Nairobi: Holidays

Backpacking in Nairobi

A backpacking holiday in Nairobi can be fun, cheap and adventurous. Most backpackers adhere to a tight budget and Nairobi therefore serves as a backpackers’ paradise. With cheap accommodation in the form of hostels and dormitories, inexpensive food, easy travel by trains and buses within the city and inter state too, and lots to do and see on your own, backpacking in Nairobi is an experience. If you want to backpack with a group of people in a more organized manner, many tour companies offer backpacking holidays in Nairobi at reasonable rates. But to get the real backpacking experience you have to discover the city on your own steam. That’s the fun quotient in backpacking!

Beach in Nairobi

Nairobi is an inland city and does not have any beaches. However, tourists often travel through Nairobi to other beach destinations in Kenya like Mombaba, Malindi, Watumu and Lamu that offer perfect beach holidays.


Camping in Nairobi

Camping holidays in Nairobi are popular especially amongst youngsters. The environment makes for perfect camping holidays in Nairobi with national parks, forests and a lot of wilderness surrounding the city. Travelers who are ardent lovers of nature and the wilderness, and posses a real spirit for adventure should definitely embark on a camping holiday in Nairobi. The entire experience of living in the wild gives travelers a high unlike any other. Tour companies organize camping breaks regularly and usually in groups of 10 or more. The camp sites are basic with the idea of making you feel one with nature. Try not to be too adventurous and wander off into the wilderness on your own else you may be carried away by wild animals!

City Breaks in Nairobi

City breaks in Nairobi offer a lot in terms of sightseeing, shopping and cuisine exploring. Although Nairobi is significant for its wildlife safaris and national parks, the city also has a great deal on offer. The city has a number of museums that hold historical significance and show the development of this once little known watering hole into a bustling city with so much to do and see. The Railway Museum, the Nairobi National Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum are a few of the museums that are a must see while on your city break in Nairobi. City breaks in Nairobi will ensure the traveler of a packed itenary staying within the city itself!

Corporate Weekend in Nairobi

A good way to spend a corporate weekend in Nairobi is to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on adventurous activities. Corporate weekends in Nairobi can include mountaineering, biking, mountain biking, overland tours, safaris, trekking, wildlife and nature walks. A weekend Safari makes for an excellent weekend with high adrenalin levels and a big dose of adventure thrown in! Trekking can also help you unwind in the midst of nature and make you feel rejuvenated! The Great Rift Valley towards the north of Nairobi is worth a visit and apart from the valley you will get to see some of the lakes and boiling springs north-west of Nairobi.


Culture and Arts in Nairobi

Since the city of Nairobi came into being, it has developed a rich and diverse culture. Being home to more than 16 African tribes and welcoming into its folds cultures from other countries as well, Nairobi has become a popular cultural and arts destination for tourists. The Bomas of Kenya serves as a one stop destination to discover the African culture. While preserving the authenticity of Kenya’s culture and values, and portraying them in their purest from, the Bomas of Kenya has become a prime tourist location and a perfect way to spend a cultural holiday in Nairobi.

Nairobi is home to a number of African artists who excel in tribal and African art. Try the Gallery Watatu, the Gallery of contemporary East African art at the National Museum or the Ngecha Artists Association to get a glimpse of the exquisite works of these artists.

Disabled Needs in Nairobi

Nairobi is not the perfect holiday destination for disabled people but the locals go out of their way to help if you are in any need. Most of the bigger hotels are equipped with facilities for handicapped people. While traveling around it is advisable to hire a car and a driver to make your trip easy. Tour companies offer specially designed packages for disabled travelers and these packages are your best bet. Wild life safari tours for disabled people are also organized and these are entirely safe and comfortable and you will have no worries at all.

Family Holiday in Nairobi

Nairobi serves as the perfect destination for a fun family holiday filled with excitement .A family holiday in Nairobi is an excellent way to introduce your young ones into the wild and help them have a first hand experience life in the wild. Safaris are a perfect wildlife and science lesson for your kids! Apart from the thrills of the safari, the museums in Nairobi offer a history filled learning experience as well. The Bomas of Kenya offer a wholesome and interactive cultural experience for the entire family. The Giraffe Centre and the Animal Orphanage will give you the experience of feeding the animals yourself, helping you overcome fears if any, and this will be an unforgettable experience for your kids.

Gay and Lesbian in Nairobi

Homosexuality is not taken lightly in Kenya and most gays and lesbians live a closeted life. As such, if you are planning a holiday, respect the local norms and you will not have a problem as such. Tour companies organize gay and lesbian tours but charge exorbitant rates as opposed to normal tours to the same places. However, a gay or lesbian specific tour will ensure you complete safety and freedom while on the tour and you will be with a group of like minded people. While in the city avoid asking around for gay joints or clubs as this may land you in trouble.

Honeymoon in Nairobi

Nairobi offers excellent locations to spend your honeymoon in the midst of natural beauty. Your honeymoon is undoubtedly the most memorable holiday of your life and there is nothing to beat the romance, beauty and serenity of an African holiday! Tailor made honeymoon packages are provided for by tour companies. If you want to spend your honeymoon somewhere deep in the forests away from civilization search out lodges built in the midst of wilderness. Safaris are popular with a lot of honeymooners and an entire week long package can be a fun romantic way of spending your honeymoon in Nairobi.


Naturism in Nairobi

There are no provisions for a naturist holiday in Nairobi.

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Nairobi

If there is any city made for partying in Africa it has to be Nairobi. Partying is an integral part of the lifestyle of people in Nairobi and this fever passes on to the tourists as well. People from all over the world come to witness the vibrant party life that comprises the movers and shakers of Nairobi. Music and dance form an integral part of the life in Nairobi and there is hardly any need for an occasion to party!

For tourists whose topmost agenda is partying, put on your dancing shoes and head to one of the numerous clubs in the city of Nairobi. Most clubs have disc jockeys who churn out contemporary African mixes mixed with a lot of world music, and even though you may not understand the dialect or know the words, your hips are sure to move to the rhythm! If live music is what you are looking for, some clubs have live bands as well.

Avoid accepting drinks or food from strangers and if possible go in a group.

Couples Holiday in Nairobi

Kenya’s capital is lively, cosmopolitan, interesting and pleasantly landscaped, making it a perfect destination for a couples’ holiday. With interesting activities for couples like camping, trekking, mountaineering, biking and safaris on the outskirts of the city, within the city there’s lots to do as well. Sit back and listen to a band play, relax and have a massage at your hotel, sip on a chilled mug of beer in a pub, try out the wonderful local foods on offer or explore the city and everything it has to offer, and you and your partner will have a wonderful holiday in Nairobi.

Safari Activity Holiday in Nairobi

Nairobi is a safari paradise with people from all over the world traveling to Nairobi for a safari holiday. The National Park in Nairobi is perhaps the only reserve in the world to be located in the city environs. But it is an experience not to miss. Being up close and personal with the wild is what a safari is all about and a safari holiday in Nairobi will provide you with no less. Most safaris begin or end in Nairobi and the tour packages involve other Kenyan cities as well. Popular safaris head to the Nairobi National Park, the Masai Maara Game Reserve which is home to big game as well as Lake Nakuru National Park which is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Golf Activity Holiday in Nairobi

Golf holidays in Nairobi have been made popular by the British after the colonization of Kenya in the early 1900’s. Many of the golf courses are in use till this day and form a major attraction for golf holidayers from all over. The Royal Nairobi Golf Club is the oldest with an 18 hole course, founded in 1906! The Windsor Golf and Country Club, the Aberdare Country Club, the Air Force Golf Club of East Leigh, The Karen Country Club and the Muthaiga Golf Club are popular havens for golf lovers. Many tour companies organize golfing holidays where tourists are taken to the various golf clubs over a course of a few days.

Hiking Activity Holiday in Nairobi

The natural beauty that Nairobi is blessed with makes it a prime locale for hiking holidays. Many tourists prefer hiking in the wilderness to get a real feel of the environment. The best way to experience nature is to hike and if you can manage the long walks and don’t tire easily, then there’s no better way to get to know your surroundings. Tour companies offer hiking tours where a group of people hike along with a guide to certain locations of interest. Stay alert and with your group while hiking in the wilderness and you will have nothing to fear.

Cycling Activity Holiday in Nairobi

Everything in Nairobi surrounds the wilderness and most holiday packages cater to this fact. Cycling holidays in Nairobi are fun, energetic and interesting .Cycling tours are usually a week long or more, as you may choose, and will take you through cool mountainsides to sunny plains and attractive landscapes that will line your routes throughout your rides. The cycling safaris cater to both professional and non-professional cyclists. Before you plan your cycling holiday in Nairobi make sure you are fit enough to endure the long bike rides, often through rough terrain. Gear and cycling equipment are provided by the tour companies.

Shopping Holiday in Nairobi

Shopping is a pleasure in the city of Nairobi. The markets have a great atmosphere with a wide range of merchandise to choose from. The more popular shopping areas in the city are in the Westlands, Parklands and Gigiri. Shopping malls like the Village Market in Gigiri and the Sarit Centre at Westlands house a wide selection of shops, food courts and cinemas. The Friday Masaai Market is an interesting place to pick up African artifacts and curios. For clothes and traditional fabrics head towards Biashara Street. The Embakasi Village Crafts Market is full of colorful souvenirs and craft items. Most of the local markets you must haggle in but if you prefer shops with fixed prices then there’s a wide range to choose from. Shops like the Spinner’s Web, Libra House, Viking House, The Utamaduni Craft Centre and scores more have fixed prices. The real essence of shopping though comes from the local markets!

Touring - Driving holiday in Nairobi

With extensive landscapes and breathtaking scenic beauty, Nairobi makes for a good touring holiday. You can start your drive from Nairobi and continue on to the different reserves surrounding the city. With long distances to drive through and so much scenery to soak in, a touring holiday is the perfect way to explore the city and its outskirts. Carry all your necessary documentation with you and you will be good to go. Just keep in mind to avoid stopping in unknown or desolate areas. Crime rates are high, and most criminals pry on unsuspecting tourists driving by, and make them their victims. Don’t stop for anyone asking for lifts as this is a common ploy used for carjackings.