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Heron Hotel Nairobi – Heron Court Hotel Nairobi, Kenya

Heron Hotel formerly known as Heron Court Hotel now branded as Heron Portico Hotel is situated on Milimani Road, Nairobi and is about 20 km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Heron Hotel Nairobi is a charming 4-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Nairobi, Local close to tourist attractions such as Uhuru Park, Central Park and Kenyatta Mausoleum are not far from the hotel. Also easily within reach are City Centre Nairobi, National Assembly Building and Parliament Building. The Nairobi Heron Hotel is located opposite Integrity Centre, is not new to Nairobi’s hospitality scene, the 4star hotel accommodation recently underwent a huge face-lift after the management changed hands, we have spruced up the Heron Portico Hotel in magnificent Swahili style, serious work started seven years ago, when we decided to bring down some walls, put up some, knock out windows, upgrade the décor, hire new staff and retrain old ones, bring artefacts from Arabia and from the coastal Swahili villages to give that Coastal/ Arabian feel it has now. In short, make it sexy, classy, and habitable by businessmen who appreciate staying in the city without staying in the city, then two years ago, we brought in The Sarovar Group of Hotels to manage it. The group already had a reputation, at least in India, with over 78 hotels under their portfolio including one hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Now it’s rated four-star Hotel in Nairobi. Trip Advisor has ranked Heron Court Hotel Nairobi number 9 out of 106 hotels in Nairobi, our location, they say, is their biggest strength for those who might not want to get into the concrete of the city, but need to stay close in case they need to dash in there for meetings. “It takes more than just building it and painting it anew, it takes shaking it from within, retraining staff, getting in new chefs, changing the mind-set from within first. Because change should come from within before it shows outside. We are happy with the hotel now, it’s doing well.” Heron Portico Hotel Nairobi is one of Nairobi’s top rated business hotels with top-notch amenities, excellent food and accommodation in an idyllic atmosphere. The Heron Hotel has 108 rooms distributed as 20 standard rooms, 48 superior rooms, 38 Junior suites and 3 presidential suites; four dining, lounge and bar areas; banquet and conference facilities for up to 120 participants; a heated swimming pool; a fitness centre; steam room and sauna; hairdressing salon; gift shop; a business centre and also free wi-fi in the bedrooms. We have all the amenities the business traveller or any other client, for that matter requires — and, at 35 square metres, the standard rooms are quite spacious and well appointed with satellite TVs, lockable safes, tea and coffee making facilities. The Rough Guide your favourite travel guide, says that Nairobi Heron Portico Hotel, at its price range, is very good value for money when compared with other hotels in Nairobi, In the decor, especially in the main lobby, there is a rich blend of Indian and Swahili influences in the furnishing and decoration. There are the good conference facilities, well situated near the centre of the city. There is the opportunity to take membership of the Revive Health Club and Spa — at a price lower than the bigger hotels in the city. You can have a well-cooked and attractively-presented dinner from the imaginative and cosmopolitan menu. Dining options include a cafeteria. There is also room service available. The hotel has 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also available. Public areas are comfortably air-conditioned. Hotel guests will appreciate the welcoming services of our multilingual staff and doorman. Other amenities include gift shop/newsstand.Leisure amenities: outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Other services: coffee shop/café, concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry service, elevator/lift, laundry facilities, porter/bellhop, tours/ticket assistance and wedding services. Business and Internet: high-speed wired access is offered.

Bashasha Restaurant

Meaning 'happiness' in Swahili, Bashasha is an Arabic-style coffee shop offering an all-day dining experience with a wide selection of international cuisine, Bistro Bashasha is an Arabic-style coffee shop serving aromatic Kenyan coffee and light snacks. Its relaxed cafe atmosphere coupled with Wi-Fi accessibility and friendly service makes it the ideal spot to unwind at any time of the day. Besides that, you are welcome to enjoy some healthy and light options at their food and drinks section.

Mdalasini Restaurant

Mdalasini is a bright new concept for Nairobi featuring a serene dining hall, airy balcony and sunny patio. Experience a relaxed informal atmosphere, mouth-watering international menus and refreshing ambience. When it comes to food, The Heron Portico Hotel in Nairobi creates delicious cuisines that are enjoyed by guests. At Mdalasini Restaurant you are guaranteed that you are going for more, there are very few restaurants and hotels in Kenya that offer a wide array of Japanese foods. The Nairobi Heron Portico Hotel is one of the best places to get delicious sushi and Tuna Salad in town. It’s been a lifetime love affair with Japanese food for our Chef Jack, he displays passion for his Japanese craft and he kind of look like Japanese. But, he is a native of Mombasa; he grew up there, on the coast, where he developed his love for seafood. He says his passion is driven by consistency and creativity! We are consistent with our standard of cooking; we impress guests with amazing menu – delicious foods cooked with the finest and freshest ingredients. We work as a team in the kitchen, we try to be creative and we love experimenting with food. Well, Heron Portico Hotel has a resilient reference to our culture here in Kenya, while holding on to a stylish and opulent feel. In the kitchen, what makes us different and special is our menu; we are very creative with our food specialty. It’s very hard to find them in any hotel in Kenya, even if you do, the taste will be the different from ours. We change our menu at least two times in a year. The Heron Portico Hotel is unique in every way; we are bound by distinction. We have four dining options, Bashada, Casbah Lounge Bar, Mdalasini Restaurant and Sirocco Aqua Bar. In Bashada, we serve seasonal foods from diverse cuisines in the world. Mdalasini Restaurant serves intercontinental dishes, Swahili and fast foods. Casbah Lounge Bar serves a wide variety of wine, well-crafted cocktails, while the restaurant serves delicious meals. The Sirocco Aqua Bar is a restaurant by the pool; we serve guests with Swahili food specials and Moroccan cuisine. Mainly Japanese! Seaweed, Sesame seeds, Soy sauce, Wasabi, Seafood – Tuna, Salmon, Red Sinapa Fish and Calamari. We have hosted many VIPs and celebrities especially Americans, we usually have a lot of notable Japanese guests in the hotel and they love our Japanese foods. Kenya is a beautiful country with many opportunities. I think what is unique about Kenya is our cultural mix. Japanese cuisine is one of the most fascinating, enjoyable, and nourishing dining experience you can ever have. The dishes do not only whet your appetite, it is also an art for the chefs. The foods are arranged in fine mishmash of colours and taste. When you are served with Japanese foods, you will see a delectable and satisfying recipe with an enticing aroma. The foods can be made in just few minutes, easy to make with few ingredients and they taste so delicious. Apart from Japanese cuisine, The Heron Portico Hotel provides a festivity of amazing world class cuisine. Visit the Nairobi Heron Portico Hotel for a taste of Tokyo in Nairobi. Come, eat and see for yourself!


Casbah Lounge Bar

The Casbah Lounge Bar is a statement of elegance; decked in elaborate earthy hues of greys, browns and reds. The lounge is cozy, and well lit with radiant ambiance. There is an 'island' sitting area with highchairs and comfy lounges on each side, and beautiful sculptured pieces and decorative lighting adorn the walls. The bar is well stocked with premium brands; whiskies, single malts, liqueurs, wines, signature cocktails, teas and coffees. The Heron court Hotel in Nairobi is a 5-minute drive from the Nairobi city centre. It features a 24-hour reception desk, a swimming pool, sauna and a gym. Each room is individually decorated. It comes equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The private bathroom has a bath and shower with free toiletries. The Bashasha at the Nairobi Heron Court Hotel offers all day dining with a wide selection of international cuisine, light meals and snacks. The Seasons restaurant features a sunny patio and balcony and serves international cuisine. Guests can make use of the travel desk to book tours in Nairobi, please state where you would like to travel to in Kenya at the time of making the booking or relax in the spa and salon on site.Free Wi-Fi and private parking is available. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a 22-minute drive from the property. We speak your language!



Sirocco Aqua Bar

The Heron Portico is Nairobi's finest and best known business hotel located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the city centre and about 18 km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The 108 Arabic styled spacious rooms and suites offer a perfect balance of luxurious accommodation and warm hospitality. The excellent services and facilities live up to the expectations of the Sarovar brand name. Wireless internet is free throughout the hotel. Business travellers will find the hotel convenient as it is just a few minutes away from Uhuru Park and less than a 15 minute walk to the CBD. The state-of-the-art business facilities and conference rooms will also exceed their expectations. Spacious meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 150 persons and a poolside setting for up to 60 persons are available for banquets and cocktail receptions. Sirocco is a picturesque restaurant by the pool with an ideal setting for a romantic dinner under the star-lit skies.

24 Hours In Room Dining

A wide multi cuisine menu can be enjoyed in the comfort and privacy of your room. Location. Situated in Nairobi, the Heron Hotel in Nairobi Kenya is close to Central Park, Uhuru Park, and Kenya Railway Golf Club. Also nearby are Teleposta Towers and National Assembly Building. Hotel Features. The Heron Portico has an outdoor pool, a health club, and a steam room. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. This 4-star hotel features business amenities including a business center and meeting rooms. The hotel offers 3 restaurants along with a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. The staff can provide concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and wedding services. Additional amenities include a sauna, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands. Complimentary valet parking is available onsite for guests. Guestrooms. The 108 guestrooms at The Heron Portico include minibars and safes. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. All accommodations provide desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Bathrooms offer showers and complimentary toiletries. In-room coffee/tea makers and complimentary bottled water are provided. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Turndown service is offered nightly and housekeeping is available daily.

Conference Facilities:

A full range of conferencing and banqueting facilities managed by professionals, keeps your event seamless and worry-free. The conference halls are outfitted with the latest audiovisual equipment, picture screens, and advanced audio and microphone systems. The banqueting team assists in planning, customising and supervising any event from beginning to end, be it a grand wedding, a corporate event or banquet or a simple meeting. Menus for coffee breaks and meals can be customised to your guests' nationalities and taste preferences however diverse or demanding. The team is happy to fulfil any other special request. At the Heron Portico, we help you make your meetings memorable. All the meeting rooms are equipped with state of the art conference facilities, including WiFi. We look forward to hosting you at the Heron Portico, the business friendly Hotel.


Nairobi City

Variety is the A little more than a century ago, Nairobi was nothing more than a seasonal swamp at the edge of a forest. It had nothing much to show save for a variety of wild animals and endless tracts of grazing land. On several occasions between 1902 and 1906 the colonial government had considered abandoning the site as a township in favour of the highland town, Kikuyu. The history of Nairobi is deeply intertwined with that of the railway as the town is said to have grown around a railway depot which was built in 1899. Railway engineer J.H Patterson alluded to the,’ immense amount of work required in converting an absolutely bare plain… three hundred and twenty seven miles from the nearest place where a nail could be purchased, into a busy railway center.. “ . The level site which was chosen due to its central position between Mombasa and Kisumu and its proximity to a network of rivers, was meant to act as a temporary base for the railway engineers as they sought ways of tackling the daunting task of laying track down in the rift valley escarpment. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The Nairobi city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi County. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs. The people of Nairobi are known as Nairobians. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the Nairobi city became a centre for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1795 m above sea-level. Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second oldest exchange on the continent. Nairobi is ranked 4th in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre. Nairobi is not only the de facto first city of Kenya, the buzzing East African metropolis is also one of the engines driving the rise and rise of the African continent as a whole. It is one of Africa’s key fashion hubs, hosts thriving literary and art scenes, is home to great restaurants and hotels, but most importantly Nairobi is Africa’s foremost tech capital – earning it the name the “Silicon Savannah.” One of the most striking things about Nairobi, is that despite being a fully fledged urban capital, with a pretty grey and gritty downtown area, whole swathes of the city are set in lush and wild greenery. You can find yourself in forest settings, whilst being just a short car ride from shopping malls, in safari like landscapes and catch a glimpse of giraffes and Zebras and while still well within the city limits, and let’s not forget the backdrop of rolling hills. It should also be noted that the Nairobi city particular geography makes for a very pleasant climate, remaining in the fresh mid 20s (°C) much of the year. Just to top it all off, a mere hour’s drive outside of Nairobi, you will already have witnessed the Great Rift Valley, and be well on your way to Lake Naivasha. Each of HA’s hip cities have its own unique set of attributes to boast, and in that vein we would like to crown Nairobi as the destination with the most charming hotels. From rustic tree house lodges, to quirky colonial style properties, to cutting edge urban design hotels, to a country manor where giraffe’s freely roam the grounds. Other attractions in Nairobi city include some of Africa’s best (and only) Museums. Namely the National Museum, which features an impressive snake farm, and the Railway Museum, an equally bizarre and quirky spot where you may admire the old British trains left behind from colonial times. If you are doing business in Nairobi or in town for other trendy purposes, it’s likely that you will spend a lot of your time in the Westlands area, which is home to many of the city’s plushest hotels and restaurants. Other notable areas include Lavington and Hurlingham, and Milimani plus Gigiri is an expat hot spot due to its proximity to the UN premises, the US embassy, and home of the popular mall, Village Market. However if you’re in town for more than 24hrs it’s worth checking out, Karen, allegedly named after Karen Blixen, the Danish author of Out of Africa. The affluent suburb is also known to some as the “Wild West” of Nairobi, given the many European people living there who appear to have gone native, and can be observed living in big houses, riding in big cars, and generally looking rather outdoorsy. The city of Nairobi is a major commercial hub, both nationally and internationally. It contributes over 45% of the Kenyan GDP and employs 43% of the urban workforce in the country. Despite this wealth, the financial capacity of the City Council is extremely limited, largely because of poor resource management and a weak revenue collection system. Nairobi population grew from 8,000 in 1901 to 343,500 people in 1962, just before independence. Since the latter, it has grown to over 3.1 million inhabitants. There are just fewer than 1 million households in the city, which has a density of 4m509 persons per km2. Nairobi reflects the national ethnic composition, and is dominated by five ethnic groups, which in order of decreasing demographic importance are: the Kikuyu, the Luhyia, the Kalenjin, the Luo, and the Kamba. The religious profile of the city’s population also reflects the national one, with Christians making up 80% of the population, followed by 10% of Muslims. If you want to experience city life in Africa, Nairobi is the place not to miss! “The green city in the sun” has all the characteristics of a hard drug: it can drive you crazy, and it’s highly addictive! This is not the place for the faint-hearted, but if you’re a bit adventurous, Nairobi is the thrill of a lifetime! Most likely, you’ll arrive through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). To most Europeans and Americans, it’s a small, yet surprisingly modern and efficient airport, for Africa. Foreigners who are not visibly very familiar with the place are likely to receive a lot of attention from taxi drivers in and outside the arrivals hall. A taxi to central Nairobi is about usd 40 if you can bargain in Swahili). If you’ve tried driving in Rome or Paris, you still ain’t seen anything yet. Traffic rules in Nairobi are: 1) anything goes. 2) If you’re drunk, it goes even better! A characteristic feature of African towns and cities are the mini-buses. Referred to as “matatu” (by coincidence similar to “matata”, which means trouble in Swahili), these are the most common means of transportation in Kenya. In the good old days, these used to be packed with people, both inside and outside (I’ve had the experience myself of hanging thru open side doors of matatus many times). These days, things are a bit more regulated, so matatus can only carry as many passengers as they have seats. It is, however, a common belief among matatu drivers that all roads are their personal possessions, and that they are required to assert their rights as often as possible. Nairobi is in itself unique by the fact that it’s a truly African, international city. If you’re only visiting, by all means, defy your tourist guide/travel agent who is likely to tell you that foreigners are not safe in Nairobi on their own. The Nairobi city offers many delights and interesting experiences, for residents as well as for those passing though. Do keep in mind though, that the city isn’t referred to as “Nairobbery” for nothing. Unfortunately, another distinct feature of Nairobi happens to be the pervasive security presence, from metal detectors, to police checkpoints with bag checks, and all sorts of rules and regulations, which make it impossible to forget that this is a city on major terrorist alert. Since the Westgate Seige of 2013, where Al Shabab jihadists killed almost 70 people in the popular shopping mall, Nairobi has taken extreme steps in an attempt to ensure that an attack on that scale never happens again. In addition to the terror threat, Nairobi also has a particularly high crime rate compared to other African cities. This mostly takes the form of armed robbery, car-jackings, and sometimes kidnappings. We highly recommend that first time visitors to Nairobi remain vigilant, avoid hailing taxis off the street, and certainly don’t walk around in downtown or isolated areas after dark. If you happen to be flying into Nairobi on your way to the Maasai Mara, be sure to stop and take a look around this exciting, and sometimes breathtaking, city. While Nairobi has its challenges, it is above all a city representing Africa on the move, and indeed on the up, Non-violent muggings are frequent, however, they hardly ever happen in crowded streets, so as long as there are people, you can feel safe. Should someone nevertheless snatch a camera, purse, wallet or anything else, the crowds are solidly on your side. Resentment against thugs is harsh, and if you yell “thief”, the perpetrator will instantly be in big trouble. What happens next is not a pretty sight though. The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is the ultimate landmark building in Nairobi. This tower is a hallmark of the city as well as of the whole country. It is surrounded by the Parliament building, the City Hall and the High Court. Behind the high court, there’s an open curio market on Saturdays, where you can get all sorts of souvenirs and artefacts. The curio market rotates between various locations according to the week day. On Tuesdays, it is next to the University, and there is a permanent market in the Westlands, opposite the Sarit Centre. About 30 min outside of Nairobi, you’ll find one of Africa’s most famous farms, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The whole district is actually named Karen, after the Danish lady who brought Kenya into the world literature. After visiting the Karen Blixen farm, a trip to the top of the Ngong Hills will give you a spectacular view of the Rift Valley. Karen also features a Giraffe Centre, where visitors can see, feed and even touch giraffes. These animals are used to people, so there is nothing to be afraid of. Not too far from the Nairobi Giraffe Centre, is the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, where young elephant, orphaned by accidents or by poachers, are taken care of by the Kenya Wildlife Service. During the visiting hours, you can see the elephants being fed, while getting an introduction to the activities of the Elephant Orphanage by a KWS ranger. The leafy Karen suburb also features a huge number of very nice restaurants with huge gardens, so there is no need for the visitor to go hungry, or to contend with fast food. A unique feature of Nairobi is that it’s a city with its own national park. Not as crowded with animals as the Maasai Mara, a drive in this park offers a nice diversion from the crowded city life of Nairobi. The most frequently used entrance is from Langata Road, by the Kenya Wildlife Service HQ. This place also features a lion orphanage, and also a quite nice restaurant called Rangers, where visitors can enjoy a meal just next to the Nairobi National Park. If you want to catch a movie, you have a couple of good choices in Nairobi. Nairobi 20th cinema on Mama Ngina Street is located in the Nairobi CBD, and if you stay in one of the major Nairobi city hotels including Heron Hotel Nairobi, you can walk over there safely, even at night. The Sarit Centre in the Westlands and the NU Metro in the Village Market also have some very nice movie theatres. Shopping in Nairobi can be quite fun, as prices generally are way below European levels. Due to the strong economic growth, the number of large, modern malls keeps growing. The Village Market is, without a doubt the most fun place to go. Constructed like a giant village, it a has a really cool architecture, with an artificial river running through the place. In addition to a bunch of clothes shops with all the major designer labels (at prices way below European level), a supermarket and a Nairobi travel agency, it has a cinema, a night club, about 15 small food places with various international cuisines surrounding an open-air food court, some nice outdoor cafés and an Italian ice bar. There’s even a small amusement park, so it is basically a place where it’s easy to spend quite some time. Alternative good up market places to shop are Yaya Centre and Sarit Centre. The no. 1 international restaurant in Nairobi is called the Tamarind, this place is not cheap, but offers an exquisite culinary experience. The waiters here are probably the most professional ones you’re ever likely to meet in Kenya. Seafood is particularly excellent here and warmly recommended. The Tamarind is a must-visit when you go to Nairobi. The restaurant at the Carnivore is unmissable experience for non-vegetarians. The price is Kshs 4000 or usd 40 per person. Waiters will continue to supply fresh roasted game meat from ostrich, antelope, zebra, camel, crocodile and other specialties until you lower the flag on the table. The “dawa” – a mixture of Kenya Cane, honey and lemon juice is surprisingly delicious, and worth a try. A true gourmet restaurant based on traditional African food! While the traditional stuff may be delicious and tasty, Nairobi Blancos Lounge offers something much more. They offer both the traditional Swahili dishes, as well their own inventions based on old local staple food. This place is still firmly within the global fusion cuisine. There are quite a number of sushi restaurants in Nairobi these days, but the favorite one is called Chez l’Ami/Shinjuku, located in Hurlingham. This odd combination of French and a Japanese restaurant that are co-located has really nice garden section. Service here is decently quick, and the sushi is surprisingly good. The Cellar is not mentioned in any tourist guide. Located in Lavington, this is a place where mainly affluent locals and well-informed expatriates go. Their specialty is steaks, and the place is totally worth many visits. Like elsewhere in the world, Chinese restaurants are everywhere in Nairobi. The number one Chinese restaurant without any doubt though is a place in Lavinton called For You. This place is run by a Chinese lady who lives in Nairobi. In addition to excellent food, it also has an atmosphere that makes you want to come back over and over again. In addition to a cosy indoor section, they also have a huge garden with enough space for guests to enjoy some privacy along with an excellent meal. You won’t find this place mentioned in any tourist guides, so just tell your taxi driver it’s at the junction of Gitanga Road and Ole Odume Road. There are Chinese lanterns on the outside, so you can’t miss it once you’re there! If you like Lebanese food, it would be a crime not to visit the Cedar, on Lenana Road. This place is owned by a Norwegian businessman who does not compromise when it comes to style and quality in his restaurant. Their Mezze are absolutely mouth-watering! Hang around in the bar after dinner, and you’re likely to bump into quite a few members of Kenya’s political and business elite. Ethiopian restaurants are booming in popularity in Nairobi. Ethiopian food usually consists of various spicy meat sauces, served with the traditional injera. If you haven’t tried it,we can warmly recommend it, but be aware that it’s highly addictive! Habesha in Hurlingham is favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Nairobi. Due to its reputation for excellence, it tends to be crowded though. The Motherland along Ngong Road and Red Sea on Lenana Road are also definitely worth trying. Nyama choma, or roasted goat meat is the ultimate Nairobi experience. Preferably, it is consumed in a ‘choma’ place along with a Tusker beer. Choma places can be found in all qualities and price classes. The Buffet Park in Hurlingham and Visa place on Upper Hill are only two out of many good alternatives to choose between. These are popular places for young professional Nairobians, and always have a good atmosphere. ‘Choma’ evenings are an integral part of the Nairobi lifestyle, and if you’re inviting many guests over for a party, it might even be an idea to buy a whole goat. Nyama choma is usually served with lots of salt (to dip the meat), kachumbari (chopped onions and tomatoes) and a choice of either ugali, irio or chapati (all traditional side meals). All the major hotels also feature cafés and restaurants that in many cases may be worth a visit. At the New Stanley Hotel you’ll find the outdoor Thorn tree restaurant. Besides being a very pleasant place to sit and sip on a beer or coffee, this place also has nice fruit juices. They do serve food as well, but none of it is extraordinary. Well worth visiting nevertheless. The 680 Hotel has a Mezzanine bar with wall-sized windows on Kenyatta Avenue. Good place for a few drinks. Food not worth mentioning. The Flamtree Restaurant at the Panafric Hotel has a nice, mainly European cuisine. The place also has good ice coffee, latte, and the best melon juice in town. The green surroundings of the outdoor part of the restaurant give the visitor the feeling of sitting in a garden, despite the fact that it’s adjacent one of the major roads in Nairobi. The lunch buffet at the Serena Hotel is without any doubt the best one in town and none of the other hotels offer anything that compares. Never, ever eat there without having a taste of the smoked sailfish! The Java House chain has been a tremendous success throughout Nairobi, with new branches opening in every part of town. The restaurants offer the best of Kenyan coffee (of course in all the varieties you would expect from a quality coffee bar), along with nice, tasty breakfasts, lunches and snacks. The vibrant Nairobi night life is actually one of the main characteristics of Nairobi. If there’s any city made for partying in Africa, Nairobi is that place. Partying is simply an integral part of the Nairobi lifestyle, which you can’t fail to notice whether you’re there for 24 hours or 10 years. The Carnivore is much more than a restaurant. It is also a gigantic night club. The place has 5 bars and is usually open until 6am. Each night has its own theme, and rock night on Wednesday is the main attraction of the week. Being born party people, Nairobians are not deterred by the idea of going out in the middle of the week! Casablanca, on Lenana Road, is a North African style night club, with some of the best cocktails in Nairobi. They also have sheeshas, and a great atmosphere. The Pavement in Westlands is a popular place for expatriates, This place is usually really overcrowded. Along Koinange Street in the CBD, there’s a place called the Florida, usually referred to as the “Madhouse”. This place is among the hot spots in Nairobi, and is very popular among expatriates and tourists. It is also notorious for the many women in the world’s oldest profession. K1 in Parklands is one of the local upmarket night clubs. You’ll hardly find any tourists, and just some very few expatriates here, so the atmosphere is truly Nairobian. If you’re in for karaoke on a Friday night, then Café Cream at the Yaya Centre is a nice place to go. For something as simple as drinks in a nice and relaxed atmosphere, you can try the bars at the major hotels, especially the Hilton, the Grand Regency and the Intercontinental. The Safari Bar at the Intercontinental is probably the most recommendable of the hotel bars. If you care to take a taxi for about 15 minutes, the Mercury Lounge in Westlands is also a recommendable place, especially if you’re a fan of house music. They also have nice cocktails by the way! If you go for an all-nighter in Nairobi, you’re likely to end up at the Madhouse or the Florida 2000 on Moi Avenue. However, even these places will eventually close sometime between 6 and 9 am. If you have a lot of guts, and you’re not carrying any big amount of cash or any visible valuables, you might want to try some of the places that no Nairobi tourist guide will ever tell you about – Nairobi isn’t referred to as “Nairobbery” for nothing. Fortunately, most muggings are non-violent, so if (or when, if you stay there for a while) you get mugged, you’re most likely to lose your belongings, but remain unharmed. To reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim, stick to the crowded places. Crowds tend to treat thugs a bit harshly before handing whatever remains of them over to the police. Thugs know that, so they ususally pick alleys and dark, empty streets for committing their crimes. When parking in town, keep in mind that parking lots are safe during daytime, because they’re crowded, but are ruled by two-legged garbage in the evenings. Therefore: Avoid parking lots if you need to pick your car after dark. Try to find a parking spot along one of the main streets, as crowd justice is a very effective deterrent for thieves. Despite government efforts to fight corruption, the vice is still rife everywhere in Kenya. The country has managed to get itself off the list of the ten most corrupt countries in the world, and is now “only” number 15. If you stay in Kenya for a while, you are very likely to encounter requests of demands for “kitu kidogo”, or “chai” by the police or by other officials with the authority to make your day a bit harder unless you pay them. Flatly refusing, preferably loudly so, using the words “bribe” and “corruption” several times is usually a very effective way of silencing such demands, and making the demanders very cooperative. If the person in front of you is a policeman, and you’ve actually broken the law, you might still be in trouble, though. Kenyan police cells are probably one thing you would not want on your been-there-done-that list. High-level corruption is a different story altogether, and usually takes place around the dining tables of expensive restaurants. It is worth noting that several people under investigation for scams amounting to billions of euros are still in the Kibaki cabinet. The Anglo Leasing Scandal is only one out of many that have come to haunt his entire presidency (which he won on an anti-corruption platform). A big difference from many other African countries nevertheless, is the fact that even top-level officials and ministers do get investigated, and that some even have been fired for being too tainted with corruption. For a westerner, Nairobi is a ridiculously cheap place to live. With its broad selection of restaurants, night clubs, coffee bars, plus some good movie theatres and big, modern malls, you can easily afford a quite extravagant lifestyle for considerably less than in any European country. Nairobians tend to be party animals. With a good selection of good night clubs, there is always somewhere to go, any day of the week. Few Nairobians will ever say no to catching a few drinks. In general, people are overwhelmingly friendly and helpful, and you will always feel that you’re welcome as a foreigner. Having seen the attitude with which too many Africans are met in Europe, one can get ashamed. Almost everybody speaks English, and no one expects foreigners to learn Swahili or any of the other local languages. If you do, however, you will be met with outright admiration!

Nairobi Travel Guide

Whether it’s the start or end of your Kenya safari or simply you visiting Nairobi on business trip make sightseeing in Nairobi easier by contacting our expert travel guides for comprehensive and safe guided tours of Nairobi. We've compiled a list of top attractions in Nairobi, There are so many things to do in Nairobi and see and no two visits will ever be quite the same, Nairobi excursions include more than walking through the Nairobi streets all day and you will find out where to visit from this tour guide of Nairobi, When you are briefly in a Nairobi city, you need a good hotel that will add excitement and sumptuous vibe to your travel experience, this 4-star hotel, The Heron Nairobi Hotel meets the requirement. If you wish to experience a comfortable stay at the most affordable price, then you should choose this hotel to stay. As one of the best hotels in Nairobi, it is in a tranquil location and helps guests to relax – and this adds to the memory of your Nairobi trip. The hotel is an epitome of elegance and style and that is why a lot of visitors are drawn to it. The Heron Hotel in Nairobi offers modern amenities and a perfect setting to experience the beauty of Kenyan living. The hotel is located centrally, just a few minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. For an early morning breakfast to start your beautiful day, you should go to Bashasha restaurant – a coffee shop with an Arabic flair, for a tasty and healthy meal. They serve the usual but delicious breakfast favourites, home-style breakfast meals made with fresh ingredients, plus a great selection of robust coffee and tea. I was able to find a delicious meal to kick-start my day. Staying at The Heron Portico was an experience for me and it is an experience you should never miss while you are in Nairobi. It will definitely make your stay a memory to cherish once you return to Nigeria. Visit: The Heron Portico Hotel

Visit a “Maasai Market”

On any given day of the week, somewhere in Nairobi, there’s an open air market of hand-crafted crafts commonly referred to as a “Maasai Market”. It’s recommended you visit with a local to do the bargaining for you, but you can be sure to find some good finds here, whether it’s jewellery, clothing, carvings, statuettes or beadwork, you’ll find a little piece of Nairobi to take back home with you. Rush-hour in Nairobi can be manic and the ride from the airport will most likely give you a baptism-by-fire as a passenger immersed in Nairobi’s traffic. It’s best to travel between rush-hour times, avoiding 7-9AM, 1-2PM and 5-7PM. You can be stuck in traffic quite a while if you hit it, from 30 minutes to a grim 2-3 hours. Local radio alerts on which roads tend to be helpful.

Nairobi National Museum

Situated on Museum Hill, a ten-minute drive from Nairobi CBD, lies the Nairobi National Museum. It was opened on this site in 1930 and closed in 2005 to undergo major renovations, reopening in June 2008. The museum and its surrounds link to the four pillars of Kenya’s national heritage – nature, culture, history and contemporary art. The museum precinct includes not only the actual museum, but an art gallery, botanical gardens, snake park and shopping/eating facilities. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Kenya and the archaeological origins of man, see the animals and birds of Africa in the galleries, appreciate contemporary Kenyan art, and then go for a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re brave, visit the snake park and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s favourite reptiles. The museum is open 365 days a year, from 8:30 to 15:30.

Try Nyama Choma!

Nyama Choma is the typical Kenyan barbeque. Usually consisting of goat meat served with other delicious treats such as ugali (maizemeal) and kachumbari (salsa) this is a must-try. There’s also Do try the various meat products of the barbeque as well as authentic Kenyan dishes. Immerse yourself! Do consult locally for a great place to have nyama-choma and visit with a local for best experience.

Karen Blixen Museum

‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.’ Who doesn’t remember that line, spoken by Meryl Streep in the opening scene of the Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa? No longer is the house part of a farm, Nairobi having spread since Karen Blixen’s times, but it has been turned into a museum. Karen Blixen, a Danish author, moved from Denmark to Kenya with her husband, and lived in the house from 1917 to 1931. Her husband insisted on trying to farm coffee. After they divorced, Karen continued fighting for the farm and the locals, and fell in love with an Englishman. The museum allows you to relive the romanticism of those years, and hardships endured by Karen Blixen. Tea in the beautiful, serene gardens, and a view of her beloved Ngong Hills, will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to those colonial days.

Try The Carnivore

One of Nairobi’s attractions is The Carnivore Restaurant, where you can try an array of wild game meat in a buffet-style where the meats keep coming until you say it stop. Delicacies include zebra, gazelle, wildebeeste, crocodile, camel among other seasonal treats.

Do Have Kenyan Tea (and Coffee)

Take my word for it, Kenyans have some great tea, ask for a cup to be prepared in typical Kenyan fashion with milk (or without, if that’s your preference) and relish the great flavour and aroma of one of nature’s most beautiful gifts. You won’t regret it! And while you’re at it, sample some of the world’s best cofee. Some noteworthy coffee houses include the Nairobi Java House, Dormans Coffee and Pete’s Coffee.

Langata Giraffe Centre

Opened in 1983, the Giraffe Centre has made a huge impact on protecting the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. The centre focussing on teaching the local community about conservation and they provide free conservation workshops to local school groups. The centre allows you to see these gorgeous creatures close up, and learn a bit about their habits and habitat. Giraffe conservation is vital to protect these beautiful, gangly, creatures from extinction. After you’ve met the giraffes, relax at the tea room for a cup of tea and take in the beautiful surrounds.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is just a 10 minutes drive from the center of Nairobi with only a fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis. Nairobi’s skyscrapers can be seen from the park. Despite its proximity to the city and the relative small size of the park, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating wildebeest and zebra gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.

Have you ever been to mamba village?

Mamba Village is situated in Nyali area of Mombasa, Kenya. East Africa's largest crocodile farm, Mamba village has never failed to impress. A tour of the farm starts with a movie on the life cycle and behavior of crocodiles. It is followed by a comprehensive tour of the rest of farm, and ends with the highlight of the day: a spectacular scene of blood-thirsty crocodiles fighting for food during feeding time. Excellent cuisine is available at the Mamba Restaurant, and the house specialty is superbly grilled crocodile meat. Souvenirs of your visit can be bought at the Mamba Souvenir shop located within the village. Mamba Village Crocodile Farm in Mombasa has crocodiles from all categories/stages, from giant (Big Daddy -Man eater) crocodiles to baby crocodiles (just hatched) and the white crocodiles. The firm has a feeding time schedule every day at 5 pm and it is incredible to see this experience as the crocodiles jump up few metre from their pool to grab a bite of meat. A tour to the firm would be wonderful and takes 2 and half to three hours visiting the Crocodile firm, camel riding within the same compound, Horse riding or the mamba restaurant which offer a wide range of crocodile meat and sea foods. Also available is the Mamba Disco Open daily and most full on Fridays and Saturdays, as for tourist every day is an experience!

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located in the Nairobi National Park is most famously known for its elephant and rhino orphanage. The trust has done incredible work in the conservation of Africa’s wildlife, since 1977. They have successfully hand-raised over 150 orphan elephants! Once the baby elephants ‘graduate’ from the nursery, at about two to three years’ old, they are reintegrated into the wild in Tsavo East National Park. A visit to the centre is well worth it, not only to support their great work, but the cuteness factor of these li’l ellies is off the scale! Contact the centre before you go, to find out feeding times etc.

Don’t Forget To Ask The Price of the Taxi/Cab Before You Depart

When it comes to driving and commuting across the city you’ve got options, and if you choose the most stable of these options – the taxi cab, it’s good to keep a few things in mind. Always agree a price upfront and proceed to pay after. Cabs here don’t typically operate meters and set prices as per distance to be travelled, the earlier you can hear the price stated (and in some cases bargain) the better. They’re not cheap, but can make life easier and safer. If possible ask a local for a referral or at your hotel.

Karura Forest

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head to the Karura Forest and be amazed by its cool serenity, right in the city. With a gorgeous waterfall and many walking and cycling trails through cool forest glades, it’s easy to forget you’re in the city at all. Take a picnic basket and enjoy your lunch in the shade. Just beware of the naughty monkeys – they’ll steal your lunch if you turn your back for a second. As in any 'isolated' place, it's preferable not to walk alone. Guided tours are offered.

Don’t Forget You Might Need to Pay for a Visa upon Arrival

Some visitors have to pay for a visa upon entry at the airport or border crossing. A single entry visa costs $50 and is valid for 3 months. A transit visa is $20. You can also pay in Euros and English Pounds. If travelling through Kenya on a connecting flight and don’t leave the airport, you don’t need a visa. A single entry visa is useful though because you’re good for the whole East African region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Don’t Smoke on the Streets

A friend of mine recently faced some trouble for this one and it’s certainly not obvious. Smoking on the streets of Nairobi’s city centre is against the law, except in designated smoking zones. If anything, take your cue from other smokers.

Kibera Tour

Africa is a continent of extremes, and this applies to living conditions as much as anything else. In an area of approximately 2.5 km2, over 1 million people live, which is approximately one third of Nairobi’s population. This is Kibera, about 3 km south east of Nairobi CBD. With no permanent residential buildings, and minimal urban services – on average, one pit toilet per 50 to 200 residents – the area is a busy hive of shack dwellings and people. The people of Kibera come from all the ethnic backgrounds of Kenya, and the railway runs through the slum. And while living conditions are atrocious, life goes on for these people and they’re friendly and welcoming and more-than-ready to chat to visitors. Get a glimpse of all sides of Africa and go on an organised tour of Kibera. There are a number of companies offering tours, including Kibera Tours, Victoria Safaris and Explore Kibera Tours.

Drink Beer

Kenyan loves their beer. There’s nothing nicer than cold ale after a day in the hot sun. Whether you’re a fan of Tusker, Kenya’s most well-known lager, or like to try out craft beers, Nairobi has something for you. The Brew Bistro and Lounge is a stylish, vibey bar on Ngong’ Road. It has various sections and prides itself on providing a feast for the senses. With an in-house Martini - Steven Guzzardi brewery creating craft beer, it’s the place to go if you’re a beer connoisseur. And if beer’s not your thing? Go anyway, they have an extensive drinks menu - including some mighty fine cocktails - that’ll delight every taste. And the food is good, too.

Kazuri Handmade Beads and Pottery

what started out in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting with making ceramic beads is now a ceramic bead and pottery factory employing over 300 women. Many of these women are single mothers and providing employment to disadvantaged communities was one of the driving forces behind Kazuri. The beads are made from scratch and hand-painted, creating beautiful, colourful pieces. The factory is situated in what used to be part of Karen Blixen’s estate. Contact Kazuri to organise a factory tour and stock up on beautifully handmade gifts to take home.

Nairobi Snake Park

Not only can you see black mambas and puff adders at Nairobi Snake Park, there are also lizards, birds, crocodiles, turtles and fish! The Nairobi snake park was recently renovated and if you enjoy snakes or reptiles, this Nairobi attraction can’t be missed!

Nairobi City Park Hawkers

Nairobi City Park Hawkers is a huge fresh fruit and vegetable market in the Parklands area of Nairobi. In the back of the market, there are a number of others businesses and a few smoking nyama choma joints that get packed at lunch time hours. A visit to City Park Hawkers market is one of the greatest things to do in Nairobi!

Nairobi Safari Sevens

The Kenya Safari Sevens is a fast paced rugby tournament that is held in Nairobi annually. The atmosphere buzzes with excitement as fans crowd the bleachers with Tusker to watch Kenya battle against some of the toughest teams in the world. The Safari Sevens is among the most entertaining things to do in Nairobi!

Walk Around Downtown Nairobi

These days Nairobi is becoming safer as a walking destination during the daytime hours. Start at the Heron Hotel and stroll around downtown Nairobi, visiting all the interesting sites along the way. If you prefer walking around in a group tour take a look at Nairobi tours.

Bomas of Kenya

The Bomas of Kenya is village exhibition showing cultures and traditional tribal practices of the tribes that make up Kenya. The aim of the center is to preserve, maintain, and educate people about Kenya’s diverse range of tribes. Located in Langata area of Nairobi, check the latest rates

Nairobi Arboretum

Nairobi Arboretum is an area of Nairobi set aside as a forest reserve, displaying the beautiful plant life and scenery of plant life in Kenya. There have been a few recent security concerns, so use your own discretion before going there. The best way to visit is with a local tree walk tour

Paradise Lost Park

Paradise Lost is a private nature reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi and is one of the most popular picnic and leisure areas Nairobi has to offer. Caves, ancient trees, boating on a late, a waterfall and bird watching are a few of the available activities and Paradise Lost. On the weekends, picnicking at Paradise Lost is one of the more popular attractions in Nairobi!

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