Nairobi Travel Guide : Nairobi city is not only the capital of Kenya but also the gateway into Kenya, the city is a gateway for most of safari visitors on a Kenya safari and most them, spend a night or two in the city while on their way or from their wildlife experience. Nairobi is a bursting city with great lodges and unique boutique hotels offering accommodations to travelers, the city also bursts with life from informal Maasai Markets lining the streets of city selling handmade art and crafts to travelers.
Nairobi City is a great safari destination to visit with numerous attractions and sites to visit during your stay which makes it worth visiting, like other cities in the world, there are several areas to avoid in Nairobi city. Nairobi also has notoriously chaotic traffic that comes to a grind halt from 07h00 to 0hoo and 16h30 to 18h30, in these periods some drivers are appalling especially the local minibus or matatus and bus drivers.
Note: If you intend to take a walk in Nairobi, it is advised you do it in company of a safari guide.
Nairobi city is usually the arrival and departure point for travelers and safari visitors and there are a range of excellent lodges and hotels to choose from, as well as lively nightlife and interesting shopping such as the Masai Markets. There are also several attractions worth visiting such as
- Nairobi national park – The World’s only wildlife park to be situated in a city situated about 7 kilometers from the city center and a host to dense concentration of black rhinos, Nairobi Travel Guide
The Carnivores Restaurant one of the most famous and popular restaurants in the city, the restaurant serves a banquet of game meats (everything from warthog and wildebeest to zebra and crocodile), hot – off – the grill onto your plate from oversized metal skewers.
Nairobi City has a lot more to see and do ranging from wildlife to culture, sport, adventure, shopping and entertainment. Some of the spots to visiting Nairobi City include the following
Nairobi National park
Nairobi national park is a fascinating Kenya wildlife destination found in Nairobi city approximately 7 kilometers from the Central Business Center, the park famed for being the only national park to be found within the city.
Nairobi national park acts as an educational centre for the local people and school children so as to create awareness about wildlife conservation and its challenges.
Nairobi national park is a home to array of wildlife including cape buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, rhinos , lions, cheetahs and over 400 bird species. During your safari visit to Nairobi national park, some of the thrilling Kenya safari activities you can do include the famous Nairobi safari walk, game viewing, birding, picnic and camping.
Mamba Village is a reptile center perfect for reptile lovers, Mamba Village is located in the Upmarket Nyali and it hosts crocodiles and Ostriches. At this site, it is possible to handle babies of the crocodiles and also feed them.
Kenyatta International Conference Center
Kenyatta International Conference Center (K.I.C.C) is a remarkable structure in Nairobi with a flying – saucer shaped tower on top, from the top of this building you get great views of the sprawling and bustling city.
Kenyatta International Conference Center is a 28 – story building located in the City Square of Nairobi and is a host for a number of Government office, the building is an internationally renowned venue for conferences, meeting, exhibitions and special events.
If you wish to get scenic views of Nairobi city, Kenyatta International Conference Center is a great site to visit.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program in Kenya, Nairobi offering rehabilitation to elephants and rhinos babies from all over Kenya that have been orphaned by poaching.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage was founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband David Sheldrick, since 2001 the center is run by their daughter Angela Sheldrick, Nairobi Travel Guide.
Visiting this center is allowed only in the mornings from 11hr to 12hoo and it gives you a chance to get up close and personal with baby elephants.
Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum is one stop center for travelers who wish to learn more about the culture, history and traditions of Kenya, the museum is situated along the Kipande Rd in Nairobi city.
Other destinations to visit in Nairobi City include
- National Railway Museum
- Karen Blixen Museum
- The Giraffe Centre
- Bomas of Kenya
- Uhuru Gardens
- Wetlands among others.
Where to stay in Nairobi
In Nairobi City have a variety of classic and sophisticated accommodation options ranging from budget, midrange and luxury. These accommodations include
- Tribe Hotel
- Hemingways Nairobi
- Visa Rosa Kempinski
- House of Waine
- The Sarova Stanely
- Sankara Nairobi
- Nairobi Serena Hotel
- Best Western Plus Meridan Hotel
- Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club among others.