It appears that I will need to leave the secure area in NBO to collect my bags and re-check for my next flight, which is early the next morning.

Is there a safe/quiet place in the general airport (not past security) area that I can wait/sleep in NBO?

  • Have you checked out Sleeping in Airports.. I clicked on Nairobi; it does includes reviews.
    – Giorgio
    Feb 8, 2018 at 18:02
  • Ah, sorry about that. Deleted my comment.
    – gparyani
    Feb 8, 2018 at 19:26
  • @Giorgio I just checked. Not really much there. I am hoping for any firsthand info that people might have. Feb 8, 2018 at 19:28
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    9 hours is long. Accommodation close to the airport starts at around 15 euros. I'd consider that.
    – MastaBaba
    Feb 8, 2018 at 20:31
  • The site seems to have a good rep, and the absence of feedback may be an indicator that the hotel might be safest.
    – Giorgio
    Feb 8, 2018 at 21:11

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First-hand experience, but several years out of date:

Nairobi Airport in general was safe. There was a strong security presence and initial security checks are actually conducted at the entrances to the airport itself, prior to check-in.

I don't recall the general airport area being particularly quiet, or welcoming, or any of it being particularly comfortable. We had to spend several hours there and it's a functional but old airport - quiet once you're past the post-checkin security checks, but not somewhere I reminisce on fondly.

Unless I was trying to save every penny, I'd get accommodation elsewhere (if trying to sleep) or set up camp in a hotel bar or cafe (if just wanting to rest). It's only about USD 20 to get a taxi into the city, with Uber being half to a quarter of that price.

  • I just found out we traveled prior to a reconstruction. The new international check-in area looks nicer and more modern but I suspect the rest of the experience will be similar, just with new seats.
    – dlanod
    Jul 2, 2018 at 0:55
  • thanks for the answer. We’ll see how it all ends up in about 6 weeks. There are 16 if us travelling. Jul 2, 2018 at 2:04
  • I think 16 might struggle to find space to set up shop all together, unless you happen to be travelling at quite a quiet time.
    – dlanod
    Jul 3, 2018 at 4:25
  • overnight. From 8pm until about 6:00am Jul 3, 2018 at 4:26

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