Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is among the best cities in Africa. It has many tourist attraction sites including the Nairobi National Park which is home to lions, zebras, and black rhinos.
Nairobi is a gathering place for Kenyans and people from all over the world including a large population of expats.
When you’ve chosen Nairobi as your next city to visit, here are a few things you need to know:
Depending on which country you are coming from, a visa may be a requirement when you travel to Nairobi. The visa types available include Kenya transit visa, multiple entry tourist visa, and single-entry tourist visa.
Flying into Nairobi
When flying to Nairobi, you will most probably land in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This is the largest airport in East Africa.
You can exchange your currency here to obtain the Kenya Shillings which will help with many of your transactions - though there are some outlets that accept US dollars.
The airport is about 30 minutes’ drive from the city center so you will have to take a taxi to take you to your hotel.
Accommodation in Nairobi
There are many places you can stay in Nairobi and your choice will depend on how much you are willing to spend. The cheapest places the dorm rooms and camping but these may not be good in terms of cleanliness and security.
The best options are the Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast style of the accommodation offered in many Nairobi safari tour packages.
Attractions in Nairobi
Nairobi boasts a one-of-a-kind blend of colorful culture and natural wonders which captivate the hearts tourists. Choosing where to tour actually depends on your own taste but you wouldn’t want to miss these things while in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park
Your Nairobi holidays tour can never be complete without a visit to the Nairobi National Park. It is just a few minutes’ drives from the city center but provides a memorable experience for many tourists. You will observe giraffes, hippos, lion, and cheetahs in their natural habitat, the grasslands.
Nairobi Elephant Orphanage
There are no elephants in the Nairobi National Park so the best place to observe them is the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage. It is really incredible to observe them playing with each other, feeding, and running around.
Kibera Slum Guided Tour
This will need a guided tour for security purposes, though it is the friendliest slum in the world. Visit here and observe the most impoverished area in Nairobi but is home to thousands of people.
Nairobi has two leading museums. The Nairobi National Museum and the Kenya National Archives. The former has a display of culture from around the country while the latter houses memorabilia from colonial Kenya.
To Wrap It Up
Nairobi is a beautiful city. Even walking around the city, itself will provide a very refreshing experience. As you walk around, you will see how Nairobians conduct their business and sample some of the best foods Nairobi can offer.
The city also offers a very rich nightlife. There are lots of bars and night clubs where you can have a great time throughout the night.