Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves Nairobi, capital and largest city of East African nation Kenya. One of the largest and busiest air transport hubs in the region, Jomo Kenyatta International has been operational since 1978, and is named after Kenya’s first prime minister and president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The airport handles more than 5 million passengers annually, is served by over 40 airlines and offers flights to about 50 destinations worldwide. Jomo Kenyatta International is also the hub base of flag carrier Kenya Airways, and is scheduled for further expansion works in the near future.
The airport terminal is segregated into 3 segments, called Units I, II and III. Units I and II handle international flights, whilst Unit III is reserved for domestic flights.
Jomo Kenyatta International is situated less than 20 kilometres from the heart of Nairobi. To get from airport to city, tourists are advised to grab a taxi direct to their destination. Official taxis can be found right outside the arrivals hall of the airport, and operate on a fixed-fare basis depending on the destination of choice. The ride into Nairobi should not take much longer than half an hour, depending on traffic conditions.
Car hire agencies are also available at the airport - travellers who prefer to drive into town may take the A104 Mombasa Road into central Nairobi. Otherwise, buses that head to the city centre are also available outside the airport terminal.
What to see and do
Kenya is known for its amazing wildlife, and Nairobi is no exception. Discover an oasis of nature in the middle of the bustling capital city - Nairobi National Park is one of the few cities in the world to boast a safari park juxtaposed against its glittering skyscrapers and and paved streets. You don’t have to travel far out into the wild to see Africa’s most famous residents - the wildebeest, zebra, cheetah, giraffe, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, ostriches and more, roaming free in the savannah - because they are only 7 kilometres from town. Go for a safari walk amongst nature’ great beasts, or do a game drive through the savannah with an experienced tour guide. You can even spend the night within the safari under the stars, as the Nairobi National Park now offers an eco-camp with numerous luxury tents (that come with en suite facilities, in case you’re worried about peeing in the wild). How better to experience the African wilderness than with the comforts of city life?
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