Nairobi is the safari capital of Kenya where beasts and humans rule the jungle (albeit different ones). One gets to experience an intimate encounter with the animal world, especially those only heard of or seen on TV channels. One of the most affluent cities in Africa also serves as the gateway to other safari countries bordering Kenya. Though Nairobi is not the safest city on earth, it doesn’t stop tourists from exploring the city with so mean beautiful nuances. 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
Nairobi is one of those few cities in Africa having a mild climate all year round due to its 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 a fun time in Nairobi as the city is busy with preparation for events all year round.
Nairobi serves as the gateway to many African countries and is a major jumpstart point. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport mainly caters to the international flights whilst from Wilson Airport, domestic and chartered flights operate.
Travel to cities in Kenya and bordering cities is possible by train from Nairobi Railway station. Tickets could be purchased at the station itself or online as well. Bus service to travel within the city is very efficient. Minivans and private buses for intercity travel are also very comfortable.
There are even private taxis or shared taxis called 'Matatus' useful while touring the city. One can also hire a chauffeur-driven car. 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.
Tourists need to be constantly 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 are the city's liveliest sections. Avoid wearing anything valuable. These days terrorism is also a threat in Nairobi, so remain updated about the current happenings.
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.
Police Hot Lines: 999 / 112 / 911
Wilson Airport: +254 724 255343
The Nairobi Hospital : 0703 082 000 / 0730 666000