680 Hotel is a low price budget hotel that offers affordable, cheap and budget accommodation in Nairobi, Kenya, Six eighty hotel is located along Kenyatta Avenue/Muindi Mbingu Streets, within the convenience of Nairobi city’s central business district. The largest and the most vibrant and lively city of Kenya is without a doubt Nairobi. Being the capital city of Kenya Nairobi attracts tourist because of its bustling and busy lifestyle. With ever expanding suburbs and a happening city center Nairobi will keep you entertained throughout your trip. Nairobi means cold water in the local language and takes its name from the Nairobi River. The city during the colonial era was used for coffee, tea and sisal trade and industry. The city is the largest city in Africa and is still expanding. The city is very active politically and economically, housing influential businessmen, investors and many others. Having the largest stock exchange market in Africa Nairobi is indeed the economic and trade hub of Africa. The city has many attractions for its visitors and guarantees a fun and exciting stay. The 680 hotel Nairobi is just 18 km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and well within access to the city's major attractions and a walking distance from the main international conference centre. The six eighty hotel Nairobi offers quick access to shopping malls, banks, supermarkets and shops together with Nairobi’s’ top attractions such as the Nairobi National Museum, the Arboretum botanical gardens and the Nairobi National Park, the only park that boarders a city. The Nairobi 680 hotel is ideal for business travelers and for guests attending conventions as KICC is just a few minutes’ walk. Sentrim 680 hotel can host about 2000 delegates in their 7 conference halls and it’s close to Simmers restaurant known for Nairobi night life The Six-eighty Hotel Nairobi is a wonderful deal for the price, the rooms are clean and you are provided with your own bath room with hot water.
The Sentrim six eighty hotel restaurant is excellent; hotel staff are very helpful and courteous. The Sentrim six eighty hotel restaurant has delicious meals and is well worth the dine-in experience. The buffet breakfast is worth the time. The lobby coffee shop provides moderately priced drinks and snacks if you are rushing off to an appointment. The Sentrim six eighty hotel Nairobi will even stow your luggage for several hours on your check-out day if you need more time to peruse shops nearby. The Sentrim 680 hotel Nairobi is a great buy for someone who wants something convenient and comfortable with a free breakfast and excellent accommodations.
In the heart of Nairobi, you will find an International standard hotel, combined with Kenyan hospitality. The 680 Hotel in Nairobi offers you quality budget accommodation in the World Safari Capital, Nairobi. Sentrim 680 Hotel has 237 rooms which have recently been refurbished and decorated in warm and contemporary styles. Each room is sound proofed and has a digital flat screen TV, a digital safe, an electric fan, cooler and a mini fridge. Each of our 10 suites and 28 standards rooms all with private balcony with a panoramic view overlooking the beautiful City Centre with hot water, fresh toiletries and free bottled water daily. The 10th floor is reserved for our non – smoking guest. There are 3 type of rooms (standard, deluxe and suite) each with private bathroom, telephone, television, room service and one day dry cleaning service, ideal to suit the business and leisure travelers. Located in the Central Business District, the hotel is close to a wide variety of amenities. Nairobi 680 hotel is a secure oasis of friendliness and efficiency, backed by 30 years of world experience. It is an international standard hotel with well equipped and trained staff. 680 hotel in Nairobi is modern, stylish and bright and comprises of standard, deluxe and budget rooms, with a total of 680 beds not rooms beds. The Sentrim 680 Hotel in Nairobi lobby includes a 24-hour reception and check-out service, a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, cloakroom and lift access. There is a cafe and restaurant on site, as well as a hairdressing salon, TV lounge and conference room. In the heart of Nairobi you will be welcomed by International hotel standards and Kenyan Hospitality at the 3 Star Six eighty Hotel. The 680 Hotel is perfectly as all roads in the region lead to Nairobi, the “City in the sun”. The political and commercial capital of Kenya is located in the warm heart of East Africa. The modern and exotic city lies 1820 meters above sea level; its lush tropical greenery thrives in a bracing highland climate. The 680 is the Nairobi host of the UN Africa Headquarters. Nairobi is the hub of communications, commerce, industry, tourism, sports and culture for Kenya and the East African Region. The 680 Hotel in Nairobi welcomes you from the start to the end of a safari in kenya, when going to the tropical coast or as a business traveler. Rooms are reasonable and clean, hot water and bath and shower in each room, each floor has a guard who monitors ins and outs in a record book so you feel secure there. Guards are also at the entrance door and in the lobby. Staff are very helpful; also they arrange good taxi service inside lobby area
Sentrim 680 Hotel has 237 rooms which have recently been refurbished and decorated in warm and contemporary styles. Each room is sound proofed and has a digital flat screen TV, a digital safe, an electric fan, cooler and a mini fridge. Each of our 10 suites and 28 standards rooms all with private balcony with a panoramic view overlooking the beautiful City Centre with hot water, fresh toiletries and free bottled water daily.
Enjoy our exquisite buffet breakfast served from 6am to 10.30am daily followed by a’la carte lunches and dinners all served in the Terrace restaurant. Guests can wind down to our finest collection of wines and dine amongst the luxury of Sentrim 680 Hotel’s Sentropé Bar and Lounge which also entertains a variety of live music and barbecues on a regular basis. The Bar and Lounge offers an incredible selection of wines and liquors for all to enjoy. Why not also try our scintillating cocktails prepared by our very own beverage masters or enjoy a perfectly brewed coffee in our refreshing coffee lounge.
With seven spacious conference rooms, the hotels meeting and banqueting facilities are specifically designed to suit every type of business event or social gathering. We can cater up to 1,500 guests in our versatile conference and meeting rooms which all come equipped with state of the art audiovisual equipment. We offer decor, catering, entertainment and secretarial support services to match your needs. Whatever your needs, Sentrim 680 Hotel will provide you the tools you need to make your next business conference, corporate social or private party a successful and memorable one.
Sentrim Hotels offer business and leisure travellers quality and affordable accommodation in Kenya’s top cities and safari destinations. We have hotels in two of Kenya's biggest cities namely Sentrim 680Nairobi and Boulevard Hotel Nairobi plus Royal Castles Hotel Mombasa. Our Hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa are located in the central business district where you can access all social, business and entertainment facilities within 10 minutes. These hotels are ideal for the business traveller and the safari enthusiast. Kenya being the Safari Capital of the world, Sentrim Hotels & Lodges have established themselves as Kenya's top Safari Accommodation provider with a presence in top safari destinations namely Sentrim Camp Masai Mara, Sentrim Camp Amboseli and Sentrim Camp Tsavo and Sentrim Elementaita Lodge plus Sentrim Camp Samburu. Guests can now visit these Safari attractions while enjoying first class luxury accommodation in our lodges. At Sentrim Hotels and Lodges we believe in quality service delivery. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you found it informative and got to know more about our various Hotels and Lodges. All online queries, telephone, e-mails and faxes are reviewed by the management team at Sentrim Hotels. Should you make an enquiry, we shall get back to you as soon as possible.
Nairobi just south of the equator, lies on the Nairobi River in south central Kenya. Kenya borders Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean. Founded as a rail depot in 1899, Nairobi quickly grew and became the capital of British East Africa in 1907. Today, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and largest city in Kenya as well as the largest city in east Africa. The population (2009 census) is 4.1 million. Well off financially, Nairobi welcomes many tourists each year. The primary tourist destination is the Nairobi National Park, including giraffes, lions, and rhinos. Nicknames for the Nairobi city include “The Green City in the Sun” (from the vegetation and warm climate) and “Safari Capital of the World” (from the popular safari tourism). Nairobi is one of the busiest and fast growing cities in Africa, to many visitors, Nairobi is a city they are sad to leave and one to which they vow to come back to. The city is the home to more than 4 million people and a bubbling melting point for most of Kenya's 40-plus ethnic groups. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi, which translates to "cold water", the Maasai name of the Nairobi River, which in turn lent its name to the city. Nairobi has several tourist attractions. The most famous is the Nairobi National Park. The national park is unique in being the only game-reserve of this nature to border a capital city, or any major city. The Nairobi National Park contains many animals including lions, giraffes, and black rhinos. The Nairobi National Park is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi Safari Walk is a major attraction to the Nairobi National Park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals.
Nairobi is home to several museums, sites, and monuments. The Nairobi National Museum is the country's National Museum and largest in the Nairobi city. It houses a large collection of artifacts portraying Kenya's rich heritage through history, nature, culture, and contemporary art. It also includes the full remains of a homo erectus popularly known as the Turkana boy. Other prominent museums include the Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi Railway Museum, and the Karen Blixen Museum located in the affluent Karen suburb. Uhuru Gardens, a national monument and the largest memorial park in Kenya, is also the place where the first Kenyan flag was raised at independence. It is located along Langata road near the Wilson Airport. Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists. Five star hotels in Nairobi includes 680 Hotel. Shopping malls in Nairobi include; The Nairobi Yaya Centre in Hurlingham, Nairobi Sarit Centre Westlands, Nairobi Westgate Shopping Mall Westlands, Nairobi ABC Place Westlands, Nairobi The Village Market (Gigiri), Nairobi Junction Shopping Centre Ngong Road, Nairobi Prestige Plaza Ngong Road, Nairobi Crossroads Shopping Centre Karen, and Nairobi T-Mall (Langata) plus TRM shopping centre Nairobi, Nakumatt, Uchumi, and Tuskys are the largest supermarket chains with modern stores throughout Nairobi city. The Nairobi Java House is a popular coffee house and restaurant chain with multiple branches located around the Nairobi city including one at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Other coffee chains include Nairobi Dormans Coffee House and Savannah which is part of Sasini Tea, a blue chip tea producer in Kenya owned by Naushad Merali - an admired investment guru. Kenyan tea and coffee are very popular internationally and one can purchase premium gourmet blends at any of these outlets. Nairobi's night life is very popular with tourists, both young and old. From a collection of gourmet restaurants offering local and international cuisine, Nairobi has something to offer to every age and pocket. Most common known food establishments include The Carnivore and The Tamarind Restaurants which have outlets in Nairobi Langata, Nairobi City Centre, and the Village Market. For those more discerning travellers, one can choose from a wide array of local cuisine, Mediterranean, fast food, Ethiopian, and Arabian. The city's nightlife is mostly centred along friends and colleagues meeting after work especially on Fridays - commonly known as "Furahiday" (Happy Day), theme nights, events and concerts, and of late a new trend - "herbal bubble" or "Shiisha". The most popular clubbing spots are centred in upmarket Westlands which has come to be known as "Electric Avenue", Karen, Langata, Hurlingham, and "uptown" venues in the city centre. Nairobians generally go out every day of the week and most establishments are open till late. Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and the arrival point for many visitors. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15kms out of the centre of town. JKIA handles both International and domestic carriers. Nairobi Wilson airport, located 11 kms outside of the Nairobi city centre, is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic. There are countless Matatu stands throughout Nairobi, with continuous arrivals and departures throughout the day. Nairobi is the centre of Kenya’s extensive bus network, with many bus companies operating to and from destinations throughout the country. Walking around Nairobi is relatively straight forward as Nairobi city centre is small and accessible. In some areas there can be a security risk while walking, and it is best to seek local advice before setting out. Taxis are widely available, and convenient. Taxis are often parked in the street around hotels in Nairobi including six eighty hotel Nairobi and tourist areas of the city. Our 680 Hotel in Kenya can order taxis if necessary. Nairobi Taxis are usually marked with a yellow line along each side. Taxis are not metered and a price should be agreed with the driver before departure. Ask for local advice or at our 680 hotel reception of contact the booking office while making your reservations for correct rates. There are several companies operating Dial Taxi services with phone bookings, modern vehicles, competent drivers and reasonable rates. Several Taxi companies have airport booking offices. Buses operate on set routes throughout the city. The large Kenya Buses run on routes throughout the city on regular schedules. Buses can be boarded at any stop and tickets purchased on board. Matatus (Public Minibuses) also operate on city routes throughout the day, and are the most popular form of local public transport. Nairobi city is also the first destination for travelers going on Tanzania safaris northern circuit areas of Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro area, given that Nairobi is home to around four million people, plays host to over 100 major international companies and organisations and is an important base for the United Nations it is surprising to learn that Nairobi is a comparatively young city. First time visitors to Nairobi can experience a breathtaking touch of culture shock as this is no sleepy African backwater. Nairobi throbs to an intoxicating urban beat, a collage of cultures that buzzes on through the marriage of British colonial architecture and its thoroughly modern skyline. Music bursts from the myriad taxis and tiny stalls offer up tempting street food in the shadow of cutting edge nightclubs, fine dining restaurants and an ever increasing forest of glass and steel skyscrapers. The ideal place to get a feel for the Nairobi city and indeed the whole country is at the National Museum, perhaps Kenya's most informative cultural attraction, which covers everything from the country's colonial history and its tribal cultures, through to its people today and its eclectic wildlife. Highlights include the Hall of Kenya, the Great Hall of Mammals and the Cycles of Life, the latter focusing on the tribal sides of Kenyan life—the country is home to over 50 tribes—and heritage. Bomas of Kenya meanwhile offers a more hands-on tribal experience in re-creation tribal villages. ‘Bomas' (a Swahili word) are traditional Kenyan homesteads and the ones erected here in the 1970s are designed to allow visitors an insight into traditional tribal life. Tourists can learn about traditional living styles and crafts and enjoy music, dancing and spectacular acrobatic performances. Nairobi is also a major shopping hub, glittering with gleaming malls that offer everything from big brand electronics through to high-end global fashion. At the other end of the scale, the city is home to a sprinkling of colourful markets offering everything you can imagine and a little more besides. The Masaai Market is perfect for bespoke souvenirs, with a bright and engaging range of necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery, as well as wooden sculptures, all made from natural or recycled material. The Kazuri Bead Factory meanwhile was set up by Lady Susan Wood in 1975 to help provide employment for local women and to also help preserve traditional Masaai handicraft techniques. Their highly unusual hand painted ceramic jewellery makes for a unique souvenir or indeed a unique gift. Africa is, of course, famous for its wildlife and you do not need to embark on a long flight in a tiny plane across Kenya to experience it. Nairobi is home to a brace of animal sanctuaries in keeping with the national passion for preserving wildlife. David Sheldrick was the first person in the world to successfully hand-rear a newborn fully milk dependent African elephant orphan. The wildlife trust built up in his honour has saved over 150 infant elephants, including some from the very day of their birth. Visitors can meet the elephants and even sponsor one of them on its supported journey to the wild. The Giraffe Centre meanwhile is an educational centre that runs a successful breeding programme for the Rothschild Giraffe. You can get up close and personal with a giraffe here as well as learn more about the life and preservation of this graceful animal. The suburbs to the south of Nairobi, while still technically within the city limits, bear little resemblance to the urban sprawl of the capital. Inhabited mainly by white settlers and expats, these leafy environs conceal extensive ranks of houses and villas designed to recall provincial England, all discreetly set in their own colonial grounds. The genteel atmosphere and a relative wealth of attractions make Karen, Langata and Ngong appealing destinations for a quick and easy escape from city life. The permitted drinking age in Nairobi is 18 years. Drinking culture in Nairobi is more relaxed than and not as strict as in the United States and other areas of the western world. There is a law restricting a driver's blood alcohol level. However, it is illegal to drink out of a bottle on the streets. Drugs and narcotics are illegal in Kenya - this is strictly enforced. ATM machines are available 24 hrs at all major banks in every city and county, and you can use your ATM debit card on Kenya's ATM machines to withdraw money from your bank at home. Depending on the bank and or machine you use, you may incur a small international transaction fee when you use your ATM debit/credit card. There's a risk of catching malaria when you travel in Kenya. The highlands used to be a low-risk area, but even there you have to be careful and take precautions. Kenya is home to the chloroquine-resistant strain of malaria as well as several others. Make sure your doctor or travel clinic knows you are traveling to Kenya (don't just say Africa) so s/he can prescribe the right anti-malarial medication. Learning tips on how to avoid malaria will also help. Following recent legislation by the Kenyan government, European visitors do not require a tourist visa to enter Kenya, but entry business visas are required. Most international visitors will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi (NBO). If you are already in Nairobi and need to get to the airport, please make sure that you plan at least two hours to get there as the main road to the airport has heavy traffic jams, and security checks are tedious. Kenya Airways (KQ) offers the most scheduled connections from JKIA and regular daily flights to the following destinations: Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Kisumu. A return flight from Nairobi to Mombasa will cost about KShs 14,000. Online booking is available. Check in is 45 minutes before departure for local flights and two hours for international. Pay attention to the announcements while in Unit 3 of JKIA as passengers on different flights are put in the same waiting area. If you are flying from another destination to Nairobi and using Kenya Airways in the tourist high season (July-September, December-February), note that KQ flights are frequently delayed and preference is given to international connecting passengers, platinum frequent-flyer card holders, and first-class passengers. A low-cost, no-frills airline Fly540 also flies from Nairobi JKIA and offers scheduled connections to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kisumu and Masaai Mara. Plans are to extend the service to the East African region. A return flight to Mombasa from Nairobi will cost about $99 (without tax) Online booking is possible. Another airline Air Kenya flies from Wilson Airport Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu. The lounge features a Dorman’s cafe. Check in can be done up to 15 minutes before departure. Wilson Airport was once the busiest airport in Africa outside South Africa and still remains a major hub for local flights to the nature reserves in Kenya and to cities in neighboring countries. The East African Safari Air also flies from Nairobi to Malindi, Kisumu and Lokichogio. Most charter tourists fly directly to either of the coastal airports of Mombasa or Malindi. Many people bring video cameras on safari. The power supply in Kenya is mostly 220-240 volts. It may be possible to recharge the video camera off the battery of the vehicle through a 12 volt cigarette lighter socket. We recommend that you take along enough batteries and recharging equipment with cigarette lighter adapter. For photography of birds and animals a 300mm telephoto lens is recommended and for Nikon users a 70-200mm is recommended also 17-50mm tamrom lense or sigma 17-50 or Nikon 17-55, also don’t forget prime lenses for low light photography, Films & batteries are only available in larger cities and tend to be expensive. We recommend that you take along sufficient films and a spare battery for your camera. Nairobi Kenya is connected by paved roads to Kenya’s other major urban centers, such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kisii, and Kericho. A paved road also links Nairobi to northern Tanzania’ s major tourist, agricultural, and commercial center, Arusha. Traffic jams are common leading into the city during the morning rush hour and leading out of the city after work hours. There are a large number of long-distance bus companies in Nairobi that provide transportation to most areas of the country. Long-distance buses also provide service to major cities in Uganda and Tanzania. In addition to long-distance buses, there are mini-buses with regular service to Mombasa and shared taxis to nearby urban centers including the Kenya-Tanzania border. Shared taxis are Peugeot station wagons that usually carry seven passengers. Often the minibuses and shared taxis leave when they are full and therefore do not follow fixed schedules. While the large buses often follow a schedule, at times they operate along lines similar to those of shared taxis and leave when full. Road transport can be dangerous. Many of the long-distance buses travel at night and, in addition to transporting passengers, carry cargo. There have been a number of horrific accidents in which large numbers of passengers have been killed or injured. Nairobi railway station serves as the main point of departure for trains to and from Mombasa and Kisumu. There is also a direct Nairobi to Kampala, Uganda, train once a week. Downtown Nairobi is in the shape of a triangle. Most of the skyscrapers and major government offices are centered inside of three borders: Uhuru Highway to the west, what used to be the old United States Embassy building to the south, and the Nairobi River to the northeast. In general, the discount shops, hotels, and poorer neighborhoods are located east of the central business district; to the west are the more affluent areas. The streets in the central business district are laid out in a grid pattern. Major roads lead out of the central business district to the residential areas that encircle it. Nairobi is home to many Nairobi tour operators and Nairobi Safari companies plus Nairobi travel agents. Excursions can be arranged to all parts of Kenya and to visit Tanzania’s impressive northern game parks. Most tour companies in Nairobi and travel agents in Nairobi can organize tours of Nairobi. Tour of Nairobi will normally include visits to the Parliament Building, the City Market, and the National Museum. Trips to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, and the Karen Blixen Museum can also be easily arranged please contact us for packaged safaris. Nairobi is a culturally diverse city. All the major Kenyan ethnic groups are represented in the city, and these include the Kikuyu, Embu, Luo, Luhyia, Kalenjin, Kisii, and Kamba. While it is difficult to know the exact percentages of the ethnic makeup of Nairobi there are probably more Kikuyu living in the city than any other group. The Kikuyu make up around 20 percent of the Kenyan population, and their home area borders Nairobi. In addition to the Kenyan African ethnic groups, there is a sizeable population of Asians (people who trace their origins to India and Pakistan), Europeans, and Somalis. Nairobi is also home to a sizeable expatriate (people who have left their homeland) community as numerous embassies and international organizations have offices in the city. The country known today as Kenya was created by European colonialism in Africa, which lasted from the mid-1800s to the 1960s. Kenya was a British protectorate from 1895 to 1920 and a colony from 1920 to 1963. Prior to 1870 the peoples of what is now Kenya were independent of European control; they governed themselves through councils of elders. However, in 1884 the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Bargash, allowed a trading concession to the British East Africa Company; thus, British interest in East Africa was sparked by private enterprise. In addition to the British East Africa Company, pioneer missionaries also came to East Africa to spread Christianity and to help abolish the slave trade. An 1886 Anglo-German treaty partitioned East Africa between the two powers, placing the future Kenya in the British sphere and the future Tanzania in the German sphere. In 1888 the British East Africa Company was granted a Royal Charter and renamed the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA). The company was given exclusive rights to commercially exploit the British sphere. In 1895 the territory lying between Mombasa and the eastern edge of the Rift Valley (the future Kenya) was declared the East African Protectorate. In 1902, the eastern province of Uganda was added to the East African Protectorate. In 1920 the Protectorate was declared a Crown Colony and renamed Kenya. The name Kenya appears to have come from the Kamba word Kinyaa, meaning "ostrich." The word "Nairobi" came from the Masai word enairobe, which literally means " stream of cold water. " Nairobi was founded in 1899. It grew up around a railway line constructed by the British colonial officials from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast to Uganda. The present site of Nairobi was selected as a stores depot, shunting yard (place where trains are shifted from one track to another), and camping ground for the thousands of Indian laborers (also British colonials, who came to Kenya seeking work) employed by the British to work on the line. From this point Nairobi developed slowly, unplanned, and unexpectedly. The outbreak of plague and the burning down of the original compound necessitated the town ' s rebuilding. By 1907, Nairobi was firmly established and the colonizers decided to make it the capital of the newly formed British East Africa. European settlers were encouraged to settle in the country, and Nairobi was their natural choice due to its cool climate and fertile soils. British authorities hoped these settlers would develop a modern economic sector that would enable the railway to pay for itself. Until that happened, the railway scheme seemed a useless venture that would consume more money than was called for in the initial plans. White settlement in the early years of the twentieth century was led by Lord Delamere, a pugnacious farmer from Cheshire, England. The lord and many other pioneer farmers suffered a lot in their farming ventures as little was known of the kind of crops to grow there. By trial and error they established plantations of coffee, tea, sisal (a plant yielding a strong fiber used to make rope), and pyrethrum (a perennial plant yielding flowers used to make insecticide). Cattle rearing also proved to be a profitable undertaking, spurring the establishment of huge ranches. The development of the settler economy allowed the railway venture to reverse its deficits. Due to high demand for laborers in the established plantations, a system was designed to force Africans to work for Europeans. Until the early twentieth century, most Kenyans were subsistence farmers, growing only enough food to meet their needs. In 1920 the colonial state began to confiscate African land; Africans were taxed, and a cash economy was created, forcing many Africans to give up peasant farming to search for cash incomes by working on the European plantations. The Indians who remained behind after the completion of the railway took up trade as their major occupation. In the early 1950s, the Mau Mau launched one of the most severe internal wars in Kenya, aimed at removing the British from the country. Although the war was mainly fought in the countryside and mountains surrounding Nairobi, the British launched sweeps of the city to make mass arrests. Africans were the main target of the sweeps—in particular Kikuyu Africans, a somewhat militant interest group focused on such issues as land scarcity, labor passes, regressive taxation, and inadequate educational and employment opportunities. The Mau Mau were defeated only after troops were sent from Britain to Kenya. By 1954 the British enacted Operation "Anvil," an effort to rid Nairobi of Mau Mau supporters. More than 30,000 arrests were made, most of them Kikuyu; of these, 16,000 were detained as active Mau Mau supporters. In 1956, Dedan Kimathi, recognized as the leader of the Mau Mau, was captured, tried, and found guilty; in 1957, he was executed by the British in a Nairobi prison. Also in 1957, the first elections of African members of the Legislative Council were held. Eight African members were elected and chose not to cooperate with the colonial administration by advocating free and direct elections without preference given to any racial group. In 1958, the eight African council members boycotted council proceedings in a protest against the Lennox-Boyd Constitution, which emphasized a multiracial Legislative Council. They also called for the release of Jomo Kenyatta, who had been arrested as a Mau Mau leader and sentenced to seven years of hard labor in 1952. In 1960 both the Kenya African National Union (KANU) and the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) were formed. In February 1961 primary and general elections were held under the Lancaster House Constitution. KANU won 19 seats and KADU 11. Although still detained, Jomo Kenyatta was named as president of KANU. By October, Kenyatta was released and assumed the presidency. Between February and April 1962, the second Lancaster House Conference was held in London. A self-government "framework" constitution was agreed upon and drawn to include representation from both political parties. By 1963 Kenya achieved internal self-government with Kenyatta as the first prime minister. The third Lancaster House Conference was held to finalize the constitution for the granting of independence; the conference also declared Kenya a dominion. On December 12, 1963, Kenya finally became an independent state. President Kenyatta died in 1978 and was succeeded by his vice president, Daniel arap Moi. Moi became both the second president and head of KANU. Sworn in for a five-year term, he ruled as a dictator, and his government was marked by human rights abuses, corruption, ethnic clashes, economic deterioration, and inept governance. In January 1993, Moi was sworn in for his fourth five-year term in office. By July public rallies were being held to protest Moi's human rights abuses and to demand constitutional reforms. For the first time in Kenya, the police entered All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi and beat the demonstrators seeking sanctuary there. One of the most shocking single-day events in Nairobi’s history was the U.S. Embassy bombing on August 7, 1998. Nairobians were stunned by the tragedy, in particular because the terrorist attack had nothing to do with their country. In simultaneous attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 227 people were killed, including 12 Americans, and over 5,000 injured. The bulk of those injured and killed were Kenyans as the U.S. Embassy was located at a busy intersection near the railway station. A neighboring four-story building collapsed during the mid-morning work-day attack. The attacks were apparently orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi Arabian who has dedicated his life to attacking American interests. In the aftermath of the bombing, Kenyan and other governments worked closely to rescue survivors, find victims, and apprehend suspects, also to note is the Westgate attack, Crime is a growing problem. The "City in the Sun" has earned itself the dubious unofficial nickname of "Nairobbery." Petty crime is rife and serious crimes are becoming more frequent. The chief causes for rising crime rates are the breakdown of the traditional social values, a tense political situation, and high unemployment. In 1998, two vehicles a day were stolen in Kenya. Due to the high incidence of car theft and carjacking, the insurance companies have for years been threatening to discontinue auto insurance because too many claims have made the business unprofitable. Auto insurance premiums are currently ten percent of the value of the vehicles per year (that is, if an auto costs $20,000, the owner pays $2,000 per year in insurance). Ironically, public safety has been weakened by the state, the institution entrusted to provide domestic security. Violent political conflicts between various political and ethnic groups accompanied Kenya's transition to multi-party politics. These conflicts followed threats by high-ranking government officials directed at the Kikuyu community and caused opponents of the government to charge that the state was behind a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" (genocide) in the Rift Valley province. Since the colonial era the state has arrested, harassed, and tortured political dissidents. Some Nairobi businesses, especially those associated with the political opposition, have been ransacked by state security officials. Political tensions have led to rioting, demonstrations, and violent conflicts between rival political factions in Nairobi. The relationship between the police and citizens is not good. There is a widespread belief that the police cause more problems than they solve. Through soliciting bribes and police brutality, the effectiveness of the force has been weakened. Probably because of this, most wealthy people find it necessary to hire their own private security guards, and there are many private security companies, such as Ultimate Security, Total Security, and Securicor. Nairobi is well endowed with a pleasant environment that preserves much of its pristine natural beauty. Ponds, seasonal springs, rivers, flooded grasslands, and swamps abound. Unlike other major cities, Nairobi is not situated on a large river or near the sea. Nevertheless, several streams criss-cross the city. Streams running from the Ngong Hills to the south and the ridges to the north become the Athi and Nairobi Rivers. Occasionally hippos and crocodiles can be spotted in the Athi River. Other important sources of water for Nairobi are the Chania and Thika Rivers. There is also the manmade Thika dam, which was constructed as a water reservoir. Natural springs feed a number of small swamps in secluded hollows. In addition, temporary wetlands are created with the coming of each rainy season. The planting of eucalyptus trees, however, has drained most of these springs. Nairobi National Park is another preservation of natural environment. It is covered by a highland forest of hardwoods. A spectrum of birds and animals find their home in the park. The park itself was established in 1948 as an effort by the government to preserve the remaining natural beauty of Nairobi. Nairobi has a bustling population growth. Rapid urbanization and industrialization consume a lot of natural resources, causing alarming environmental degradation. Construction places a very heavy burden on natural resources. Sand is an important construction material; thus, all rivers in Nairobi have been extensively excavated in search of sand. The result has been serious soil erosion. Timber is also used in construction, causing depletion of forests surrounding the city. Additionally, Nairobi attracts hundreds of new immigrants daily. This has an impact on the environment as service struggles to keep pace with rapid population growth. The city’s sewage system frequently breaks down, adversely affecting the environment. A wide variety of shopping experiences can be found in Nairobi. It is a good place to pick up souvenirs and handicrafts. All sorts of goods can be obtained from vendors, kiosks, boutiques, small shops, department stores, and malls. Souvenirs and handicrafts can be purchased all over Nairobi. The city market on Muindi Mbingu Street has a good range of items from souvenir kiondo (colorful woven sisal bags), jewelry, wood, and soapstone carvings to everyday goods like meat, fish, and fruits. However, shopping at city market will test any shopper's bargaining abilities. On Tuesdays there is a Masai market (which is an informal market) at Kenyatta Avenue near the roundabout on Uhuru Highway. There Masai women sell beaded jewelry, gourds, baskets, and other Masai crafts. The Kigali market, between Kigali Road and Tubman Road, is an overpopulated tourist spot. All kinds of souvenirs can be found there, and if the shopper's bargaining skills are sharp, some good deals can be obtained. Safari wear, T-shirts, wood carvings, and better assortments of jewelry can be found at a number of downtown shops situated along the major roads of Kenyatta Avenue, Koinange Street, and Kimathi Street. More upscale handicrafts, artwork, and jewelry from all over Africa can be found at the African Heritage Center on Kenyatta Avenue. The appropriately named Biashara (Business) Street is the core of downtown Nairobi shopping district; it is made up of endless small shops and cafes. In the Langata area, the Ostrich Park has a craft center with an artisan’s workshop where passersby can see items being made and enjoy a nice cafe. The Yaya and Sarit Centers are well-known shopping malls located outside of the city center. Uchumi supermarkets, located throughout Nairobi, cater to grocery shopping needs, as do stalls that sell fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat. During the colonial era, education was segregated along racial lines with schools built for Europeans, Asians (those from the Indian Subcontinent), and Africans. With independence, the school system was desegregated. Education is seen as an important avenue for upward social mobility and is very competitive. In Nairobi, even at the pre-school level, parents are interested in enrolling their children in schools with strong academic reputations. Competition becomes especially intense for places in top government and private high schools. A student ' s educational future is largely determined by results on national exams taken after primary school and high school. Many of Nairobi’s approximately 77 private secondary schools and 44 state-run schools are among the country’s best. Nairobi is well served by institutions of higher learning. The oldest university in Kenya is Nairobi University. Another leading state-related university is Kenyatta University, which grew out of a teachers college. A number of private universities were opened in the 1980s and 1990s. Nairobi Polytechnic and Utalii College are other leading learning institutions. Utalii College was started in 1969 to provide highly trained manpower for Kenya’s tourist industry. The college has a strong reputation and runs its own hotel in Ruaraka on the outskirts of the city. The best medical facilities in East Africa can be found in Nairobi. Two private hospitals with strong reputations are the Nairobi Hospital and the Aga Khan Hospital Kenya ' s main teaching hospital is Kenyatta, though its reputation regarding patient care is not as strong as in the past. Nairobi and all of Kenya are also served by "Flying Doctors," an insurance organization that provides expert care and medical evacuations should a health emergency occur. However, if a patient does not have the foresight to join Flying Doctors, they must bear the full cost of the often very expensive services they receive should they become sick. In addition to hospitals, there are numerous private clinics and practices that serve the Nairobi capital city’s population. Nairobi is the media hub of East Africa. The Nation Group of Companies, which publishes newspapers and runs radio and television stations, has its headquarters in the city. In addition to the Kenyan daily newspaper, The Nation, the company publishes the East African, a weekly newspaper that covers the region of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The Nation Group also publishes the Taifa Leo, a Swahili-language daily newspaper. Kenya ' s oldest newspaper is the Standard. It is a daily English-language newspaper that is well known for its business coverage. The Standard Group also owns Kenya Television Network, the country’s first private television station, based in Nairobi. Kenya ' s third most popular newspaper is closely affiliated with the ruling Kenya African National Union and is called the Kenya Times. Kenya Times Ltd., the parent company, also publishes the Swahili language Kenya Leo. Other major media companies operating in the capital are the government-owned Voice of Kenya radio station and the government owned television station, Kenya Broadcasting Company, which first began broadcasting in 1961. Popular magazines published in Nairobi include the Weekly Review, which provides in-depth local news; Viva (for women); Drum; and a puzzle magazine called Chemsha Bongo, which translated from Swahili means Boil Your Brain. Kenya has a strong reputation for sports, and Nairobi is the center of the sporting scene. In particular, Kenya is well known for its world-class runners. Kenyan runners exploded onto the international scene during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games when three distance runners won gold medals, including Kipchoge " Kip " Keino, who beat the American favorite Jim Ryun in the 1500-meter race. Since 1968, Kenyans have dominated middle-and long-distance running at the international level. National track and cross-country meets are usually held at the national stadium or at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi. These events traditionally produce a new group of world-class runners, ready to challenge their already-established peers. The most popular sport in the country and the capital city is soccer. Nairobi has three large stadiums (Nyayo, City, and Kasarani) in which domestic league and international matches are played. Two clubs with large followings in Nairobi are AFC and Gor Mahia, which are both nationally popular clubs with home bases of support in western Kenya. Recently, a Nairobi-based team, Mathare United, has taken the soccer scene by storm. Named after one of Nairobi ' s most notorious slums and made up of young impoverished players, Mathare United is a formidable challenger to the traditionally strong teams of Gor Mahia, AFC, and Kenya Breweries. Motor sports are popular in Kenya. One of the biggest sporting events is the Kenya Safari Rally, which takes place around Easter. The rally, which starts and finishes in Nairobi, follows a route that covers 4,000 kilometers (2,486 miles). Large crowds follow the event in the rural areas and the cities. During the rally, daily results dominate radio, print, and television news coverage as Kenyans cheer for the local heroes competing against top international drivers. Other sports gaining popularity in the nation's capital are rugby, cricket, and field hockey. These games, previously the domain of Nairobi's settler and Asian communities, are becoming popular among Africans. With increasing numbers of participants, Kenya ' s rugby, field hockey, and cricket teams have done well in international competitions. Polo is often played on the weekends in Jamhuri Park. For the country’ s affluent, golf is a popular sport. There are a number of well-maintained country clubs in Nairobi that offer good golfing facilities. Muthaiga Country Club, the old premier settler club, has a top-flight golf course as well as other sporting facilities. Other prominent clubs that have golf courses are Karen Country Club, Limuru Country Club, Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Sigma Golf Club, and the Railway Golf Club. Nairobi is home to a number of libraries and museums. The national archives are kept in the old Bank of India building, located in the central business district on Moi Avenue across from the Hilton Hotel. Apart from housing important historical documents, it features photographs and craft exhibits. The McMillan Memorial Library is also located in central Nairobi near the Jamia Mosque. This library is distinctive for its two large stone lions that guard its entrance steps. Inside is a display featuring the furniture of writer Karen Blixen, famous for her novel Out of Africa. The library has an extensive collection of books and newspapers. It also houses the parliamentary archives. For a fee, people can become members of the library and check out books. The Kenya National Museum has an excellent exhibit on pre-history based on the work of the famous Leaky family of anthropologists. There are also exhibits on insects, animal life, and Kenyan culture. The museum houses a display of Joy Adamson ' s (naturalist and author of Born Free ) paintings. Film screenings and public lectures sponsored by the museum are very popular. Across from the Kenya Museum is the Snake Farm, which features live specimens of snakes, lizards, chameleons, tortoises, turtles, and crocodiles found in Kenya. For people interested in trains, the Railway Museum, located near the Nairobi Train Station, features a display of locomotives that have operated in Kenya since the railway was built. A well-known part of Kenyan history is represented in the form of a carriage in which a man-eating lion killed and dragged away a railway worker during the line ' s construction. In December 1898, lion attacks brought work on the railway to a halt 194 kilometers (121 miles) from the coast in what is now Tsavo National Park. Lion attacks, which usually consisted of a worker being dragged away from his tent in the night, resulted in a number of deaths. A major labor dispute threatened to erupt as the largely Indian workforce demanded to be returned home. Construction of the line was held up for three weeks as the lions were hunted and killed. Karen Blixen’s house, located in the fashionable suburb that bears her name, has been turned into a museum in her honor. Not far away is the Langata Giraffe Center, which is mainly for children. The center is supported by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and is home to a number of giraffes that visitors can feed from raised wooden platforms. In addition to the giraffes, the center contains warthogs, bushbuck, and dikdik. The trees and shrubbery at the Giraffe Center are an ideal habitat for birds, and there are over 160 species. For those interested in bird watching, the Langata suburb is also home to a private bird sanctuary. Appointments must be made in advance, and all visitors are accompanied by an ornithologist. The Bomas of Kenya features performances of traditional songs and dances from Kenya ' s various ethnic groups. It is located two kilometers (one mile) past the gate of Nairobi National Park in the Langata suburb. On the grounds is an open-air museum that depicts the traditional lifestyle of Kenya ' s African ethnic groups. Tourism is an important part of the Nairobi economy. With a well-developed system of Nairobi hotels and top-rate Nairobi safari companies, tourism has actually replaced coffee as the country's largest foreign exchange earner. Hotels in Nairobi range from low cost Nairobi budget hotels to luxury hotels. Trips to Kenya’ s impressive game parks and beautiful coast can be arranged in the city. Nairobi Tours of the city itself also can be arranged; tours of central Nairobi normally include visits to the Parliament Building, the City Market, and the National Museum. Trips to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, and the Karen Blixen Museum are also popular. The city offers a well-developed infrastructure, excellent hotels, and fine food. Nairobi has been host to numerous international conferences, conventions, and meetings. Nairobi sees temperate, comfortable weather year round with cool nights and warm days where temperatures very rarely exceed 85 degrees. Visitors will find that temperatures are generally at their highest (and animals at their least active) from December to March, so if you want to take in the yearly migrations of the local wildlife travel between July to October. More generally, it’s best to plan your Nairobi travel early in the year (January-March) or in late summer/early fall (July-October), avoiding the particularly wet months of April and May
• When you are out and about in Nairobi, keep to the main streets. Don’t go into back alleys, footpaths, or unfamiliar areas – especially not after dark or if you are on your own.
• Avoid shantytowns (unless you are a doctor or aid worker), and don’t linger in the area around bus stations in central Nairobi. .
• In general, you should not walk in downtown Nairobi at night. .
• Stay alert and act confident, even if you should be lost. .
• Avoid beggars, pan-handlers, and street-children, if possible. This may feel particularly heartless, but in many cases, they may not even get to keep the money you give them. .
• Don’t carry too much cash, don’t wear expensive jewelry, and leave your passport at home. .
• Be aware of your surroundings when withdrawing money from ATMs. .
• Check your credit card statements carefully and report suspected fraud at once. .
• If you take the car, keep the doors locked, and only lower the window by a couple of inches for some fresh air. .
• Install a car alarm. .
• Don’t stop on the road (except for an official police roadblock), and don’t give lifts to strangers. .
• Ask any person who claims to be a policeman for their official ID. .
• Take public transport rather than walk at night or in unfamiliar areas, and opt for a taxi rather than buses or matutus.
• If you should ever become the victim of a thief, burglars, or carjacker, don’t resist! Just hand over your valuables instead. .
• If you are involved in an accident, call the police immediately and wait until they arrive. .
• There is no general emergency number anymore. Make sure you know the number of your nearest police station instead. .
• Register with your embassy as soon as you arrive. The bombing of the US embassy took place over 15 years ago, and the post-electoral violence in 2007 was a shock to a previously stable country. However, the sudden, drastic, and bloody attack by armed Al-Shabaab militia fighters on Westgate Shopping Mall in September 2013 showed that terrorism can take Nairobi by surprise. Please always check with your embassy on the current risk level of terrorist attacks, and don't forget about the registration. If there is any major incident, the consulate will know you may need their help or can at least contact your loved ones back home. .
• Regardless of whether or not you are registered, knowing your embassy’s contact details is highly recommended. .
With all that advice, your expat life in Nairobi shouldn’t be too troublesome. If you need information on preparing for your move, especially on visas and permits, check out the guide on moving to Kenya.
While you may have heard about the notorious Nairobi traffic, no one may have told you about traffic lights. In general, traffic lights and traffic signs are decorative. So don’t be surprised if pedestrians cross the road while it’s red or cars keep moving — just don’t get too frustrated. This means that you should always be on the lookout when driving or walking — don’t rely on the lights all the time.
most people in Nairobi speak English. However, some local words are such a fabric of the language that Nairobians basically assume that they’re part of the English language and that you know them. To avoid miscommunication, learn some basic words like sawa (okay), kesho (tomorrow) and sasa (hello). They’re usually thrown around casually in conversations so don’t panic.
Be careful with your money in Nairobi, never travel around with all your cash and cards in one bag. The shilling (86 shillings equals about $1) is the national currency and credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs, or cash points, at banks are also widely available in the city. It’s smarter for business travellers to use machines located inside bank buildings, hotels or shopping centres, when possible. Use credit cards in hotels or restaurants. If you’re visiting a local market carry cash, but don’t display it all at once to gain greater bargaining leverage (negotiating is expected).
Nairobi National park is the oldest in Kenya, having been gazetted on December 16, 1946 by the colonial government and offers fantastic opportunities for safaris in Kenya. It is the world’s only wildlife sanctuary in a capital city, located only seven kilometres from the city centre. The park land is home to major wildlife attractions including the black rhino, an endangered species. A rhino sanctuary is situated there and is used for breeding and restocking other parks across Kenya. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffe, zebras, wildebeests, elands and over 400 bird species, are also found at the park. MOST RECENTLY, RED duiker, an antelope species, was sighted at the park. The ivory burning site monument, where tusks worth millions of shillings were publicly burnt in the 1980s by former President Moi to stem rampant poaching, stands at the park. Other attractions include the Nairobi Safari Walk, the animal orphanage and the hippo trails. The park covers an area of 117 square kilometres (28,963 acres), which is small compared to most of Africa’s national parks. Wildebeests and zebra migrations are a rare spectacle in July and August, and only second to the one at the Maasai Mara. Besides the fauna, the vast land is amass with flora. Open grass plains with speckled acacia bush take over the rich green widespread land, which has an upland jungle dry forest on the western side. Man-made dams have also been constructed there, attracting animals during the dry season. A BIG PART OF THE PARK is fenced leaving some sections open for the purpose of wildlife migration. Kenya Wildlife Headquarters, the legal trustees for national parks and game reserves in Kenya, is located at the Nairobi park, off Lang’ata Road. Facilities for corporate events, bush dinners, weddings, picnics, team building sessions are also offered by KWS at the park. The national park also boasts of a three-star restaurant where patrons can have meals while viewing game in their habitat.
The Karen Blixen museum is one of a number of very interesting regional museums and archeological and prehistoric sites of the National museums of Kenya. Karen Blixen Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6pm) including weekends and public holidays. Located 10km from the city centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa' an Oscar winning film based on Karen's an autobiography by the same title.Visitors are encouraged to be at the Museum by 8.00 am - 5.30 pm. Guided tours are offered continuously. A museum shop offers handicrafts, posters and postcards, the Movie ‘Out of Africa', books and other Kenyan souvenirs. The grounds may be rented for wedding receptions, corporate functions and other events. Karen Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it become the farm house for their 4500 acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. Their marriage failed after eight years and in 1921 the Baron moved on and left the running of the farm to Karen. Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931. The house farm was bought by Remy Marin, who broke the land into 20 acre parcels for development. Subsequent development created the present suburb of Karen. Records indicate that a Lt. Col.G. Lloyd, an officer of the British Army bought the house in 1935 and lived there until his death in 1954, when it passed to his daughters, Mrs. G. Robersts and Lavender Llyod. A transfer of title to Mrs. J.P Robson and Mrs L.B. Hyde is in City Hall records in 1956. The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift. The government set up a college of nutrition and the Museum was initially used as the principal's house. In 1985 the shooting of a movie based on Karen's autobiography began and the National Museums of Kenya expressed acquired the house for the purpose of establishing a Museum. The Museum was opened in 1986. This museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen, who came to Kenya from Denmark in the early part of this century; the present museum site is at the heart of the larger coffee plantation run by Blixen between 1914 and 1931. The house and surrounding land was donated by the Danish government to Kenya at independence; the house was restored by the Danish government and was used during the filming of Out of Africa, which immortalized Karen Blixen's book by the same name. The Museum was opened to the public in 1986. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house, and combined with the beautifully landscaped gardens and encompassing view of the Ngong Hills, the Museum has continued to a be very popular destination for international and local visitors. The original kitchen has been restored and is now open for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one used by Blixen is on display, as are other period kitchen utensils. Reconstruction of the coffee factory as an additional attraction is underway and other early farm machinery is also on display, depicting the early settler life in Kenya.
The Giraffe Centre is a Non-Profit making organization whose main objective is to provide conservation education for school children and the youth of Kenya. All our education programmes are offered to them free of charge. The Giraffe Centre Nairobi derives 90% of its funds from the entrance fee collected and from the sales in the gift shop and teahouse. Therefore, by visiting us and/or making purchase from our shop and teahouse you have contributed towards conservation education to the Kenyan youth. While you are here, take time to visit our nature trail. All in making sure you enjoy nature. The endangered rothschild giraffe breeding programme started with the inception of the Nairobi Giraffe Centre back then in 1979. The giraffes breed naturally in an approximate 120 Acerage of land and the young calves born at the centre are introduced back into the wild at the age of 2years. The giraffes at the centre are closely observed and monitored by AFEW staff and when need be their natural diet is supplemented with Lucern Grass, salt blocks and carrots. Ever since the breeding started, the centre has handled over 50 Rothschild Giraffes and most of them have been introduced back into the wild in selected Kenya’s protected areas.
Shopping is a concept that is catching on very fast in Kenya. That’s because we have so much to offer in terms of our authentic Handicrafts and art. A must “see is our largest open air Maasai Market, every Tuesday. All the handicrafts on sale are from all the different tribes of Kenya displaying talents from all different tribes. e.g The Kamba will have the wood carvings, the masai and kikuyu a wonderful display of bead work. Bargaining is an art the Indigenous Kenyan learnt from the Asian traders and you will definitely have to sharpen your bargaining skills before you go shopping. Nairobi is also full of shops that also spot a lot of crafts and art work if you are an art lover you will definitely get some lovely art pieces. We in 680 hotel and travel provide a dedicated person who knows all the lovely shopping places weather you are looking for retail or wholesale items. Shopping can be fitted into the day excursions or a day or two dedicated to shopping.
This exhibit cultures of the different peoples of Kenya and its prominent personalities. It also has excellent display of fossils and a stunning recreation of a prehistoric rock site. There is also an extraordinary cast on the floor, which clearly records the footprints of Man’s direct ancestor (Homo Erectus) dating 4 million years ago. It also has more than 900 stuffed and mounted bird species. This place has several interesting collections, both dealing with natural history as well as cultural and artistic presence in Kenya. There were sections for the fauna of the region, including the Tsavo lions. There was a large selection of stuffed birds, literally hundreds covering all genera found in the country. Quite a sight to wander through the halls and see the animals. Display cases relayed information about the indigenous tribes of Kenya, what their daily life was like. And there were art areas, for local artists, some of which were for sale. The museum sits on grounds with a botanical garden, medicinal plant arena, and a snake house, all worthy of visiting (and have separate tips here) Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill approx 10 minutes from the city centre. It is the flagship museum of Kenya and houses some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. Of significant interest are early hominid bones with Kenya touted as the 'birth place of humanity' or 'cradle of life' if you like Lara Croft. The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. This museum is open daily (including public holidays) from 0930hrs - 1800hrs. Cost is KS800 (approx $US13) for tourists.
Kenya National Archives is situated at the edge of the central business district in downtown Nairobi along Moi Avenue next to Ambassador Hotel. The archives look out on the landmark Hilton Hotel, while on the rear side is Tom Mboya street. It was established in 1965. It holds 40,000 volumes. It was established by an Act of the Parliament of Kenya in 1965 and was placed under the office of the Vice President and the Minister of Home Affairs. It is currently under the office of the Vice-President and Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture. The Kenya National Archives building also houses the Murumbi Gallery which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century. When you step through the Kenya National Archives entrance, you are pleasantly surprised at the exhibition that greets you at the Murumbi Gallery on the ground floor. It is not what you would expect to find in a place whose raison d’être is the care and preservation of all public records and archives in Kenya. When the late Joseph Murumbi and his wife Sheila sold their impressive African arts and crafts collection to the Government of Kenya in the 1980’s, it was put on display as the main attraction at the Kenya National Archives.The collection takes you on a cultural tour of the African continent, showcasing the traditional implements and crafts used in days gone by in different parts of the continent. You get to see some of the ancient African art, crafts, and functional items that inspired and influenced some of the world’s most celebrated artists like Matisse and Picasso. Masks, weaponry, cowbells, traditional attire, tapestry, furniture, cooking implements, and many other artefacts from the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali, Mauritius, and other parts of this vast continent, are on display. You also get to see the rich diversity of cultures in Kenya, from the intricate coastal Swahili craftmanship, to the Maasai ornaments and utilities that are still in use today. Aside from the Murumbi Trust exhibition on the ground floor gallery, the Kenya National Archives has a photo exhibition of Kenya’s journey from the colonial era to the present day, in their first floor gallery. It highlights key figures in Kenya’s struggle for independence, and various events and personalities who played a role in shaping this country. The late Murumbi’s large collection of rare African books is also available for review at the Library in the Kenya National Archives. The Murumbis’ final resting place is the public cemetery at the Nairobi City Park in the Parklands area of Nairobi.
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation. The DSWT has remained true to its principles and ideals, remaining a sustainable and flexible organisation. Guided by experienced and dedicated Trustees and assisted by an Advisory Committee of proactive naturalists with a lifetime of wildlife and environmental experience, the Trust takes effective action and achieves long-lasting results. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
The Nairobi railway museum is situated at the north-west end of Nairobi station and can be seen from the Uhuru Highway where it crosses the main line. The museum was established in 1971 by the then East African Railways and Harbours Corporation to preserve and display relics and records of the railways of East Africa from their inception to the present day. In addition to the collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, there is a large display of smaller exhibits and models. The Museum is still rail-connected, allowing restored locos access to the main line for working steam excursions. With the privatisation of Kenya Railways, the Museum and exhibits have been transferred to the guardianship of the National Museum of Kenya. The curator of the museum is now Maurice Barasa, an anthropologist by training and who brings expertise in museum management. His father was a stationmaster on Kenya Railways, so he has a family connection with his new duty. He is keen to see more steam tourist trains and will have meetings with Rift Valley Railways in due course, about making formal arrangements for steam operation and promotion.
The Ostrich Farm in Nairobi is a great place where you can get up close and personal with ostriches. It is located roughly an hour away from Nairobi on the outskirts of a city called Kitengela. The Ostrich Farm is also about 30 minutes away from the Kenya International Airport. Getting to the farm is a bit tricky but very well worth it. The farm sits on 200 acres of land and there is a bit more to do at the Ostrich Farm than just ride an Ostrich, Maasai Ostrich Resort is located 45 kilometres from Nairobi on Athi River/Kitengela plains. Thirty minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and one and half hours from. The Tanzania border. Set in 200 acres of rolling grasslands, the Ostrich farm supplies Kenya and Overseas countries with Meat, Feathers, Skins and Livestock since 1991. To get to the Ostrich Farm you want to start at the Nairobi Railway Station. From there you can look for Matatu number 110 to the city of Kitengela. Once you arrive at Kitengela you can find a taxi to take you to the Maasai Ostrich Farm. The farm is roughly 6.5 miles (10km) from Kitengela. While you will try to get hustled by the taxi driver it should cost 500 Kenyan Shillings from Kitengela to the farm. Getting there will take roughly 1-1.5 hours on Matatu and Taxi. A taxi to just the Ostrich Center is going to be very expensive, roughly 3,000 to 4,000 shillings. You are better off getting a group of friends (or strangers from a hostel) and share a taxi for the entire day. I shared a taxi with 3 others and it was 4,500 Kenyan Shillings for the entire day. Due to the distance and traffic you will only be able two things if you decide to go to the Ostrich Farm.
The Nairobi Snake Park was started in January, 1961 to meet a popular attraction and to provide a research facility on reptiles, breeding of snakes. Live snakes were exhibited on experimental basis at the entrance of the Museum in 1958 which later became a popular attraction. When the popularity was noted, a portion of land in front of the Museum and down to the Nairobi River was acquired by the Museum Trustees for the development of Botanical gardens and exhibitions on live snakes. This idea was developed further in 1959, when money was made available for a combined facility, Snake Park and Snake study centre surrounded by a botanical garden and war memorial garden on one end. It is also offering services such as rescue and rehabilitation centre for reptiles (abandoned, confiscated, illegal collection), dissemination of information on aquarium fishes and reptiles as well as specialized talks on the same. To date, Snake Park has continued assisting the city residents of Nairobi in rescuing their residential areas by removing spotted house snakes and as well as giving advices on how to reduce possible snakebites within their homesteads. Snake identification service is also provided.
Riverside is an up market neighborhood neighboring Lavington, Muthangari and Westlands. Although Riverside features a good deal of commercial properties and consulates, the serviced apartments and mansions available provide for great living space. There are a good number of cool restaurants too and you will often find diplomats and expats living there. It is mostly quiet especially during the evenings and weekend and the proximity to the CBD and Westlands is a plus for people working around those areas.
Lavington is a neighbourhood bordering Hurlingham and Westlands that comprises mainly of beautiful villas with gardens and a budding shopping centre. The houses and facilities are modern and there are plenty of organized and gated estates. It is a great place to raise a family and there are plenty of schools in the vicinity. Lavington has undergone a remarkable transformation that characterizes urban living in Nairobi.
Nairobi Runda is an elite gated neighbourhood accessible from Limuru road and Kiambu road and it featuring modern villas in a tranquil environment. Although Runda hosts many locals, plenty of those working at the United Nations offices in Gigiri are known to live there. Different phases have been constructed over time including Runda Mimosa, Evergreen, New Runda and Old Runda.
Although Karen is located further away from the city as compared to the other neighbourhoods on this list, the serenity and natural scenery more than make up for the distance. The neighborhood is largely considered posh, with the many mansions and villas being owned by notable names in the government and private sector. Facilities are mostly modern, just like the shopping centers and restaurants. There are plenty of activities that residents engage in, including golf at the Karen Golf Club and horse riding at Ngong Racecourse. Karen Blixen Museum, Ngong Hills, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi National Park and the Animal Orphange are not too far away.
Muthaiga Nairobi area is mostly a neighbourhood for the wealthy in Nairobi and it plays host to several consulates and embassies. Housing units are separated from each other and they are mainly mansions and villas. It is close enough to town without the noise and there are plenty of trees that make it cool. It is popular with expats and diplomats but some areas are not accessible using public transport.
Parklands Nairobi is a beautiful neighbourhood and it is popular for its proximity to town. Some of the buildings have been around for many years but they have been refurbished to attract new residents. The architecture in many areas is Asian/ Indian but the new buildings and commercial centres give it a contemporary feel. Parklands Sports club is a members only club with a fully equipped gym, large swimming pool, sports ground and modern dining and accommodation facilities.
Kileleshwa Nairobi features modern townhouses and maisonettes that are mainly popular amongst the upper class. The housing units are spacious and it is more of a quiet and leafy suburb as compared to Kilimani. What really makes Kileleshwa more vibrant is the authentic sense of the commune, which the residents experience here.
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