I m just back from Nairobi where I spent 2 nights / 3 days for business.
I arrived from Dar Es Salaam by Kenya Airways afternoon flight.
1) AIRPORT. I received my luggage in 20 minutes and I went through the green channel of customs without being searched or questioned. I would say that 90% of passangers passed smoothly.
After customs, there was a quite consistent crowd of people waiting, no one came to me offering any service of any kind.
After few minutes I spotted a guy from my company who was waiting for me and we went to the parking, collected the car and drove away.
2) ROAD TO TOWN. We did the approx 15 kms drive to the Hotel Intercontinental windows open, no notice of any threat around us.
We queued for about 30 mins at the fist of two roundabouts: it was 5 pm and traffic at that time in that area is huge. A lot of hawkers were walking among the cars offering their merchandise so we closed the windows and the doors of the car and no one gave us problems even if I was on a luxury SUV and my skin is white!
We arrived at hotel in about 50 mins but, in other parts of the day, the journey would take 20 mins.
3) IN TOWN. I never walked alone, I always went around by car, any time of the day: I never had the sensation to be in a dangerous city. I always stayed in central areas around UHURU HWY and KENYATTA HWY. The feeling was like being in any other central African city. At night I went to 2 different restaurants and the car was parked in a secure multilevel parking.
The dangerous part is driving: the road rules are rarely respected so you must become used to the local style of driving.
4) WAY BACK TO AIRPORT. It was 9 PM and it took 20 mins to go to KENYATTA AIRPORT for BA flight to HEATHROW. Plenty of people walking along the road until we reached the road junction to Mombasa. NO feeling of any threat apart of the crazy way they drive.
May I ask to all those people who wrote so bad stories about safety in Nairobi....have I been lucky or have they been exaggerating their stories