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River Road

River road, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Ranked #40 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Neighborhoods, Shops
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Watford, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 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.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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.

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Cairo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 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

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nairobi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 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

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Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 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.

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Nairobi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

River Road is in downtown of Nairobi and is always crowded owing to the fact that the bus terminus and most public vehicles terminus are nearby. It also caters for most small and medium business. You will not also miss out on a few idlers and hence, pick pockets, so watch your purse or wallet. However, if you want the... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The place is like a shopping mall with everything you need at a very good price but there are muggers so shop but keep an eye out for pickpockets.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

hi this is one of the most dangerous places for a non local u are likely to be mugged, beaten or kidnapped stay well clear

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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Very crowded street with the hawkers running around. Cheap/substandard good sold along these streets except for a few places. In fact the word river road is often synonymous with substandard goods.

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This street is not only dirty and filthy, it is totally unsafe for tourists to walk in this area. Theft and fraud is rife in this area and if you treasure your belongings you will surely stay away from this area of the CBD

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