Named after Kenya’s first prime minister, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the busiest airport in East Africa. It is also the largest airport in Kenya. There are two terminals in the airport, one for Kenya Air Forces and the other for arriving and departing passengers.
How to get around
The airport is located 16km away from the city centre. It takes from 20 minutes to almost an hour to get there, depending on traffic and the mode of transport taken.
You can rent a car at the airport to get to the city centre. Taxi services can also be found outside the arrival hall. The official taxi service is Kenatco and online bookings can be made in advanced. For fixed fares ranging from NZD15-25, they bring you to the city centre and it takes around 20-30 minutes.
Cheaper alternatives to connect you to the city centre are buses. It costs less than NZD1 per trip but it takes around 45 minutes to get there. There are also Green Citi Hoppa minibus services and they cost less than NZD2 per trip to the city.
There are a few ways to travel around Nairobi. One of the main modes of transport in this city is the Matatus. They are 14-seaters shared mini-bus taxis. However, drivers are typically reckless.
A safer alternative are buses. A notable company are Double M buses, recognisable by their purple colours. Drivers adhere to safety regulations and staffs are polite. Cheap modes of transport within the city include commuter train services. Fares cost less than NZD2.
There are also taxi services. It is advisable to negotiate for taxi fares before getting in the cab. Unless you intend to travel a lot, renting a car is not necessary.
What to see and do
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya, Africa. It is also known as a gateway to many East African natural attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or Omo River Region in Ethiopia. However, if you take time off to explore this splendid city, you will realize the natural places of attraction and experiences it has to offer.
Just 7 km away from the city centre lies Nairobi National Park. Attractions in this national park include the black rhinoceros and its rhino sanctuaries. It is also home to other wildlife like leopards, hyenas and buffalos and is the only national park in the world with a cityscape. You can also picnic there. A game safari tour costs around NZD45.
Drop by Kibera, the world’s biggest slum. While it does not sound like a pleasant trip, tours around Kibera are available. Learn about poverty in Kenya and be inspired by their resilience to make the town a better place.
Naibori is also known for its coffee. Naibori Java House is touted to be the best coffee chain in the city. Savour the aromatic cup of Joe. If you are feeling hot, you can also try Tusker, a Nairobian beer to cool down.
Pop by Carnivore Restaurant, a popular meat-specialty restaurant. It offers a plethora of skewered and barbequed meat, ranging from ostriches to even crocodiles.
Visit the Karen Blixen Museum. It was originally a farmhouse and the residence of Karen Blixen, author of the famous book Out of Africa from 1914-1931. Some furniture are still left untouched and intact from her days there.
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