Nairobi Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Nairobi’s polarising character ensures that the city is reviled and loved in equal measure, and even those who love it might well admit that it’s the kind of place many rave about only once they’re away from it. For those who call it home, the city’s charms include a vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting nightlife. Its detractors point to its horrendous traffic, poor safety levels and its less-than-gorgeous appearance.

What to do in Nairobi for 24h to 48h? 

Places of Interest

Nairobi National Park

Welcome to Kenya’s most accessible yet incongruous safari experience. Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park  has abundant wildlife which can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and planes coming in to land – it’s one of the only national parks on earth bordering a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by it all.

Giraffe Centre

This centre, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience.

National Museum

Kenya’s wonderful National Museum, housed in an imposing building amid lush, leafy grounds just outside the centre, has a good range of cultural and natural-history exhibits.

Go-Down Arts Centre

The Go-Down Arts Centre, a converted warehouse in the Industrial Area, contains 10 separate art studios and is rapidly becoming a hub for Nairobi’s burgeoning arts scene, bringing together visual and performing arts with regular exhibitions, shows, workshops and open cultural nights.

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Where to Eat?

Tin Roof Cafe

 This place has all the necessary ingredients to be a Nairobi favourite – a quiet garden setting in Karen, great coffee, amazing juices, an Ottolenghi salad bar and a commitment to healthy eating.

Talisman

This classy cafe-bar-restaurant remains fashionable with the Karen in-crowd, and rivals any of Kenya’s top eateries for imaginative international food.

Tamarind Restaurant

Kenya’s most prestigious restaurant chain runs Nairobi’s best seafood restaurant, located in the monumental National Bank Building. The splendid menu offers all manner of exotic flavours, and the lavish dining room is laid out in a sumptuous modern Arabic-Moorish style.

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Where to Shop?

Utamaduni

Utamaduni is a large crafts emporium and easily one of the best places to souvenir shop in Nairobi, with more than a dozen separate shops selling all kinds of excellent African artworks and souvenirs.

Souk

Some of Kenya’s more creative artists, photographers, leatherworkers and other high-quality artisans and artists have come together under one roof – the result is one of Kenya’s most discerning shopping experiences.

City Market

The city’s main souvenir business is concentrated in this covered market, which has dozens of stalls selling wood carvings, drums, spears, shields, soapstone, Maasai jewellery and clothing. It’s a hectic place and you’ll have to bargain hard  but there’s plenty of good stuff on offer.

Nightlife in Nairobi!

Gipsy’s Bar

This is one of the most popular bars in Westlands, pulling in a large, mixed crowd of Kenyans, expats and prostitutes. Snacks are available and there’s decent Western and African music, with parties frequently spilling out onto the pavement.

Simmers

If you’re tired of having your butt pinched to the strains of limp R&B in darkened discos, Simmers could be your place. The atmosphere at this open-air bar-restaurant is amazing, with enthusiastic crowds turning out to wind and grind the night away to parades of bands playing anything from Congolese rumba to Kenyan benga (contemporary dance).

Lord Delamere Terrace & Bar

Once one of Africa’s classic bars, the Lord Delamere Terrace was the starting point for so many epic colonial safaris, and the scene of tall tales told by men such as Ernest Hemingway and the Great White Hunters of the early 20th century.

Lord Delamere Terrace & Bar  nairobi kenya

Flight Attendants Discounts in Kenya?

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Kenya. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!

Any Cool Experience to share in Nairobi ?

How was your layover in Nairobi ? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

Have a great layover !

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