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.

14 Fourteen falls Review: A place to visit in Thika

The 14 falls is situated in Thika about 65-70 Kilometers North East of Kenyan capital city Nairobi and is one of the best tourist attraction destination in Kenya. To reach the fourteen falls from Nairobi town you need about two hours to make it by road. The most preferred mode of transport to the falls is by road driving on public or personal/hired cars. Going bird watching at the falls on public cars from Nairobi it’s recommended to board Kilmabongo bound vehicles. The waterfall is not far from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya and one can get their by using the Matatu and hiring of your personal vehicles which is highly recommended for international tourists

Why the Name “fourteen falls”

As river Athi flows downstream meeting the rocks, the rocks divides into section numbering fourteen side by side allowing water to pass through the distinct sections. The River comes down the rocks forming fourteen different independent strips that from one source as show in the figure.

They look magnificent as they cascade roughly to make their deep drop down the rocks each seeking to stand out on its own with a pounding sound. The Fourteen Falls of Thika is a sight that remains embedded in your mind for days after the visit. They are a magical sight, another one of natures wonderful creation. These beauty is covered and sorrounded with lush tropical vegetation that provides an awesome scenery for picnics and family outings. The communities around the fall have different mythical versions about the formation of the Fourteen Falls.

Bird watching at 14 fourteen falls
At the falls prepared to record a number of bird species and have your birding essential including but not limited to binoculars, guidebooks and a notebook. For local and international tourist not conversant with the terrain it’s recommended to have a local guide as this will help you save time but enable you enjoying the day. Remember to carry your birding camera for spectacular sceneries photo taking. You’ll have a chance to watch these and many more bird species here in Kenya.

14 falls management

The Fall is managed by the County government of Kiambu and charges a service fee for entry. Kenya Adult citizens pays Kshs 200, while children pays Kshs 100. Residents Adults (These are not kenyan citizens by live and work here in Kenya) Adults Pays Kshs 1000 while Children pays Kshs 100. Non Residents (These are visitor touring the country such as tourists) Adults pays USD 20, while childrens pays USD 10. Note that there are other additional charges at site such as use of cameras among others

The Guides
There are helpfull local guides at the waterfalls that assist vistors. Bird watchers will be guided in the field and this makes your work easy when comes to bird identification and spotting. The guides explains these birds into detail on how they feed, behaviour and their migration pattern for the migrants. At the falls you’ll be assisted by boat guides helping to steer the boat downstream, upstream and into the rocky river bank using locally made long poles. Bird watching and site viewing from the boat is a must to make your day very memorable. The guides at the falls take you around the falls to experience the views from different points. They also dive to entertain the visitors. Incase you do not have your camera, there are camera men who take wonderful photos at a small fee. They also have a curio shop that sells different types of African ornaments, sculptures and unique small mats from the Kamba community.

The place is also near Mt .Kilimambogo National Park that is a home to different wild animals like buffallos, antelopes and a variety of birds. The mountain is known for hosting hundreds of Buffaloes. Visitors can also view the mountain that stands some few kilometres from The fourteen falls of Thika. It is a place you will never regret of having visiting while in Kenya. Prepare yourself for the visit and ensure to carry with necessary tourism tools including Cameras to take photos. It is consider as one of the best tourist destination for Kenya attracting both local and international tourists. From the 14 fourteen falls one can have some good time at the Chania falls, Thika falls and the Ol Donyo Sabuk National park.
Besides bird watching at the falls, visitors can have sport fishing, photography and videography, nature walk around the rock basements, boat ride, dances and scenic diving viewing among other activities
Your day can be wrapped up by spending in one of the local well maintained facilities, also available at the site are traders selling different items such as fruits, photographers assisting those without camera at a fee among other traders.
Did you know that “”Sir Macmillan was a famous philanthropist who lived on the foot of the Hills. He made the Hills internationally known when he hosted the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US president Roosevelt” no you know.