Nairobi Tourism Overview

Country rank: 1 out of 1 Places To Visit In Kenya
Sub-Region: Southern Kenya
Ideal duration: 3
Best time: January-February and June-September (Read More)

"Nairobi. A different light!"

Nairobi Tourism At A Glance

The biggest city and also the capital of Kenya, Nairobi is best known for its charm and architecture that has been well preserved since the bright colonial times. The rich history and the tribal culture of the capital city is well depicted by the astounding landmarks, attracting vacationers from all across the globe.

The city of Nairobi, which has shown great development in the last few decades gives you a wholesome experience from the lavish extravagance of the tented camps to the local hustle and bustle of the native tribes. The city that was once neglected by the vacationers is a tourist hub in today's date. The city is a wonderful amalgamation of cosmopolitan streets and the dynamic culture of the city and its people. Home to the amazing landmarks, delightful eateries and an enthusiastic nightlife, the city is a must-visit if you are in Kenya. The perfect blend of people and attractions has the most thrilling national park, beautiful museums and great shopping centres and markets, giving a gazillion reasons to come back again. Explore one of the most fascinating urban regions of Africa that you will fall in love with!

Hotels in Nairobi

Nairobi is a great city but could be unsafe in some areas. With safety a major issue in the city, it is advisable to shell out some extra money and get the best hotels which would ensure security. Travelers are often seen booking their rooms in Westgate as this is the area with the most number of upscale hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping malls. Westlands comprises of hotels of varied ranges- from budget to lavish ones. In addition to this, Garden City along Thika Road and the Village Market have some of the best shopping centres in Nairobi city and is an attractive area for Indian tourists. People also book Nairobi luxury tented camps in the National Park to witness the conserved wildlife of Kenya in its most pristine form.

Kenya is equally rice in its cuisine. The staple diet here comprises of ugali (made from ground cornmeal), sukuma wiki (collard greens), and beans. Chapati, from the Indian influence is also popular among the locals and the tourists alike. Being chai or coffee fanatics every Kenyan enjoys the lip smacking taste of Nyama Choma (roasted meat) at the street joints.

Currency of Nairobi

Kenya Shilling (KSh) (Cards are accepted a)

There are many money exchange services throughout the city. People often get it exchanged at the airport itself. However, one can easily find a lot of forex bureau in any shopping mall centre.

Currency Exchange in Nairobi

Budget travel-$150; comfortable travel-200; luxury travel-$350

Commuting Within Nairobi

Rental cars, taxis and matatu (buses) are the means of transport in Nairobi. Cars can be hired from the airport or from rental services. Your hotel might even arrange one for you. Metered taxis are not available, so you have to decide on a price before the trip. Taxis are also expensive, but you can book them for an entire day to take you around. But, locals as well as tourists tend to use Uber to get around. Matatus are mini buses used to travel within the city. However, they are in poor condition, with average drivers. Conductors will lean outside and shout out a price as well as the bus destination. These matatus may soon be banned by the Government.


Christianity is dominant here. Islam comes next, followed by Bahai, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Customs of Nairobi

?Jambo?? (How are you?) is always said before a handshake. Women above 21 are addressed as ?Mama and men above 35, as ?Mzee. In terms of tipping, 10 percent of your total bill is left for the staff. Tipping porters for carrying your bags is also a given. Conservative styles of dressing must be adopted by females visiting here. Trousers and t-shirts or shirts can be worn by men.

Language of Nairobi

Bantu Swahili and English are largely spoken here. Sheng is the slang that is used by locals in Nairobi.

History of Nairobi

Ages and ages ago, the current Nairobi was a swamp with no one living in or around it. Later, Uganda Railway's supply depot chain was set up here by the British. This helped the city develop, as it linked Mombasa to Uganda.


Refrain from wearing any jewellery or carrying expensive cameras in Nairobi, as they are likely to get stolen in a jiffy. If you do carry one, put it in a bag with a cross strap and sling it across your body. Instead of reading a map and walking around, step inside shops and ask for directions, as it is safer.

Nightlife in Nairobi

Nightclubs, bars and pubs are common here in Nairobi. The have quite a great nightlife, with great music and dance floors. SkyLux Lounge, Pavement for the young crowd, Black Diamond, a local haunt, Gipsy Bar and Havana are some popular ones to choose from.

Shopping in Nairobi

The Crossroads Mall, Yaya Centre and Galleria Mall are where you will find all your favourite brands. If youd like to get your hands on African handicrafts, visit Utamudini for souvenirs and other beautiful works of art. The popular Maasai Market takes place every Tuesday where you can find vegetables, jewellery, pretty baskets and other similar products, for great prices if you can bargain well.