Hostels in Nairobi, Kenya

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Get to know Nairobi (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nairobi.

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is a huge city with a lot of things to offer. You'll never run short of sources of entertainment in one of the most extensive cities in Africa!

A lot of travelers get into Nairobi as a starting point for a Kenyan wildlife safari (which most commonly happens around the Masai Mara reservation), but you shouldn't overlook all the things you can do within the city itself. For instance, if safaris are your thing but you do not have the budget or time to make it to the Masai Mara, head to the Central Nairobi Park in town, where you'll be able to see most of the famous African creatures. To complete the experience, head to the Maasai Market, where you can see and shop typical tribal handicrafts, just like you would on a proper safari, far away from Nairobi.

Nairobi has a great nightlife and restaurant scene. Considering the discrepancies of income between the local population, some bars, restaurants, and clubs are clearly oriented toward higher income Kenyans (as are some of the malls), as well as expats and visitors. Ask at your Nairobi hostel for recommendations of places you can go to hang out with locals if you want to enjoy "the real deal." As local residents, the staff of your Nairobi hostel would know best!

There is a great variety of accommodation options in the city, ranging from backpackers hostels with dorms and privates, to inns and even set-ups to look like camping areas (with permanent, pimped-out tents), but including some comforts such as full bathrooms or AC. When the weather is good, the latter option can be a lot of fun!

Written by local enthusiast for Nairobi hostels

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FAQ about Nairobi Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Nairobi. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Nairobi costs $24 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Nairobi costs $151. (based on price comparison)
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Nairobi Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nairobi, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
6 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$151 Average private room price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Nairobi
1 Party hostels in Nairobi
Bush House & Camp is the best rated
Most Nairobi hostels are located in
6.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Nairobi - from the Community

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