17 Things They Don’t Tell You About Visiting Nairobi


Nairobi is a great place to visit. Like anywhere, there are some things to know before you travel, so The Culture Trip has put together some important tips on navigating and understanding the city and its residents.This will help you prepare for your visit, which, in turn, will allow you to enjoy your stay right from the start.


Traffic Lights Are Simply A Suggestion

While you may have heard about the notorious Nairobi traffic, no one may have told you about traffic lights. In general, traffic lights and traffic signs are decorative. So don’t be surprised if pedestrians cross the road while it’s red or cars keep moving, just don’t get too frustrated. This means that you should always be on the look out when driving or walking, don’t rely on the lights all the time.

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Don’t Cross The Street While Talking On Your Phone

While this seems like basic common sense safety advice, it’s also important to realise that this is against the law and can get you in trouble if you are caught. Given that the streets are so busy, you may not even see the officers coming, so just put the phone down for a few seconds.

Not All Kenyans Run

Please, for the sake of all that is good, don’t go around asking every Kenyan if they run. A very specific tribe in Kenya is famous for running, they make up about eight percent of the population. The rest of the Kenyan population are equally impressed at their athleticism. If this was your go-to joke, you may need to change it before arrival. Continue reading

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