The capital is 1600 m above sea level, and the climate is mild all year round. Most visitors go to Kenya’s beaches or straight to its famous national parks, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re on a long stopover.

The city is one of Africa’s burgeoning metropolises, and has a population of over 3 million. However, as well as having a prosperous business quarter and extensive residential areas, the city is also extremely green with a number of parks and gardens. Kenya is famous for its variety of wildlife, which extends all the way into the capital.

The Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre and Snake Park, where the animals can be experienced up close, are all popular with visitors. The Nairobi National Park is right next to the city, its animals offering surrealist photo motifs against the urban skyline.

It’s best to take a taxi or minibus to travel around within Nairobi. The many markets and numerous little shops offer a wide range of souvenirs. Haggling is compulsory. In the evenings, you can explore Nairobi’s nightlife. There are numerous bars and clubs with fine beers and hot beats from all over Africa.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital and biggest city in Kenya

  • Population

    About 3.4 million

  • Size

    Approx. 696 km²

  • Public transport

    Growing network of public transport consisting of buses and taxi-sharing (matatu).

  • Climate

    Tropical climate. However, thanks to its altitude, temperatures are pleasant and the evenings are cool. As Nairobi is close to the equator, the differences between the seasons are small.

  • Best time to visit

    There is little rain between June and August, but the evenings can quickly get cool.

  • Good to know

    Smoking in public is banned in Nairobi, especially in the centre. However, there are identified smoking zones where it is permitted.

  • Nice to know

    The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai expression enkare nyarobie (cool water).

  • Airport

    Jomo Kenyatta Airport, 15 km south-east of the city centre.

  • Bus

    The no. 34 travels between the airport and centre. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are various taxis outside the Arrivals hall. Agree the price in advance. Depending on the amount of traffic, the ride will take 15-30 minutes.