Flights to Nairobi (NBO)

Most people take flights to Nairobi to see Kenya’s savannah, but city life here is just as intriguing.

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Flights to Nairobi

The very mention of Kenya conjures images of the savannah, safari and pristine beaches. This is perhaps why the country’s capital can be overlooked by travellers, whose flights to Nairobi are often only the first part of a connecting trip to elsewhere in the country.

Of course, as a starting point, it’s ideal, with the Rift Valley, game parks and other nationally protected lands all within a couple of hours’ drive. Slightly further afield is Mount Kilimanjaro, which, while not officially in Kenya, remains a popular trip taken by those on holiday in Nairobi.

But what makes Nairobi an ideal destination is the contrast between urbanism and natural wonder. While animal sanctuaries and parkland are but a short cab journey away, the centre boasts shining skyscrapers worthy of any thriving metropolis.

Nairobi is putting its troubles behind it, and turning heads with its ambition, dynamism and growth. It’s an increasingly important East African business hub and the region’s leaders in technology – IBM, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel – all have their African headquarters here. (The area, located on the outskirts of the city, is being dubbed the Silicon Savannah.)

This injection of big business has helped elevate other aspects of the city, including dining, nightlife and activities.

Learn about Kenya’s culture at Bomas

Get involved with the locals at this brilliant tribute to all things Kenyan. You'll be welcomed and treated to cultural dance performances and tours through mock traditional villages to see how the country looked many years ago.

Bomas of Kenya
Forest Edge Road
+254 20 806 8400

Visit the Karen Blixen Museum

The farm that belonged to Danish author Karen Blixen, who is best known for her memoir Out Of Africa, has been turned into a museum. Much of the Oscar-winning film adaptation was shot here, making the grounds and rooms inside instantly recognisable.

Karen Road
+254 736 919 321

Meet the monkeys at Nairobi Arboretum

This century-old 30-hectare protected area boasts more than 350 species of trees and over 100 species of resident and migrant birds, as well as small mammals such as the cheeky vervet and sykes monkey. Its seclusion makes it a wonderful place to relax.

Kileleshwa Estate
Aboretum Drive
Off State House Road
+254 20 353 7568

Explore Rift Valley

If you want a real taste of the savannah, join a tour to the Rift Valley, which lies on the edge of Nairobi. The valley is at its deepest towards the city, resulting in dramatic scenery and great views, especially near Lake Naivasha and the surrounding national park.

Great Rift Valley Lodge
Off Nakuru – Nairobi Rod
+ 254 20 210 3445

Take a mini-safari in Nairobi National Park

Travel just a bit south of Nairobi’s busy city centre and you’ll find yourself in 117 square kilometres of national park. And while it is relatively small by Kenyan standards, the Nairobi National Park is home to black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeests, and many other incredible creatures. The Nairobi Safari Walk – an elevated platform through an area of the park – is stunning.

Nairobi National Park
Langata Road
+254 20 600 0800

Relax at Muthaiga Country Club

This country club is an oasis of calm on the outskirts of the city. The MCC was founded in 1913, and used to be a favourite hangout for British aristocrats. Nowadays, it welcomes travellers who simply want to stop by for a bite to eat and a taste of colonial charm.

Muthaiga Road
+254 734 605055

Purdy Arms (British)

The lounge at the Purdy Arms – complete with an outdoor terrace – is a favourite after-work hangout for expats and affluent locals. It’s also one of the top places to kick back and watch the sun go down. The restaurant, meanwhile, serves a handful of international dishes, but the real draw is the English grub.

61 Marula Lane
Off Langata Road
+254 712 007 001

Carnivore, Nairobi (Steak)

This haven for meat eaters serves everything from beef to zebra, and ostrich to crocodile. It’s an African experience from the outset, with a live band drumming you in, and the meat roasting on open spits.

Langata Road
Near Wilson Airport
+254 20 600 5933

Tamambo Karen Blixen (Seafood)

Situated at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, near the museum dedicated to the famous author, this elegant eatery serves fresh, sophisticated seafood, steak and chicken dishes. Guests can dine al fresco, enjoying the views from the picturesque terrace.

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
Karen Road
+254 719 346 349

Tokyo Restaurant (Japanese)

The interior design of this restaurant is true to the Japanese aesthetic; light woods, limited lighting and natural tones, while movable screens separate the individual dining areas. The sushi and sashimi have set the bar high for what is a developing cuisine in the country.

Kolloh Road
+254 722 485 556

Tin Roof Café (Cafe)

This cool, kitsch independent cafe serves its own brand of coffee, alongside fresh salads, soups and sweet treats. There’s a lovely atmosphere created by Nairobi’s edgy younger crowd, tapping away on their laptops looking for the next big idea.

The Souk
Dagoretti Road
+254 706 348 215

Thai Chi (Asian)

Set in the Sarova Stanley – one of the city’s finest hotels – Thai Chi serves colourful, fragrant, and very tasty Thai and Asian fusion food. When the weather’s good, try and grab a table by the pool for a memorable dining experience.

Sarova Stanley
Kimathi Street
Nairobi Central
+254 20 276 7000

Hemingways Nairobi

This boutique hotel is designed in the spirit of a plantation-style property. It features 45 spacious rooms, each boasting a private balcony looking out onto the Ngong Hills. The Brasserie is one of Nairobi’s most popular restaurants, too, specialising in succulent steaks.

Mbagathi Ridge
+254 718 529 070

The Boma Nairobi

This swish establishment offers 148 luxury deluxe guest rooms, restaurants, and a spa and health club. Amazingly, all the hotel’s profits fund the Kenya Red Cross Society’s humanitarian activities, and guests are encouraged to learn about their work in Africa.

Off Mombasa Road
Red Cross Road
West Nairobi
+254 20 394 0000


Beyond the Gigiri Forest, Tribe is a boutique hotel where the focus on design has made it stand out from the crowd in Nairobi. With traditional tribal art throughout, you’ll find something to admire around every corner before you even get to your room.

The Village Market 9/418
Limuru Road
+254 20 720 0000

Sankara Nairobi

This five-star hotel, located in Westlands, features stylishly appointed rooms, an acclaimed spa and a fantastic infinity pool on the rooftop. There’s a strong commitment to regional art with many of the rooms and communal areas decked out with sculptures. There are four restaurants to choose from.

Woodvale Grove
+254 20 420 8000

Giraffe Manor

Set in a former hunting lodge, this hotel epitomises high-end luxury. As the name suggests, giraffes roam the grounds and make a habit of joining guests for breakfast by peering through the dining room window in search of a snack. The hotel is connected to the giraffe sanctuary.

Duma Road
+254 731 914 732

Fairmont The Norfolk

Since opening in 1904, the Fairmont has been one of the most famous hotels in Nairobi. Situated across from John Michuki Memorial Park and the Nairobi River that runs through it, the hotel offers utmost in comfort. It also has its own subtropical gardens.

Harry Thuku Road
Nairobi Central
+254 20 226 5555

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