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Nairobi, Kenya » City Info » Travel Tips

The word Nairobi strikes an instant chord with a tourist. It is the safari capital of Kenya where beasts and humans rule the jungle (albeit different ones). One gets to experience intimate encounters with the animal world, especially the ones that are only heard of but seen on TV channels. One of the most affluent cities in Africa, Nairobi also serves as the gateway to other safari countries bordering Kenya. Unarguably Nairobi is not the safest city on Earth. However, that doesn’t stop tourists from exploring the city with so mean beautiful nuances to it. If certain precautions are taken, a foreign tourist will easily be able to enjoy the unassuming wilderness and the thumping nightlife in the city.

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  • When to Travel

Situated in Middle Africa, Nairobi is one of those few cities experiencing a mild climate all year round due to its high-altitude location. On the contrary, Nairobi is safe from the blistering heat for which remaining of Kenya and Africa is so well known. Therefore, any time is fun time in Nairobi as the city is busy with preparation for events all year round.

  • Transport

Nairobi serves as the gateway to other African countries and therefore is a major jumpstart point. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves as the international airport whilst Wilson Airport mainly looks after domestic and chartered flights.

Chartering other cities in Kenya and bordering cities is possible by train departing and arriving at Nairobi Railway station. Tickets could be purchased at the station itself or online as well.

Buses are an excellent option for travel within the city. Minivans and private bus companies throughout the country service the capital.

There are even private taxis or shared taxis called matatus useful while touring the city. One can also hire chauffeur driven cars for a relaxing travel adventure.

Moreover, walking turns out to be the best option as most of the city attractions are nearby each other. However, certain areas should be avoided at night, as thugs on the prowl inhabit them.

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  • Safety

Tourists need to on constant alert as armed robberies; car thefts are common in the city. Avoid dangerous parts of the city particularly in the night. Parts of Moi Avenue and River Road are certainly undependable but contrarily the liveliest section of the city. Avoid wearing anything valuable and avoid unexpected advances. These days terrorism is also a threat in Nairobi, so remain updated about the current happenings in the city.

Kenya is known for rampant epidemics of cholera, yellow fever and typhoid. Possibly inoculate yourself from the said diseases before arrival. Stay away from street food and stay loyal to bottled water.

  • Emergency Numbers
AmbulanceFax: +254 20 344170 Mobile Phone: + 254 733 628 422/639 088, +254 722 314 239
Wilson Airport+254 20 315454
Kenya Embassy+254 20 363 6000
Information on 
Safety & Security1-888-407-4747 (Toll Free)
Information on vaccinations /1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747)
health precautions 
The Aga Khan University Hospital+254 20 3662000
The Nairobi Hospital+254 20 2722160, +254 722 204114