If you are flying to Kenya, you’ll most likely arrive at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Make sure you have all your required documents (passport, visa confirmation) readily available and printed out, when you arrive, as – even though we were the only plane arriving that late – it took some time to pass immigration and collecting our backpacks.
Before you leave the airport, make sure to get yourself a local SIM-card and some cash. For the SIM-card you’ll find some small shops right before you exit the building. We would recommend to get a SafariCom SIM-card as it provides you with the best internet and signal coverage throughout whole Kenya. We paid 2100 Ksh each for a 17GB data plan, 1000 local minutes and 2000 SMS, which is around 15 USD. It is slightly higher compared to other provides – but trust us, it’s worth it. We’ve met so many travelers that complained about their mobile reception. The SafariCom shop is also open 24/7, so you don’t need to worry about arriving late. ATMs from well-established Kenyan banks are available in the same area, or, alternatively, in the parking house right opposite to the airport building.
Once you make your way out of the airport, you’ll be greeted by a lot of local taxi drivers. For us, though, the cheapest, most secure and convenient option is to take a Uber. And as we had a SIM-card by now there was no problem ordering. We payed less than 1400 Ksh (around 9.50USD) for the ride to our Airbnb.
Our apartment was located in the Westland district of Nairobi, which is one of the best and safest districts in Nairobi. We’ve booked it through Airbnb for around 23USD a night and our host Judith was just amazing. We had a nice roof-top terrace to overlook the few skyscrapers of Nairobi at night.