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Sometimes I’m up for spontaneous activities and since it gets boring to stay in one place day after day, we decided to visit the giraffe center! It is located in Langata, Duma road. It took us about one and a half hours from Desai to reach there but all this because for the heavy traffic probably since it was in the afternoon otherwise it should take about 40minutes. On arrival the covid sops are observed. We arrived at around 4pm and purchased the tickets using VISA card and MPESA because they don’t accept cash or you can actually purchase the ticket online the day before. It cost us 400kshs as East African and Kenyan citizens while for foreign nationals it costs 1500kshs. We finally got to the giraffes and we were given snacks in shells that we were to feed the giraffes. It was so funny how the giraffes would eye that shell knowing that you have something for them. They would immediately walk to you to be fed. It was weird at first cause I'd never been so close to one and it was such a huge animal with a huge head and long tongue. I definitely found it hard to feed them at first especially because of the long rough tongue but the guide just demonstrated an easier way of feeding them and once I got the hang of it, it was really fun feeding them and I didn’t want to stop. The giraffes are friendly and we were able to take photos feeding them. It’s worth the experience. There is a lot of history and differences in the giraffes found here that we got to read about on the boards so our knowledge on giraffes was definitely enhanced. However we were unable to take the nature trail because it was already 5pm and the center closes at 5pm so I’d advise you to visit it earlier than we did. It opens at 9am. And the guides were probably tired by 4pm so their service was not as good as I expected it to be. The giraffe center has souvenir shops around with a variety of goodies to carry along with you so make sure to check them out. There’s also a café for snacking, however, it was not operating due to the pandemic.
Carrefour is quite a popular shopping hypermarket in Kenya. I checked out the one in Two Rivers Mall and as usual it was no disappointment. What do you want to buy? Trust that you will find it here. There is a variety of goodies from groceries to electronics to baked goods and ready to eat food. I’m one for making lists before shopping because walking into places like this can get you buying things that are unplanned because you’ll be spoilt for choice once you begin shopping in Carrefour. The prices are not over the roof and you’ll definitely get value for your money. There were multiple offers on different items so you need to check out this hypermarket ASAP. However one of the items I bought had an offer but it was still billed but they have an after purchase customer care desk where the attendant had good customer care. She managed to correct the error immediately and my money was refunded. So make sure you’re kin when you purchase some of the goodies that have offers. You can also download the Carrefour app which can be used to pay and also earn loyalty points! There is social distancing in the payment lines and all covid guidelines are being observed so all you have to do is also do the same to prevent further spread of the disease.
Zucchini is a fresh produce store with multiple branches within Nairobi but I usually go to the one located in garden city along Thika road since it’s closer to my residence. If you’re looking for any kind of groceries you better check it out. It is open from 9; 30am to 8pm every day. They have multiple fruits and vegetables both from local market and the others imported. It is well stocked leaving you spoilt for choice and very tidy. The cost of these groceries is quite affordable compared to buying from the supermarkets. They have professional services with great customer care. I always visit it for ice cream too. They’ve got a variety of ice cream flavors which are usually changed saving you from monotonous options and I love this. An ice cream scoop currently is ksh100. PS. The scoop is bigger than it sounds so trust me it’ll get done while you still want more! I love the customer care at this place and they will always give you sample tasting before you choose the flavors to buy so that you don't regret choosing a random flavor. Zucchini also offers healthy smoothies hand freshly made juice at affordable prices of 300-500shs.
I was at the bowling alley in March this year. It is located in village market on Limuru road in Nairobi. The village bowl has about 11 lanes and definitely accommodates a large number of people in groups per hour. Bowling is such a fun activity that can be done for any occasion from birthday, to hanging out with friends and also spending time with family. We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday at village market and then decided to first have fun as part of the celebration. We got to the place at around 5pm and had to book for a chance to play. Turns out the line was longer than expected so the earlier you get there the better. So we had to wait for about 2 hours before we were able to play. We decided to use this time to do the celebrations and cake cutting during this time. When it was our time to play we had to get shoes for bowling. The cost of the shoes is part of the payment done for the sport which is ksh500 per person but I would advise you to carry your own socks. The game was so fun and since most of us were learners we opted to raise the barriers along the gutter in the start and with time we lowered them to create a more challenging experience. For the children there is a kiddie bowl-roller for them and they will definitely have fun too. At the bowling center you can purchase drinks and they have a sitting area for those who don’t want to bowl but can watch. There is also a pool table for those who would rather play pool or as one waits their turn for bowling. I loved that the bowling shoes are disinfected immediately a player returns them after their game. It is an amazing chill spot to have fun and make memories at the same time. An experience I’ll definitely redo!
We were a group of over 20 while in Mombasa and we had a chance of visiting the marine park in Malindi before the pandemic happened. Malindi is approximately 1 hour from Mombasa and the marine park is a short drive from Malindi town. The marine park is a distance from the shore of the Indian Ocean so we needed a boat ride and life jackets to get there. This cost us about 4000ksh in total so once divided it isn’t such a large sum. The boats are managed by the local community so you have to negotiate with the owners on the cost of the ride. But the more you are in number, the better for you in terms of cost though each boat takes a maximum of 15 people. The boat ride was smooth and the boat has a glass in the middle through which we would see some of the beautiful marine life. Make sure to carry a swimming costume/bikini. There is a changing area at the park but it was really not upto standard. We got to the "floating" island. Yeah that’s right! This island is covered by the ocean during the afternoon but in the morning and night it will be above the water. This was fascinating. The water was at the waist level when standing on it but the further we moved away from the boat it kept getting deeper so you can definitely snorkel with the cute fish that are present here. We were given slices to bread which we would pinch on feed some fish. We spent there about an hour or so snorkeling and were able to see fascinating and beautiful fish species then we returned to the shore. The marine park is a nice experience for also young children and adults who can’t swim as there are the glass boats on which they will still be able to see the magical marine life. It was a memorable experience and I will definitely visit again.
Fogo gaucho is the place for you! I heard of this place a while back and I finally got to visit it with 5 of my friends. It is a Brazilian restaurant located in Kilimani on ground floor of Galana Plaza. It has such a welcoming and serene ambiance so is good for date nights or group hangouts in the outdoor section. We opted for the outdoor set up and it was arranged perfectly for us by the waiters. We are allowed to sit for a few minutes as we sipped on drinks. I had beautiful fresh mango juice and we were each given a card which has a red and green side. All we had to do was flip it on to the green side if we needed meat and the red side if we needed a break or we're satisfied. I loved this because the waitors were so attentive and would respond immediately! We headed to the salad bar before the meal and wow it was assorted with multiple options but i just had broccoli, zucchini and carrot because I love this combination! After all this we finally turned the cards to green and he started bringing us the meat!!!He kept bringing us meat in different forms …what do I mean? Some of it sausages, choma, grilled, etc. unfortunately for me, I’d taken a bite before we went so I got satisfied just after the fourth round! So I suggest you get there with a hungry stomach. It offers over 14 different types of meat like pork, chicken, beef, goat, lamb, crocodile, rabbit, and others. The waiters are so friendly and will help you understand the type of meat you’re going to eat before you stumble on something you are allergic to. I did not like the taste of the crocodile meat but I’d definitely go back especially for the pork ribs and chicken! They have a mouthwatering desert section with a variety of options that will leave you spoilt for choice. I can’t list it because it was a lot!!! I just had ice cream because it’s always my go to desert. All this is at a cost of 25$ per person and it’s all worth it. Trust me you will not regret this decision and you should make it soon. If it’s the corona virus that got you skeptical, you don’t have to worry as all the covid guidelines are being practiced seriously.
I have been looking for a place with a variety of preparations of pork and this is the place if you love it like I do! The pork pit is a moderately small restaurant located in Ruaka on Limuru road that I was able to visit just before the lockdown with a few friends. The ambiance is just fine and well arranged. On arrival, we opted to sit and the lower end of the place which was more spacious. The menu is written on a board in different chalk colors…....I actually found it quite cute. We ordered for a variety of options! The pork is served according to grams or kilograms depending on what you would like to purchase and this is what determines the prices. We each ordered the 350gms because more than that seemed too much for us. I ordered for the honey soy and gosh it was really amazing. My friends ordered for the kochokocho, dry fry and the pork wrap all of which were accompanied with fries. But they have a variety of other accompaniments like ugali, mukimo, bhagia, plantains, etc. I loved that our orders were brought at the same time and the waitress was really nice at our service the whole time. Our whole order cost us ksh2000 which was really affordable and worth it. The pork was in adequate amounts that we got so satisfied. None of us left unsatisfied with their services and pork. I will definitely go back for the honey soy pork!! The pork pit also serves chicken so you should not leave behind that friend who doesn’t eat pork because they will have something to eat too. During this pandemic you can also order in since they also do deliveries. Trust me it is a must try. You can thank me later.
It is a small ice-cream parlor along Wabera Street in Jubilee insurance house, Nairobi and I would recommend all ice cream lovers to pay it a visit. It is open from 9am to 9pm. I went there on a hot afternoon with my cousin and because ice cream is my go to on such days. They have a variety of unique flavors to choose from and you are able to take samples before you finally make the choice you desire. The customer care is amazing and you will be told the ingredients of the flavor you would like to purchase before doing so if you can't understand the flavor name before you take something that you're allergic too. The ice-cream is quite affordable and worth every penny. One small scoop of the ice-cream is 200ksh while the large is 350ksh and I definitely had two. I had the cookies and cream plus strawberry ripple while my cousin had Forest berry, her favorite and they were amazing. You can also choose to have it on a cone or in a cup plus sprinkles! The place has seats within and the ambiance is really peaceful and cute so no worries about where you’ll have to sit, so long as there is no big number of customers present, and enjoy your ice-cream in peace. We opted for the seats away from the display because its more private compared to those opposite the ice-cream display. They also offer milkshakes of different flavors and coffee of your preference at 200kshs.
I had lunch here with 3 friends. It’s quite a popular restaurant because the branch at banda street was full so we opted for the one on Kimathi Street which was not as populated. The covid sops were really observed so we felt safe. We were welcomed by a waiter who created space for us at the balcony. The interior is really beautiful but we opted for the balcony since it was quite a hot afternoon and he offered us the menu. This place has a variety of foods such as Indian dishes, Somali food, Arabic food, etc. We ordered for chicken biryani, chicken curry accompanied with rice, beef curry and butter chicken accompanied with naan. The food was mouthwatering and as delicious as it looked apart from the chicken biryani which disappointed us. We opted for sodas and one of us ordered for pineapple mint juice which she loved so it’s definitely worth your try. The downside however was that the order took longer than we had anticipated after being assured by the waiter that it’s soon coming on 2 occasions! But once we got it, the food was in huge quantity! We ate to our satisfaction and requested the surplus to be packed as takeaway. The prices of the food are pocket friendly around 500 to 800kshs depending on your preference on the menu and total of all we had was ksh 3000. It will definitely be worth your money!
This is a supermarket with multiple branches in Kenya but Kahawa Sukari branch is my go to shopping center for all requirements! It is a well organized supermarket and you will always get assistance from the stock clerks when needed. The ground floor is basically edibles right from the breakfast cereals to groceries with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits to a butchery to fully stalked fridges with beverages and whatever can be cooked or used to cook in your kitchen, they have it. The deli has irresistible and affordable food that is well prepared with a bakery section too. You have got to try the signature sticky chicken wings! They are as delicious as they look. The first floor contains scholastic materials, household items, toiletries, kitchen ware and the liquor store while the second floor is made of clothings from Jade collection, kings collection,etc. You will also find electronics, appliances, hair extensions and dog food here. The 4th floor contains the carpets, beds, wardrobes, etc. There is professional customer care but make sure to do shopping during non peak hours like past 6pm because the lines are really long past this time and it gets exhausting. There is no parking in front of the supermarket but a parking lot has been secured on the opposite side of the supermarket. You will receive help to carry your goods to your car if they are bulky. There is generally a great shopping experience at quick mart!
A retail and wholesale cosmetic shop with multiple branches within Nairobi. They have assorted beauty products, hair products, hair extensions and accessories , make up products, bathroom requirements, name it. The store on Moi avenue is my go to because it's an easy access but I've also visited the branch on Tom Mboya street and river road. The arrangement is quite organised and is similar in most branches but I find the one on Moi avenue bigger and more spacious. There is great customer care from the stock clerks only when there are few customers but once it's populated getting help can be quite difficult. Otherwise they will help you discover what you're looking for fast enough and if it's unavailable you will definitely be saved the trouble and time looking for unavailabe goods. I'd advise you to go when you know what exactly you're buying because on many occasions I've bought products that don't work well for me simply because I was advised by the attendants to buy it. The products offered are at affordable prices but might defer at the different branches and I discovered that the one at River road is quite cheaper than the others I've been to. Another advantange is that you don't have to go shop hoping since you can purchase most or all of what you need concerning cosmetics and hair products in one shop.
Miniso is a little girls heaven! Don't worry guys you're also catered for. The one found in Thika road mall (TRM) is open from 10 am till 8pm. Its very spacious with a perfect arrangement that let's you spot what you need quickly. They are fully stalked with items for kids and adults such as toys, clothes, electronics, beauty products, shoes, etc. Once you get in be sure of what you've come to buy because you will be tempted to do impulsive buying of their pieces. They've got unique bags for the ladies and cute back packs too which come in different beautiful colors. They are of good and durable quality and worth every penny. I bought my travel pillow here and I would recommend you get one too if you travel long distances because it's the softest pillow that will make your journey shorter than you expected! Another thing I love is their fancy and stylish sunglasses that are a must have. Some of their items might be pricey but they are worth it. The attendants are polite and will guide you in product purchase and also let you know about their offers!! The variety of items at miniso ensures that there is something for everyone who enters it!
This is a thrilling game that everyone must try. When my friends and I decided to get there we booked a space 2 days before because weekends tend to have more people than weekdays so walk in might get you waiting for long hours..at a cost of 3000kshs which accounted for 2 people and when we got there it cost the remaining people 1500ksh each. We did not experience traffic being a Saturday but again, Nairobi traffic is unpredictable. There is ample parking space at waterfront but again it'll depend on the number of customers there the day you go there. On arrival we were received by our contact person but there was another group inside the court so we definitely had to wait for them to finish their game. During this time we were given overalls and helmets to prepare for our game. We were not given shoes/boots so please wear appropriate shoes or pack some that you will change into. Our guns were loaded with 150paitballs each. 2 instructors then took us into the court, we were divided into teams and then given rules of the game plus safety tips on how to handle the guns and each other while playing. The place is more like a jungle terrain full of shrubs and trees and the ground is not level in all places, this makes for very good gameplay. The game session lasted 2 hours but towards the end the game was stopped and we were given an opportunity to to target shoots for some of us who still had paintballs. If your paintballs end before the game, you can buy more! One thing to know for people with insect phobia....you might meet insects that bite especially if it is a wet day so be careful. We really enjoyed it out here and it's an experience worth repeating.
Bata is my go to for durable everyday to day shoes! They have a number of branches around Kenya. In Nairobi I usually buy my shoes from the one on Kimathi street or garden city or Thika road mall. The shops here are very spacious and well organized with very helpful attendants that will always get you that shoe size to try on if it's not on display. Bata caters for both children and adults plus it has all shoe sizes. Bata has a variety of options such as go back to school shoes, flat shoes, elegant heels and comfortable canvas shoes for the ladies. The men's section has the leather shoes, the famous safari shoes great for casual outfits and canvas shoes as well. The kids section is also fully stocked with different and unique options for your child. Some of their shoes have got small or wide fittings so it's better to actually to try it on even if you're sure of your size before purchase. If you buy some one shoes that don't fit, you can always get the right size or even exchange the shoes for another design at any branch that you are able to access so long as you have the receipts! They also have hand bags, socks,belts, shoe polish,etc at quite affordable prices and they are of durable quality! The prices will depend on your choice of design but you can get shoes even at 500kshs! But price range for most shoes is about 1500kshs and above. One thing to note is that you will only find unique designs when they have just re-stocked their shop. Otherwise you might end up buying shoes from the dead stock since they rarely get rid of it. In fact most times this is what you will find on their sales. Otherwise I haven't had any bad experiences with their shoes so I would definitely recommend them.
This is one of the top public universities in Kenya offering a variety of courses to study! It occupies a large area with modern infrastructure and a serene environment suitable for studies. I've been here in medical school for 4years now and it's a great institution! There are shuttles one can use to get from one place to another especially for long distances if you don't have a car. No boda bodas are allowed in the institution unless they've been registered with the university and also taxis, ubers, bolt, etc are not let in past 10pm. The lecturers easily relate with the students which is great for our studies! The lecture schedules are given in the first week of every semester which helps you plan for your reading. However the number of students in the lecture halls is usually greater than the hall itself but due to the pandemic majority of the courses are having lectures online which creates more space for those doing physical learning. Every student has an online portal which helps to navigate for all requirements like tuition invoice, academic performance tracking, etc which is so reliable and convenient plus an e-learning portal where study material is uploaded. The library is made of 5floors and is fully stocked! The accommodation currently available does not accommodate the big number of students so majority have to find it elsewhere depending on preference and affordability. The hostels however require renovation because their state is wanting. The security in the university is top notch so it is very safe while in it. The university has got dining areas that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at student friendly prices but unfortunately the food is not of great taste! However there are about 4 restuarants within campus where one can purchase food too. There are hardly any operating canteens around the university so you might have to carry your own snacks or move out to a market outside the school to buy something. Kenyatta university is also a home for international students and embraces different cultures through the annual culture week that's very fun and colorful.
Coffee Casa is an eclectic upscale eatery in Parklands next to Agha Khan hospital. Tried out this small restaurant during last year’s burger fest with a friend when it had just opened at the time. It offers a blend of lunch and dinner entrees as well as drinks(coffee, smoothies, cocktails) and other dishes. The interior décor is very commendable! It's artsy and the layout is quite creative. It has actually become a spot for most Nairobi photographers as the ambience gives a very aesthetic background. The service is exceptional and the greeting and attention to detail by the staff is phenomenal. They have an open kitchen so you can watch as they prepare your meal! The menu is quite explanatory with a variety of cuisines. We were served within minutes of placing our order which was exceptionally fast. The burgers were extremely tasty and were wide rather than tall which is what big burgers should be. The burgers range between 700 to 1500 depending on your preference. They also have a nice outdoor lounge which looks like a great place to watch matches in large groups. I would definitely recommend a try. Coffee casa also has online services such as uber eats, glovo, etc so you can enjoy their delicacies in the comfort of your home! Their menu is quite affordable and it's worth a try.
An online store that I'm addicted to! Most times I've used Jumia I've not been disappointed by their services. The orders I've done come within the predicted time and I always receive a call on the day of delivery and if I'm unavailable we can always reschedule. My best time is the November black Friday month because I'm able to buy the items I've been wanting for so long at friendly discounted prices. They have an option of pay on delivery unless what you're purchasing is being shipped from abroad. I always go with the first option because hey, I'm African! I have to first appreciate the item before I commit myself to purchase it. Ohh you might also pick up your order from the nearest jumia store to you if delivery is at a cost or if it's convenient for you or if your order might just find you at your doorstep! The delivery guys I've met were so polite and even helped to carry some of the heavy items to my house. Make sure to confirm your purchase because I once received a carpet of the smaller size than what I had paid for but on calling their customer care the problem was sorted. So be sure to confirm your purchase before it's too late. Jumia always gives 15 days of returning any unsatisfied, unfitting or wrong order. You can utilize it. There is also a variety of restaurants through which you can order food online and get it to your doorstep. I love Jumia food because it actually covers many areas even outside Nairobi. My experience with Jumia has been reliable and great!
The Moorings is a restaurant set on a floating raft in the Mtwapa Creek just right on the border of Mombasa and Kilifi Counties. The food is delicious, the staff is polite and amiable, and the surrounding landscape is astonishing! There is a wonderful breeze that causes you to forget the heat and humidity that you might experience in other venues. The Moorings offers particularly an impressive array of seafood that actually tastes better than you might find at other seafood restaurants. I had their seafood with my 3 friends and it was so satisfying with bursting flavors all at a cost of 7000ksh so it's best to have this option with more people as it's quite a lot plus the cost sharing is an added advantage. They also make lovely refreshing cocktails that compliment your meal. In addition to the lovely ambience provided by the strategic location right in middle of the ocean, the sunset views are precious! Absolutely picture perfect and delightful. The experience is essentially stunning! The Moorings also offers a Sun-downer Cruise tour of the creek on a dhow at 19$ per person. I'll fr this out on my next visit!
Forodhani is a seafront restaurant located just near the Old Port in Mombasa. The restaurant is open from 9am to 10pm so you can definitely have any meals from breakfast to dinner as you enjoy the beautiful and serene view of the ocean and The Marina in a distance plus ships slowly sailing on the ocean. However, the lack of proper sunshading strategies can cause the experience to be less enjoyable especially at high noon or thereabout. The restaurant specializes in Swahili cuisine while dabbling in a little bit of Indian cuisine. The menu is elaborate with quite friendly prices. My friend and I decided to have the chicken biryani and liked it. Each plate was about 500shs and the food was so satisfying as well. The service however was very slow! We waited for like 20 minutes before the order was taken and many more before we got the food! Another point to note is that the restaurant only serves halal food, and therefore would not be suitable to anyone who enjoys pork-based dishes and alcoholic drinks. But hey, it's always fun to try new things. Plus you will enjoy their tamarind juice! Overall, the restaurant is just, okay. The most memorable thing here is the views!!!! Its worth the visit while in old town Mombasa.
This is a subsidiary of Kenya airways and a low cost carrier. Its a small plane that carries approximately 60-80 passengers. I've used it on many occasions and it is quite affordable and safe. Jumbo jet does international flights operating from terminal 1A in JKIA and domestic flights to Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu , Malindi operating from terminal 1D. Currently there are no international flights. I always book the flight online and pay with Mpesa or visa card but you can also visit their offices in Barclays plaza, Market street Starehe and do so. Note that the aircraft works on first come first serve basis so the earlier you book the cheaper it'll be. Average cost from Nairobi to Entebbe is about 14000kshs. As a budget airline, passengers pay extra for checked luggage, pre-reserved seats, seats with extra legroom and onboard food and beverages. For luggage, you will have to pay for it according to the number of bags and kilograms you will be carrying. They have an option of 23KGS and 32KGS at different costs respectively. You can also book a seat at an extra cost but you can always avoid this by checking in early at the airport and getting a good seat. Check in online costs 4 dollars and is not worth it for a cheap flight unless it’s an emergency Flights are usually on time however delays are communicated late. They have no miles accumulation or customer loyalty programmes. The pilots and air hosts/hostesses are polite and very professional. Don't worry about your child traveling alone because they will take care of them fully till their final destination so long as it is with them. And all special needs persons are taken care of professionally as well. No food or complimentary drinks are provided however the price is similar but slightly cheaper than the flights that provide such services. They also have fancy items on sale while aboard and you will find them in a magazine that is provided for you at the back of the seat right in front of you. All in all, Jambo jet is good because it’s a cheap flight. However the baggage allowance is small, and paying for extra baggage tops up the flight to cost the same as other flights especially for the flight from Entebbe to Nairobi.
An extremely beautifully made and managed restaurant that is easy to locate along Gitanga road in Nairobi. The service is quick, a long with observing the covid 19 SOPs and the food is top notch! They have a variety of food categories all of which are absolutely delicious mammoth portions and very fresh. We celebrated a friends birthday here and loved it! We ordered for vegetable rice which was about 300shs, prawn noodles about 500shs, chicken and beef each at 600shs. Plus we were offered starters for free! We had a lot of leftover food despite being a table for 8. The charges were really affordable and we got value for our money considering we were all students. They additionally gave us free gifts and free ice cream for dessert. The most unbelievably commendable thing is how the manager personally goes round taking feedback about the food from the guests. The ambience is great with an option of indoors or outside in a spacious and perfectly arranged wooden tent. However they should consider upgrading their cutlery because it was quite old. They have a kids play area so it's a must try for family lunch or dinner. They have enough space for both intimate dinners and group parties. I would definitely go back. You can also order their delicious food online or do take away and enjoy it in the comfort of your home/office.
From the décor, to the vicinity, customer service, pocket friendly prices, this hotel embodies everything you would be looking for in a hotel. We celebrated my best friend's 24th birthday dinner here at a restaurant within the hotel called temptation. The ambience is nothing short of amazing. We got a warm reception from one of the staff members called Rachel. We chatted with her the entire time and from how comfortable she made us feel, she’s an invaluable asset to the hotel especially for people with families. The food was not only terrific, but the portions were also very substantial and they gave us ice cream for dessert on the house, as the hotel’s gift to the birthday girl. Whatever was left from what we didn’t finish was nicely packaged for us in tin foils and packed in branded bags. They allowed us to bring our own cake which is a plus since most hotels would require you to buy the cake from them. I also noticed that the bathrooms were well designed for use by the disabled which is something a lot of hotels don’t have. There are several aesthetically pleasing spots within the hotel that are very "instagrammable"so if you’re a photo junkie this is definitely the place to add glitter to your Instagram aesthetic. Food is about relaxation, friendship, conversations and a gathering place that promotes a sense of camaraderie and community and Golden tulip offers you just that and more. I would highly recommend for birthday dinner and family dinners.
On the go fast food! A fast food restaurant located on Kahawa Sukari avenue a few meters from quick mart supermarket. It is easily accessible and convenient for anyone living or passing through Kahawa Sukari. Moyos has ample space for eating in so you will definitely have adequate social distancing. they also do deliveries for free around kahawa for purchases above 300shs and at a fee in other areas. Their menu has quite a variety of fast foods and at university friendly prices! It's my stop over for chips masala after those long draining school days at a cost of only 150shs. The chicken can be bought according to kilograms and it's also very affordable. However, I find it's taste just basic. The food is just fine and will definitely get you satisfied because their portions are really adequate. I love that their services are fast when you've ordered at the restaurant, however, delivery services are quite slow and this can be frustrating. The staff are actually helpful and being a self service arrangement, they are not as many so you'll only interact with the cashier and the one who will take up your order, that you will pick up once it's ready. There is packing space right outside Moyos but it usually gets be limited in the evening.
Located at the promenade drive in Westlands along general Mathenge road, The Copper Ivy is a new restaurant in Nairobi with a modern touch of interior design and great professionalism. I was here about 2 weeks ago for a dinner date. On arrival we were directed to the restaurant which is on ground floor. we were received by a waiter, who directed us to our reserved table. The ambiance is just so beautiful and welcoming you may not want to leave. There is plenty of space for bigger gatherings like birthdays, family meals, dinners/lunch with friends. Our table was professionally set and I loved it! They have both the vegetarian menu and non-vegetarian menu which I liked because I can definitely come back with my vegetarian friends soon. The menu has got a variety of options and you’ll be spoilt for choice. We ordered a Spanish bottle of wine, buttered chicken with naan and pork chops which was all amazing with satisfying portions and quite affordable. George, the waiter who directed us in was really professional and he was always at our service whenever we called for him. We had the caramel cake slices for dessert and they were so worth it. I later had a long island though I think they can do better that because I have had better long islands. Other than that, you need to visit copper ivy yesterday!!
Pride inn has many branches around Kenya and within Nairobi. I attended a 5day training that was held at Pride Inn Westlands and I loved every minute of my stay here. It is easily accessible with both private and public means. The hospitality was top notch with great customer care and a serene environment. There is ample parking and their security personnel were always polite and friendly. They have big enough halls suitable for conferences, birthday parties, baby and bridal showers. I loved that their menu was quite diverse and fairly priced. The buffet set up especially in the evening is what I loved most because the lighting outside was just exquisite. I visited their rooms and they are really spacious and beautifully set. You should consider staying here when you visit Nairobi or for a staycation if you live in Kenya. I will definitely go back for a dinner or a staycation in Nairobi.
The Mombasa terminus is located in Miritini, Mombasa. I’d used a bus to get to Mombasa and it was such a long journey! So, on return journey to Nairobi, I opted for the train with my friend. The train has the express option which will have no stops and the intercounty whereby you will stop at each and every terminus in the different counties for 5 minutes each as people drop off and others get in. We booked the ticket online using mpesa via Safaricom which was so convenient. The economy ticket costs 1000kshs and the VIP is 3000kshs. The difference between the two classes apart from cost is that business class is offered food while in economy you’ll have to purchase it from their menu. I’d advise you to book early if you have a specific date you’d want to leave because the train is really popular so you might end up rescheduling when you find that your desired date fully booked. We also booked a shuttle that took us to the terminus on the departure day. I found this convenient especially for travellers without private means plus it’s also quite affordable compared to the uber costs. It cost us about 500kshs each from Mtwapa. The train leaves exactly on time so make sure you leave early to go to the terminus so that you are not delayed by traffic otherwise you will miss it. At the Mombasa terminus we went to receive our prepaid tickets and were directed to wait in the lobby which was a floor above. I was disappointed that the elevator was only used by people who had paid for business class while the rest had to carry their luggage up the stair case. At least they should have put an escalator for this. The journey lasted about 4.5 hours so it was not that tiring and you get to see the beautiful nature in Kenya as it passes through TSAVO national park. We saw zebras, gazelles and some antelopes! It’s the most convenient way to travel to and from Mombasa. I would recommend it to any traveller plus the hosts and hostesses are really professional and polite.
An online cab company that started as taxify and was then rebranded to Bolt offers really affordable prices for its trips. You can download the Bolt app on google play store or apple store. I love the discounts that are often given to me and I find using Bolt quite comfortable especially when we are like 3 of us because then it gets cheaper than using matatu to go to wherever you are going and in a shorter time too. Bolt has about 5 options each with a different price range and car size. These are lite, which is usually the cheapest option, but the car will be really small so its great for 1 or 2 people especially during the pandemic. The others are bolt, which has the medium car sizes, the boda boda, the plus, the XL, which is the biggest in size of the cars so can carry a number of people. Note that the bigger the car size, the higher the price estimates. However, on many occasions the drivers end up becoming rude whenever you are going to pay with a card. One driver once asked me to cancel the ride after I had waited for him for about 15 minutes just because I was going to paying with a card. So, make sure you have cash or MPESA if you’re going to use Bolt to avoid any inconvenience.
Dreamline buses are exquisite with modern design and a great set up of seats with VIP section business class and normal seats. The buses do journeys to many towns in Kenya like Kisumu, Mombasa, Kitui and across the border to Kampala, Uganda, Kigali, Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi. They have many offices around Kenya but the one in Nairobi is found on river road so you can book your ticket from there or also do the booking online at your own convenience. The cost of the ticket depends on the seat that you prefer. The VIP seats, which are the biggest, with leather covering and have more leg room are at the front followed by the business class seats which are slightly smaller than the VIP ones and with less leg room while the normal seats which are the smallest are towards the back of the bus. All the seats have the leaning allowance so you can sleep comfortably on those long journeys and try to also change posture from the upright position the whole journey. The luggage is stored in the trunks just below the seats and it is well arranged and taken care of. Smaller luggage is placed in the upper cabinets just above the seats. However, sometimes Dreamline buses are not on time when you are travelling so you might leave later than you had anticipated. On my journeys to Kampala, I appreciate their hospitality as they offer us a bottle of water, soda and biscuits. Also, the Wi-Fi that is advertised sometimes doesn’t work. The drivers are really friendly and drive at intervals giving the other one a chance to rest so you’ll be in safe hands. The buses have multiple charging sockets so don’t worry about dead battery on your devices while on long journeys. I've used dream line on multiple occasions and would recommend it!
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the biggest international airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in Embakasi about 15km from the CBD. It has 2 terminals so ensure you are sure of the terminal for departure or arrival to avoid any delays as you try to find yours. For the departure section, only the traveller is let through so you have to say goodbye to your company just outside and off you go. There’s always a security agent that will confirm your flight for you, just to confirm that you’re at the right terminal and check your passport. The terminals are quite large, spacious and well organised. You will then check in, pass via immigration and proceed to the lobby which is really huge, accommodating a large number of travellers. I usually love to check out the many duty-free shops with beautiful souvenirs from Kenya so make sure to check them and carry one with you, if you still have time before your flight. There are quite a number of restaurants where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner if you need to before your flight. The JKIA staff are really friendly and polite. Ensure to ask questions or for directions from them. You will be assisted with no hesitation. For the arrival section, there are buses/ shuttles that will collect you from the plane and take you to the arrivals area where you will have to pass through the health centre then proceed to immigration and finally leave using their airport taxis or and online cab of your choice. While traveling during the pandemic, ensure to fill in the health form online via a link provided on the JKIA website because the code sent to you is what is used to prove that you have had a negative COVID-19 test which should not be older than 96hrs before travelling. Travellers applying for a visa should also do it online and pay visa fees online as cash is no longer received during the pandemic.
Mash East Africa has multiple buses that travel to many destinations within Kenya and across Kenya to Kampala, Uganda, Kigali, Rwanda and to Burundi. They have the VIP seats which have plenty of leg room and a larger angle at which the seats can be inclined for a comfortable nap while on the journey. The economy seats also have adequate leg room and the seats too can incline. You can find their offices at mash house along Accra road in Nairobi to book a ticket or book online via their website. They have mash cool which has air conditioning the whole time and mash poa which doesn't. Both however have WiFi and charging sockets. I usually use the mash cool as I travel to Kampala and the cost is 4000kshs for VIP and 3700 for Normal seats. The cost to other destinations within Kenya is around 1800-2500kshs. I love the AC part of it since the longer journey is during the day and it tends to be hot then. The drivers are very friendly and alternate during the trip giving room for rest. This makes it really safe to travel with mash since you don't want an exhausted driver behind the wheel! I love that the interior of the buses is clean and well maintained. Small hand luggage is kept in the cabinets just above the seats while the larger luggage is well organized in the boot of the bus. There are stops during such long journeys to grab food or a snack and also stretch your legs for a few minutes. I would definitely recommend mash cool for a comfortable long journey. You won't regret it!
Chicken inn is found almost everywhere around Nairobi and outside Nairobi so you need to try out their chicken! They've got it spicy and none spicy. I definitely go for the spicy all the time because my taste buds would feel betrayed if I didn't! The chicken is really affordable with just one piece at 100shs. And the other combinations they have to offer like the 8 piecer bucket which comes with a 1.5 litre soda are also really affordable. I usually have a 2 piecer which is served with fries for lunch once I'm in a rush. The menu also has chicken nuggets, burgers and additions like coleslaw, soda or extra fries at a very small cost. The service at chicken inn is really fast despite the number of customers so you'll be sure to have your order in less than 10minutes. They have other options of soft drinks so you can have water or juice depending on your preference. I love that the covid sops are really practiced so it's surely as safe as it can be while you dine here.