Quickest one-stop flight takes close to 16 hours. However, some airlines could take as long as 41 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration. Waiting time at intermediate airports could be anywhere between 15 mins to 25 hrs.
The best way to get around in Nairobi is by taxi. The taxis are cheap, plentiful, and safe. You can also rent a car if you would like more freedom.
We recommend staying at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), which has a variety of hostels and hotels within walking distance of everything you need while visiting Nairobi.
There are a variety of airlines that fly to Nairobi, including Air Canada, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines among others.
It takes about an hour by car or taxi from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to downtown Nairobi, with traffic conditions permitting. If you’re looking for public transportation, you can take the bus or matatu (minibus) into town—that will take about 1.5 hours in good traffic conditions. You can also take a shuttle service from the airport; they run every 15 minutes and will drop you off at your hotel or apartment if requested. The shuttle costs KSH 500 ($5.50 CAD) per person one-way or KSH 1000 ($11 CAD) per person roundtrip (children under 4 ride free).
Yes, Canadian citizens are required to have a visa in order to legally enter Kenya. Fortunately, obtaining a Kenya visa is fast and straightforward for Canadian passport holders.
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It depends on your tastes! You can find very cheap food on streetside stands all over town, but often it’s not very healthy. We recommend eating at restaurants rather than street vendors if possible. If you’re looking for something more upscale (and expensive), try visiting one of the many bars in town where they serve expensive cocktails and food that’s made with imported ingredients like avocado toast (yum!). This sort of thing is only available in certain neighborhoods though—it’s not really common throughout Nairobi as a whole. So if you want to splurge on some fine dining, be sure to ask locals where they go when they want something special!
You can’t go wrong with a visit to the National Museum of Kenya. It’s free and it has tons of cool exhibits, including a bunch that are interactive. It’s also just a short walk away from Uhuru Park, where you can see animals and birds up close—and even feed them! If you want to get out of the city for a little bit, the Ngong Hills are great for hiking. You can also check out the Giraffe Center or go on a safari.
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