The capital of Kenya and known to be the largest city, Nairobi’s rich history and culture lures thousands of travellers who are yearning to learn more. The Nairobi National Museum is home to several aspects of culture and natural history. The National Archives is also perfect escape for those who crave for a taste of history with collectibles. The Karen Blixen Museum, the African Heritage House, the Aero Club of East Africa and the Railway Museum are specialty museums focused on specific aspects of modernization and development since the colonial times of Kenya. A rich demographic cultural tour can be made starting from Oolo’s Children Centre, a school operated by a non-governmental organization in the locality of Kibera, outskirts of Nairobi. The Bomas of Kenya showcases live tribal and cultural performances. Kazuri Beads and Maasai Market are avenues for exploring and purchasing cultural arts and crafts. Local art galleries like the Go-Down arts centre, Kumbu Kumbu Art Gallery and the Nairobi Gallery showcase exhibits which range from historic to contemporary talent of new artists. The beauty of Nairobi is endless and can be traced in various spots including Kenya’s first national park called the Nairobi National Park, a haven for wildlife. One needs to embark upon an adventurous journey on the Oloolua Natural trail, the Karura Forest as well as Nairobi Safari Walk and spot various different animals including zebras, buffaloes, ostriches, giraffes, cheetahs and warthogs. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park marks a separate turf of forestry and wildlife habitats surrounding Nairobi. Host to some of the friendliest animals, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a rehabilitation centre for abandoned animals such as elephants and rhinos. The Giraffe Centre allows face to face with endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, along with similar wildlife institutions like the Mamba village dealing with giant reptiles such as crocodiles and snakes, the Snake Park serving as an open sanctuary for snakes, Silole Sanctuary lodges in the heart of the savannah and the Nairobi Animal Orphanage education centre. Being the capital of the country, Nairobi has many state landmarks like the US embassy Memorial Site, the Uhuru Gardens Monument, United Nations Visitors Service, Tom Mboya Statue and the August 7th Memorial Park. Main developed green areas like the Central Park and Nairobi Arboretum serve as public utilities for the local community. Nairobi also has its own observation deck in the form of the Kenyatta Conference Centre, consisting of a cylindrical tower with an outlook of a traditional Maasai hut, popular owing to its rooftop restaurant with views stretching over massive terrain surrounding the city. The Ngong Hills are pointed green hills overlook the Great Rift Valley and mark Nairobi’s skyline.
The leading brands serving Nairobi from London are Turkish Airlines, Swiss Air Qatar Airways, Air France, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Kenya Airways and British Airways.
Yes, direct flights are being offered by British Airways and Kenya Airways.
It takes 8 hours 30 minutes for the direct flights. Connecting flights on the same route take a minimum of 10 hours 45 minutes, along with additional delay of about 1.5 hours spent on a stopover.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international airport in Nairobi, located at a distance of approximately 15 kilometres or 9 miles southeast of Nairobi's central business district.
Taxis offer one of the most convenient ground transport option available. These can be availed easily upon exiting the arrivals lounge. Public buses have two independent platforms from which they operate a regular schedule, but are generally not advised to tourists given that they may be overcrowded. City shuttles connect various stops within the central urban area to the airport. Car rental services are also available, considered to be convenient and safest in terms of speed as well as reliability and convenience for airport transfers from the terminal.
Basic amenities such as ATMs, banking facilities, currency exchange services and paid Wi-Fi is available at the Kenyatta International Airport. The airport is also equipped with numerous shops including duty free shops that sell tobacco, cosmetics, gift items, spirits and a lot more. Cafes and restaurants are ample, with coffeehouses featuring to be popular spots for passengers availing a stopover.There are cargo-handling firms as well as ground handling firms for assisting passengers with handling their luggage for storage as well as taking along in accordance to timings. First aid service is available in case of any emergencies or accidents, along with facility centres for ambulance services within the premises. Those who are travelling with children can take advantage of the children’s play area as well as baby care facilities. Separate prayer rooms are also available for Muslims and Christians. A VIP lounge is also available for those passengers who have a business class ticket, however, it should be noted that there are no as such conference rooms available. Basic facilities for disabled individuals are also available such as toilets that are accessible by wheelchairs. To avail most of the accommodations, passengers would have to travel to the city centre, approximately 20 minutes from the airport. Nairobi Airport Hotel and Airport View Plaza hotel just border the airport premises, along with the Airport Stopover House and Fahari Gardens providing alternative options for a stay. Car hiring facility is available at the airport, with companies like Hertz and Budget catering for radio cabs. A massive car parking space is allocated with separate sections for visitors and park-in passengers.
Two main transport options available in Nairobi are taxis and public minibuses/commuter buses, also locally known as matatus. Taxis are generally cheap in Nairobi and can easily be found in any street corner of the city. It is preferable to use the taxis for getting around Nairobi. An even cheaper mode of transport as compared to the taxis is the public buses. The public minibuses or commuter buses vary in size and are generally overcrowded. Many car hire chains also have franchises in the city, operating as alternatives to radio cab services. There is also a commuter train service available that offers a good alternative to the traffic concerns on Nairobi's roads. There are at present four lines operating in the city. For shorter trips, you can opt to use the tuk tuks. These are three-wheeled motorbike/taxi hybrids that can easily be located in many of the popular areas of the city centre.
Nairobi boasts a wide range of accommodation options, matching its status as a growing regional metropolitan city for multiple business hotels in the heart of its urban zone. luxury hotels start off with international hoteling chains like the Serena, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Holiday Inn and Inter-Continental. Others like Fairmont Suffolk, Sarova Stanley, Sankara, Sarova Panafrica, Royal Orchid and The Monarch have made headlines internationally for the top notch services in the hospitality industry regarding relaxation amenities and continental cuisine restaurants. A moderately-priced motel or a dormitory room in the city centre, whether on rental apartment basis or a deluxe room stay, trends to cater for business or working travellers in Nairobi. For those looking to explore the ultimate safari experience of Africa can also opt to stay in a tented camp in the heart of Nairobi National Park. Outdoor wildlife experiences can be availed at safari lodges and camps like the Millimani Backpackers, or the Giraffe Manor. Other than that, you can find a decent range of fine hotels all around the city. Nairobi's hotels are well-equipped with modern amenities and facilities. Towards the outskirts, there are cottages, inns as well as the Windsor Golf and Country Club for those choosing a respite away from the city’s active day-life and nightlife.