Flights to Nairobi
Nairobi , the capital and largest city is located in south central Kenya and is home to one of the country’s eighteen national parks. Nairobi also offers museums and culture, making this a good starting point for any trip to Kenya.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code: NBO) is the airport for flights to Nairobi and is the largest airport in the region, serving more than 5 million passengers each year. Both Kenya Airways and South African Airways will offer non-stop flights to Nairobi from Johannesburg. Air Botswana will have one connection in Gaborone, and Ethiopian Airlines makes their stop-over in Addis Ababa. Flights to Nairobi vary but tend to fall between 4 and 10 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Nairobi:
Nairobi is “The Safari Capital of the World” so it has a great tourist infrastructure, waiting to greet all the thousands of tourists who come to the city and Kenya every year to go on safari. Nairobi is the gateway for the rest of the country, but you don’t have to go far to start enjoying Kenya’s national parks, with one right on the doorstep of the city.
Nairobi National Park
If you don’t have time to travel around and explore all of the country’s national parks, then staying in Nairobi is ideal. The Nairobi National Park is, after all, the city’s top attraction where you can wander among the animals and still see the city skyline in the background. The Nairobi Safari Walk gives you the chance to walk among the animals and visit an educational centre, and those animals include large mammals such as lions, giraffes and rhinos as well as over 400 species of birds.
National Museum of Kenya
Once you’ve seen the national park you can explore some of the history and culture of Kenya at Nairobi’s museums. The National Museum of Kenya is the main one for the city, focusing on culture, history and natural history in the region as well as the rest of Kenya. Another major museum is the Nairobi Gallery.
Uhuru Gardens and Monument
The impressive Uhuru Monument signifies the struggle for Kenya to gain independence from the United Kingdom, and it did finally do so in 1963. Exactly one year later the Republic of Kenya was formed. The monument stands 24 metres high and depicts a pair of clasped hands and the dove of peace, and there are lovely gardens and a fountain in the gardens surrounding the monument.
Karen Blixen Museum
The author Karen Blixen lived in Nairobi between 1917 and 1931 and wrote about her experiences in the book “Out of Africa”. The book was made into a movie in 1985 and her home was established as a museum from 1986. The museum is an interesting visit even if you’re not familiar with the book or the film.
Bomas of Kenya
The Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village reconstruction of traditional Kenyan tribe villages. This is a popular cultural attraction as you not only get to see what traditional homes are like, but you can see dances and music and see how traditional arts and crafts are made too.
When Should You Visit?:
June to October is a good time to visit as it avoids the main rainfall for Nairobi and temperatures are pleasant at this time of year with an average high of 21C in July. Over the summer it’s a little warmer, with average highs getting up to around 26C.