Whether you live in Nairobi, or you are just a visitor, finding the best tips & tools to make your business travels easily is a useful hack. You often need to hit the road for your job. Even if you’ve been anxiously awaiting the business travel, how do you get packed, keep in touch and make the most of your business trip, all while keeping your sanity and maybe even having a bit of fun? Check out these useful tools for Nairobi
- The Packing List
Always make a packing list a week before your trip when your mind is completely relaxed. Be as thorough as possible on your list since you can always remove what you don’t need later.
Clothing & accessories
The best outfits for business travelers is the dark colored outfits. Not just because they can easily hide stains but they can easily match up with just about anything.
Depending on where you are coming from, different travel documents may be required and therefore do a little research and find out what else you need. The most important travel documents as we know are visas and passports. It is, however, advisable to have a high-resolution scan of your driver’s license, passport and credit cards on your smartphone or on your computer.
Always pack practical, versatile, efficient meetings essentials. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have some writing materials, your official business cards & perhaps some breath mints.
Medications & Cash
Although most institutions accept credit cards in Nairobi, always carry some loose change for quick purchases around the city. A combination of one $20, $ 50 & $100 bills in your wallet will save you a great deal amount of trouble especially if you are a foreigner. Don’t forget any medications that you might be having or one that you know you might need like headache pills.
To stay organized download the TripIt app. The app lets you instantly create a schedule with all your travel details in one place. Imports travel plans directly from your email. Get access to your travel plans on any device and have your travel plans added to your calendar for you.
These include your laptop, tablet, a flash drive, headphones well as the power chords or an adapter kit altogether.
- Travelling to & Around Nairobi, Kenya
Getting to Nairobi by Air
Nairobi is served by Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is approximately 13km southeast of the town center via Mombasa Rd and also served by Wilson Airport which is close to the Nairobi National Park. Major carriers include Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian, Egypt Air and Etihad Airways. For the domestic traveler’s one can book their scheduled domestic flights to and from Nairobi with services provided by Air Kenya, Kenya Airways, African Safari Airway, Fly540 and Jambo jets.
Getting to Nairobi by road
Getting to Nairobi by road is easier when using buses and matatus. However, Nairobi can also be accessed through the use of car rentals too. The bus services are most reliable for long distances, especially when crossing the borders of the neighboring countries like Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania. Matatus and Shuttles are however faster than the buses, therefore, making it convenient to travel to and from different cities and towns in every corner of Kenya. If you prefer personalized private travel, there are quite a number of car rentals especially in Nairobi to help you get around.
Getting around Nairobi
Nairobi CBD is bounded by Uhuru Highway to the west, Nairobi River to the north and east and the railway to the south. Major hotels, business centers, and government offices are centered within the city and its immediate proximity neighborhoods. If you prefer an authentic Local experience little cabs taxi should be your best choice and if you prefer to travel with Uber, then they are available as long you have the uber app. You can also use the boda-bodas (motorbikes) within the city which are way cheaper and convenient when avoiding the jam.
- The Best Places to Stay in Nairobi
If you are looking for a safe & fun-filled neighborhood to stay in, then Gigiri is your best bet. The neighborhood is one of Kenya’s safest suburb as it is home to the United Nations African headquarters & the US embassy to Kenya, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) global headquarters, Kenya’s Second Oldest mall, Village Market, over 10 Embassies including the Embassy of Poland, Italy, Sweden & Morocco as well as international chain restaurants like Subway and Domino’s Pizza.
If your meetings are in Nairobi CBD & you’re very conscious of time, there are plenty of safe accommodations in Westlands, Parklands & Muthaiga suburbs which are a little closer to the CBD. But none of them meets Gigiri safety standards overall.
If you are looking for a specific accommodation option, we’re happy to suggest Tara Suites. Ours is a thoughtfully designed, conveniently located hospitality establishment that provides 5-star experiences & service plus affordable luxury for everyone. And we are not pricey like our neighbors.
4. Best Places to Visit in Nairobi
If you’ve got a little time on hands or you just want to have a little fun after your business is done, the following are some of the best places to visit in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park -The one and only wildlife capital of the world.
Giraffe Centre – Located in Karen, this a place where you can feed the giraffes or eat with them.
Karen Blixen Museum -This was home to a Danish author Karen Blixen who is celebrated for her famous book; “Out of Africa”
Bomas of Kenya – An amazing overview of some of the unique cultures in Kenya represented by the respective tribes.
Ngong Hills – Go hiking at Ngong Hills is about 22km southwest of the city.
Uhuru Gardens– Visit Kenya’s largest Memorial park and discover the story behind Kenya’s struggle for independence.
Nairobi Arboretum– A quiet place to think or have a meaningful conversation with a close friend.
Nairobi National Museum – A place to learn about Kenya’s history, its people, culture, and art.
Jamia Mosque – Built in the 1900s, this mosque is one of Kenya’s most prominent religious structures and the most important mosque in the country
Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family – Built in the 1960s, this church remains to be one of the biggest churches in Nairobi with a capacity 4000 pax.