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Nairobi, Kenya Travel Guide

Nairobi the capital of africa safaris is full of attractions .The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is the main and unique sight and a landmark building in Nairobi.

KICC tower symbolises the city and Kenya as whole.  It is surrounded by the Parliament building, the City Hall and the Kenya’s High Court. Right behind the high court there is an open market held on Saturdays, where you can get all sorts of souvenirs. This market rotates between various locations on week days.  The top of KICC is the best place to get the stunning view over the sprawling, congested Nairobi. Depending on smog and fog of the day, you might be able to see as far as the slums and the national park. You will be charged 400 ksh for access.

 

Karen District is about 30 min outside of Nairobi.  It is home of Africa’s most famous farms, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.  The district is named Karen, after Blixen Karen a Danish woman who brought Kenya into the world literature.  After the Karen farm, the next destination should be the top of the Ngong Hills for a truly spectacular view over the Rift Valley.

Incredible ! Is that all? And why is Nairobi called the world’s capital of safaris ?


A giraffe in National Park with Nairobi City's skyline in the background.

Nairobi city is unique in being the only city that has a game-reserve on its border. The National park is only 7 Km from Nairobi city and contains many animals including lions, giraffes, and black rhinos.

The park is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi Safari Walk is a major attraction to the Nairobi National Park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals. A unique feature of Nairobi is that it’s a city with its own national park.  Not as crowded with animals as the Maasai Mara but a drive in this park offers a nice diversion from the crowded city life of Nairobi.  Nairobi is really what it is: The green City in the sun.

Nairobi is also home to several museums, sites and monuments. The Nairobi  Museum is the country's National Museum and largest in the city. It houses a large collection of artefacts portraying Kenya's rich heritage through history, nature, culture and contemporary art. It also includes the full remains of a homo erectus  known as the Turkana boy. Other prominent museums include the Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi Railway Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum located in the affluent Karen suburb.  Uhuru Gardens, a national monument and the largest memorial park in Kenya  is also the place where the first Kenyan flag was raised at independence. It is located along Langata road near the Wilson Airport.

 

Walking Around Nairobi and Nairobi Attractions:


Walking around Nairobi is quite easy since the city is small and places are easy to get to. You can easily get around Nairobi city centre on foot from the CBD (Central Business District), a home to several   skyscrapers, large hotels and shopping centres. Going to the west you'll find Central Park and Uhuru Park, giving you a welcome oasis of green.

The view that never disappears while touring Nairobi is the landmark Kenyatta International Conference Centre, recognisable for its tall round tower.  Don’t miss to check the Railway Museum at Nairobi Railway Station. You can also see lions and giraffes at Nairobi National Park, just 20 minutes' drive away and within clear view of the city.

However, It is important to be aware of some areas within the city where tourists should not go, and walking around at night should be avoided because Nairobi is not referred to as Nairobbery for nothing.

If you are in a matatu and moving slowly through traffic, particularly after dark, you should keep your window closed to prevent snatching of valuables such as phones from the outside.

Mobile phones and wallets should be securely kept and not displayed prominently during calls or cash transactions in the River Road area. Do not walk alone after nightfall, always use taxi. Also the areas north and east of River Road should be avoided, especially if you're not a local!

The general advice for a tourist is to stay in city centre, know where you are at all times, and pretend you know where you're going even if you don't! Don't carry large quantities of money or your passports on the street, leave them locked at the hotel.  Another rule in Nairobi is that anyone trying to talk to you is up to no good.  In recent years though, crime has significantly reduced, but one should still be wary.



 
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