Kenya-Handy Figures and Travel Tips

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I am pretty lucky to be capable to reside and perform in the Masai Mara game reserve for a several months of the calendar year.

Every year when its time to return from South Africa to Kenya, I drag out telephone numbers, and recall where by practical things is in town.

This 12 months I thought I would compile these into a checklist on the internet somewhere so if I unfastened any of the quantities I can obtain them from any cybercaf&eacute in city.

So why not pad it out and allow it be valuable for anyone traveling to Kenya and Nairobi.

By legal rights this ought to always stay a perform in progress as I include to the checklist and discover a lot more figures.

Initially off so it really is at the leading of the website page and straightforward to find.

Critical phone numbers.

Emergency Solutions 999
Law enforcement CID HQ 728888
AMREF Traveling Doctors 502699/506521
St Johns Ambulance 224066
Nairobi Hospital 2722160
Aga Khan Hospital 37400
Kenyatta National Hospital 2726300
Gertrude’s Backyard garden Kid’s Hospital 3763474

On arrival

Most men and women get there at Jomo Kenyatta Intercontinental airport (822111) and are picked up by guides and bussed into Nairobi to a resort if it can be late in the working day.

Must you get in early you could possibly be taken straight out to Wilson Airport (501943) which is in which all the smaller commuter airlines depart from for inside destinations.

Likelihood are your internal flight will be with Air Kenya they run a fleet of aircraft from solitary engined Cessna Caravans to four engined Sprint seven plane. You may well also be traveling with Safari Backlink. Of course I never have both selection, when I obtain them I will add them.

The other point that could possibly materialize is that you are driving to your safari place.

Be geared up for a extensive bumpy scorching push.

Be bullish and insist that your driver stops at a supermarket.

On your journey of quite a few several hours your driver will continue halting at friend’s roadside stalls and curio retailers in which they get fee on profits.

All less than the pretext of needing breaks.

There are modern garages on all the significant roadways. Get the driver to end at them for toilet breaks and treats en route. Cleaner with set charges.


If you should have some time on your palms and want to stock up on factors like chocolate and bottled drinking water you ought to go to a mall instead than pay out by way of the nose in your lodge or lodge.

There are two principal supermarket chains in Kenya, Uchumi and Nakumatt.

Both equally are superb and not compared with shops you obtain in the United states or Europe.

A person of the most significant Malls in city is the Sarit Centre which can be discovered in Westland’s just a quick taxi ride from the centre of town. There you can rest and dine or catch a motion picture as well as do some grocery purchasing.

Just opened on Ngong Street is the Junction, once again a enjoyable put to store.

If you do not have a terrific offer of time amongst arriving in Kenya and connecting with flights at Wilson Airport the supermarkets have aided you out.

There are two Nakumatt’s just off the Mombassa Street which you will take into city to change onto Langata and Wilson Airport.

Just one store is just off Airport North Road and the other opposite the Nayayo Stadium, this is the even bigger of the two.

Just past Wilson airport on Langata, pretty much on the airfield fence with plane on the other aspect of it is a pretty nice Uchumi. This is the one particular I use to stock up with four months of goodies in advance of departing for the Mara.

Oh and when I am chatting about shopping you can get stacks of curios from road distributors outside the house of the Sarit Centre for substantially significantly less than they will charge in your lodges.

Ingesting Out

If you are taken to Carnivore restaurant you will move that Uchumi. Carnivore is the spot that having found animals in the wild you get to take in them!

It is really not for me I am a vegetarian!

When I am in town I always try and grab a food at the Trattoria, Wabera/Kaunda (340855/240205) also superior is Cedars which is out on Lenana, it is really a Lebanese affair. Both of those offer excellent vegetarian meals as well as stuff for the other form of diner -)

Quite a few garages now sport pizza and burger franchises, they modern day and very superior. Precisely what you would assume in the relaxation of the earth.

If you have young children with you the Aero Club at Wilson Airport has a bar and restaurant and most importantly a children’s playground that about looks the runway. A good deal to see and do although waiting around for a flight onward. It’s about five minute’s taxi experience from the two the Air Kenya and Safari Url test in desks.

If you are coming up from South Africa and want a memory of house! There is a Spur in the Getaway Inn. Corner of Parklands Avenue and Msapo Shut (3740920) its not very equivalent but there is a enjoyable bar and exterior taking in spot as perfectly.

Things to do

Really should you have quite a few hours to burn up you may possibly think about viewing the Karen Blixen Museum or the Giraffe Manor.

Nairobi Nationwide Park and the Animal Orphanage are also worth a glance.

So that is a start, I will add to this as I believe about it and when I get back and try to remember matters!

Regardless of what and anywhere you keep in Kenya you will have a incredible time.

The people today are outstanding and provider good.

By Gary Mortimer