Nairobi Vacations

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 …

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Things to see and do in Nairobi

Jorge Lascar | FlickrNairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park
Jim Tan | Trip by SkyscannerAfrican Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Giraffe Centre)
African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Giraffe Centre)
The Green Gatsby | Trip by SkyscannerNairobi Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage
Summer Wilms | Trip by SkyscannerThe David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Kevin Picholo | Trip by SkyscannerMaasai Market
Maasai Market
meaduva | FlickrNairobi National Museum
Nairobi National Museum
Celeny Da Silva | Trip by SkyscannerCity Market
City Market
Daniel Mason-D'Croz | Trip by SkyscannerVillage Market
Village Market
Celeny Da Silva | Trip by SkyscannerKenyatta Conference Centre
Kenyatta Conference Centre

Reviews of Nairobi

Robyn S
Robyn S

Lived here for just over a year. It takes some getting used to but it grows on you and now I consider it home

RachelSan Francisco, California, USA

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.

Nomadic by Nature
Nomadic by NatureNairobi, Kenya

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.

Summer Wilms
Summer WilmsFremantle, Australia

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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