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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
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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Yes, I have successfully withdrawn USD from KCB in Nairobi a couple of times.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 a USD atm at the KCB Kipandi House (across the road from the post office) but when I went there on 2/8/15 it was out of order. It is the one on a the far right as you enter (ones with USD are not labelled). I cannot confirm the one at Anniversary towers as I went there on a Sunday and could not get access to the ATMS. I was told by locals there we one at kencom. I could not see one providing USD when I went there. I only checked the atms on the northern side though. There may still be something there as it is the main office for KCB.

I ended up being able to get 1000 USD from the KCB atm at Karen Shopping centre. It is the one on the right. This is the closes atm for all those starting overland tours from Karen Camp. I heard that other people could only get 300 USD from this one so it may depend on your own bank.

Also the KCB at Moyale does not give USD

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So this has been an issue for quite a while. Fortunately here is a local who withdraws USDs from local ATM every week. FYI I use a Bank of America ATM

KCB University way ATM @ Anniversary towers (1 machine)
KCB Kipande House ATM (1 machine)
KCB Kencom ATM (2 machines)

Bienividos Kenya!

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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

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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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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