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1. Posted by mad_sheep (Inactive, 3 posts) 29 Apr '07 00:21

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Can anyone offer some advice on arriving into Nairobi's international airport? My flight later in the year arrives at around 4:30am, and i have heard that transferring from the airport into the hotels in the city can be pretty unsafe at night. If anyone can offer advice that would be great.

2. Posted by Proff (Budding Member, 5 posts) 29 Apr '07 03:56

Hello Mad-sheep. That is interesting to hear that. I know getting info from far may be difficult and may get the wrong impression. I live in Nairobi and works in a tour industry and always pick my clients anytime of the day or night depending on the flight time and take them to their hotel in town without any problem. What is important is to have a prior arrangement to be picked up from the hotel and quite convenient by your travel agent or tour operator or anyone of your choice. This will remove all that uncertainty f using taxis. Have a great time and welcome to Nairobi.

William

3. Posted by foxxy (Budding Member, 26 posts) 30 Apr '07 05:52

Hi Mad- Sheep,

Your concerns are genuine owing to the fact that you got the wrong information. On arrival, kindly ensure that you get help from the police at the international arrivals if you do not have a transfer organised.

Nairobi is safe and has good police patrols, never had of an incident of theft. Ensure that you know where you are going. The inetrnation press make a huge meal of a single pocket of crime.

In the USA, one ,man killed over 30 innocent people., I have not sen a travel advisory issue against them. They did not do so after Osama attcked them.

Nairobi si safe welcome

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 30 Apr '07 06:31

Hello Mad Sheep:)

Yes, u are right. Getting from the airport to the city can be dangerous.
Whatever u do, dont take the bus. U can take it to the airport, but not the other way round. When u are newly arrived, u would be a target for robbery, on the bus.
Make sure your hotel is open early, in the morning. Phone them, from the airport, to make sure the reception is open. Or else, stay at the airport, for a couple of hours. If the hotel is open, then take a taxi. They are usually OK. It is even better, if there is another foreigner on your flight or at the airport, who has spent some time in Nairobi. Ask them which taxi company they use, then use the same one.

Also, it is important to be aware that Nairobi is not even nearly as safe, as people from there tell u. It is not know as Nairobbery for no reason. And stay well away from the police in Kenya. Reporting a robbery can be a very lengthy process.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2007, at 6:36 AM by Mel. ]

5. Posted by mad_sheep (Inactive, 3 posts) 1 May '07 00:28

hey everyone,

thanks for your advice, it sounds like everything will be fine with a little bit of planning so that's great. i think i will organise a transfer prior to arrival as that sounds like a good way to avoid any hassle.

thanks again, am sure i will have a great time :)

6. Posted by raykingsay (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 15 May '07 01:53

i think thats a good choice