Bomas of Kenya
The Bomas villages just outside of the city are admittedly built specifically for tourists, but can still give you a great view of what traditional Kenyan life was like in the past, and how it still is for many of the nomadic peoples in the country. There are daily performances and dances by native people from many different Kenyan tribes.
A Little Farther Away
A little farther from the city itself, is the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park. Only 56km away, it's still within the Nairobi area. Located next to the Kilimambogo mountain, you can see a whole new population of less-common African animals. This park is home to many monkeys, duikers, leopard and all kinds of species of birds. Be prepared for some natural beauty at the "14 Falls" of the Tana river.
Climate in the Nairobi Area
One of the reasons why Nairobi is pleasant to visit, is the climate. Smack dab in the middle of Kenya, the altitude keeps Nairobi much cooler than the rest of the country. The city is more than 5,500 feet above sea level and that makes all the difference. The temperature varies through the year, but the coolest time to visit would be in July and August. Highs are a tolerable 70F and it drops right down to 50F at nights. If you like the heat, plan your vacation during March or April. You can expect it to reach 78F during the day in those months. However, also take into account the rainy seasons. More on this on my page about the climate in Kenya.
The cheapest transport options in Nairobi are the buses and the matatus. The difference between them is that buses are bigger and more official, while the matatus are private minibuses (but for public use). They follow the same routes. The matatus can drive somewhat recklessly, but it's much less than a few years ago due to increased government regulation. Don't use buses if you have a lot of luggage - getting on or off is almost impossible sometimes.
The other option is taxis. However, negotiate your price before you get in. They aren't very cheap, due to high gas prices. A few miles within the city should cost 300 shilling (US$ 4) and for up to 30 minutes to or from the suburbs should cost around 1000 shillings (US$ 14).
Be aware that there are traffic jams around 8-9 AM and 5-6 PM, and also within Nairobi many roads have potholes as well.
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