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About Nairobi

Nairobi is the dynamic capital city of Kenya. With over 3.1 million residents, it is the largest city in the country. Nairobi is the ultimate chance to get a closer look at some fascinating wildlife. Touristic attractions of this vibrant city include the Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Giraffe Centre and Karura Forest.

Cheap flights to Nairobi are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be fascinated by this beautiful city! Nairobi is home to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), which is located on a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways. Non-stop international flights to Nairobi depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Nairobi is approximately 4 hours.

Popular flights to Nairobi

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Johannesburg - Nairobi Ethiopian Airlines Return Sep 3 - Sep 5 1 day ago R4,959.00
Cape Town - Nairobi Ethiopian Airlines Return Aug 15 - Aug 29 1 day ago R5,559.00
Durban - Nairobi Hahn Airways Return Aug 7 - Aug 7 1 day ago R8,629.00
Bloemfontein - Nairobi Return Jul 26 - Jul 29 1 day ago R9,229.00

Why visit Nairobi

Zebras at Nairobi National Park

Enchanting Wildlife

Nairobi is home to numerous wildlife and safari parks, making this city a paradise for nature and animal lovers. Meet the iconic residents of Kenya’s animal kingdom.

Kenyan Beef Stew Nairobi

Distinct Kenyan Cuisine

Satisfy yourself with a variety of wonderful and unique Nairobi dishes, including charcoal roasted ostrich, camel and crocodile, at popular venues such as the Carnivore and Fogo Gaucho.

Cathedral in Nairobi

Historic Attractions

Take the opportunity to find out about this city’s rich past, with the collection of museums, landmarks and sights, including the Karen Blixen Museum and the Bomas of Kenya.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Kenya
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 8.16 KES
Language Swahili / English
Hub Airport Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Airline Kenya Airways
Time Zone GMT + 3
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Nairobi

Choosing a good time to visit is largely dependent on the reason for which you’re visiting Nairobi. For the best times to spot wildlife, visit between June and October and between January and mid-March, which are the dry seasons in Kenya. You will get pleasant weather this time with less rainfall. However, this is the peak tourist season in Nairobi and you will have to deal with overcrowded attractions. The low season is from mid-March to May and during November. Most of the lodges and camps are emptier around this time, although some may be closed due to the high volume of rainfall (these months fall in the wet season). Make sure to pack a raincoat if you choose to visit Nairobi during this time.

Weather & Climate in Nairobi

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 13°C 13°C 14°C 15°C 14°C 12°C 11°C 11°C 11°C 13°C 14°C 13°C
High °C 26°C 28°C 27°C 25°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 23°C 26°C 27°C 25°C 24°C
Rainfall (mm) 40 60 90 130 120 30 10 10 20 40 110 80

Overview

Nairobi is the vibrant capital of Kenya, with a buzzing business sector, many wildlife attractions as well as historic sites and museums.

One of the top attractions of the city is the Nairobi National Park which is located within the city limits. This is only one of the destination’s many safari and wildlife parks. Additionally, there is a lively shopping culture here and an exciting nightlife.

Make sure to immerse yourself in the culture of Nairobi at the Kenyatta Market, or discover the local crafts at the Kazuri Bead factory and the Pottery Centre.

When you have some time to discover the history of Nairobi, do so at attractions such as the Nairobi National Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Now that you have a good idea of this city, get ready to have a memorable experience in the beautiful Nairobi.

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders will not need a visa while in Kenya for up to 30 days. For stays longer than 30 days, contact the South African High Commission in Kenya for more information. Additionally, make sure you have at least six months left on your South African passport before you depart. We recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance for travelling to Nairobi. You can purchase travel insurance directly with Travelstart when you book a flight.

South African High Commission

Address: 3rd Floor, Roshanmaer Place 00100, Lenana Road, Nairobi

Phone: + 254 709 127 000

Health & Safety

Visit your doctor to receive all the routine vaccinations at least four to six weeks before departing for Kenya. Additionally, you will need to take precautions against diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies, meningitis, malaria and Zika.

Unfortunately, Nairobi has a high crime rate, however, if you keep your valuables secure and out of sight, and refrain from walking alone outdoors at night, you will be fine. Just carry the money you need as displays of large amounts of cash will make you a target. Beware of con artists, scams, and groups of people following you.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Nairobi
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 62.62
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 25.05
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 29.67
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 21.92
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 25.05

Where to stay?

A large number of hotels, villas, resorts and hostels are available throughout Nairobi, with a large concentration between the areas of Kileleshwa and Eastleigh. Many of them include a range of features such as restaurants, bars, pools, spas and free Wi-Fi. The cost range you can expect to pay ranges from over 1500ksh to 32000ksh. The most reputable establishments include Mdawida Homestay, Amber Hotel, Qaribu Inn, and Villa Rosa Kempinski.

Get Around

The traffic in Nairobi can usually get quite heavy, especially during rush hours (07:00 – 09:00 and 16:30 – 18:30). If you have an appointment, make sure to plan your trip in advance, and if you can, get help from a local or guide.

The cheapest way to get around is the bus (matatu), but your best option among all the available services are the Double M Commuter Buses, the City Hoppa bus service and the Kenya Bus Service. The fare ranges between 10ksh and 40ksh.

Other ways to get around include the taxis and renting a car, although both options will be more expensive.

Travelling around the city on foot is also a good idea, however, it would be wise to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

Main attractions in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum

Uhuru Park

Uhuru Park

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