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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y


Im going to kenya and uganda to trek and visit mountain gorillas etc...

before and after the tour i have a free day in nairobi.

is the nairobi national park worth a visit? can anyone suggest another day trip that might be interesting? i don't really want to stay in the city for both days and would like to do something interesting and worthwhile so open to suggestions. i have considered visiting a volunteer scheme/orphanage/school etc. for a day. any ideas?

also, has anyone stayed in the jambo backpacker hostel? i basically want to find a cheap, safe, relaxing place to stay.


joey :)

2. Posted by jimmmychoo (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

hi joey
i live in kenya and in nairobi...have never heard of jambo back packer hostel though, i think it might be quite local...
there is quite a cool backpackers in karen where you will meet other backpackers from all over. infact there are 2 in karen, those are the only decent ones i know of..
you should go to the giraffe centre, its really nice. i work at the airport and i go through the park everyday to get to work and its really nice but in 4 months i have only seen lion 4 times...and thats goin through the park everyday in the morning and in the evening! theres not many animals around cos when there was a drought they all went the other side, but they are slowly coming back.
theres quite a few things to do, but trust me you do not want to be in the city......
any questions feel free to ask...when are you tavelling?

3. Posted by polhill (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Come on Nairobi isn't that bad, its reputation preceeds itself. Loads of backpackers stay in The Overland Club, or the main YHA hostel, theres lots of other travellers there, always at the beginning or end of their trips and so more than ready to go out to Carnivores or a night on the town.

Keep an eye on your belongings and dont walk around alone at night, I think Nairobi is a brilliant place to see modern Africa in its own chaotic way. I went to Karen, yes it was nice and green and lush, but it felt so far detached from the city and dare i say it - Africa.

4. Posted by jimmmychoo (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

....maybe if you want to experience traffic jams, beggars, pollution, noise, litter and opportunists then stay in town and experience 'the true africa' if you want a quiet decent safe place to stay then stay 10 mins out of town and stay in karen, if karen isnt Africa then i must be living in an imaginary world. potholes,matatus,stray dogs,and acaicas must be whats its like in a developed country :) not dissing you polhill
just my opinion...i do live here after all

5. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

hey tessa,

thanks for your replies.

i have read about karen and some hostels there.... it seems like a good bet to me.

can you recommend any companies for a day tour to the giraffe place and other places?

also do the hostels in karen do airport transfers?



6. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

ps travelling in october. will be in nairobi on 13th oct and then after tour the night of 27th and the whole of the 28th. i fly home on 29th in the morning.


7. Posted by jimmmychoo (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

hey joey

sorry hope you though i wasnt rude to polhill.....
you should look at this website its got quite a lot of places where you can stay and look at his portal,very good website. dont worry about getting a tour guide to take you to the giraffe centre, you can just take a taxi. you have to go there, its so fun :) you can also go to the animal orphanage, and play with baby elephants..
youve only really got one day, so you should def go to giraffe centre cos its in karen and pretty close to everything.

hmmm what else..oh you can get taxis at the airport to karen but they will totally rip you off! so maybe ask where ever you stay if they do transfers, i know the back packer place does...i'll try find out.

cant believe your going to visit the mountain!