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Nairobi Needn't Mean Nairobbery for You

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A November 2002 trip to Nairobi by chloe_day

Carnivore Photo, Nairobi, Kenya More Photos
Quote: Don't let this city's problems with crime put you off from visiting it. Nairobi has a lot to offer, and what trip to Kenya is complete without spending some time in its capital?

Nairobi Needn't Mean Nairobbery for You

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Overview

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I'd been in Kenya for almost 3 months when I made my first trip into Central Nairobi, and I was actually quite apprehensive because of the stories I'd heard back home about crime problems, and the fact that it's often known as "Nairobbery." As it turned out, I really enjoyed the time I spent there during my three short stays. Nairobi is a bustling city that's full of life and makes a refreshing change from rustic life in the beautiful Kenyan countryside. It's nice to be in a big city when you've been away from them for so long, and the difference between Nairobi and all other big towns in Kenya is really marked. It has high-rise buildings with plate glass and fast-food restaurants for a start. ...Read More

Princess Hotel

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Hotel

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My friends and I stayed here for two nights and would have gone back on our second visit, but unfortunately this was just after the bombing in Mombasa, and Britons were advised not to go into the city centre as the British Embassy had been evacuated due to a bomb threat. The Princess Hotel has clean, fairly quiet double rooms for KSh800 (£7.50/$11) per night. Our room had the best shower I used during the whole of my four-month stay in Kenya (but I stayed in really cheap hotels). I'd recommend this place if you're on a tight budget, as they don't mind you sleeping more than two in a double room, although they contain two single beds and it's not very comfy. Tom Mboya Street is very bus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2003

Princess Hotel
Tom Mboya Street
Nairobi, Kenya
02 214640

Carnivore

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Restaurant

Carnivore Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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Dining at Carnivore can be quite an experience. It's a bit of a wazungu (white people's) hangout, but unlike other places, like the Safari Park Hotel, there are usually some black and Asian people there too. The main food on offer, as the name would suggest, is nyama choma or barbecued meat. This usually includes pork, beef, chicken, etc and about four types of game meat, all of which you can see being spit roasted as you enter the restaurant. There are also other foreign foods on offer, and there's a good vegetarian buffet--if vegetarians can stomach being there to start with. One of the main attractions is the all-you-can-eat option. This costs KSh1600 (£15/$22) and for that you get...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2003

Carnivore
Langata Road
Nairobi, Kenya
(02) 501-775

Craft Shopping

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Nairobi offers some great craft shopping opportunities, and whilst things might cost more here than in other parts of the country, you can still pick up some real bargains. As you would expect, stall owners at the markets tend to be more willing to haggle with you over prices, but there are a couple of good craft shops too. We stumbled across one near the Dove Cage Restaurant on Moktar Daddah Street. I think it's on the corner of Muindi Mbingu Street. This place sells all sorts of wooden carvings, the usual Maasai knives and spears, some jewellery, and also a lot of very beautiful batiks. The walls of the shop are covered entirely with these batik pictures and they are also piled on a long table...Read More

Getting To and Around Nairobi

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Nairobi is obviously very easy to get to from other parts of the country and neighbouring nations. Akamba buses are the best and the only company that runs to a timetable and allows you to reserve seats. They run twice daily services from Western Kenya. I'm not sure if this actually starts in Kampala and then goes from Eldoret in Western (via Jinga, Uganda), or if it just starts in Eldoret. Anyway, from there it takes about five hours to bounce down the potholed road to Nairobi, stopping at Nakuru and Naivasha for you to refocus your eyes and pray your soapstone carvings below haven't been making the jingling, smashing sound you've been listening to for the last couple of hours. Eldoret Express...Read More