Nairobi is a charming, cosmopolitan city, blessed with the most wildlife in the world, making it a great safari destination. Known as the 'Green City in the Sun', Nairobi is the largest city as well as the capital of Kenya.

Travelling to Nairobi

Travelling to Nairobi
The primary gateway to Nairobi - as well as Kenya and the wider east Africa region - is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is located 18km east of the city.

Nearly 50 scheduled airlines provide flights to Jomo Kenyatta, including UK-based operators British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. International travellers can also reach the destination with carriers such as Qatar Airways, KLM and Emirates.

After arriving at the airport, passengers can make their way to Nairobi by car, with state-controlled Kenatco taxis and London-style cabs the best options owing to their fixed charges. Most hotels provide minibus services that can be arranged in advance.

Jomo Kenyatta offers a number of facilities that could prove useful for international travellers, including foreign exchange bureaux, dining establishments and duty-free shops.

Get to know Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and the east African nation's largest city, with a population of approximately three million people inhabiting an area of nearly 700 sq km.

It has a relatively short history, having been founded by the British in 1899 as a depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, but has played an important role in its country's development over the past century. It became the capital of British East Africa in 1907 before assuming the same role for the free republic that was created when Kenya was liberated from colonial rule in 1963.

Today, Nairobi is one of the most significant political and corporate centres in Africa, providing a home for thousands of businesses and major international organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme.

Travellers can head to some of the attractions and see the sights on offer in this modern, multicultural city to learn more about its history and absorb its culture.

Five must sees in Nairobi

Five must sees in Nairobi
Nairobi is surrounded by plains, cliffs and forest that form one of the area's most popular tourist attractions - Nairobi National Park. Visitors can embark on walks and safari drives to see some of the park's wildlife, including lions, wildebeest, zebra, cheetahs and rhinos.
Animal lovers might also fancy paying a visit to the Langata Giraffe Centre just outside the city, which serves as a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Guests can see the animals up close, hand-feed them and capture some special photographs.
The National Archives at the former Bank of India building in the centre of Nairobi provide an insight into the human history and culture of the city. The collection includes an array of fascinating items and exhibits, including artworks, historical photos, furniture and tribal objects. Similar sights are on offer at the National Museum.
Kenya's capital city is home to several sites and buildings of religious importance, one of the most impressive of which is Jamia Mosque. Visitors can admire the impressive Arabic Muslim-style architecture - with aspects including domes, minarets and marble features - from the outside, but non-Muslims are rarely allowed to enter.
One of Nairobi's most famous and interesting former residents is the writer Karen Blixen, whose novel Out of Africa provided her account of living in Kenya. At the Karen Blixen Museum, 10km outside the city centre, visitors can take guided tours to learn more about the author's life and the time she spent in Africa.

Direct Flights travel tip

Travellers should not forget to get vaccinations at least six weeks before their trip to Nairobi. Vaccines are available to protect against medical conditions such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid and yellow fever.

When to go to Nairobi

Nairobi is located near the equator, meaning there is little variation in average temperatures throughout the year. The city's high altitude of 1,795 metres above sea level results in fairly moderate conditions, with temperatures averaging in the mid-20s during the warmest months from January to April.
The region's two wet seasons can bring heavy rains in April, May, November and December.