Visiting Nairobi

Nairobi
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Climate in Kenya

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. The weather in November has average highs of 24 degrees Celsius and lows of 14 degrees Celsius. It may also rain during November.

Banking & foreign exchange

Nairobi is the financial capital of the East and Central Africa region. International banks include Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank and Bank of Africa. Banking hours are from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept various international debit and credit cards. Foreign Exchange Bureaus are readily available within the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and the Nairobi Central Business District.

Telecommunications

Mobile telephone services are efficient in Kenya. The main mobile service providers include Safaricom, AirTel and Telkom. They provide internet access using 3G and 4G. SIM cards for cell phones are readily available and cost about $1 US. Registration is required to activate the SIM cards. Landline telephone services are also available at hotels and other facilities.

Electricity supply

The standard voltage is 240V in Kenya. However, electric appliances from countries whose standard voltage is between 220V to 240V can be used. Power sockets in Kenya are three-pin, square, type G.

Taxi services

Taxis are reliable and readily available in Nairobi and you can pay by cash or credit card. You can access taxis via mobile applications including Uber, Little Cab, Mondo Ride and Taxify. You can also find taxis parked on every second street in the city centre. At night, taxis wait outside restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Nairobi Restaurants & Social Scene

African, Western and Asian cuisine are all available in Nairobi restaurants. The world-famous Carnivore Restaurant is one of the most popular entertainment spots offering game meat and live entertainment. Nairobi has a growing social scene with a wide range of clubs, pubs and sports bars catering to all clientele.

Tourism

Kenya is a popular tourist destination year round with diverse attractions ranging from safaris, the white sandy beaches of the coast, scenic landscapes, mountain expeditions to the wide array of wildlife and flora. Kenya has 60 national parks and reserves, all with abundant wildlife. The scenery of Kenya is unique from the Great Rift Valley to the snow-capped Mount Kenya which straddles the equator. For more information, visit Tourism Kenya on this site or Kenya’s Tourism Board.