Fly To Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya’s bustling capital city of Nairobi has a vibrant cultural atmosphere, tantalising restaurants and exciting night life. Establishing itself as a regional hub of East Africa it has become a thriving business sector and with this has embracing a multi-ethnic atmosphere of European, Asian and Islamic culture.
Nairobi is not just all business and shows its playful side with unforgettable experiences and intriguing attractions like getting up close and personal with endangered wildlife at the Nairobi National Park- this melting pot is one of Africa’s most dynamic and beautiful cities.
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Why visit Nairobi?
- Indulge in a range of exotic Nairobi dishes from ostrich, camel, and crocodile, Nairobi has an abundant range of strange, unique and delicious dishes!
- Explore the beautiful outdoors at the Hell's Gate National Park or The Ngong Hills with scenic hiking trails it is the best way to spend a perfect day!
- Experience the rich culture of this city by visiting the famous Bomas of Kenya, this tourist village displays traditional villages belonging to several Kenyan tribes and celebrating the colourful tribes of Kenya!
The best time to visit is during June till October or January to February. During this time the wildlife is easier to spot and the weather is pleasant with very little rain fall and clear skies. This is Nairobi’s peak-season where popular places can become very crowded.
The low season occurs between March and May where most lodges and camps become empty as the rainfall over this time is heavy.
- Lake Naivasha, the second largest freshwater lake of Kenya, located at about 1.5 hours drive in the outskirts of Nairobi.
- Nairobi, the largest city of Kenya.
- Nairobi is home to Africa's second largest slum called Kibera Slum.
This cosmopolitan capital is one of the many cities in the world to boast a safari park within its borders. The Nairobi National Park is a perfect escape from the velocity of Nairobi city life. Adventure seekers would enjoy the experience of witnessing lions and cheetahs roaming free, it is a thrilling experience.
Nairobi is the gateway to the world-famous safari parks of Kenya, the loved Nairobi Safari Walk which was funded by the Kenya Wildlife Service is a great way to learn about wildlife in the natural environments. Apart from safaris and wildlife, Nairobi is home to many colourful markets like the Kenyatta Market which is a great place for shopping and immersing yourself in the culture of this city.
The Kazuri Bead factory and Pottery Centre is a good stop for those interested in local crafts. From ceramic beads, potter and leather products which are all handmade by disadvantaged women, this is definitely a place that is great for finding souvenirs while giving back to the community.
There are many other attractions that should be explored in and around the city they include:
- Nairobi National Museum
- The Giraffe Centre
- Maasai Market
- The Downtown City Market
- The Muthaiga Country Club
- Uhuru Park
- The Karen Blixen Museum
Nairobi is a definitely a place that serves the best cuisine in Kenya. Now, there are many restaurants that are better around the city, but no place seems to much up to the Carnivore. The Carnivore has been said to offer the best feast, the meat that is served is pinned onto Maasai spears and braised over a huge charcoal pit in the center of the restaurant.
Nairobi might have some of the tastiest meat but it is also famous for its coffee. The Nairobi Java House chain serves the best coffee in Kenya and there are branches spread out all over the city.
Nairobi is the best place to find Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia, the best places to indulge in Ethiopian cuisine would be around the Yaya Center area. This city's finest fast food chain is knownas Kenchic Inn, they are known for making fantastic fried chicken and French fries, there are many of these branches scattered over Nairobi city so keep your eyes open.
The other restaurants that are loved by many locals include:
- Hashmi BBQ
- J's Fresh Bar
The most followed religion in Kenya is Christianity followed by Islam. Other faiths that are practised in this city include Baha'i, Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional religions.
Kenyans are generally friendly and hospitable individuals. Greetings are considered to be a very important social interaction where inquiries about health and family members.
Visitors to a home are usually offered food or tea, and it is considered impolite to decline. Elderly people are treated with a great deal of respect and deference. This is also a very conservative city, it is advised to dress modestly especially around religious areas.
Many people that have visited Nairobi say that knowing the local language can at times save you money as you are able to find great deals due to the fact that most locals have more respect for those individuals that make an effort to understand the culture.
This is a very safe city, although many tourists can be easily identified and it can be dangerous as they become easy targets for pick-pocketing and scams. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times and do not carry a lot of cash or valuables on you while sightseeing.
South Africans travelling to Nairobi, Kenya on a valid passport will not need a Visa to enter the country if you’re staying less than 30 days.
Make sure you have at least 6 months left on your South African passport before you depart.
For longer stays, the Kenyan Visa is available on arrival in Nairobi and is valid for up to 3 months.
Nairobi travel advisory: Take out comprehensive travel insurance if you’re travelling to Nairobi. Travel insurance can be purchased direct with Travelstart when you’re booking flights.
Address: Roshanmaer Place 00100,
3rd floor Lenana Road
P O Box 42441 Nairobi
Phone: (+254) 20 282 7100
Fax:(+254) 20 273 6393
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 71.54|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 32.19|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 33.86|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 28.62|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 28.62|
Jomo Kenyatta International is Nairobi’s main airport. Often referred to by its acronym JKIA, the airport’s IATA code is NBO.
Food and Beverage: There is a restaurant on the fifth floor of the terminal building. A café is available in Unit 1, a restaurant and pub are located in Unit 2 and cafés and snack bars can be found in Unit 3 and the international arrivals hall. There are soft drink vending machines throughout the airport.
Exchange currency: ATMs, banking facilities and currency exchange services are available in the terminal building.
Lost luggage: There is a left-luggage service at the airport. For inquiries about lost luggage, contact one of the information counters.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Nairobi Airport Hotel, 67 Airport Hotel, Panri Hotel, and Eka Hotel Nairobi.
Car hire: The car hire companies Avis, Budget, Naz, Payless and Sixt are represented at the airport.
Airport hub:Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (code:: NBO)is also the hub for national carrier Kenya Airways.
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