Buses from Nairobi to Arusha are a good way of travelling from Kenya to Tanzania.
A range of companies offer bus services on this route, including East Africa Shuttles, Riverside, and Scandinavia Express. Each company operates buses on a regular basis.
Not all buses are equal, though. Some companies run luxury buses from Nairobi to Arusha, while other companies run basic ones. Some buses pick up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, while others do not.
The stated travel time on this journey is 4.5 to 5.5 hours each way. That said, road works often slow things down, making journeys of 7 or 8 hours common.
The price of a single shuttle ticket for buses from Nairobi to Arusha is US$14 to 35, depending on the type of bus you choose. Prices are set, so don’t bother trying to negotiate.
Many people visiting Kenya wonder how to choose a Kenya safari company. With so many options and new Kenya tour operators popping up every year, it can be intimidating.
In order to choose a Kenya safari company that is best for you, follow these important steps:
1. Make sure their prices are competitive when compared with other Kenya safari companies
2. If you do not get immediate responses to your e-mails or phone calls, or if your questions are not adequately answered, look elsewhere
3. Look for a Kenya safari company that has a good attitude and personalized service
4. Make sure the company you choose has experienced guides and drivers that speak English
5. Check online reviews and websites to read about others’ experiences before you choose a Kenya safari company
The Masai Market in Nairobi is one of the highlights of visiting Kenya.
The Masai Market days and hours change regularly, so the best way to find out when and where it takes place is to ask your hotel or driver when you arrive in Kenya.
A lot of the time the Masai Market is open on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On Tuesdays it takes place on Kijambe Street, which is on the outskirts of the city center.
On Saturdays the Masai Market takes place in the heart of the city center on City Hall Way. It is located right across from the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. There is also one at the Galleria Mall in Karen.
On Sundays many of the market vendors also sell goods at the YaYa Center.
The Masai Market in Nairobi is a great way to purchase Kenyan souvenirs as well as to support the local tribes.
Make sure to bargain when you shop, and don’t get taken in by a ‘guide’. These people usually offer to take you around the market, but are really out to make a commission on everything you purchase. Instead, just enjoy the Masai Market in Nairobi at your own pace and find the artisan goods that you prefer.