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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2014
Happy Hour  (3 Answers)

Any decent happy hour spots in Nairobi?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2013
sports bars in Nairobi?  (2 Answers)

which bars in nairobi show international rugby

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2013
Visa on Arrival at J.K.I.A  (5 Answers)

Someone posted, that on their arrival they are not being allowed on their Turkish airlines flight because visas on arrival have been stopped in Kenya. I do not believe that this is true! Could anyone be having an idea?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2013
what the cost of souvenirs  (3 Answers)

the real cost in whole sales

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2011
4-14 days in Nairobi - Things to do for 2 adventurous ladies?

Hi there!

My friend and I are travelling to Kenya in late September, staying in East Africa for 3 weeks in total. We are visiting a friend of mine who runs a charity, but obviously we want to do some exploring on our own (he's also busy with work, so won't have much time to tour guide). We're looking to use Nairobi as a base, but aren't aversed to the idea of travelling around, we'll be going to Tanzania at some point too.

We have both travelled independently and in small groups, so know about staying safe and not taking risks. That said, we're keen on all sorts and like a bit of adventure - hiking, interesting foods, animal related activities etc. We'll try anything once. But we're on a tight budget and don't want to blow it all on one big excursion like safari or anything like that. The quirkier the better. The cheaper the better. This goes for hostels as well.

Looking forward to hearing back from you all!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2011
daytour to nairobi  (10 Answers)

hi I am in nairobi for a couple of days next month.

any suggestions what i can do for a day or two.

should i go by taxi to the national museum and then maybe the karen blixen museum and giraffe centre
or should i get a day tour and from what company

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2011
From the west to the east  (7 Answers)

Hi all,

We, me and my wife plan a backpacker trip from Nairobi via Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru. Furthermore we want see Amboseli and Tsavo East and as the big finale we want stay on the beach for one week.
Have somebody some experience in this areas, and can give me advice. What ist the best kind for travelling, bus, taxi or something else. What could we visit on the way from Lake Nakuru to Amboseli and what would be the best route. If your have some good ideas please:) let me know.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2011
Where can I watch the Superbowl in Nairobi?  (4 Answers)

I will be there for work. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2011
Masai Mara in March 2011?  (9 Answers)

Hi. My son is crazy about animals. I am considering Masai Mara/ Amboseli Safaris in March 2011 (about 7 days around 3'rd week of Mach). However many websites advise against travelling to Kenya in March due to the long rains.

1. Does it rain really heavily in mid March?
2. How badly does it affect the game drives and animal sightings?
3. Is Malaria a major concern only during rains or through out the year?
4. If I do 'bite the bullet' & travel in March are the tented accomodations recommended? Any suggestions for family (kids) friendly lodges in Masai Mara?
5. The websites say that most of the lodges are unfenced. Does this pose a security problem and also is it safe with wild animals around in the loose?

Many thannks for any input. Appreciate feedback especially from those who have done a safari trip espcially in March.

Thanks & regards,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2010
November's Rains  (7 Answers)

Hi there,

My mum has a conference in Nairobi from 4 November to 8 November. We would then take a 3 day excursion to the great rift valley.

My question: what does 'short' rains mean? Does it mean that they are shorter in length than the long ones (5 weeks)? Or does it mean that they are shorter each day? We don't want our trip to be a wash out.

Thanks for any advice and tips!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2010
Anyone traveling to Nairobi in October 2010 from LAX  (1 Answer)

Hi, is anyone traveling to Nairobi anytime in October from Southern California?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2010
local bus from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport  (5 Answers)

Do you know how far the local bus stop and the direction from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the final stop in city centre? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2010
4WD hire  (13 Answers)

hi all.

im planning a trip to kenya in september and i wish to hire a 4wd to visit a few of the parks in the south, mainly the masai and tsavo parks. but im a bit sceptical to do so in nairobi due to the on going reports of car jackings being a daily occurance.

does anyone know if its something to be concerned of enough to perhaps head somewhere a bit safer such as mombasa to do this or am i just being over paranoid.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2010
8 am arrive and 9:30pm leave can i do a safari ?  (8 Answers)

dear all,

i am planning on travelling through nairobi to a friends wedding in zambia. I have a 12 hour layover in nairobi. i'd really like some help asap as if its poor options i'll take a more expensive flight..
but i really fancy a safari in kenya on the way to zambia..

so can a i do a safari in this time.. and can i arrange when i arrive.. and store the luggage somewhere ? i will travel fairly light anyhow.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2009
Flying from Vic Falls/Livingstone to Nairobi  (4 Answers)

Does anybody know if there is a way to FLY to Nairobi from Vic Falls? I have been searching a bit online and can not find a way.

All help is greatly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2009
Nairobi airport for 8 hours, what to do?  (6 Answers)

My husband and I are travelling to Africa in July/August and on the way home will arrive at NBO at 14:00 our next flight is not until 22:00. Bearing in mind that we will have to collect luggage and check in (different airlines) does anyone have any suggestions as to what we could do with the time?

We will already have spent 3 nights in Nairobi at the start of our trip.

Thankyou :o)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2009
hotel greton!!!  (5 Answers)

I would like to know if anyone has the number for HOTEL GRETON in nairobi. I have been trying to contact them but i have been un able too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2008
Where to go and see local artisans  (2 Answers)


I am returning to Kenya with three ladies that would like to see local artisans work and display their art (ex. paintings, stone or wood carving, pottery, etc.) They would especially enjoy being able to watch and interact with the artisans as they worked.

Does anyone know of a good place to go for this in or around Nairobi?

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2008
Nice places for Christmas lunch/dinner?

Does anybody have any recommendations for restaurants (or hotel restaurants) where we can have a very nice meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in the Nairobi area? Does anybody do a special buffet?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2008
Need Help to find Travel Guide from Nairobi to Western Kenya  (6 Answers)

My wife and I, with our daughter will be arriving in Kenya early December. We will be in Nairobi for several days. Do you know of anyone who will be willing to drive for us while we are in Kenya. We want to Travel from Nairobi to Victoria Lake and visit Kisumu and other places on our way to Victoria Lake. Our ultimate destination is Kogelo, we hope to visit MaMa Obama. We will need someone for about 6 or 7 days. If you know of any person who is willing to do that for us I would appreciate it. Please let me know how many Ksh they would like for each day. I will obviously also pay for there lodging,food and car fuel. Thank You Kindly, Tony Sambogna USA --- RSVP

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2007
furnished apartments  (2 Answers)

my boyfriend, I and our 5 years old kid are planing to be in Nairobi the whole of september and need a clean, furnished appartment which should not be very expensive. Does anyone have information which could help us? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2007
Do you want to join us on a Lake Turkana Safari?  (1 Answer)

My boyfriend and I are currently looking for at least two travel partners to accompany us on a safari from Nairobi to Lake Turkana, leaving as soon as possible— preferably within the next week or so. (The smallest group size to book the trip is four people, and since it’s low season right now, there aren’t a lot of tourists around who want to travel north.) We're currently in Nairobi and, after spending the day looking at various companies, we found a 8-day itinerary to Lake Turkana with what seems to be a great, reliable company that includes travel to Samburu, Marsabit, Kalacha, the Chalbi Desert, Lake Turkana, Maralal, and back to Nairobi.

Costs are695 per person for the journey. (I also understand from LP that it is standard to tip your driver/guide and cook, so you should budget for that as well.) The cost includes 3 meals a day, park fees, camping equipment (minus a sleeping bag, which you can rent), etc. The company has semi-permanent camps at most of the places, and there are toilets and showers as well.

If you’re in Nairobi now, or will be in a few days and are interested in joining us, please e-mail me or post here. I’d be happy to give you more information.

Also, about us (so you know who you’d be traveling with!):

I'm 23, my boyfriend is 25. Both of us are originally from LA, but we lived in DC for the last two years, where I worked for a development organization and my boyfriend worked as a foreign policy research assistant. On April 1, we left DC to travel around the world for 6 months or more (until the money runs out!). We’re open to traveling with anyone who is excited about exploring all that the world has to offer!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2007
From Nairobi to Kilimanjaro.  (3 Answers)


What is the best solution to travel from Nairobi to Kilimajaro/Moshi or Arusha? And how it can cost?

Piotr P

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2007
Sports club in Westlands area  (2 Answers)

Hi guys,

Can anyone let me know the details of Indoor sports club in and around Westlands area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2007
Which Safari to chose?  (3 Answers)

I have had a quote from "Game Searchers" quoting me2300 per person for a 6 day flying safari staying 2 nights at Larsens in Samburu, 1 night in Mt. Kenya Safari Lodge and 2 nights at Little Governors in Mara.

Does anyone have any exprience with Game Searchers and can reccommend?

Also, does anyone else think this is a good deal or can reccommend another safari company doing similar thing for about2000 per person?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2007
Sheldrake Orphanage  (3 Answers)


Can anyone help? We fly into Nairobi in August on a Sunday around 8am. We have our accomodation booked but cant book into our room until 2pm. Whilst we can use the facilities, I wanted to take advantage of this spare time. We only really have this day to go round Nairobi as the rest of the time will be spent on a 7 night safari. I wondered if it would be possible to squeeze a trip to the elephant orphanage. We're staying at the Holiday Inn, Nairobi. How practical is it to get from our hotel to the orphange in time to view the baby elephants before checking into our room for 2pm?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2007
The Carnivore Restaurant  (5 Answers)


As part of our safari we will be staying in Nairobi for one evening at the start and end of our safari, before flying off to Mombassa. Some friends have recommended a restuarant in Nairobi called The Carnivore. We staying at the Holiday Inn. Having heard that Nairobi is not very safe to venture out, could anyone comment on the following:
a) how far is the carnivore from the Holiday Inn and the return cost in a taxi
b) If it is safe to use taxi's at night going straight from one place to another and back again
c) if the Carnivore is a place worth visiting

I would be grateful of any feedback, good or bad.

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2006
Slum Tour  (1 Answer)

Anyone done this?

How safe do you think it is likely to be?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2006
Visit to nairobi

Hi All

I intend to be in nairobi from 8th to 12th November in the context of a workshop. Its my first visit to Nairobi. I would like to meet VT friends to share friedship & life experience gathered from travelling to dirrerent places. I am from Mauritius and working in financial setor. If you are interested to meet me mail me on [email]. my VT page is not updated in respect of my last trips.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2006
oakwood hotel  (3 Answers)

i will be in nairobi and intend stay in oakwood hotel.
when somebody had been stay there please advice about this hotel.
thanks to all who will replay.

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