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River Road

Neighbourhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: River road, Nairobi, Kenya

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The place is very busy and is overcrowded. There are many shops mostly Indian, where things are sold cheaply

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2016
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

The place is very busy and is overcrowded. There are many shops mostly Indian, where things are sold cheaply

2 Thank none d
Kigali, Rwanda
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is the travel hub, the trouble hub, the rub-a-dub hub. Here you find everywhere you need to go (in a hiphop matatu decorated with pics of Tupac). This is where you trust no man and hate no man. Where you come with an open mind and leave with a pocket full (unless you a fool). Some call it crowded.... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

Well the place is busy with youth doing business but the local authority is also always chasing them up.Here one can get very good garments and household items at very cheap prices. Good shops and restaurant with delicious food and favorite drinks with good prices. security is always better to watch out ! walk in groups not solitary walk unless... More 

1 Thank Semanami2010
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

If you like New York City , You will like this part of Nairobi....My advice expect to spend American Prices on food and Lodging.!

2 Thank Shaneaz
Nuremberg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015

Despite messages here River Road is save during the day. It is a busy area in an African City. There might be pickpockets like in every crowded place in the world. Otherwise there are no hassels!

3 Thank csami
Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Very busy road full of shops, restaurants, food stalls and the ever present matatus,. Noisy, smelly, cahotic and the only part of Nairobi that did not feel safe during my stay. It's interesting to get a feeling of Nairobi city life but be careful, don't linger and avoid taking photos and looking like a tourist.

4 Thank P E
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

River Road is a bit of a seedy place, not changed that much since i lived there so many years ago, definately not a place to wander around on your own and no way at night.

3 Thank joy M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

It seems most travellers don't stay in Nairobi city centre presumably due to safety concerns, opting instead for the outer suburbs. But there are an abundance of cheap hotels (1000 - 2000 KSHS for a room with a double bed and ensuit) around River Road and I felt completely safe there. I stayed at Hotel Arizona's, which is along River... More 

10 Thank A_Quatermain
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

I was attacked in mis afternoon by 3 goons. in the middle of a crowd that did nothing to help. After the attack I asked a guy that was looking like an insider to bring back my papers and to let them go with the money. 15 minutes later I got back my ID and other papers, and of course... More 

9 Thank Pierre P
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

This is the down town of Nairobi and needs die hard to visit. If you are a visitor in Nairobi walk with caution or take a friend with you. Its very crowded as well.

3 Thank Regina K

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