Glittering like a jewel in the crown of Kenya, Nairobi makes for an exotic, yet affordable holiday destination. Sounds tempting? Well, here is a quick guide on how to explore this wonderful city on a modest budget.


Nairobi is not just the main gateway but also among the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya. The beauty of hills and forests, a liberal dose of old world charm, interesting culture and gratifying opportunities for shopping as well as dining make the city a great choice for a relaxing holiday. Especially, the lure of the quintessential wildlife safaris at Nairobi National Park proves irresistible for most tourists. This article offers a rundown on how to explore this wonderful city without breaking the bank.

Getting There

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is well connected to London Heathrow. British Airways and Kenya Airways offer non-stop flights between the two destinations. However, hopping aboard one of the connecting flights operated by certain European and African carriers seems to be the most economical way to get to Nairobi. Some popular airlines that operate connecting flights on the LHR-Nairobi route are Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air and South African Airways. From the airport to your hotel, use the cheap and comfortable airport shuttle service.

Where to Stay?

Terminal Hotel: Located just opposite the Nakumatt Shopping Centre, Terminal Hotel offers well-furnished and comfortable rooms on very reasonable rates. With all the basic facilities, the property promises a secure cosy stay in the heart of Nairobi.

Hotel Downtown: Another choice for budget tourists in Nairobi, Hotel Downtown offers clean, comfortable rooms and efficient service. Its close proximity to the city’s main shopping district, Nakumatt, makes it all the more popular among tourists.

Safari Park Hotel: Only 15 minutes from Downtown, this hotel is a great place for the ones seeking peaceful and pocket-friendly accommodation in Nairobi. Some of the facilities here include free Wi-Fi, Cable TV.

Additionally, there are many budget hotels in Nairobi Downtown and near various tourist attractions. So, rest assure that Nairobi won’t let you down if you are on a limited budget.

What to Do

Wildlife Safari: No trip to Kenya is complete without a wildlife excursion at Nairobi National Park. About 7km south of Nairobi City Centre, the park is a big hit among wildlife enthusiasts who are lured by its diverse eco-system and an exotic range of animals such as black rhino, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and more. Entry tickets for the park cost about $40 for non-Kenyan adults.

Visit Museums and Mosques: The beautiful city of Kenya is a haven for those inclined towards history and culture. Jamia Mosque, located on Banda Street attracts hordes of holidaymakers with its captivating architecture and grand spiritual significance. A visit to the famous Nairobi National Museum offers one a peek into Kenya’s history, culture, palaeontology and art. The Karen Blixen Museum is another popular attraction with its impressive collection of handicrafts, posters and postcards, books and other Kenyan souvenirs.

Ngong Hills: Southwest of Nairobi, the Ngong hill is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts as well as for the ones who have an eye for nature.

Where to Eat

No matter, whatever tickles your taste buds, Nairobi, with its scores of economical eateries, serves a wide assortment of local and intercontinental delicacies to satiate your cravings. In no particular order, some great places to dine at while holidaying in this charming Kenyan destination are mentioned below.

  • Talisman
  • Open House Restaurant
  • Pampa Churrasacria
  • Sele E Pepe
  • Furusato

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