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Things You Need to Know before Relocating to Nairobi

Things You Need to Know before Relocating to Nairobi

Accommodation, school, security – those are just some of the things expats should keep in mind when planning their move to Nairobi. InterNations member Amy has some tips for future expats, to make their life in Kenya the best that it can be.

It’s a country which boasts beautiful beaches, a cosmopolitan capital and fantastic wildlife. With its rich multi-cultural background and tribal influences, Kenya is full of things to do and places to see and it’s no wonder that the expat community is constantly growing and thriving boasting a strong economy and plenty of opportunities for both families and professionals.

Before you rush to book your one-way ticket, however, here are a few things that you need to consider before coming over, especially if it’s your first time in the country.

If you have the above areas covered, then you might as well jump on the next plane to Nairobi and start to enjoy the experience. Kenya is a fantastic country, which boasts one of the best climates all year round, ensuring you get that tan and constant supply of vitamin D! It’s a country where you learn to expect the unexpected and you have to have a great sense of humor while out there. Although the list of things to look into may seem slightly daunting, I promise it will be worth it and all the hassle will seem like a distant memory while you are sipping a Tusker (East African beer) and watching a herd of elephants in the distance.


Amy Shaw was born and brought up in Kenya in the 90’s, having left the country to pursue her education and a career as a writer, she recently returned to join the expat community and start living in Nairobi full-time. Amy has previously worked in both London and Paris. Having had to adjust to different cultures at a very young age, she is fully aware of the hardships of moving to a new place, not knowing the language or the people, but this hasn’t stopped her from travelling the globe and writing about it. Her blog ‘Expat Diaries Africa and Abroad’ which tells of her travels and gives insight into what it’s really like to live in East Africa.

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