Nairobi

Nairobi (which means cool waters in the Maasai language) was founded in 1899 as a railway camp. Today it is rather westernized, one of Africa's major cities (and the U.N.'s fourth World Centre) and is the capital of Kenya. Rapid development has created a buzzing commercial atmosphere which necessitates keeping your wits about you to avoid purse ... Read more
snatchers and the like. The National Museum offers some interesting education, but most travellers pass through Nairobi as a gateway to the National Parks and wildlife encounter/safari experiences which are just outside the city.

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June, July, and August are the best months to visit Nairobi, just after the rainy season has ended. These months see very little rainfall and an average temperature of 70 F (21C), perfect for exploring the city ... Read more
and the nearby wildlife reserves. Pack an umbrella if you are traveling between April and May when average rainfall peaks at 8.3 inches per month. No matter when you travel, you can expect pleasant temperatures, as the mercury rarely gets above 80 F (27C).

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San Francisco

Nairobi is infamous for its crime and poverty but as with any big city, this kind of one-sided categorization is simplistic. Yes, it's home to one of the world's biggest slums (Kibera) and yes, the car-jacking and robbery rates are a significant worry. Yet there are signs everywhere of economic development and the streets are thronging with hustlers who aren't just there to harass the (almost non-existent) tourists but to make a living and move on up. Visitors who expect only "TIA" cliches may be surprised by the diversity of neighborhoods and the number of hipster coffee shops, juice bars and slick clothing stores that are strewn across the city.

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Local from Nairobi

If you are planning a visit and want to know what is on while you are in Nairobi, check out this website to stay up-to-date with events.

http://nairobinow.wordpress.com/

Recommended for:Adventure TravellersFoodiesNightlife LoversHipsters
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Fremantle

Nairobi is easily one of my favorite African cities. I was initially terrified of the place. It does have a reputation. After living there for a few months, then visiting again often things totally changed. There is a lot of great stuff here. It's a fairly easy place to move around (minus the traffic) and there are several excellent day trips you can take from here.

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Derby

Nairobi can be a rough place, but there is also a lot of culture and interesting activities available. Just keep your wits about you, make the right choices and have fun.

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Salt Lake City

I wanted to share a interesting memory I had when I was very young. I got to visit Nairobi Kenya when I was five years old, and got to go on an african safari tour! Because of my father taking film strip movies of my family, and slides, I was able to remember all the neat surroundings like the wild animals and the interesting people, and the way they lived! I would love to do this again one day!

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Local from Nairobi

Nairobi has numerous options to choose from including culture, history, shopping & wildlife experiences.

If you aren't travelling to any of the Parks or reserves then a trip to the Nairobi National Park is recommended, for an opportunity to view some of Kenya's wildlife.
The park is located on the outskirts of the city so travel to it and a day trip is very feasible.
Animals you will get to see are giraffe, zebra, lion, buffalo, elephant and more.

For shopping, visit one of the Masai Markets - a gathering place for various vendors selling curios & artifacts. You can find items such as batik paintings, wooden animals, masks, fabrics, local jewelry, sisal baskets, beaded items & numerous other handmade items. Bargaining is encouraged. Note that the market takes place at different places around the city on given days.

Visits & Excursions:
Karen Blixen Museum. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.
The Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6pm). There is also a restaurant on site recommended for lunch or coffee.

While in that area (known as Karen) you can visit the Giraffe centre to view and feed Giraffes. http://giraffecenter.org/
Visit Kazuri bead factory where handmade ceramic beads of all varieties are made into jewelry - this is a women's initiative program. This is located in part of the Karen Blixen estate. http://www.kazuri.com
For more local history visit the National Museum of Kenya ( the museum isn't very big so the visit may only take an hour). Historical, Cultural and Artistic collections from
East Africa. Open daily from 09:30 – 18:00. Located close to that is the Snake Park.

Nairobi City Tour: Visit and drive through key points in the city such as : Parliament Building , KICC, City HALL, Churches and mosques and parks to get the best views of the city from on top of the hill.
Bomas of Kenya: View dances from different tribes in Kenya, see how they live, village setups and learn about the people and culture of Kenya’s tribes (located in the Karen area).

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Local from Nairobi

Having lived in Nairobi for a long time, there are quite alot of accomodation options, from 5 star hotels to budget hotels. You can also get serviced aparts that range at a price of USD $1500 per month. I recommend my travel consultant Mariawa of Xplorato Ventures(www.xplorato.com), contact him using the following email address info@xplorato.com

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Bracke

Just remember to not smoke in public. Smoking is not allowed in public. You end up in bars to smoke. Not a big inconvenience. But the fines for smoking in public is far bigger when robbing a bank. And you could end up doing hard time for just smoking a ciggarette in the wrong place. And watch out for thieves. Not one of my favorite cities, but it has a bit of charm.

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San Jose

Sadly, this city is impoverished and its very obvious. Trash lines the streets, hungry children and the homeless roam around looking for their next meal. The city does have its better areas of town for the tourists, but it's a heartbreaking place. I hope that anyone who visits here comes not to indulge in luxuries, but to instead give back to those who are suffering.

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