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Layover In Nairobi, Kenya

| December 8, 2014

Stuck on a Nairobi layover at Kenya’s Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)? The airport is the busiest airport in Eastern Africa, the 6th busiest in Africa, and serves as the main hub for Kenya Airways. Located approximately 9.5 miles from Nairobi’s business district, the city if an accessible destination for those stuck on a long stopover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Nairobi layover, click here for useful tips.
Nairobi layover - things to doIf you’re stuck in the Nairobi airport during your layover, there are a number of duty free and regular shops that can keep you entertained (click here for the list of stores in the airport). The airport also has Forex Bureaus and banks onsite, a number of nearby hotels for those interested in resting or who arrive at night, a Left Luggage facility, and tour and travel agents (listed here) to help assist you with planning and activities.

There airport also has two pay-per-access lounges at the airport (roughly $20 USD), for a quiet, comfortable place to relax, as well as a VIP lounge. The airport also has an Internet café for online access.

If you plan on traveling to Nairobi during your layover, fixed-fare taxis are available outside the airport. For a full list of taxi companies and their contact information, as well as rental car companies available, click here. Bus stops are outside Terminals 1 and 2, and travel between the airport and downtown Nairobi. For information on train and bus transportation around Nairobi, Kenya click here.

For general traveler information including currency, security and safety, visas, credit cards, and health, click here and here for more information.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do During A Nairobi Layover:

Nairobi National Park
Kenya’s first national park, the Nairobi National Park is home to, most notably, the black rhinos, and tons of other animals including lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes and more. There’s a lot of ground to cover so make sure you have quite a few hours to take advantage of the park.

Giraffe Center
Here at the Giraffe Center you can learn all about and get close to giraffes, and even feed them. The center is non-profit and was set up to help save the Rothschild giraffe. For rates and more information, click here.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
A safe haven for elephants and rhinos, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust you can visit the young elephants (4 weeks to 3 years old) for only 1 hour each day between 11am-12pm. If you sponsor an elephant for $50 USD, you can view them all being put to bed at 5.30pm

Village Market
At this big shopping and recreation complex in Nairobi, you can shop for all kinds of goods including fashion, crafts, jewelry and gifts. There’s also mini golf, bowling, waterslides, and tons more.

Long Layovers – Tours and Safaris
If you have a long layover in Kenya, you can take a tour depending on the length of time you have. There are tons of tour companies to choose from in Nairobi, including Kibera Tours, Safari Legacy, and tons more.

Have some suggestions for a Nairobi layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Mrs G Fro says:

    Note that while Nairobi airport has plenty of shopping venues, and a couple of internet cafes, there are precious few places to sit! If you have a late night, long layover, you might want to consider getting one of the bed “closets”. A small fee gets you a towel, bar of soap, access to public shower, and a sleeping room. Can be noisy as room has thin walls, but you can at least lie down, read, and maybe close your eyes. I can’t remember exactly where it’s located (other than you have to go past the –yuk–smoking area to get to it), but airport staff will know.