The Ultimate Stop Over Activities Guide || Nairobi Airport
Indeed layovers can present a unique opportunity to explore a city and make the most of your travel time. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, offers a vibrant blend of culture, wildlife, and natural beauty that can be easily experienced even during a short layover.
Remember to factor in transportation time when planning your layover activities. It’s also advisable to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation before venturing outside the airport. With careful planning and a bit of adventure, you can transform your layover into a memorable Nairobi experience.
Here are some suggestions for making the most of your layover in Nairobi:
1.Relax at the Airport Lounges
If you don’t have a visa meaning you have to stay inside the terminal, you can opt to pay for lounge access at JKIA airport.
Several lounges are available such as Kenya Airways Pride Lounge, Simba Lounge ,Turkish Lounge and Aspire lounge.
Of all four, Pride lounge would be most proffered since its very spacious with amenities such as showers, nursing stations for mothers with children ,a business lounge and much more which is true value for money.
2.Book a day room at JKIA Airport Hotels -Four Points || Hilton Garden Inn || Crown Plaza
Book a day room and relax at any of this hotels, all are strategically located in the airport and offer complimentary airport transport option. Overall any of the three are recommendable .Most of their Rooms are of adequate size and offer plenty of facilities and amenities including a pool, gym and spa,in house restaurant.
3.Visit the Giraffe center
Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi in Langata, the Giraffe Center offers an enjoyable opportunity to interact with giraffes up close.
For a fee of 1500 Kenyan Shillings (equivalent to $15), you can purchase a handful of pellets to feed the giraffes.
However, be cautious, as they have a tendency to nudge you for more food, and it’s more of a forceful gesture than a gentle one.
4.David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
If your preference leans towards baby elephants, take a stroll down the road to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage any day of the week between 11 am and noon .
Here you can witness the staff feeding the baby elephants and learn about their individual stories.
In the pre-pandemic era, spontaneous visits were welcomed, but now, due to restrictions, it’s necessary to make advance bookings through email.Admission requires a minimum donation of 1500 Kenyan Shillings (equivalent to $15).
5.Game drive at Nairobi National Park & Nairobi Animal Orphanage
An excellent way to make the most of a lengthy layover in this city is by exploring Nairobi National Park, renowned as the only wildlife game park located within a capital worldwide. Situated on the city’s outskirts, just a short drive from Nairobi’s central business district, the park offers an abundance of wildlife. Boasting over 100 species of mammals and reptiles, as well as more than 400 species of birds, Nairobi National Park provides a remarkable biodiversity. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the big four of the renowned big five animals, namely the Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo. Numerous other species of wildlife also thrive here. The park is conveniently located, taking approximately 20 minutes to reach from the airport.
6.Visit the Kenyatta International Conference Center Rooftop
Nestled in the heart of Nairobi’s Central Business District stands the iconic 28-story Kenyatta International Convention Center. Renowned for hosting significant conferences and events, this architectural gem offers a range of facilities.
As of 2023, the fee for non-Kenyans to go up to the roof is 500 Kenyan shillings ($3.50 US) for adults and 200 ($1.50 US) for kids.
Get to see and take photos of breathtaking views of Nairobi skyline
7.Karen blixe musiem trip
The Danish author of “Out of Africa” resided in a farmhouse on a coffee plantation nestled at the edge of Kenya’s picturesque Ngong Hills. Today, a small museum pays homage to her life and work. Preserving much of the original furniture, it offers a captivating glimpse into the ambiance of a colonial-era home.
This spot is an intriguing visit, even for those who haven’t delved into Blixen’s literary works.
8.Maasai Market Articfacts Shopping
Artifacts from the famous Maasai Market are a must-have for any traveler.
Wood and soapstone carvings, sisal baskets, or African-designed jewelry are all available at the Nairobi City Market.
The Market Operates at different locations within nairoibi monday to sunday check with your guide.
9. Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi Dinning experience
This restaurant offers a “Beast of a Feast” dining experience, which includes a range of meats served on skewers along with a selection of sauces and side dishes.
Offering a unique dining experience that immerses you in the heart of African culture and cuisine. Its signature feature is a traditional Maasai sword-wielding service, where waiters carve meats directly from the grill onto your sizzling cast iron plates. This theatrical display adds an element of excitement and tradition to your meal.
The Carnivore’s ambiance is equally captivating, with thatched roofs, tribal artwork, and warm lighting creating an authentic African atmosphere.
The restaurant’s outdoor seating area offers stunning views of the surrounding savanna, adding to the immersive experience.