Why you should add Nairobi to your Indie/RTW trip
- Most travelers use Nairobi as an entrance and exit point for into East Africa, as their are usually cheap flights from Western Europe.
- Over the years, Nairobi has been seen as a rough, corrupt and not so safe destination, but it's not difficult to avoid the danger areas and spend more than a few hours here.
- There's lots going on in Nairobi, unlike many other cities in Kenya.
- Lots of nice cafes to chill out in.
- If nightlife is your thing, there are lots of great places for nightlife
- The food in Nairobi is much more varied than the rest of the country.
- Nairobi is known as the safari capital of Africa.
- Despite being a massive city, it's surrounded by plains, cliffs, and forests (the Nairobi National Park).
- Take part in an array of sports - golf, football (soccer), rugby, and cricket among them.
Indie travel tips for Nairobi
- Head just outside the city to Nairobi National Park and see a variety of wildlife - zebras, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, hippos, rhino, wildebeest, and over 400 species of birds.
- The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is a cool place to see some of the baby elephants and rhinos that were rescued after being orphaned because of poaching.
- The Giraffe Center is another typical visit for travelers, as you can learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and feed them by hand.
- Get out of the chaos of the city by chilling out at Lake Naivasha.
- Go white water rafting in the Tana River.
- Visit one of the many museums:
- Nairobi National Museum
- National Railway Museum
- Karen Blixen Museum
Flying into Nairobi is your best bet when visiting Kenya. Once there, you can get around by train, bus, matatu (minibuses), taxi, and sometimes even boat.