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Backpacking Nairobi

There is a few things you should know about Nairobi hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Nairobi, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.

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!
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Merrueshi Merrueshi (143 Km / 89 mi.)
Nanyuki Nanyuki (147 Km / 92 mi.)
Nyahururu Nyahururu (156 Km / 97 mi.)

Things to do in Nairobi

Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Nairobi:

My tour to kenya will never be forgotten forever -- most especially my experience in Maasai Mara. Just try the beauty of all tours in Kenya and Tanzania.


I am just coming back from five days trekking Mt. Kenya. It is very confusing to choose a good trekking/safari company in Nairobi. I want to recommend Mountsafaris adventure as a fabulous company to go with. The guides and porters were very knowledgeable and professional and managed to get everybody of the twenty-nine-member group I went with (mostly people from the British army on an adventure training trip) to the top of Mt. Kenya. The food was great; the atmosphere cheerful and friendly; and everybody was always supported by the team of guides, cooks, and porters, both with offers of help, carrying backpacks, or just a smile at the right moment. We managed to get up to the 16,355-foot viewpoint at Pt. Lenana at exactly dawn and experienced a fantastic sun rise over the stunning mountains. These guys are reliable, professional, and deserve being praised!


I visited Kenya late last year and had fun throughout my stay. Skyview of Africa did my hotel bookings and safari to the Mara -- it was quite enjoyable.


We were in Kenya last January and did a Mt. Kenya Climb for five days. We used the services of Mount Kenya Climbing Expeditions who not only proved very efficient but also we found them to be the very best in Kenya.


We just completed the most incredible vacation ever. The two of us are real animal enthusiasts, both with zoo backgrounds in the United States. We had wanted to visit Africa for years and had finally saved up the vacation time and the money for such a journey. We set up our safari over the internet with Mountsafaris adventure. They were so great to constantly correspond back with us and tweak our itinerary. Jeremiah was so accommodating in getting all of our African desires met. We traveled all over Kenya and Tanzania with two wonderful guides. They knew the parks, the wildlife, and the people so well. Both were great ambassadors for their beautiful countries. For three weeks we immersed ourselves in the animals and culture of Africa. We watched elephant digging for water in Samburu, cheetah hunting gazelle in Ngorongoro Crater, six male lion eating a freshly killed cape buffalo in Maasai Mara, and wildebeest in single-file parading in front of Kilimanjaro at sunrise in Amboseli. We saw thirty-seven different species of birds of prey, and fifty-four different mammals. We were in heaven. Mountsafaris adventure helped us have our dream vacation. It was so worth it.


I am back in Norway after a long safari in Kenya and I have to tell you that Kenya is an amazing place to be. The Eriksen Adventure organised the trip for us and we visited several National Parks and the beach. It was excellent.


I have just come from Kenya and discovered a relatively small but well organized tour company specializing on East African Ecotourism Tours. They have a website but their services are good, especially Grace who is in charge of the operations.


I just returned from a safari with Incentive Travel Ltd. The driver guide was very knowledgeable without being touristy, which is very tiring. I would recommend Incentive Travel any day.

Ashely Parkinson

I have just visited Nairobi for the first time and stayed in the city for one night and left for Mukuyuni Village, which is towards the east. I went to this small village of the Kamba people -- it is very beautiful and everyone was friendly and hospitable. I loved my stay there for one week. Kenya will remain now my favorite country after such a good time in Mukuyuni.


I had a few meetings in Nairobi recently, when they ended I decided to spend the spare time touring a bit of the country famous for its wildlife. I contacted Explorer Kenya Tours and Travel and they did a superb job. I got to tour the Maasai Mara and I have to admit I'll be back!


Just returned from an excting African Safari to Kenya. Our travel company, African Sermon Safaris, did a superb job of arranging a memorable trip.


There was always a rumour that Nairobi is a very unsafe place. I've just come from there and things have really changed. There is always a policeman in your sight when you are in town. I was residing in YMCA hostels just five minutes drive from the CBD where you can comfortably walk to town. The staff gives you the safety tips before you request them. The city is now greener and the parks more amazing. If you are in a hurry, Nairobi National Park is only fifteen minutes drive west of the city and there is a recreational park Aboretoum next to state near the YMCA hostel where you can taste a forest inside a city. Kenya is exotic, you will always go back when you taste it.


I have just come back from Kenya and can definitely recommend Mountsafaris adventure. They do camping, lodge safaris and trekking,climbing Mount Kenya, and Kilimanjaro. They were fantastic-- very well organised --and the people in the office were friendly and helpful. The safari itself exceeded all my expectations. Obviously the safari depends on being lucky with the rest of your group and with the animals but I really felt like our guide and cook as well as the other guides and helpers at the camps were all really good and knew exactly what they were doing. They were also happy to accommodate any of our wishes throughout the safari. I did the 6 day Rift Valley Lakes and Maasai Mara option which was perfect. The lakes are beautiful and the scenery from the car is spectacular for the whole journey up the Rift Vallery. The Mara was beautiful and we saw loads of wildlife. Sorry this sounds a bit like an advert (it's not!) but I was just so impressed by them. Hope you have a wonderful time.


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