Nairobi National Park, Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi is considered the safari capital of Africa, surrounded on all sides by picturesque Nairobi National Park. Should safaris not be your cup of tea, the city of Nairobi is modern and vibrant and offers shopping, restaurants, culture, and sporting events. Below is a list of must see attractions in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park:
Located just outside Nairobi this national park is home to over 400 species. The Nairobi Safari Walk is an educational center dedicated to bringing awareness of wildlife and habitat conservation. Also in the park is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. The Crowne Plaza Hotel can arrange overnight, full day and half day safaris for guests.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage:
This Orphanage established in 1977 honors the memory of famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the Founder/ Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. The orphanage takes in elephant calves and rhinos from all over Kenya orphaned by poaching. It is just outside of Nairobi National Park.
Located in Lang'ata, just outside of Nairobi. The Centre, which was founded by the late Betty and Jock Lesilie Melville in 1979, breeds the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and has conservation and education programs for Kenyan children.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park:
Situated 65 km from Nairobi, it is located on a 7,141 foott mountain. This is a mountain forest and plain land, with a large population of buffalo. It also serves as a refuge for Colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, leopard, and a large variety of bird species.
Nairobi National Museum:
The Museum is located at Museum Hill, approximately 10 minute drive from the Nairobi city centre. It is accessible both by public and private transportation. Visitors can learn about Nairobi, its history and culture. The museum celebrated its100 birthday in 2010.
Karen Blixen Museum:
The museum is based on the Karen Blixen's book "Out of Africa". Her house is now the home of the museum. It is on the outskirts of Nairobi and a taxi or bus can get you to the museum.
Westlands by night:
Visit the bustling and hip Westlands district, which has turned into the new nightlife center of Nairobi. Many restaurants and bars line the busy Woodvale Grove and Mpaka Road. Traffic can become hectic, well into the early hours. Security is generally tight and the action spills out from packed clubs into the street. The Westland district is located NW of the central business district of Nairobi.
Kenya is a linguistic cornucopia; it has 42 ethnic groups each with their own dialect. The two official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili. English is product of Kenya's British colonial past, and is the preferred language for schools and conducting business. The national language of Kenya is Swahili also none as Kiswahili, which is considered the unifying language of Africa. Sheng is another language spoken by the youth of Nairobi. It is a combination of English and Swahili. A popular Sheng greeting is "Sasa" which is answered by "Fiti." Try using this greeting and you are sure to get a smile.
The Kenyan currency is the shilling, and has been extremely stable over the past years. The US dollar and the Euro in some areas is the only currency accepted. It is best to have a combination of shillings, dollars, or Euros handy. Money can be exchanged at any of the Forex bureau Kiosks located throughout the airport. The airport has ATM's that provide US dollars, UK pound, and Euros. Forex Bureaus can be found throughout the city of Nairobi. The hotel building contains a DTB Bank which offers money exchange services. Another banking option is Barclays Bank of Kenya. Their ATM's cover all of Kenya and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, and Plus bank cards. Please check your conversion rate at the link below.
In City Transportation:
The safest and most convenient way to travel Nairobi is to use the hotel's own taxi service. Local transportation is mini buses or shuttles called Matatus. They are convenient, inexpensive and often only modes of public transport for connecting Nairobi with towns and tourist destinations. The best method of connecting to a matatu is to arrange for a taxi to drop you off and pick you up directly at the location of the matatu that you are boarding or alighting from. Once at a matatu location keep a watchful eye over personal belongings and your surroundings. It is highly recommended to arrange transportation through the hotel concierge.
Below is a list of embassy phone numbers and emails for participating countries. Please note that not every participating country has an embassy or consulate located in Kenya.
||American Embassy in Nairobi
||P.O. Box 606 Village Market 00621 Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-3636000
||Malawian Embassy in Kenya
||Westlands, off Waiyaki Way P.O. Box 30453
Phone: (254) 20-440569
||Moroccan Embassy in Nairobi
||United Nations Street, Gigiri P.O. Box 617 00621 Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-7120765 or (254) 20-7120795
||Congolese Embassy in Nairobi
||Botschaft , 2nd floor, City House, Corner Wabera St/Standard St
Phone: (254) 20-7120330
||Ethiopian Embassy in Nairobi
||State House Avenue P.O. Box: 45198 GPO Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-2732054
||Tanzanian Consulate in Nairobi
||Taifa Road Reinsurance Palaza, 9TH Floor PO Box 47790-00100, GPO Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-311948
||Ugandan Consulate in Nairobi
||Riverside Paddock Off Riverside Drive PO Box 60853 Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-4445420
||Zambian Consulate in Nairobi
||6th FL Minnet ICDC Building, Mamlanka Rd, PO 30806 Nairobi
Phone: (254) 20-2724850