A local guide's tips for travelling to Nairobi

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Today we welcome Jacqueline, a friendly and experienced guide in Nairobi, Kenya. Jacque loves to help visitors take their noses out of maps and guide books, and experience the diversity of the Kenyan capital. Here she shares with us a few of her favourite things to see, do and eat in her hometown.

1. Guideā€™s name: Jacqueline N.

2. Why I became a guide: I decided to become a guide because i wanted to improve the experience of the tourists coming to Nairobi - to fill in their gaps. I would see them not having the best moments, since all they were experiencing was the information they'd gotten on the internet, and walking around focused on maps instead of really seeing and understanding what was around them.

3. Describe why you love your city/region in one sentence: I love Nairobi for its diversity: from the parks, maasai market, night life and the people, who are very accommodating.

4. Top 3 things not to miss when visiting Nairobi: You should not miss a visit to Maasai Market (a giant open, air market - I will help you to bargain!), Dalphane Sheldrick the Elephant Orphanage, and Nairobi National Park.

5. Where should people go to get a great photo? Two places: At the rooftop of KICC (the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in downtown Nairobi), and at the Oloolua nature trail, a lovely escape from the city, where you can take a photo by the waterfalls.

6. Tell us one local food specialty everyone visiting Nairobi should try: Fish, ugali (this is a staple of Kenyan diets!) and kunde (greens)...and nyama choma (this is what we call roast meat).

7. Your favourite local restaurant? Kosewe/Ranalo for the best fish and oxtail in town and Thursdays at the spur for the best of the best pork ribs.

8. Best place to celebrate a special occasion: Best place to celebrate is at Best Western Hotel in Hurligham on the 7th floor near the pool, Mash Park Hotel on Ngong road, or Oak Place near Kiambu.
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