The premier aviation facility in the country, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is where you will likely fly if you are looking to explore the vibrant city of Nairobi, or the majestic landscape of Kenya. This airport has most of the amenities you will need whilst transiting, such as currency exchange, banking services, ATMs, WiFi, and an internet café. There are a handful of eateries that you can dine in, and a number of shops that include gift retailers, duty-free outlets and bookshops. There are also medical services available and a children’s play area if you have to wait in the airport for a while.
Access to the downtown area of Nairobi is catered to by the bus, shuttle and taxi services of the city. Taxi cabs are often the most convenient, but you are advised to look for the official taxis that will come with a fixed fare of 1200-1700KES ($16-23).
Making your way to Nairobi can be done with airlines like Kenya Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and South African Airways.
Why visit Nairobi?
The heart of Kenyan modern culture is centred in this wonderful city that blends its controversial colonial history with the rich heritage of its indigenous peoples. Tour the city’s museums, eat in its excellent restaurants, and shop in its bustling marketplaces. Once you’ve taken in the manmade highlights of this country, discover the incredible wilderness of the Kenyan countryside, which is made easy from this vibrant hub.
Things to do in Nairobi
Within the city, you must tick several important museums off the list. The first is the National Archives, which has tremendous displays and exhibitions on Kenya’s tribal people, and their culture. Couple this with the Nairobi National Museum, which will look at both the evolution of the city, the indigenous people of Kenya, and the spectacular wildlife of the country. There is the Railway Museum, which charts the explosion of industry that occurred right after the network of trains crisscrossed across Kenya.
And lastly, literature lovers must make for the Karen Blixxen Museum situated in the beautiful Ngonga Hills (worth a trip whether you plan to dip into the museum or not). Walk through the home of the celebrated Dutch author of ‘Out of Africa’, where you can see how and where she lived and what inspired her.
However, there is no better way to be inspired than to make tracks for the incredible landscape of this nation. Nairobi National Park is home to several sanctuaries for elephants, giraffes and rhinos. This is a haven for critically endangered species, but also a place where you will get a chance to spy lions, cheetahs, ostriches, zebras, gazelles, and many, many more.
Best time to visit Nairobi
· If you want to tour the city, you have two windows: January to February and June to September. This is when the weather is dry, and you can expect the days to sit between 22-25°C.
· For those keen on a safari trip, July to October is the ideal season, when migration of many species hits a high, and the chances of you seeing the incredible wildlife of this nation, skyrockets.
Arriving in Nairobi by plane
· Flying to Nairobi will involve at least one layover, usually in a huge international hub like Dubai (DXB), or Bangkok (BKK).
· Kenyan Shilling (KES).
· If you want to travel to Kenya, you will need a visa, but this can be obtained or with through their new e-visa portal. Please go to the Smart Traveller’s page on Kenya to get the most up-to-date details, and read about how to apply for the visa.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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