Nairobi

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Nairobi featuring central business district, a skyscraper and skyline

In the “Green City in the Sun”, you can enjoy a safari with giraffes, elephants, lions and other wildlife, all within the city limits.

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, offers cultural displays, historical and ethnographic museums, craft markets and delicious local coffee and beer. Although the city is known for its high crime rate and recurring terrorism threats, people still book a trip to the “Green City in the Sun” for one big reason: An amazing wildlife park set amid reserves of forest and grassland is located right within the city limits.

See lions, leopards, rhinos, wildebeest and more than 400 bird species at the Nairobi National Park, just 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the heart of the city. Don’t miss The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located within the park, where you can visit orphaned baby rhinos and elephants. Nairobi is also home to the AFEW Giraffe Centre and an arboretum.

Immerse yourself in Kenya’s art, history, culture and natural history at the Nairobi National Museum. This museum is part of the National Museums of Kenya, which also manages the Nairobi Snake Park and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Experience tribal culture at Bomas of Kenya where you can tour traditionally crafted huts and enjoy a dance and acrobatics performance. Maasai crafts such as jewellery, carvings, beadwork and fabric can be found at the Maasai Markets, which rotates its location daily. Ask a local for the whereabouts of the market.

After a day of sightseeing, try local food and drink, such as Tusker beer and nyama choma, a meal including barbecued meats. If you’re looking for things to do at night, the suburb of Westlands is known for its more secure bars and cocktail lounges. Even so, it’s best not to go out or use public transport at night in Nairobi.

Taxis and minibuses known as matatus are a cheap way to get around, but allow for plenty of extra time to arrive any where on schedule. Nairobi is best to visit during the drier seasons, from January to March and July to October. Check your government’s official travel advice for the latest updates about the events in Kenya and possible safety warnings.

Where to stay in Nairobi

Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6 Murang'a Road, Off Moi Avenue, Nairobi
The price is £66 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in Nairobi Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Nairobi, Jeevanjee Gardens and City Market. National Archives ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (638 reviews)
"Could use a verity breakfast menu."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Best Western Plus Meridian Hotel
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
First Freight Lane, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
The price is £107 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Gateway Mall, The Nextgen Mall and Nairobi National Park. Southfield Mall and Signature ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (368 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Exceeded all of my expectations. Staff were friendly and helpful. Highly recommend. Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, an IHG Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
5 out of 5
Arboretum Road, Nairobi
The price is £124 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in Chiromo, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arboretum and University of Nairobi. Kenya National Theatre and Central Park are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (33 reviews)
"Security and cleanness."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum
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Woodmere Serviced Apartments
Woodmere Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Rose Avenue, off Lenana Road, Near Yaya Centre, Nairobi
The price is £29 per night from 30 Oct to 30 Oct
Located in Kilimani, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Yaya Centre and Nairobi Hospital. Prestige Plaza and Royal Nairobi Golf Club are also within ...
4/5 Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Staff was nice and helpful and accommodated our needs. Nice pool and garden area. Close enough to walk to Yaya‘s center so we like that. Only problem was that some money went missing from a backpack in our room."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Woodmere Serviced Apartments
The Grand Gables
The Grand Gables
3.5 out of 5
NAIROBI, Nairobi
The price is £44 per night from 23 Nov to 23 Nov
Situated in Nairobi, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of UNHCR Kenya, The Sarit Centre and Oshwal Religious Centre. Westgate Shopping Mall and ABC Place ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"They upgraded our rooms and that was an unexpected and amazing place. It was super!! They treated us like a royal family. Everything was luxurious, it had a quiet environment, and we enjoyed hot baths. We highly recommend this place!!! We'd love to come back again."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

The Grand Gables
The King Post
The King Post
3.5 out of 5
Rhapta Raod, Westlands, Nairobi
The price is £56 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Situated in Nairobi, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of UNHCR Kenya and ABC Place. The Sarit Centre and Westgate Shopping Mall are also within 2 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
No heating, but overall good stay
"Room didn't have heat or air, which made it a bit cold and hard to warm up."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

The King Post
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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