Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, also known as the World’s Wildlife Capital, no more needs an introduction. Since the time the country gained independence in 1963, Nairobi has made its presence felt on the world map, and how! From being the gateway to the unreal safari experiences across Kenya’s 20+ national parks, or the city's vibrant local culture and buzzing markets, Nairobi has paved its way into every traveler's bucket list.
Geographically located very close to the Equator, at a height of about 1795 metres from sea level, Nairobi enjoys a subtropical highland climate, characterised by warm, sunny mornings and cool, pleasant evenings almost all throughout the year. The warmest months are between December to March, when the average maximum temperature hovers around 24 degrees Celsius. Nairobi also experiences two wet seasons in the year - March to May and again from October to December. Needless to say, these months are best avoided if you are planning a trip to this Safari Capital of the World.
How to get there
Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, named after the first President of Kenya, enjoys good connectivity with most major cities of the world. If you are flying in from India, you can either catch a direct flight from Mumbai or take a hopping flight if your port of departure is Delhi.
Pro tip - If you are looking to visit Nairobi during peak season, plan your journey at least 2-3 months in advance to get the cheapest flight tickets. If planned well, it is possible for a couple to fly to Nairobi from Mumbai, and back, via Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in less than INR 50,000.
Visa and other documents
Kenyan immigration has now moved entirely online by introducing an e-visa that can be granted to nationals of 146 countries, including India. The procedure is as simple as creating an account on the e-visa website, applying and paying for the visa, and finally downloading and printing the document once it’s ready. The single entry e-visa costs USD 51 per person and gets ready in just 2 working days! It really is as easy as it sounds.
Apart from the e-visa, there are a couple of other documents you need to procure to gain entry into Kenya. All travelers have to get a dose of the yellow fever vaccine and the oral polio vaccine at least 4 weeks before their arrival date in Kenya. It is mandatory for travellers to hold a valid certificate from a government-authorized medical facility to show that they have been vaccinated against these diseases. The yellow fever vaccine is valid for a good 10 years while the polio vaccine only holds valid for a year. So based on your past vaccinations, make sure you get a booster dose.