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While in Nairobi I might need to top up my supply of USD. Is it possible to get it directly from an ATM or will I need to go to a currency exchange?

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The KCB at the Village Market, near the UN Headquarters in Nairobi also offers up to 300 USD. –  user6326 Apr 16 '13 at 13:56
Keep in mind that the reliability of ATMs is extremely low in East Africa, even if you're only trying to withdraw local currency. Count on trying several ATMs before you find one that works at all. –  Ben Crowell Apr 17 '13 at 5:11

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Yes, I have successfully withdrawn USD from KCB in Nairobi a couple of times. Here is the location I have done this: http://goo.gl/maps/fvojb

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Was this with a local or an international card? –  awidgery Feb 26 at 17:02
@AndrewWidgery This was using a US local bank card (I used a bank of america debit card, and a chase debit card) –  shnozolla Feb 27 at 18:00

There is rumor that there is at least one ATM with an USD cash option:

I found one KCB ATM (across from main post office in Nairobi) which gives you the choice to withdraw in KSH or US dollars.

Source: Lonely Planet

Drop a line here if you could confirm it!

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I couldn't find any, but according to @shnozolla response there is one. Anyway you can get USD from banks or exchange offices in Nairobi.

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I have successful withdraw US $1000 from KCB ATM at the mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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For completeness' sake do you remember which mall? How long ago was it? –  JoErNanO Nov 28 '14 at 15:12

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