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What to do in Nairobi
Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city and is one of the most prominent ones in Africa. It’s a business and culture hub, and it’s known as the “Green City in the Sun” for maintaining its natural wonders.
The city’s other nickname is the “Safari Capital of the World”. You can take your time picking the safari of your choice plus hundreds of ecotourism tours.
Start your wildlife adventure at the Nairobi National Park, which is the world’s only game reserve in a major city. Explore the savannah where lots of animals roam freely like zebras, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more. Here, you can also go on the Nairobi Safari Walk and the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
Nearby, there’s the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you can interact with baby elephants. And don’t miss Lake Naivasha where you’ll get the chance to walk around the grounds alongside giraffes, wildebeest, impalas, zebras just to name a few.
Another wild adventure you must try is white water rafting in Tana River. But if you want a more relaxed way to explore Nairobi, spend an afternoon in the lush landscape of Uhuru Gardens, which was also declared a national monument.
Other important landmarks you should see are Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi Railway Museum, and the beautiful Jamia Mosque. By the end of the day, you can experience the city’s nightlife and head to the Westlands to find great clubs like Bacchu’s Lounge, Pavement, SkyLux Lounge, and New Florida Night club.
If you want to spend your Kenyan Shilling for shopping, you’re in luck because shopping is exciting in Nairobi. Take a trip to Sarit Centers, Yaya, Ostrick Park, and test your haggling skills at the Maasai market. Don’t forget to shop at Kazuri Beads shop for stunning clay jewellery to support the local Kenyan women.
Want to experience the city like a local even more? Schedule your trip during Nairobi’s big events to get the most out of your trip, like the North Sea Jazz Festival in March and Madaraka Day in June.
When to visit Nairobi
The best time to visit Nairobi is from January to February for the dry season, while shoulder season is from January to March and the month of October. For peak tourist season, visit Nairobi from June to September.
Kenyans speak both Swahili and English, but you should bring a good phrasebook for a worry-free trip.
According to Smartraveller, Australians need to apply for a visa to visit Kenya before arrival. Your passport should also be valid for at least three months when you get to Kenya.
Travelling to and around Nairobi
You’ll be landing in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and from there you can reach the city centre by bus or taxi. Start wandering Nairobi by taxi or by matatu buses.
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