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Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa. It began as a shantytown depot for the East Africa Railroad in 1899 and in 95 years it has become one of the major cities of modern Africa and headquarters of the United Nations.

Modern Nairobi

NairobiNairobi has received bad press in the past, especially with regards to security. It is still not recommended to walk at night, especially in unlit areas and you will notice that your driver may not stop at traffic lights. During the day it is a different matter though. Huge increases in security mean that you can happily wander about, shopping and sightseeing at ease.

It is an interesting place to visit for a day or two, a mosaic of races and cultures and a vibrant and growing city.

Many of the tourist attractions of Nairobi are located in the upmarket suburb of Karen. This is a lovely part of town, wide streets, cattle grazing on the verges, and a variety of houses hiding under leafy trees.

Nairobi's Giraffe Centre

One of the most interesting attractions is a visit to the Giraffe Centre. Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife visitors can feed Rothschild giraffe, learn about giraffe conservation and admire the lively warthogs.

Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage

Also in this part of town is the Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage where you can observe baby elephant from close quarters and the Karen Blixen museum. Finally of course, there is the shopping. You can find everything in Nairobi from soapstone carvings to bright African fabrics, wood carvings and of course the lovely ceramics at Kazuri Beads.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Nairobi

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Map of Nairobi

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    Places near Nairobi

    Accommodation choices for Nairobi

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nairobi. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

      Giraffe Manor

      Deluxe

      This quirky property has its own resident Rothschild giraffe herd, which you can feed from your window. Set in extensive grounds, the brick built manor house has a stately charm and is located close to numerous cultural and wildlife-related attractions.

    • Outdoor sitting area at Macushla House

      Machushla House

      Medium

      Macushla House is a quiet, charming guesthouse in the serene Langata area of Nairobi. It’s ideal for people looking for a good value property within easy reach of a number of facilities and attractions, without the noise of a city stay.

    • Standard room,House of Waine,Nairobi

      House of Waine

      First Class

      The House of Waine is a converted house in Nairobi's peaceful suburb of Karen. Whilst many will love the décor it will not be to everyone's taste. That said the comfort is exceptional.

    • Hemingways Nairobi Boutique Hotel, Nairobi

      Hemingways Nairobi

      Deluxe

      Hemingways Nairobi is a new luxury boutique hotel situated in the peaceful suburb of Karen. Set on a ten acre plot, this is a stylish country hotel with plenty of places to relax.

    • The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

      The Norfolk Hotel

      First Class

      The Norfolk Hotel is one of Nairobi's oldest and best-known hotels. It is also well known for its excellent cuisine and many Nairobi residents come to enjoy food here.