Nairobi

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Nairobi which includes a skyscraper, central business district 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.

Where to stay in 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 $83 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Nairobi Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Nairobi, Jeevanjee Gardens, and City Market. National Archives ...
4.1/5Very Good! (629 reviews)
"The staff was very accommodating, professional and kind. Will definitely use this hotel again in the future. Thanks for making our stay memorable. 🙏🙏🙏!"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
5 out of 5
Arboretum Road, Nairobi
The price is $109 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Chiromo, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1 km) from Arboretum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Yaya Centre. University of Nairobi and Jeevanjee Gardens are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (31 reviews)
"Absolutely loved this hotel..definately 5 star in accomodations and customer service. 1br accomdations were very comfortable. Variety of food choices were greatly appreciated as a vegan guest. Front Desk agent Maryann is definately a gold star and an added bonus to the Radisson team, going over and ..."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
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 $115 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gateway Mall, The Nextgen Mall, and Nairobi National Park. Southfield Mall and Signature ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (364 reviews)
"The staff were top notch and made our entire stay seamless. We flew in early from Wilson and had to fly out early morning via Nairobi. They assisted with pick up from the airport and early check in (thank you!). The breakfast buffet is well done, however, none of it is self serve. This does cause ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mimosa Court Apartments
Mimosa Court Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Muchai Drive, off Ngong Road, Nairobi
The price is $68 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Royal Nairobi Golf Club and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Yaya Centre. Nairobi Hospital and Prestige ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"it was awesome"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Mimosa Court Apartments
Lymack Suites
Lymack Suites
4 out of 5
Contea di Kiambu, Nairobi
The price is $69 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Nairobi, this golf aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Karura Forest, Two Rivers Mall, and United Nations Office at Nairobi. Village Market and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
"The staff members were universally friendly, helpful and efficient. The quality of the room service food was generally of a very high standard, and the swimming pool on the lower garage floor is tastefully decorated and furnished. If I wanted to have my breakfast before the usual start of service ..."

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Lymack Suites
Bluespan Serene Home
Bluespan Serene Home
Nairobi, Nairobi County
The price is $78 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Kilimani, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Prestige Plaza and Yaya Centre. University of Nairobi is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Bluespan Serene Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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