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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

Villa Rosa Kempinski
Villa Rosa Kempinski
5 out of 5
Chiromo Road, Nairobi
The price is $173 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Nairobi National Museum and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Nairobi. Kenya ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (283 reviews)

"The personalised service is above and beyond . From the moment you enter the property you are greeted with smiles , interaction and that so important personal touch and attention"…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Villa Rosa Kempinski
Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
4 out of 5
9042/1044 Tower Avenue, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Nairobi
The price is $144 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Gateway Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Nairobi National Park and The Nextgen Mall. Southfield ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (459 reviews)

"Very nice stay and staff were very helpful after I was not able to fly out on my flight. They arranged for a driver to pick me up from the airport and I was able to stay for the night. Thanks again Sheraton staff you were awesome."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Four Points By Sheraton Nairobi Airport
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 $97 per night from May 8 to May 9

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gateway Mall, Nairobi National Park, and The Nextgen Mall. Southfield Mall and Signature ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (333 reviews)

"Loved Crowne Plaza very much that we stayed 2 different times on our trip to Nairobi. Excellent hotel and very safe. Food is amazing."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 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.
Prime Living Luxury Apartments
Prime Living Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Church Rd, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from University of Nairobi and within 6 mi (10 km) of Uhuru Park and Kenyatta ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
, clean space

"The space was great! Very clean, modern, and comfortable. Plenty of pace for the whole family. Only issues were that our TV with DSTV didn’t work the whole time and the safe wasn’t able to be used either. One major safety concern is that you must have a key to get out of the unit. One family member ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Prime Living Luxury Apartments
Yaya Hotel and Apartments
Yaya Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
Argwings Kodhek Road, Adjacent to Yaya Centre, Nairobi
The price is $89 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Kilimani, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yaya Centre and Prestige Plaza. Nairobi Hospital and Royal Nairobi Golf Club are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)

"Location and large square footage. Easy access to shopping centers."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Yaya Hotel and Apartments
The Grand Gables
The Grand Gables
3.5 out of 5
NAIROBI, Nairobi
The price is $55 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated in Nairobi, this luxury aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from The Sarit Centre and 2 mi (3.2 km) from University of Nairobi. Oshwal Religious Centre and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Always a good experience! Nice and quiet place, wish they had dish soap though..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

The Grand Gables
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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Reviews of Nairobi

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4/5 - Good

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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

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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

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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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