Nairo as we say here ... Nairobi's changing capital, Nairobi has become one of the most important strategic points in East Africa. A young city, barely more than a century old, settled at the time by English settlers. At independence, in 1963, all colonial buildings were destroyed to make way for large concrete structures. Nairo has gray, dusty, encircled by shantytowns decorations with corrugated iron roofs ... If we stop at this aspect, Nairobi does not have much for it, and yet ... A lot of things happen there and Nairobi, once tamed, can be amazing!
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Tourist attractions at Nairobi:
The David Sheldrick elephant orphanage:
Elephant Orphanage Undoubtedly, the elephant orphanage is number 1 of the top 5 attractions in Nairobi not to be missed under any circumstances. We loved this time and would recommend going there if you are in Nairobi.
The Giraffe Center:
Giraffe center Nairobi is among the classics of Nairobi, the Giraffe Center is a popular attraction for tourists and Kenyans. It can be placed just after the elephant orphanage because it is customary to do both on the same day. This organization was established in 1977 shortly after the death of David Sheldrick and occupied part of the Nairobi National Park. David, then a hunting warden in Tsavo National Park, and his wife Daphné (who today is a very old lady and lives on the site) had started collecting orphaned elephant (and rhino) babies to give them a chance to grow up and reintroduce them later in the wild. The organization is still working closely with Tsavo Park.
The Nairobi National Park:
At Nairobi National Park, you will find all your safari needs at $ 50 (cost of entry). If you cannot afford a $ 400 safari, you can see all Big 5's (except elephant) in the park. You can picnic in the park, and for those who are adventurous, you can even camp there. There are many opportunities to see a variety of animals in the park.
Once a day in the week, somewhere in Nairobi, there is the Maasai market where all the craftsmen come to sell their creations in the open air. Mostly the one of "Capital Center on Mombasa Road" is preferred. It is held on Wednesday. It is recommended to go there with a local person to help you do the negotiations that can often take "hours." You will find jewelry, clothes, sculptures, statuettes or pearls. Do not forget to visit this market and find a small piece of Nairobi to take home.
Kenya International Conference Center:
One of the best places to have a 360-degree view of the city of Nairobi in all its splendor. You can see the city center, the national park ... Count 400/200 shillings ($ 5 / $ 2,50).
Eat a local Nairobi meal:
Big favorite for Kenyan gastronomy. Generally, people eat a dish consisting of Chapati (a kind of salty pancake) - sukumawiki (spinach) and beef. It's so good! Kenyan cuisine is very varied and differs from one region to another and from one ethnic group to another. However, you will always find what the Ugali (couscous / foufou made from corn). If you drink alcohol test the local beer: Tusker.
The CBD, downtown Nairobi:
CBD Nairobi The CBD (Central Business District) is the vibrant heart of Nairobi; it is here that the crowd invades the dusty and crowded streets, from sunrise to sunset ... You will not see any mzungus (whites) ... They hide in the outskirts of the city, in beautiful hotels ... Nairobi, often described as the most dangerous city in the world, grows, develops ... Mobile phone stalls pile up on each other, the bright signs start to invade the aging facades, but there are still some carts pulled by donkeys ... In short, Nairobi is agitated. As far as insecurity is concerned, as long as you move there during the day, in the middle of the crowd, and you watch your wallet, at first, no problem ... In any case, we are not there felt in danger.
Do not forget to Uhuru Park for taking a breath of fresh air. Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. It is the place where Kenyan families meet for a camel, horse or boat ride on the landscaped pond...
Kenyatta Conference Center:
In the inevitable of Nairobi, which we missed ..., there is also the Kenyatta Conference Center, the tower on top of which one can go up, for 800 shilling, to take panoramic photos of the city.
National Museum of Kenya:
Another must-see is the National Museum of Kenya, where the largest collection of the first human fossils in the world can be admired for 1200 shilling.
Java coffee house:
Good to know: if you lack espresso, and you want to taste the famous Kenyan coffee, we advise you to go to the Java coffee house, just next to the Hilton. And if you cannot stand the overwhelming heat of Nairobi, you can take a dip in the Hilton's rooftop pool for 300 shillings.
The Matatu: commutation at Nairobi
When I arrived in Nairobi, the first thing I wanted to know was the price of the taxi, and the response cooled me a bit. It took $ 20 for a race. It is natural that I decided to take local transport. A Matatu is public minibusses with rainbow colors. The route is fixed, but the stops are not, just tap on the driver's shoulder or a colleague to get off. Count around 25 shillings (40 cents). I advise you to pay attention to your belongings and to avoid showing your valuables.