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Nairobi travel guide

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You're Going to Love Nairobi

Kenya's capital is a dazzling mix of urbanity and nature. The natural world and the animals that inhabit it are always close by in Nairobi, with a national park located within city boundaries, and many places like the Giraffe Centre, Mamba Village Crocodile Farms, and others where you can get up close to Kenya's wildlife. Nairobi is also the starting point for safaris through the area.

There are many monuments to Nairobi's past on view, like the three War Memorial statues that commemorate fallen soldiers. But this is also a city with a thriving future and a healthy contemporary arts and culture scene that you can take in at places like the Banana Hill Art Gallery and Paa Ya Paa Arts and Cultural Centre.

You can pet giraffes in the morning, shop at a gleaming ultra-modern mall in the afternoon, take in a round of golf at one of many top-notch golf courses, and then dance the night away at a legendary nightclub like Black Diamond. You can sip a coffee watching the traffic go by right beside a Maasai warrior in traditional dress. The legendary environment and the modern towers come together to create the intriguing contemporary city Nairobi has become.

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When to Visit Nairobi

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Its elevation on a high plain about a mile above sea level gives Nairobi its year-round pleasant, mild weather, with beautiful sunny weather and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. During the summer, between December and March, daytime temperatures average in the mid-70s. It's slightly cooler from June to September, with evenings dropping below 50 during June and July. There are two rainy seasons: from March to May, and about the middle of October to the middle of December.

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How to Get to Nairobi

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Where to Stay in Nairobi

The Sarova Stanley Hotel was established in 1902, and is the city's oldest. It offers upscale accommodation and amenities that include a stylish cocktail lounge. Fairmont the Norfolk hotel combines old and new for a uniquely contemporary look. If you're looking for a luxury resort experience, the Safari Park Hotel has lush grounds in a 50-acre property right in the middle of the city.

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Shopping Streets

The Village Market in Gigiri is a huge complex that includes outlets for everything from fashion to groceries and electronics, along with entertainment options and a food court with local specialties. The Sarit Centre in Westlands has a wide selection of stores and a 300-seat movie theater. The Maasai Markets move around the city to different malls on different days; here, you can buy a variety of handcrafted items.

Groceries and Other

The Village Market is a popular grocery store, along with chains Chandarana and Naivas. Each has a good selection of items at reasonable prices. A gallon of milk should cost around KSh370 and a dozen eggs about KSh160.

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Where to Eat in Nairobi

You can visit a bit of the city's history at the Thorn Tree Cafe, located in the Sarova Stanley Hotel. A mixed menu of Kenyan favorites and classics like grilled seafood starts at KSh1000. The National Bank Building is an appropriately ornate backdrop for Tamarind Restaurant, where you'll eat in a gorgeous Moorish-style dining room. Imaginative seafood entrees start at KSh1100. For real local flavors, you can enjoy coconut fish, biryani, and other dishes from just KSh150.