What You Should Know About Nairobi Kenya

Just like any other part of the country, Nairobi has varied weather conditions depending on the time of the year, season and also the environs. The other main factor that changes the weather conditions is the topography and situation of the area. Nairobi is situated around temperate highlands giving it a touch of the cold and warm conditions like any other place in the diverse African land. It experiences an annual rainfall of 790 mm so the city is never dry like the North Eastern part of Kenya or flooded making it possible for anyone to easily blend in it. The annual temperature to the maximum reaches 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 13 degrees Celsius hence not too hot or too cold. During the rainy season, the rainfall is mostly heavy during the afternoon and the evening. The long rains mostly occur from April to June while the short rains occur from October to December.

February is the warmest month with temperatures averaging at 24 degrees Celsius, August is the coolest month, April the wettest while July is the driest. Humidity in the morning is usually high due to cold during the night while low in the evening due to the sunlight that is a times scorching during the day. Cold experienced is favorable compared to other parts of the country especially in the central province. Although the city may experience late rains the temperature is conducive to allow everyone to go about with their daily chores. When the rains start it may tend to be windy and cold during the night and morning. During this season people dress heavily to avoid coming down with cold. The average hours when sunlight is experienced are around seven hours a day. During the afternoon it’s usually hot compared to other hours of the day. Which makes people dress lightly and at this hour of the day you may notice people or commuters carrying bottled water due to the heat allowing them to cool their bodies.
The hot, cool and warm weather ensures the city is always buzzing with activities as people have found a way to adapt and stay with this kind of weather conditions throughout the year round. This weather is also favorable for visitors who are either on vacation or are in the city to attend to business matters. It is also this great condition that leaves Nairobi the busiest city in Kenya.

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Bird Watching Sites in Nairobi Kenya

Ziwani retreat
Uhuru gardens
Nairobi city park
Paradise lost
Magadi road
Nairobi national park
Nairobi Arboretum among others

Nairobi is a big city with many routes, estates, buildings and if one is not careful enough, can get lost and frustrated in it. If you are a birding visitor, there are many places to watch out for and you should be sure of the route or person you decide to follow or talk to. To maximize on your bird watching trip in Nairobi always get the services of a bird guides. Guides offer helps in identifying the best possible routes to follow avoiding the long queue of vehicles witnessed almost every day in the town. Having a guide will help reach the above mention birding sites with ease of saving money and time? To aid your bird watching activities have a binocular and a bird guide about Kenyan’s birds, these are essential birding accessories enabling twitchers record as many birds as possible.

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The most common sector that one needs to be familiar with is the currency converter institutions to enable one access the Kenyan currency since there are places foreign currency is not accepted. There are many banks and major hotels that can help one convert the money to Kenyan currency. There is an exchange kiosk at the Jomo Kenyatta airport to help you once land into the airport also banks can be easily accessed within the city. Credit cards are accepted by major restaurants and hotels. In case you need to move around the city, there is adequate transport that can access the whole city. One needs to be extra careful on the kind of taxis, buses, trains they decide to board as some of the drivers and other commuters may decide to take advantage of you once they notice you are a tourist or new in the city. There are also car hire services for those with extra cash trains with first, second and third class compartments. This ensures everyone chooses the best modes of transport that suits them perfectly.

The most common language that people use in Nairobi is Swahili. In case you are not familiar with the language you can use English since it’s the official language in Kenya and a high percentage of people within the city can use it fluently.
The most important thing to watch out for is personal security. Thugs and pickpocketers roam along the streets and protecting one’s accessories should be given out most attention. Watch out for strangers who behave in a friendly way as they may be up to something mischievous and this may catch you unawares. Also, avoid removing large chunks of money as this may attract unwanted attention hence leaving you in an uncompromising situation.

Walking along the streets should be done with precaution and if possible find someone to walk along with you to avoid getting in danger and end up being mugged. Choose the best hotels to stay with ample security to ensure your stay does not end up with any problems with your friends and the family.

Major Airport in Nairobi Kenya

The airport is located in Embakasi south constituency – east part of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is a joint type of airport being used by the civil department and the Kenyan military. Jomo Kenyatta airport is operated by Kenya Airports Authority. It was officially opened in 1958 during the colonial administration and covers an area of 25662 square meters approximately.
After its construction, the airport was known as Embakasi Airport before it changed its name to Nairobi airport. When Kenya gained independence, it officially changed the name to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in honor for Kenya’s first prime minister and president Jomo Kenyatta.

It’s Kenya’s largest aviation institution and the busiest airport in East and central Africa. It is the main center for Kenya Airways, Jet link Express, Fly540, Emirates, British Airways, Brussels among other Airlines.
The airport is served by a single runway and one terminal building which were built in the 1970s; the other terminal “Embakasi” constructed in the 1960s is currently used for cargo and training institution for Kenya Air Force. Some of its cargo airlines include British Airways World Cargo, Emirates, and Sky cargo, Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo, Egypt Air Cargo, and Air Cargo Germany.

The airport is served by 49 scheduled airlines with direct flight connections to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and the vast African continent.

The main terminal has three units used to manage the arrivals and departures in the airport. International flights are controlled and managed in unit one and two while domestic flights are taken care of by unit three. There are eight gates which are used by departing passengers and also the arrivals before they head to the immigration department and the baggage hall.

For any arrivals and departures, there are banking services and stands, taxis, tour guides, car hiring services and those in need of booking hotels can be assisted right away without any inconveniences. There are pubs, cafeterias, and machines for light drinks in each unit to ensure the well being of all the passengers.

There is also the customer care department in all units to ensure all passengers are well guided and helped in case they encounter any form of problem.

Due to the growing number of passengers the airport has implemented an expansion plan to cater for more than nine million passengers annually compared to the current 2.5 million per year and this will ensure more tourists visit the country to strengthen the Kenyan economy.

Why go Birdwatching at the Diani Beach Kenya

Traveling to diani beach Kenya for bird watching safaris and holidays is either by road or air, when traveling by road there are so many buses and shuttles from Nairobi Kenya, the capital city of Kenya to the coastal town of Mombasa fondly known as “Mombasa Raha”. Raha is a Swahili word for “lavish life”. The people of Mombasa are known for their love to visitors and would readily offer helps but one has to be extra cautious when soliciting help and advice, if you are not so sure of where you are going please contact your traveling agent. Once you arrived in Mombasa town, your journey to the South coast Diani Beach Kenya began. To reach South Coast there are two main routes to follow either by road or crossing by Ferry at the Likoni Ferry services, once you’ve crossed you will get the shuttles “Matatus” to Ukinda beach and taxi. Arriving at the Diani beach one notice the tall trees and the friendly roaming monkeys. With friendly staff you will be ushered and booked in one of the spacious rooms.

It’s time to go swimming at the ocean, you will enjoy every moment of swimming and the best time to swim is during morning hours, breakfast will come handy from swimming and you will have almost all food and drinks for breakfast .
Diani beach in Kenya offers one of the best places for bird sporting with the indigenous trees attracting various bird species. Have your bird watching gears and essential such as the camera, notebook and the binocular ready. With this birding equipment you’ll capture some of the best photos and videos.

Your birding routine at the diani beach

Your bird day should start very early in the morning. Have a morning walk along the diani beach coastline when water levels receded to the ocean. You’ll be able to collect assorted beautification stones among other materials. Kenyan’s diani beach coastal is one of the best coastlines in Mombasa with a number of bird’s species enjoying the morning breezing flying over the ocean. Once you’re done with your morning bird watching it’s now time to move to the beach hotel compound and at the compound be prepared to watch as many bird species as possible.

 baobab diani beach kenya
Baobab diani beach kenya

Birding with water proof binoculars is an added advantage for those taking their excursion into the ocean. Water proof binoculars aren’t affected with the effect of water and you’ll enjoy every moment of your trip to the coastal city and your diani beach birding trip to Kenyan coastal city shouldn’t end without visiting the historical site of Fort Jesus and Gedi ruins in Malindi. The diani beach in Kenya is a private beach and its accessibility is possible from the beach hotel but also from the ocean water. If you’re visit Mombasa town for the first time remember to have a tour guide from an individual or the many safari tour companies operating in Kenya. A having a tour guide add numerous benefits to your stay at the coast as you’ll be guided on birding hotspot saving you time and money if you are after a specific bird species. There are so many types of bird species found at the beach in diani Ukunda including the. There are many resorts that tourist get accommodation including but not limited to the Baobab resort at the diani. With excellent world class accommodation facilities in these hotels birders enjoy every moment of their stay. At the diani beach hotels you can also conduct your residential birding. Baobab is one such facility with an excellent residential birding environment with tall trees for birds to feed, rest and roost. If doing a bird filming then this best location to have your evening film editing session after video capturing in the field.