Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. The city is named after the Nairobi river of the same name, which flows through it, and translated from the local dialect means “cold water”. The Kenyan capital is one of the most advanced cities not only in Kenya, but also throughout the African continent. It houses the headquarters of the world’s IT companies, it houses the best universities in the country, and Africa’s largest transport hub is located here. Nairobi is a departure point for those who come to Kenya safari; it is also a highly developed city. And of course, the attention of tourists is attracted by the historical monuments of the city, left over from the colonial era.
Among all the variety of Nairobi attractions, we will talk about the most interesting in our Travel Guide. Just keep reading.
How to get to Nairobi
The easiest way to get to Nairobi is by air. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located just 15 km from the center of the capital. It serves daily flights from most European and world capitals. You can get to the center of the capital in several ways:
- Shuttle Marangushuttles Company;
- Rented car (rental points are located directly in the arrivals terminal);
- Transfer booked in advance.
Travel time will take no more than 20 minutes.
There is no metro in Nairobi, so you can travel around by bus (matatus) or taxi. Public transport is usually very affordable and can accommodate a large number of passengers.
Sights of Nairobi
Nairobi entertainment and attractions is a long list, which includes not only historical buildings and monuments, but also unique natural places. You will need several days to visit them all. Here is a short list of the most interesting places and destinations in Nairobi:
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Nairobi National Park
- Giraffe Centre
- Karura Forest
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Nairobi National Museum
- Ngong Hills
- Kenyatta International Conference Center
- The Village Market
- Karen Village
- The Hub Karen
- Nairobi Arboretum
- Nairobi Mamba Village
In addition, there are dozens of magnificent Hindu temples in Nairobi, many mosques, the St. Mark’s Orthodox Coptic Church and the Sikh Temple. But perhaps the most unique attraction is located in the vicinity of the capital. This is the Great Rift Valley or the Great African Rift. This is a unique national park, in the territory of which there are 30 active and sleeping volcanoes, rare animals and plants live.
Hotels in Nairobi
Hotels in Nairobi offer their guests a wide variety of accommodation types for every taste and budget. There are luxury hotels of world famous brands, as well as quite affordable 3-star hotels that offer comfortable rooms with no frills. There is also quite budget housing in the capital: hostels, guesthouses and even campsites. You can also easily find an apartment or villa for rent for several days. The only thing you need to remember is that you should choose a hotel away from urban slums and very poor areas of the city, since it is dangerous to stay there even in the afternoon.