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Nairobi – Kenya’s green capital

Fly to Nairobi and explore sprawling national parks, cosmopolitan architecture and incredible cuisine.

Uncover Kenya’s heritage, culture and wildlife at the National Museum or take time out at the calming arboretum, Nairobi’s forest in the city.

outside view of tower block buildings in nairobi kenya

Hop aboard a matatu bus and head for a marketplace where you can buy local crafts, delicious food and so much more.

Here you can enjoy hearty local dishes inspired by Arabian, Indian and Swahili cuisine. Elsewhere, fine dining and abundant street food is available throughout Nairobi.

See rhinos, lions, giraffes and exotic birds at Nairobi’s National Park – a lush haven overlooked by the city’s skyscrapers. For an unusual animal spotting adventure, try Nairobi Mamba Village where 70 Nile crocodiles roam.

Explore a wild city full of adventure, discovery and nature – book your flight to Nairobi with Etihad today.

What's the weather like in Nairobi?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

18°C

5cm

FEB

17°C

5cm

MAR

20°C

8cm

APR

20°C

20cm

MAY

18°C

15cm

JUN

17°C

3cm

JUL

16°C

1cm

AUG

17°C

1cm

SEP

18°C

3cm

OCT

19°C

5cm

NOV

19°C

13cm

DEC

19°C

9cm

With mild temperatures all year, you can book flights to Nairobi in any month and enjoy good weather. Winter, from December to February, is the driest season and is a popular time to visit for safaris.

The autumn – March to May – is the warmest time of year in the Kenyan capital, with temperatures averaging 20°C. This is also when you’ll see the most rain, particularly in April.

Reasons to visit Nairobi

giraffe grazing with nairobi kenya in background

Nature on your doorstep

When you fly to Nairobi, you’ll find nature just outside the city limits. With just a short drive, you can soon be watching zebras and plenty more incredible local wildlife grazing in the 45 square miles of lush greenery at Nairobi National Park.

Glimpse endangered species – such as the black rhinoceros – and spot lions, crocodiles, hippos, rhinos, buffalo and gazelles in this incredible attraction. Photographers will love the contrast of Africa’s wildlife with the backdrop of skyscrapers.

baby elephants playing at a sactuary in nairobi

See conservation in action

Take a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rhinos being rehabilitated. The trust flies in baby animals from across the country and cares for them until they’re ready to return to the wild.

Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre is another great spot for getting close to nature. The centre breeds the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and then releases calves into the wild when they’re about two to three years old. Resident giraffes are tame enough to come right up to you. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to see these African giants and help a good cause.

colourful fruits and vegetables on a nairobi market stall

Try out your haggling skills

Nairobi’s vibrant and colourful Maasai markets are some of the city’s best attractions. Don’t miss the chance to pick up a hand-crafted African souvenir, practice your bartering skills, or simply experience the hustle and bustle of the marketplace.

You’ll find stalls filled with art, wood carvings, jewellery and a rainbow of fabrics. There’s bound to be something beautiful you can’t wait to take back home. Markets across Nairobi open daily, apart from Mondays.

Things to know before you fly to Nairobi

plane Airport transfers

After you fly to Nairobi, take an Etihad transfer to your hotel – book ahead of time online. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi or jump on a bus heading to downtown Nairobi.

currency Tipping

Tipping about 10 per cent for good service is expected in restaurants when you’re in Nairobi. If you head out on safari, a tip of about KES 2000 per day is typical.

bus Getting around Nairobi

You can explore Nairobi in various vehicles, including tuk-tuks, buses, trains, taxis, matatus (mini buses) and boda bodas (moto taxis/motorbikes). Public transport in Nairobi doesn’t have a published schedule, so taxis tend to be the most reliable form of transport.

socket Plugs

Nairobi uses type G plug sockets with 240V power supply. Check the voltage of your appliances and invest in a plug converter if necessary.

Flying to Nairobi: FAQs

What is Nairobi famous for?

Nairobi is one of the largest cities in tropical Africa and a centre for government. But the capital of Kenya is probably best known for its abundant wildlife and amazing greenery on the edge of the city.

How long should I spend in Nairobi?

As a capital city with amazing wildlife to explore, you could easily spend a week in Nairobi and still not see everything. Ten days is probably enough to take in a safari, explore the city and immerse yourself in the unique culture of Kenya.

What food is Nairobi known for?

Staple foods such as ugali (maize dough), githeri (maize and beans) and kachumbari (a salsa-like salad) can be found on most menus. Nairobi is also famous for its Indian-inspired cuisine, with chapati, pilau and sumptuous samosas served across the city. Nyama choma is a Maasai delicacy – a roasted meat dish usually served with ugali.

Why we love Nairobi

“Nairobi is always exciting. Nothing beats the thrill of going out on safari then heading back to the city for a delicious meal. Nairobi is also a great base for exploring the rest of Kenya.”

Weather in Nairobi

18 °C
Saturday30 May 2020
23 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
23 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
22 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
23 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
22 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
22 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
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