Nairobi

Introduction

Kenya´s capital is a big cosmopolitan city with an international mixture of people, shops, restaurants and businesses. And… it’s the only city worldwide with a full wildlife resort just outside the city centre. Nairobi also serves as the centre of East African business life and many international businesses have offices here. Because of this, health facilities and infrastructure are amongst the best in Africa. Nairobi has 3 million inhabitants.

Nairobi National Park is located just outside the city. It’s a full wildlife resort of 117 square kilometers (45 sq. miles) where you can spot animals like giraffes, lions and buffaloes in the wild against the backdrop of skyscrapers.

Language Spoken

The official languages in Kenya are Swahili and English.

Currency

The local currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling, but Dollars and Euros are also accepted in some outlets. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="KES"] KES*

Time Zone

Kenya uses East Africa Time (EAT) and is GMT + 3 hours

International Dialing Codes

+254-2-(+local number)

Climate

Nairobi's weather is very pleasant – sunny throughout the year but, because it’s 1600 metres above sea level, not as steaming hot as the coast region. With all the trees and green parks, this is where the city’s nickname ‘Green City in the Sun’ is coming from. The place is an all year round destination.

Emergency Numbers

The general emergency number in Kenya is: 911

Public Transport Information

The most popular form of public transport in Nairobi is the Matatu, usually a Nissan minibus, which operate on set routes collecting as many passengers as possible en route, with people boarding and disembarking wherever and whenever they choose. Loud music goes along with the ride in these cheap but unregulated and usually overcrowded vehicles that have become part of Kenyan culture. No less risky, but not as colourful, are the local bus services which operate on set routes and schedules through the city streets, renowned for overcrowding and speeding. Taxis are widely available and convenient, usually congregated in the street around hotels and areas frequented by tourists. Taxis are not metered and the fare should be agreed upon before departure. Nairobi taxis are marked with a yellow line along the side of the vehicle, or they are, surprisingly, large black London taxis. The better taxi companies have more modern vehicles, which can be booked by telephone. Three-wheel auto-rickshaws, or 'tuk-tuks' are also used as taxis in Nairobi.

Airport Code

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Code: NBO) is the main international airport in Kenya. It’s located 15 km outside Nairobi’s city centre. It’s the 7th busiest airport in Africa: it has 2 international terminals and it’s easy to walk between them. A third terminal is mainly used for domestic flights.

And Another Thing...

Nairobi is a Masai word and means “place of cool waters”.