Nairobi is Kenya’s biggest and baddest city, or so the rumour goes. Most visitors dive in and out in the shortest time possible, but it’s easy enough to sidestep the worst of the city’s dangers and, as Kenyan cities go, this one has plenty going for it: café culture and unbridled nightlife, for example; and it’s virtually the only place in the country where you can get a truly varied diet.
Ready to go?
These tours & activities make it easy:
Best places to stay in Nairobi
Kenya - Nairobi (Chapter)
Despite it’s reputation for crime, Nairobi is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of attractions, including the world’s only national park packed with free-roaming megafauna on the cusp of a capital city. An outstanding museum and fantastic restaurants and hotels all add to the city’s appeal.
Eight steps to a Kenyan adventure
Take a trip on Kenya's pioneering railway line and discover the stories behind the first safari expeditions with Lonely Planet Magazine's guide.
Nairobi destination guides
Spotlight on Nairobi
Far too many travellers are quick to call Kenya's much vilified capital by its unfortunate nickname: 'Nai-robbery.' But dismiss the stereotype to uncover rich colonial history, a fine dining scene and notable wildlife conservation projects.
Road to Zanzibar
Visit Africa and travel along the road to Zanzibar through Kenya and Tanzania. Cross vast savannas where magnificent herds of elephants roam, enjoy warm village welcomes in lush jungles and see where white sand and palm trees meet the deep, blue sea on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Africa is truly the cradle of life. Roam the famous Serengeti National Park, nearly 15,000 sq km of rolling savanna that shelters an astounding array of animals from miniature dik-dik antelopes to lions and the noble African elephant. Spot wildlife among the ethereal vistas from atop the Ngorongoro Crater.
Kenya: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Kenya guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.