There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Nairobi each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) March-April: Good Friday (national holiday)
In Korogocho, one of the largest districts in Nairobi, the faithful parade in the market vicinity. Behind the large cross, carried by a dozen people, the procession comes stronger with each stop it makes.March-April: Easter Monday (national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)
On May 1st, Labour Day is an occasion for celebrations and parades in the streets of Nairobi.June 1: Madaraka Day (national holiday)
Kenyans celebrate the day when their country became an autonomous Republic, on June 1st, 1963. On this occasion, a spectacular parade takes place in Nairobi with armed and police forces, but also nurses, labourers, students, scouts… Various acrobatic shows (stunt flying, circus) take place after the parade.June: Eid Al Fitr - end of Ramadan - (national holiday)
Muslims make for 11% of the Kenyan population. They celebrate Eid Al Fitr, which corresponds to the end of Ramadan. They spend the night between friends and family, and large celebrations are organised all around Nairobi.October 10: Moi Day (national holiday)
October 10th is a public holiday since 1989. On this day each year, Kenyans take a break and pay tribute to the achievements of Daniel Arap Moi, President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002.October 20: Mashujaa Day (national holiday)
On this day, Kenyans celebrate the heroes who fought for the freedom and well-being of the country. Important crowds gather in the Uhuru Park in a spirit of national pride to watch the performances of local artists.December 12: Jamhuri Day - Independence Day - (national holiday)
Also known as Uhuru Day, Independence Day is an occasion for popular events, parades and shows in Nairobi. A presidential speech celebrates December 12th, 1963, when the country became independent from the United Kingdom.December 25: Christmas (national holiday) December 26: Boxing Day
Official holiday in Kenya, Boxing Day in an occasion to find good deals in shops. It is also devoted to sports with various competitions organised in football, basketball, cricket and equestrianism.
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|February||14/57||27/80||63/2.5||Good period to go|
|March||15/59||26/79||124/4.9||Not the best period to go|
|April||15/59||25/77||210/8.3||Not the best period to go|
|May||14/57||23/73||157/6.2||Not the best period to go|
|June||13/55||22/71||45/1.8||Good period to go|
|July||12/53||22/71||14/0.5||Good period to go|
|August||12/53||22/71||22/0.9||Good period to go|
|September||12/53||25/77||30/1.2||Good period to go|
|October||14/57||25/77||52/2.0||Good period to go|
|November||14/57||24/75||108/4.2||Not the best period to go|
|December||14/57||24/75||85/3.3||Good period to go|
The Jomo-Kenyatta Nairobi International Airport is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) south-east of the city centre.
Nairobi is a very pleasant city and not at all difficult to get around. The public transport system is limited, but satisfactory. In addition, there is very little traffic congestion and drivers respect traffic rules.
The most common mode of transportation in Nairobi is the “matatu”, and it is an integral part of Kenyan culture. It is a minibus of 12 to 16 seats following a precise route. Passengers may get on and off as they please along the way. Beware of waiting times: a matatu leaves only when full! Prices start at KES 20 and may reach KES 100 for the longest trips.
Local buses, less quaint than the matatus, follow predefined itineraries and schedules, connecting Nairobi's main streets (basic fare: about KES 50).
Efficient and plentiful, taxis are most of the time gathered in the streets near hotels and touristic areas. As they are not equipped with meters, it is recommended to agree on the fare before you leave. Nairobi taxis show a characteristic sideway yellow strip, or look like big black London cabs. A few companies offer more modern vehicles that can be ordered by phone. Fares run KES 250 to 450 for short trips.
Three-wheeled motor rickshaws, known as tuk-tuks, are also used as taxis in Nairobi. You can always negotiate the fare. For short trips, expect KES 100 less than in a regular taxi.
Renting a car is a good way to move around Nairobi, if you have some driving experience in Africa. Gas is sold by the litre (about KES 90 for 1 litre). Please note: even though people drive on the left-hand side (remnant of British occupation), distances appear in kilometres and not in miles.
Upon your arrival in Nairobi, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Kenya Tourism Board
Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures (for accommodation, transportation, holidays, cultural events…)
The currency used in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).
1 € = 120,63 KES
1 KES = 0,01 €
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation. Nairobi counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Kenya. However, the following vaccines are recommended:
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Nairobi.
As a French citizen, a visa is mandatory to enter Kenya, whatever the duration of your stay (except minors under 16, exempted on the condition they hold their own passport).
A tourist visa is valid for up to 90 days. You can ask for one at the Kenyan Embassy in Paris or at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when you land in Kenya. In the latter case, you only need a passport (must be valid at least for 6 months from the date you enter the country, and present two blank pages). Fees of EUR 40 (KES 4,545 or USD 51) must be paid in cash.
Another option is to contact the embassy before you leave, or go on their website:
Here are a few basic Swahili phrases that may be useful during your stay in Nairobi:
There is no rule about tipping in Kenya. In restaurants that do not include service charges, a 5-10% tip is recommended.