Herd of giraffe on the african savannah

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Whether you want to experience colourful local culture, absorb yourself in a rich, historical tapestry or observe native animals in their natural habitats, look no further than Nairobi.

Why go?

Take a flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and visit the capital of Kenya and the biggest city in East Africa.

Stand on the very threshold of a safari business that stretches to every corner of the country, from the reserves of Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo East and West, to the beach areas near Mombasa on the coast of the Indian Ocean.

You can get up close with the giraffes at the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre. In addition to their breeding programme, this organisation also strives to educate the youth of Kenya about wildlife conservation.

No trip to this city would be complete without visiting the Nairobi National Park, a unique ecosystem due to its close proximity to a city centre, where you can witness baby rhinos having their shower and more than 400 species of birds.

The Bomas of Kenya celebrates the country's rich, cultural diversity by bringing together traditional music, costumes and dance from different tribes. Alternatively, visit the beautiful Jamia Mosque, a classic example of Arabic Muslim architectural style and one of Kenya's most prominent religious buildings.

Delve into the country's rich history by visiting the Kenya National Archives, a fascinating collection of documents bringing history alive from pre-colonial Kenya (circa 1890) to the present day. From this building observe the stark contrast of wealthy guests patronising the Hilton

Hotel to citizens of Nairobi on Tom Mboya Street returning home to the slums.

Another historical treasure not to be missed is the Nairobi Railway Museum, which holds many answers to the early history of rail and the country's development over the years. Alternatively, for literature buffs, why not travel to The Karen Blixen Museum? A farm from 1917 until 1932, it is now more famous for Blixen's novel, 'Out of Africa', which was made into a film in 1985 and starred Meryl Streep.

Giraffes, buffalo and hippos can be seen in a stunning, natural habitat at Lake Naivasha. This freshwater lake got its name from the winds and storms that cause the water to rise, thus gaining it the nickname, 'nai'posha', or 'rough water'.

To experience everything there is to see and do in Kenya's capital city, find cheap flights to Nairobi by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.

How to get there?

It's easy to book a cheap flight to Nairobi; we'll tell you who flies when and from which UK airports you can travel.

The only non-stop flights to Kenya's capital are the daily connections with British Airways and Kenya Airways from London's Heathrow Airport, taking around eight and a half hours.

Otherwise you can connect to the city via a range of European hubs from both London and many UK airports with KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris, Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Brussels Airlines via Brussels.

There are also options via the Middle East with Emirates, Qatar and Etihad via their bases in Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi, as well as with Egyptair via Cairo and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa.

Getting to and from the airport

There are plenty of options to get to and from the airport. Find out the best ways here...

On landing you can find taxis or hire a car to take you to your destination. State-run Kenatco Taxis charge a fixed rate per kilometre. If you take a different type of taxi, it's wise to confirm the fare with your driver before setting off. It then takes around half an hour to reach most parts of the city from the airport.

Alternatively, catch the shuttle bus, which regularly takes passengers to and from the city centre. It takes a little longer than a private taxi, but will cost significantly less.

When booking your Nairobi hotel with TravelSupermarket, find out if it operates an airport transfer service. Many hotels in Nairobi do. If you're unsure, simply contact the hotel in advance and enquire.

Once in the city, follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice on staying and travelling in the city.

Where to stay?

The flights are booked, so now you get to choose from a wonderful array of hotels in Nairobi.

There is no shortage of world-class luxury hotels in Nairobi, from the likes of Hilton, Fairmont and InterContinental. The city is blessed with four- and five-star hotels that feature swimming pools, spas, great restaurants and comfortable rooms and suites. There are also many mid-range and cheap hotels in Nairobi, and a good number of colonial-style hotels where traditional furnishings and friendly service can be found.

You can organise trips from your hotel to see more of Kenya. Opportunities to see the city and its sights are plentiful, though you can also plan journeys into the wilderness, where Africa's Big Five challenge you to spot them in their glorious native lands. If you need help finding hotels in Nairobi, TravelSupermarket can show you the best hotels at the best prices.