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Introduction

Nairobi in the Distance

Nairobi in the Distance

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Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. It has about 3 million inhabitants, 4 million if you add the total metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest city in Africa. It is just over 100 years old and became the capital in 1905, before which Mombasa hold this title. It is located in the southern central parts of the country, roughly between the coast and Uganda, at an elevation of almost 1700 meters. Although it is the political and economical hart of the country, the city hasn't got that much to offer for travellers. Most people stay here before starting their safari to world famous parks like the Masai Mara or fly back home from Nairobi. Just outside the city however is Nairobi National Park and the sight of zebras with high rise buildings in the back is rather unique.

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Sights and Activities

engage in numerous sports from golf, rugby, athletics, polo, horse-racing, cricket and football (soccer).

  • Nairobi National Park (just outside Nairobi) - This is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Rhino and even birdlife (over 400 species). Here you can also go on the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational centre to make people aware of wildlife and habitat conservation. Also in the park is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (close to the Nairobi National Park) - This orphanage takes in elephant calves and rhinos from all over Kenya which were orphaned by poaching.
  • Giraffe Centre (in Lang'ata right outside of Nairobi) - The Centre breeds the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and has conservation/education programmes for Kenyan children. It also has many warthogs.
  • US Embassy Memorial Site (Central District) - In 1998 a blast rocked downtown Nairobi. A truck had exploded next to the US Embassy building, reducing it to rubble and killing 212 people some on staff, most bystanders. On the same day, August 7, the US embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, was also subject to a similar terrorist attack. 21 people have been charged with the crime, including Osama Bin Laden. The former embassy site today contains a memorial that can be visited.
  • Nairobi National Museum - 8:30am-5:30pm. Where visitors can learn about Nairobi, its history and culture. The museum celebrated 100 years in 2010.
  • National Railway Museum - Visitors can learn more about the history of Kenya’s railroads and the Kenya/Uganda railway. It also houses, some of the engines and rolling stock from the country’s colonial period.
  • Nairobi Gallery - ☎ +254 20 216566. This is a museum housing only special exhibits, so the featured artwork is always changing.
  • Karen Blixen Museum - ☎ +254 20 8002139, e-mail: karenblixen@museums.or.ke. is based on the Karen Blixen’s book "Out of Africa". Her house is now the home of the museum. It is on the outskirts of Nairobi and a taxi or bus can get you to the museum.
  • Uhuru Gardens - Built in remembrance of the struggle for independence, which Kenya was granted in 1963. The monument is a 24-metre-high triumphal column supporting a pair of clasped hands and the dove of peace, high over a statue of freedom fighter raising the flag. The monument is surround by fountains and lush-landscaped gardens.
  • Jamia Mosque (Central District) - While Jamia Mosque is tucked away in between other buildings there are striking views to be glimpsed of its intricate structure from many different angles. Easily the most impressive religious structure in the capital, the interior is off-limits to non believers

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Weather

Because of its elevation, it is never too hot in Nairobi and even during the warmest months of January to March, temperatures are around 25 °C during the day. April and May are the wettest months, with over 200 mm of rain in April. In winter (July to September) it can get chilly at night, but it rarely freezes.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.5 °C25.6 °C25.6 °C24.1 °C22.6 °C21.5 °C20.6 °C21.4 °C23.7 °C24.7 °C23.1 °C23.4 °C
Avg Min11.5 °C11.6 °C13.1 °C14 °C13.2 °C11 °C10.1 °C10.2 °C10.5 °C12.5 °C13.1 °C12.6 °C
Rainfall64.1 mm56.5 mm92.8 mm219.4 mm176.6 mm35 mm17.5 mm23.5 mm28.3 mm55.3 mm154.2 mm101 mm
Rain Days459161353447158

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Getting There

By Plane

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), located 15 kilometres away from the city centre, is home to Kenya Airways. It's the busiest airport in East Africa and the 6th busiest in Africa.

Some of the national carrier's destinations include Accra, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Cairo, Dar Es Salaam, Dakar, Dubai, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Harare, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lilongwe, London, Mumbai, Seychelles and Zanzibar. Several dozens of other airlines serve Nairobi, mainly from other African and European cities.

Taxis and car hire facilities are conveniently situated at the arrival areas. A scheduled bus service to and from the town center is available as well.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bermuda HotelSoitololo Road off Forest Road p.o. box 17278Hostel74
Bush House & CampP O Box 10265GUESTHOUSE77
Hibiscus Guest House195 Kirichwa Road P.O. Box 47663GUESTHOUSE-
Jobcamp House557-00300Hostel75
Kikuyu Lodge HotelPO Box 1199 KikuyuHotel76
Meridian Court HotelMuranga Road P.O.BOX 30278Hotel84
Milimani BackpackersDead end of Dennis pritt road, P.O Box 21005HOSTEL76
Mooreland HotelP.O. Box 74588-00200 Korobot Road, Off Limuru Road, Opposite Stima plazHotel71
Nairobi International Youth HostelRalph Bunche Rd, Po Box 48661Hostel-
Supergolf & Sports HostelsP.O Box 63035 Muranga Road-NairobiHOSTEL-
The Kivi Milimani HotelP.O.Box 20681 00100Hotel-
Wildebeest Camp151 Mokoyeti Road West LangataCampsite87
Margpher Guest HouseP.O. Box 11698Guesthouse-
Khweza Bed & BreakfastPO Box 56480-00200GUESTHOUSE84
Mvuli House-NairobiPO Box 12181Guesthouse-
Windsor HotelRidgeways Road, off Kiambu Road,Hotel-
Sentrim 680 HotelKenyatta AvenueHOTEL-
Ceola Apartment Kilimanip.o box 18589-00100 Kilimani, NairobiApartment-
Cottage Nairobi3rd Right, Kitale Lane, Off Dennis Pritt Rd, CaledoniaGUESTHOUSE74
YHA KenyaRalgh Bunche RoardHostel-
Ole Sereni HotelMombasa road Opposite Zain offices Parkside towersHotel-
Sindoma Nairobi AccommodationArgwins Kodhek Roed HurlinghamGuesthouse-
Sochati House HotelGitanga Road opposite Braeburn SchoolLavingtonHotel-
Godials B&BP.OBox 76314-00508 P.O. Box 50323- 00200GUESTHOUSE-
Graphics Guest ResortP.O. Box 51920-00200 Nairobi, Kenya.Hostel73
Daisy HomeHse 2 Daisy Drive, GigiriGUESTHOUSE-
Jimlizer HotelMumias road, BuruburuHOTEL-
The Strand Hotel - NairobiNairobi West, Gandhi Avenue P. O. Box 9081 - 00300 NairobiHOTEL-
Hadassah Girls' Hostel NairobiP.O.BOX 7130-00300HOSTEL-
Nairobi Airport Stop Over House16173-00100Guesthouse80
Ushirika Guesthousep.obox 26233Guesthouse-
Holiday At A Home1155-00618GUESTHOUSE-
Embakasi BedroomsNyayo Estate EmbakasiGUESTHOUSE-
House Finesse13235-00200HOSTEL-
Havilla Accommodation & SafarisKamuthi Drive, Kahawa WestGUESTHOUSE-
Fortmount ApartmentLangata Road 50 meters North of T MallAPARTMENT70
PrideInn Hotel & Conferencing, Westlands Road.Westlands Road Box 66969- 00200HOTEL-
Mirema Service HotelP.O. box 65143HOTEL-
The PrideInn Raphta RoadBox 66966-00200HOTEL-
Lavington Luxury ApartmentP.O. Box 610-00200APARTMENT-
Mdawida Homestay727-00517, LangataHOSTEL-
Abbey Comfort InnGaberone RoadHOTEL-
Bush Bed and Breakfast & SafarisKaren/Langata Road Kamuthi/Kamiti Road Kahawa AreaHOSTEL-
Qwehu BackpackersMagadi Road Ongata RongaiHOSTEL-
Sarova Stanley - HotelKimathi AvenueHOTEL-
Kipepeo Hotel - NairobiRiver RoadHOTEL-
Gona SuitesP. O. Box 51736 off Kitengela RoadGUESTHOUSE-
West Breeze HotelMasaba Road, Off Bunyala Road Past NIC Bank, UpperHOTEL-
New Mates GuesthouseOld Donholm along Outer Ring RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Milimani Bed & BreakfastNairobi South C Area Ole Shapara RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Aquarium Guest ResortWestlands Road Next To Stardard Chardard Head OfficeGUESTHOUSE-
Delta Hotel NairobiUniversity way 1740HOTEL-
Accommodation Bushcamp KarenSilanga Avenue Fair Acres road off Karen/Langata roadHOSTEL-
Hotel EmbassyTubman Road, Opposite City Market P.O Box 47247HOTEL73
Fahari Guest HouseRhapta Road, Westlands P.O Box 470016GUESTHOUSE-
Bethany Garden HouseMukuyu RdApartment-
Eden Gardens26 Convent Drive LavingtonHOTEL-
Downtown Backpackers NairobiMakutano Building Dubois Rd, Off Accra RdGUESTHOUSE-
Osoita LodgeP.O. Box 15648 MbagathiHOTEL-
Blue Hut Hotelp.o.box 31223-00600 Park Rd. Ngara NrbHOTEL-
Dafam Budget Hotel & SafarisRed Cross Road South CHOTEL-
Kingdom Gardens Guest House1 Muthaiga Rd, Opp. Mobil Pl. P.o Box 64553GUESTHOUSE-
3Butterflies GuesthousePO box 716 Ongata RongaiGUESTHOUSE-
Oryx HotelJogoo Road junction with Hamza RoadHOTEL-
The Clarion Hotel - NairobiJunction of Moi Avenue and Muranga RoadHOTEL-
LaJardine Hotel NgaraP.O.Box 5687 NgaraHOTEL-
Bees-Park GuesthousePO Box 6596GUESTHOUSE-
Bush Camp Hotel Nairobi1 Silanga Close Fair acres roadHOTEL-
Mkenya Backpackers3818CAMPSITE-
Muso Guest HouseOle shapara AvenueGUESTHOUSE-
The Nest HotelPopo Road off Mombasa Road, Bellevue South C P.O.BOX 59495HOTEL-
Hope Guest HotelGogo lane, off Gogo RoadHOTEL-

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Phone

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -1.2762
  • Longitude: 36.7965

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