The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Set up in memory of David Sheldrick, a naturalist and founder of the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, this Trust carries on his legacy by providing a shelter to orphaned elephants and rhinos until they are old enough to be returned to the wild.
Watch local artisans make everything from jewellery beads to unique sculptures like glass and metal mosaic bulls or Maps of Kenya made entirely from scrap glass pieces. The local influence is evident in the products' themes and colours, and gives you an opportunity to pick up some truly Kenyan keepsakes to take home.
This is a popular watering hole with expats, locals, and the LGBT community. Under one roof you can enjoy cheap drinks at the laid-back Gipsy Bar, smoke a shisha pipe at the exotic Crimson Lounge, watch a game of cricket at the sporty Boxer Bar, or eat to your heart's content at the Barfly Restaurant.
The Ndemi Place
This mid-range guest house provides a peaceful home away from home with its informal, cozy atmosphere and tranquil garden areas. Breakfast is included in your booking and there are also some great restaurants and bars within easy walking distance.
Blanco's claims to ‘define modern African cuisine.' Putting its own spin on traditional favourites like Kondoo wa Kuokwa Mazigani, the restaurant serves delicious local fare in its very chic dining area.
Nairobi has been transformed on several occasions. First it went from swampland to a railway hub. Then it was burned down to the ground and rebuilt from scratch. The city's resilience has endured and continues to shine through, as it has evolved into one of the world's most popular destinations for safari adventurers. As one of the largest cities in Africa, Nairobi incorporates a curious mix of crowded markets and infamous traffic jams with serene golf courses, cricket grounds, and even a polo club.
When your flight lands in Nairobi, you may find it hard to believe that this city full of high-rise buildings is also the safari gateway to East Africa. But just a short drive away from the city centre is a completely different world. Here, you will find herds of wildebeest and zebra at the Nairobi National Park, elephants and rhinos at the Sheldrick Orphanage, and fans of the movie Out of Africa can visit the Karen Blixen Museum, located at the Danish author's former home. The city's nightlife is almost as famous as the wildlife and Nairobi's cafes, pubs, clubs, and bars offer a variety that will satisfy every budget, ranging from high-end to dirt cheap. Crime in the city can sometimes be a problem so visitors should take basic safety precautions and try to avoid walking around after dark.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is Nairobi's main airport for international flights and is located about 15 km from the city centre. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival but some passengers need to have Kenyan visas before boarding their flights to Nairobi. This process can take a while so try not to leave it until the last minute.
The high volume of safari-bound travellers means that a lot of airlines offer Nairobi flights from across the world and you can often mix and match tickets on various airlines to get really cheap flights. Airlines flying to NBO include the national carrier Kenya Airways, as well as British Airways, Virgin, and Swiss. Air Canada offers flights to Nairobi in association with codeshare partners such as Delta.
Although you're in Africa and probably expecting sweltering temperatures, Nairobi is surprisingly mild owing to its high altitude at about 1,700 metres above sea level. Summer temperatures average 20-22°C (from November to March) while winter temperatures are only marginally lower. Nairobi gets most of its rainfall between March and June with some rain occurring again between October and December. Winter is the most popular time for visitors to book flights to Nairobi although there are some periods of heavy tourist traffic through the year which are dependent on seasonal activities like bird watching.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is a single-terminal airport and once your flight arrives, ground transportation can be easily found just outside the airport. For any additional details on the options listed below, check the airport website.
Public Transit: Although there is a bus service from the airport to the city (Route 34), tourists must be extremely cautious when using this service, as robberies are a commonplace on Nairobi's buses.
Airport Shuttle: Several private companies operate shuttle services from the airport but for safety reasons, tourists are advised to book their trips only with reputed agencies or those listed on the airport's website. Inform the company of your arrival details well in advance so that once your flight lands, there's a shuttle waiting to take you into the city.
Hotel Shuttle: Most hotels offer a pick-up service for their guests arriving on Nairobi flights and although it is not always complimentary, it is still the most convenient and safe mode of travel from the airport.
Taxi: Only a few companies such as JKIA, Jatco, Kenatco, and New Jambo are allowed to operate taxis from the airport to Nairobi. Beware of drivers not sporting a registration badge who offer you a supposedly better deal or promise a cheaper rate, as you will most likely get into an argument at the end of your journey. Not all cab companies operate a metered system so be sure to confirm the flat fare with your driver before starting off toward your destination. The average fare from the airport to the city centre is about $20-$30 CAD.
Car Rental: Several rental companies have on-site services from the airport including Avis, Naz, Budget, and Payless. Once you disembark your Nairobi flight, follow the signs for the rental car kiosks or ask for help at one of the assistance booths located around the airport.
Chauffeur Driven Service: Chauffeur-driven car services are available at the airport and vehicle options range from sedans to 4x4s. A driver will pick you up from the airport and drop off you at your hotel, or else stay with you for the entire duration of your stay. The minimum you can expect to pay for this service is the equivalent of $20 CAD but prices can go much higher depending on the company and car you choose.