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NairobiKenya

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.

Where to stay in Nairobi

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Kilimani

4/5Very Good!(75 area reviews)

Visitors to Kilimani enjoy its bars, and if you want to do some exploring, Yaya Centre is worth a stop.

Kilimani
Nairobi showing a high rise building, a city and central business district

Central Business District

3.5/5Good!(70 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Central Business District, City Market and Jeevanjee Gardens are top sights worth seeing.

Central Business District
In an expensive city, this place stands out as an excellent budget option. Central location, nice rooms and the biggest plus is the rooftop bar/restaurant to hang out on in the evenings, mingling with other travelers and locals and enjoying some great home cooked food.

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Ngara

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Ngara might not have many top sights, but Jeevanjee Gardens and City Market are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Ngara

Top Hotels in Nairobi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ole Sereni
Ole Sereni
4.5 out of 5
Mombassa Road, Opp. Zain offices / Parkside Tower, Nairobi
The price is $114 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Nairobi National Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Nyayo National Stadium. Parliament Building ...

4.1/5Very Good! (378 reviews)

"Absolutely impressed with this lovely hotel. The staff were exceptional! Breakfast buffet was superb! So very beautiful to have evening drinks and morning breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Game Park!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Ole Sereni
Executive Residency by Best Western Nairobi
Executive Residency by Best Western Nairobi
4 out of 5
Riverside Grove, off Riverside Drive, Nairobi
The price is $97 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in the heart of Nairobi, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Arboretum and 2.5 mi (4 km) from University of Nairobi. ABC Place and Oshwal Religious Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"The apartment was more spacious than expected - the photos online for not show how big they are. That was a plus for us."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Executive Residency by Best Western Nairobi
Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6 Murang'a Road, Off Moi Avenue, Nairobi
The price is $72 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jeevanjee Gardens and University of Nairobi. Yaya Centre is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (584 reviews)

"The staff were amazing!! The bathroom had an odd smell at first but it went away, the beds were good and the room size was great!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel

Popular places to visit in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park
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Nairobi National Park

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Explore Nairobi National Park, a popular green space in Nairobi, and enjoy the safari tours. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

AFEW Giraffe Centre
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AFEW Giraffe Centre

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to AFEW Giraffe Centre, a well-known attraction in Langata. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Kenyatta International Convention Centre
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Kenyatta International Convention Centre

4/5(30 reviews)

Learn about the events happening at Kenyatta International Convention Centre during your trip to Nairobi. Discover the area's shops, or seek out its safari tours.

Top things to do in Nairobi

Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate with boat ride
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Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate with boat ride

$160
Per adult
Half Day Sunrise Game-Drive of National Park
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Half Day Sunrise Game-Drive of National Park

$44
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Full Day Nairobi National Park,Karen Blixen & Bomas Of Kenya
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Full Day Nairobi National Park,Karen Blixen & Bomas Of Kenya

$56
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
1 Day Giraffe Center,Baby elephant and Nairobi National Park
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1 Day Giraffe Center,Baby elephant and Nairobi National Park

$70
Per adult
3 Days Masai Mara National Park Budget Safari
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3 Days Masai Mara National Park Budget Safari

$280
Per adult
Half-Day David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center, and Karen Blixen Museum Tour from Nairobi
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Half-Day David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center, and Karen Blixen Museum Tour from Nairobi

$50
Per adult

Reviews of Nairobi

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 27.98165137614679%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 50.68807339449541%
3 - Okay
72
3 - Okay 16.513761467889907%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 2.293577981651376%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.522935779816514%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 11, 2020

Nairobi is a nice place but not as friendly or as appealing as Mombasa or the Malindi areas. I didnt feel like tourism is a big dealfor them and unless you were an Indian there was no love...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

a little concerned with safety. did not spend much time here, just nights on either end of a safari

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

I will be back to visit. I found the people warm hospitable and kind. Local food was delicious.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

The roads are very bad and it’s difficult to get anywhere. The traffic is confused, and it’s lacking a system.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Very vibrant city, clean, modern, relatively safe.

5/5 - Excellent

AJD

Feb 19, 2020

Ubers are readily available, but whenever you're in a car be sure to buckle your seatbelts in both the front and back. Otherwise you're likely to be stopped by a policeman and threatened with arrest. Foreigners should carry their passports with them.

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