Nairobi in detail

Travel with Children

For the most part, Nairobi is not the most child friendly of cities. Crowded or poorly maintained pavements in the city centre will be a challenge for those with prams, while high chairs and baby-changing facilities are non-existent. The horrendous traffic, too, can be an endurance challenge for children and adults alike. Playgrounds are extremely rare and most are in poor condition.

That said, most supermarkets stock nappies and baby formula at prices comparable to those you may be used to back home, although don't count on finding your favourite brand. There are also fabulous, family-friendly attractions that should appeal to kids of all ages. Those with a wildlife focus include Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre, while the National Museum, Karen Blixen's House & Museum and Bomas of Kenya could all maintain the interest of older kids for an hour or two. The Kazuri Beads & Pottery Centre is another possibility.

Many midrange and top-end hotels have swimming pools.