically means "knuckles" as these beautiful pointed green hills look similar to the back of a fist which faces the sky. These peaks are situated at a marvelous location that overlooks the Great Rift Valley. Several white settlers had established their farms during the early colonial days. You can access a number of walking trails full of adventure offering gorgeous views of the valleys present below. The wildlife in this region is quite amusing. There are buffalo, giraffes, gazelles, bushbuck, troupes of baboons and even klipspringers. It is a pleasant region that is admired by tourists as they get to interact with wildlife face to face. 

  • What you will like there?

    Kenyan Tea & Coffee

    Kenya is a country which is famous worldwide for its tea and coffee plantations. Coffee production is one of the prime activities in this region. There is no better destination where you can savor the perfect samples of these hot beverages. You can visit the different branches of the Java House coffee shops which are spread out in various parts of Nairobi. One will be pleased to access supreme coffee and tea along with delicious meals at these shops. The locally grown coffee has a unique essence and taste which is very popular among tourists. The best part is that you can take along gifts from the vast range of ethically-sourced Tanzanian and Kenyan coffees.


    Shopping


    The best shopping destination in Nairobi is the Masaai Market which is open on all days except Mondays. You can confirm from your hotel reception as to when and where the market is placed. This market is full of colors and exceptional items which are very appealing. You can surely buy genuine African pieces for yourself or can even offer as gifts. Buying goods from this market directly supports the local economy, so it is surely a beneficial act. There are some minor rules that should be followed while visiting Masaai Market so as to give you a pleasurable shopping experience.  


    Kenyan Cuisine


    No trip is successful if you do not savor the local cuisine. There are a number of communities present in Kenya which possess their own signature cuisines. There are numerous eating resorts and restaurants available which serve traditional dishes from Kenya. Locally grown fresh ingredients make the dishes more vibrant and relishing. You can visit Amaica or ‘Amaika’ is basically a Luhya word for the traditional cooking place. This place is famous for its Luhya cuisine, but also offers a variety of dishes from separate regions of Kenya. Tourists prefer accessing The Westlands’ branch which is located close to the serene Karura Forest. There is another interesting restaurant called as the Carnivore, which is popular for its meat that is cooked not on gas stoves but on coals. You can savor a wide range of meat starting from goat, beef, and even crocodile. 

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • When is the best time to visit Nairobi?

    The best month to visit Nairobi is at the time of the dry season that is in-between late June to October. The migration of wildebeest extends the Masai Mara in the month of July and remains there until the month of October when it is time for them to rush back to Serengeti in Tanzania. Wildlife viewing in Nairobi is at its best, round the year, but the time to visit and meander around the parks differ with seasons. See below and understand when to visit which park at what months and seasons.

    • Best time to visit Nairobi: January to February, June to October (Must visit all the parks)
    • High Season: Months like January and February, July to November (Must visit only the crowded parks exhibiting wondrous beauty and attractions like the Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara)
    • Low Season: March to May (Few lodges and camps experiencing heavy rainfall might close down)
    • Moderate Season: Between June to October (Around little to negligible rainfall)
    • Worst Season: March, April, and May (This season is the peak of wet and rainy season)

  • How to reach Nairobi?

    The Airport named Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is structured into three terminals, where the first and the second terminal are reserved for the international flights whereas the third terminal operates the domestic flights. For the tourist convenience, the airport offers various amenities. The services offered by them include internet accessibility, florists, salons, restaurants, free and cheap shops, medical services and so on. The Indian traveler can plan their trip to Nairobi easily without bothering much about how to reach the destination, as the city serves various indirect and direct flights from India. The flight to Nairobi from India are offered by airlines like Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and many others. The main cities that are the carriers of the flight to Nairobi are Kochi, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. On reaching the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the visitors will not have to think much about how to reach Nairobi. The city of Nairobi is located at a short drive from the Kenya Airport and easily is accessible by cabs and rental cars that are available near the airport. Also, regular buses operate from the International airport and the city which is considered to incur an economical expense.

    Therefore, the way by which you can reach Nairobi is by:

  • What are the things to do in Nairobi?

    The following things can be done in Nairobi:

    • Visit City Safari
    • Guzzle Tusker Beer
    • Explore Karen Blixen Museum
    • Swaddle your way to Kibera
    • Visit Nairobi Java House & sip on coffee
    • Taste the local African cuisine – Nyama Choma
    • Visit the colonial and retrospective Muthaiga Country Club
    • Drive along the Matatus
    • Cradle on the Rift Valley
    •    Relish the Jumbo Kenya Deluxe

  • What is the local food of Nairobi? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Nairobi are as follows:

    • Ugali
    • Pilau
    • Matoke
    • Maharagwe
    • Githeri
    • Irio
    • Nyama Choma
    • Mukimo
    • Kenyan Chapati

    The places where the local food of Nairobi can be relished are as follows:

    • Tamarind Restaurant
    • Lucca
    • Misono
    • Wasp and Sprout
    • Tapas Ceviche Bar Nairobi
    • Haru Japanese Restaurant
    • Brew Bistro & Lounge
    • Artcaffe
    • Tin Roof Cafe
    • Purdy Arms
    • Urban Eatery
    • Thai Chi Restaurant - The Stanley Hotel
    • The Lord Erroll
    • Ocean Basket
    • 45 Degrees Kitchen
    • 360 Degrees Pizza
    • Abyssinia
    • Tatu Restaurant
    • Zen Garden Restaurant
    • About Thyme
    • Hashmi`s Restaurant
    • The Carnivore Restaurant
    • Java House
    • Habesha
    • Japanese Izakaya Cheka
    • Haandi Restaurant
    • Open House Restaurant
    • Fogo Gaucho
    • The Talisman

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Nairobi?

    Getting around the city of Nairobi via local transport is not a jostle or causes hustle as the public transport system methodically smothers most of the destination spots located on the outskirts of the city. At a distance of about a square kilometer of Nairobi, the place is restrained for commercial activities, but however, it is easy to map read the area on foot. There are residential areas that outstretch as far as twenty-five kilometers from the city of Nairobi with few of the boomburb extending its outreach to counties like Kajiado, Mavoko, and Kiambu. The maximum number of transports that are available from Nairobi are Matatus, Tuk-tuks, bodabodas or motorbikes, buses, and taxis. The train services that are available in Nairobi are possessed by the Government.

    Therefore, the best modes of transportation to commute around Nairobi are:

    •   Matatus
    •   Buses
    •   Train
    •   Boda boda
    •   Tuk Tuk
    •   Taxis
    •   Motor bikes

  • What is the local language in Nairobi and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Nairobi is a city focusing on multilingualism. English and Bantu Swahili are the languages which are spoken by the people of Nairobi at large. These two are the official languages of the city known by the people in and around the city.

    Commonly used greeting in Nairobi are as follows:

    • Jambo: Hello
    • Habari za asubuhi? : Good morning
    • Habari za mchana? : Good afternoon
    • Habari za jioni? : Good evening
    •    Kwaheri: Goodbye
    • Habari za usiku? : Good night

  • Which are the best shopping places in Nairobi and what are they famous for?

    Following are the best shopping places in Nairobi along with its specialty:

    • Yaya Centre – Kilimani: A family business outlet with big brand stores.
    • Galleria Mall – Karen-Langata Road: A perfect place for attaining tranquillity of mind byways of garnering great shopping experience away from the hustle bustle and rush of gigantic malls.
    • Westgate Shopping Mall: Smaller than original, Westgate Shopping Mall blights on and portrays a retrospective history delineating class.
    • Sarit Centre – Westlands: What makes Sarit Centre stand out is the pub, excellent and lively cinema and well stocked and relishing candy and food stores and stalls.
    • The Junction:  The Junction is a Mall exhibiting electronic store, humongous furniture, and captivating jewelry outlets.

  • Where can one enjoy the nightlife in Nairobi?

    One can enjoy the nightlife in Nairobi at the following places:

    • Brew Bistro
    • Black Diamond
    • OffRoad Bar and Lounge
    • Club Tribeka
    • Bacchus Lounge
    • Choices Pub and Restaurant
    • Klub House (K1)
    • Galileo Lounge
    • Mercury Lounge
    • Havana Bar and Restaurant

  • Which are the best places for adventure activities in Nairobi?

    The best places for adventure activities in Nairobi are as follows:

    • Natural World Kenya Safaris
    • Perfect Wilderness Tours and Safaris
    • Explorer Kenya
    • Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
    • Amazing Memories Safaris
    • East African Exotic Safaris
    • Bigfoot Adventures
    • Asili Adventure Safaris
    • Bountiful Safaris - Day Tours
    • Bruno Safaris - Day Tours Nairobi Mamba Village
    • Nairobi Mamba Village
    •    Spirit of Kenya
    • Axis Africa Safaris
    • Beacon Safaris
    • Ngong Hills
    • Right Choice Tours & Safaris
    • Kenya Expresso Tours and Safaris
    • Baiskeli Adventures

  • Which are the famous museums one must visit in Nairobi?

    • The famous museums in Nairobi are as follows:
    • Karen Village
    • Fundii Centre for the Arts
    • Nairobi Gallery
    • Circle Art Gallery
    • Banana Hill Art Gallery
    • One Off Contemporary Art Gallery
    • Upepo Photography Gallery
    • Aero Club of East Africa
    • National Archives
    • Railway Museum
    • Bomas of Kenya
    • Nairobi National Museum
    • Karen Blixen Museum

  • Which are some best places for hiking in Nairobi?

    The best places to go for hiking in Nairobi are as follows:

    • Karura Forest
    • Elephant Hill
    • Oloolua Nature Trail
    • Ngong Hills

  • Which are the famous camping destinations in Nairobi?

    The famous camping destinations in Nairobi are as follows:

    • Little Olerai Luxury Tented Camp
    • Flamingo Camp and Cottages Safari
    • Jan's Camp & Maasai Trails
    • Jungle Junction Campsite
    • Miti Mingi Eco Camp

  • Where can I get wildlife experiences in Nairobi?

    You can have the best wildlife experience in Nairobi at the following places:

    • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    • Giraffe Centre
    • Karura Forest
    • Dickson Mutaiti
    • Nairobi National Park
    • Karura Forest

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