The beating heart of Kenya, Nairobi is the capital city. It's metropolitan charms include vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat, bustling night life, and an incredible national park right at its doorstep.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at how vibrant the city is and wowed by the wondrous wildlife you'll be lucky enough to spot during your stay. We can tell you from experience, there's almost nothing like watching a giraffe wander about in it's natural habitat or seeing a leopard climb a tree to eat its prey. Yes, this happens in real life, not just on National Geographic and you just might get to see it up close!
Where You'll Stay
If you're going to stay in Nairobi, you may as well stay in the safest area with the most fun at your doorstep. Kilimani is one of the safest neighborhoods located in the city. It's walkable and close to the city center.
There are two malls located in Kilimani as well as a host of upmarket eateries. The neighborhood is also quite diverse. The United Nations and an International School are located in Kilimani and, as a result, there are expats living in the area from all over the world. It's not uncommon to run into French, Australian, and American expats in the malls and eateries in Kilimani.
The apartment building is a few blocks away from the major mall and lots of restaurants. Our apartments will be multi-bedroom units that feature a living room, kitchen, and dining area. The building includes the following features:
40" Flat Screen Television
Stove, Oven, and Microwave
Cookware, Eatery, Cutlery
WHAT YOU’LL DO
During your first week, you'll get to know your Wanderist family and prep for the Hunger Games during our Welcome Event at The Forest which includes a BBQ and archery lessons.
Delicious food + bows and arrows are a surefire way to bring people together, right?
How about a visit to the Giraffe Centre, only half an hour from downtown?
If you’re looking for something truly special, something worth both “likes” and “lols”, place a pellet between your lips and wait. See what happens. Spoiler: giraffe kiss. A giraffe will slobber all over your face when taking the pellet! How sweet, lol.
Of course, you’ll also go on Safari! You can NOT go to Kenya and miss out on doing a safari! We will be in Kenya during migration season - the best time for safari!
Over the course of 3 days, you'll go on game drives to give you the best possible opportunity to spot the Big 5. Can you name them all? You'll be able to after this safari!
You’ll also visit a local village and get to know the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area.
Giving back to the communities we visit is very important to us. Your group will spend time volunteering in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya suffering from overcrowding, unemployment, and lack of basic necessities like electricity and running water.
Throughout the month, we'll sprinkle informal events as well (i.e. Taco Tuesday, Game Night) and get into some local events, including art gallery socials, live music events, and parties.
We do want you to have a little time to explore on your own as well, of course. We'll give you plenty of details on other things to do.
Where You'll Work
In between all the fun, we'll get some work done. Our cowork office will be a short walk or Uber ride from your apartment. It's one of the hottest spots for digital nomads and people in the tech space in Nairobi.
iHub is an Innovation hub and hacker space for the technology community in Nairobi that was started in March 2010 by Erik Hersman a TED fellow and Entrepreneur. He is also the CEO of BRCK, a hardware and cloud services technology platform that delivers rugged and reliable connectivity solutions in the most demanding environments.
There are always networking, tech, and entrepreneurships at this space. Heck, we may tap a few of you may even host talks!
HOW MUCH YOU'LL SPEND
The cost of this experience for 30 days is $3,000.
A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space. The balance can be paid in installments, but you’ll receive a 10% discount to pay in full in one lump sum.
There is a 50% discount for an add-on.
An add-on is defined as a spouse, significant other, or child. Someone you can share a bedroom with.
What's Not Included
Flights and/or Transportation to Nairobi
Transportation w/in the City (except on specified excursions)
Living expenses within the city
Food or meals (except where specified for excursions)
Visa Fees (if applicable)
Airport Transfer Upon Arrival and Departure
24 Hour Access to CoWork Space
3 Day/2 Night Safari
Community Service Activity
Visit to Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
Professional Photos Documenting the Experience
Flight Recommendations and Booking Assistance
Preparation Details and Checklists Sent Weekly
One-on-One Call w/ your Community Manager
Deposit required for booking.
Deposit payments are refundable until 6/3. Deposits made after 6/3 can be credited to another trip.
There are payment options:
Pay remaining two installments
2nd Installment of $1,500 due by 6/19
3rd installment of $1,500 due by 7/18
To qualify for the 10% discount, payment in full must be made by 6/19
**For add-ons, add $750 to the 2nd and 3rd payments or $1,500 to the full payment
Deposit: Refundable until 6/3, after 6/3 the deposit can be credited to another trip within 6 months.
1st Payment: Refundable until 7/3
2nd Payment: Non-refundable
The apartments are multi-bedroom units. When you complete your profile, we will ask if you have a housemate in mind. If not, we will pair you with someone who's company you can enjoy for a month :-)
Check out the photos and videos from our 2018 Uproot in Nairobi —> 2018 Nairobi UpRoot Album
Have questions? Ask us anything.