Located in the Southern-central region of Kenya, Nairobi is an enthusiastic, contemporary city that serves as the premier African hub for both wildlife and nightlife. Discos & clubs awaken the innermost feelings, shops and markets clamor and a bunch of eateries will entice your sense of taste in this city.
Nairobi city center is safe to walk in except for a few hoods and taxis make other areas accessible. Its name originates from the Maasai ‘Ankara nyarobe’ which means sweet or cool waters as this was the quenching hub for Maasai and their cattle. The city has grown to make Kenya the most developed country in East Africa. It’s probably the most balanced multicultural town in Kenya since most of Kenyans view it as the land opportunities in Kenya.
The central streets of the city almost bustle where everyone seems to be in a hurry. Most first-time visitors are unaware of the contrasts that lie between the shanty towns to the east and the landscaped homes of the northern and western suburbs. Instead, the curious mixture of colonial legacy and African resurgence that makes up Nairobi are easy to strike.
Nairobi City Highlights
British Travel guide – Rough guides ranked Nairobi as the best city to visit in Africa in 2017 and third best in the world after Paris, France, and Isfahan, Iran.
World travel awards voted Nairobi as Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination.
Nairobi as the name came from a Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyarobe’, meaning ‘cold water’. The current skyscrapers of Nairobi sit on what was once a large swamp that Maasai pastoralists referred to as a place of cool waters. Today, the city has grown and extended over three counties to form the greater Nairobi metropolitan area.
The Nairobi Stock Exchange located in the city is the largest in Africa second oldest exchange on the continent and fourth largest in terms of trading volume.
Nairobi Metropolitan has the most number of malls in Kenya. Its rapid growth has seen an increase in the number of modern shopping complexes. The top shopping malls include Two rivers Mall, Thika Road Mall (TRM), Yaya Centre, The Junction and Garden City.
The Solar Ice Rink at the Panari Hotel’s Sky Centre is located in the city and is the largest ice rink in Africa covering 15,000 square feet.
Home to the only National park in the world within a capital city. Further, the Nairobi National Park was the first national park to be established in Kenya and harbors more than 50 rhinos and over 400 species of birds, making it a wildlife sanctuary.
A unique restaurant called ‘The Carnivore’ in the city offers every kind of meat available and a drink called a ‘Dawa cocktail’, intended as a health revival potion and to sharpen taste buds.
Nairobi is home to Africa’s largest urban slum. Housing more than 250,000 of Kenyans Kibera is not only the biggest slum in Africa but also one of the biggest in the world. The slum is one of the most studied slums in Africa, partially because it sits in the center of the modern city, but also because UN-HABITAT, the United Nations’ agency for human settlements, is headquartered close by. The slum is mainly composed of tiny mud-walled shacks that measure about 12ft x 12ft and these can cost around $10 a month.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) a body of UN that promotes environmental understanding, and increases public knowledge about environmental factors and problems of future generations is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
Top 7 things to see in Nairobi
- The Statue of Dedan Kimathi – He was one of the Mau Mau Rebellion’s most influential leaders who was captured and executed by the British in 1957.
- The Endangered Rothschild at the Giraffe Centre in Lang’ata, Nairobi
- Go see the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (K.I.C.C) – One of the best places a fantastic view of Nairobi.
- August 7th Memorial Gardens – Peaceful green gardens where Kenyans go to contemplate and remember the loved ones that they lost. This happened back on August 7, 1998, during terrorist attack on the US Embassy believed to have been orchestrated by the local members of AL Qaeda
- Uhuru Gardens- Signifies in Kenya’s success with the struggle for independence, which Kenya was granted in 1963.
- Jevanjee Gardens, Biashara Street and around- The gardens were named after AM Jeanne, one of Nairobi’s first Indian businessmen.
- Minor Basilica Holy Family Cathedral – Built in the 1960s, this church remains to be one of the biggest churches in Nairobi with a capacity 4000 pax.
Fill your senses with fresh culture, diverse personalities and views of the beautiful wilderness in Nairobi National Park. Nairobi city’s view is the most admired from the KICC rooftop. Enjoy it on the front porch or any of the hundreds of restaurants throughout the city
Eating and Drinking
Huge plates of traditional foods, fresh drinks, and the noisy tables in any of the fast foods. Dig into the delicious delicacies from fresh fish, pizza, pastry and more at the famous restaurants in the city. Find one of the city’s many pubs & nightclubs for an experience to remember, as long as you don’t enjoy too much.
The Price Guide
Please note that these prices keep changing so you can only use this as a sample guide to estimate a budget.
CAR RENTAL PRICE ESTIMATES IN NAIROBI
|CAR TYPE||EXAMPLES||PRICE RANGE/DAY|
|Saloon Car||Toyota Axio NZE, Toyota Fielder & Nissan Wing road.||Ksh. 5000|
|4×4 Compact Car||Toyota RAV4 & Nissan Xtrail||Ksh. 9000|
|Large 4X4||Toyota Prado & Mitsubishi Pajero||Ksh. 16,000|
|7 Seater Minivans||Toyota Voxy||Ksh. 10,000|
|Safari Vans||Customized Toyota Hiace with a pop out roof||Ksh. 10,000|
Toyota Land Cruiser J70 jeep with a pop out roof.
FOOD & MARKET PRICES IN NAIROBI
|Restaurants & Hotels||Prices||Range|
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||Ksh. 500.00||300.00-724.86|
|Budget Hotels (Accommodation)||Ksh. 1250||1200 – 5000|
|Five star Hotels ( Accommodation)||Ksh. 20,000||10,000- 50,000|
|Domestic Beer (0.5-liter draught)||Ksh. 200.00||170.00-250.00|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||Ksh.300.00||200.00-350.00|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)||Ksh.50.00||30.00-100.00|
|Water (0.33 liter bottle)||Ksh.43.93||25.00-80.00|
|Milk (regular), (1 liter)||Ksh.100.33||60.00-130.00|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)||Ksh.53.75||50.00-65.00|
|Rice (white), (1kg)||Ksh.149.61||100.00-200.00|
|Eggs (regular) (12)||Ksh.147.08||120.00-180.00|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||Ksh.863.95||300.00-1,500.00|
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)
|Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)||Ksh.532.00||400.00-800.00|
|Apples (1kg)||Ksh. 277.75||200.00-399.00|
|Lettuce (1 head)||Ksh. 62.27||40.00-100.00|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||Ksh.74.69||57.00-100.00|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||Ksh.1,000.00||800.00-1,300.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||Ksh.179.29||140.00-250.00|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||234.00||190.00-350.00|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||200.00||150.00-300.00|
|One-way Taxi Ticket (Local Transport)||Ksh.500.00||300.00-2000.00|
|Car Rental Prices in Nairobi||Ksh.4,336.96||2,521.74-3,500.00|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||Ksh.300.00||200.00-350.00|
|Matatu (every 20km)||Ksh.50.00||30.00-150.00|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||Ksh. 300.00||200.00-310.65|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment||Ksh. 4,797.68||2,000.00-9,384.09|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)||Ksh 1.56||1.50-4.00|
|Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||Ksh. 3,833.33||