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Nairobi Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION:

Nairobi is the largest, as well as the capital city of Kenya. It is the fastest growing city in the country and ranked amongst the most affluent in the African continent.

Since many years it has one of the most popular tourist resorts of Africa and is visited by millions of tourists each year. Nairobi is a modernized African city housing all the modern amenities, developed infrastructures and world class hotels and restaurants.

Currently, Nairobi is the most populous city of East Africa and migration into the city is continuing due to abundance of economic activity. This, in addition to it world renowned tourist attractions, has resulted in high demands for flights to Nairobi. This demand is being met by a number of airlines around the globe.  

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Nairobi National Park:

Nairobi National Park is one of the most visited and most popular national parks of the region. It is located some distance outside the city of Nairobi and overlooks the city’s skyline. Nairobi Animal Orphanage an educational center, are also parts of this national park.  Over 400 species of birds, zebra, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, giraffe, hippo and wildebeest can be spotted in this park.

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage:

This is one of the most prestigious nature reserves of the country. Orphaned elephants calves and rhinos are brought here from all over Kenya. Resident animals of this sanctuary are mostly orphaned by poaching. Giraffe Center, just outside Nairobi is home to the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and warthogs.

14 Falls:

This is a beautiful site at Thika. 14 Falls is a beautiful waterfall which provides amazing sightseeing opportunities and a picturesque picnic point. Tana River is situated around 1 hour drive from Nairobi. White water rafting is popular here and it leads straight to 14 Falls. During rafting, exotic Barbeque lunches are offered.

Nairobi National Museum:

This is the best address in town for travelers who want to learn about Nairobi’s history and culture.

Nairobi Railway Museum:

This is where Nairobi’s railway tracks and railway is best preserved. Some pieces from colonial times related to Kenya-Uganda railway track and locomotive can also be found here.

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park:

It is a beautiful game reserve that grew around a mountain. Topographically, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a forest comprising a flatland. This flatland is home to many buffaloes while leopard, Colobus monkeys, a large variety of birdlife, duikers and bushbucks can also be found here.

Westlands:

Westlands district of Nairobi has become a favorable venue for hip travelers and locals alike. Restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars line the streets and security is well up to the mark. It is the best place to enjoy Nairobi’s nightlife.

Uhuru Gardens:

Uhuru Gardens are peaceful, green and serene gardens that were built to mark the independence of Kenya. The gardens house a freedom monument right in the center which is worth noticing.

There are many other museums in the city of Nairobi which have been attracting tourists for many years now. In addition, Kenyan capital is home to a number of world class restaurants which offer local as well as many international cuisines. These restaurants, if coupled up with a visit to Village Market, Sherlock or ice-skating at Panari, the experience would be wondrous. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport primarily handles most international and domestic flights to and from Nairobi. It is the largest airport in East and Central Africa. Its large size means there are many flights operating for Kenyan capital and higher number of flights has ensured easy availability of cheap flights to Nairobi.   

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

Tourists may find themselves lucky if they get a flight to Nairobi for anytime during the months of January, February and March. At this time of the year, the highest amount of sunshine hours is enjoyed by the city. At least 8-9 hours can be found daily for exploring and enjoying Nairobi. Rainy days are lower in the first two months of this quarter with an average of 4 or 5 but highest in March at 9. Precipitation in the first quarter can be as low as 56mm in February and as high as 92mm in March. January enjoys 64mm of rainfall and a temperature range of 11oC to 24oC. The other two months experience maximum temperature of 25oC and minimum of 11oC in February and 13oC in March.     

2nd Quarter:

With highest precipitation and highest number of rainy days, the second quarter becomes the wettest time of the year in Nairobi. April brings in 219mm of rain while May reduced the amount to 176mm. June only gets to see 35mm of it while the three months, together, give 5-6 hours of daily sunshine. Average high temperatures differ from the first quarter through a 1oC decrease while average low temperatures are nearly same.      

3rd Quarter:

With precipitation as low as 17mm and as high as 28mm and bearable temperature ranges, this quarter provides another good time to visit Nairobi but few daylight hours do not allow for proper exploration. 10oC to 20oC in January and 10oC to 21oC in February and March are the average temperature ranges in the city.   

4th Quarter:

After the first quarter, it is the second wettest time of the year. November brings heavy showers which have been measured up to 154mm with an average of 15 rainy days. The second wettest month of the quarter is December with 101mm of rainfall and 8 rainy days at an average. October is the driest of all three with 55mm rainfall and 7 rainy days. 7 to 8 hours of sunshine allow for a nice trip while bearable temperature ranges add to provide a fine trip to the city. October experiences 24oC at the most and 12oC in the least while November sees 23oC and 13oC and December sees 23oC and 12oC respectively.