There’s always something happening in Nairobi.
But if you’ve just moved here, it can be a bit overwhelming and tough to navigate. Finding people with similar interests and making friends is the best way to experience Nairobi, while overcoming any obstacles you encounter.
The Facebook groups and online communities listed below will help you navigate living in Nairobi, with the most up-to-date information about the city available.
Meet Ups and Creative Groups
In normal times, Free Mind Sessions host monthly events in Nairobi, bringing creatives, activists, and generally awesome people together to discuss a wide range of topics.
The solutions-focused forums, debates, Q&A sessions, and random chats that result make for a lively evening. The events are a great way to meet like-minded people in Nairobi.
Full disclosure, I started this group.
We’re a fast-growing community of online freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and digital nomads based around East Africa. If you have any questions about working online in Kenya or want to join one of our meetups, come say hello!
Sports, Fitness, and Active Groups
Nairobi has a great thriving, friendly, and tightknit Afro-Latin dance community. They’re some of the nicest, most fun, and welcoming people in the city. Nairobi Salsa events are always worth attending, whether you’re a beginner or pro.
The Facebook group is a great place to find out about events, classes, and private tuition all over the city.
For all things mountaineering and rock climbing in Kenya, this is the group for you.
Members regularly post updates from various mountain trails and rock climbing spots in the country and share organized tours to various locations. They can answer almost any question about mountaineering in Kenya.
Get up-to-date info on yoga classes, retreats, and teachers anywhere in Kenya.
The group is very active and an excellent resource for budding yogis.
People are always selling old furniture and household items in Nairobi.
If you’re furnishing your apartment – or buying just about anything – check this group out first before visiting expensive shopping malls.
A great to go if you need general information about moving to or living in Kenya – especially if you’re outside Nairobi.
Ignore the name – NES isn’t a ‘social’ group. Instead, it’s an excellent information exchange and the best place to get all your questions about living in Nairobi answered.
Whatever you ask in the group, someone will have experience and offer a thorough answer.
If you’re looking for an apartment in Nairobi, Nairobi Expat Housing should be your first stop.
You have two options:
- Look through the regularly posted apartment listings and find something that fits your needs.
- Post in the group with your apartment requirements and filter the responses to find the best candidates for you.
Renting an apartment in Nairobi can be tricky, so make sure you research how to avoid scams and bad landlords.
Basically, the same as Nairobi Expat Housing, but smaller.
However, NICA’s name is seriously misleading. Most of the apartments posted are large, multi-room, and unfurnished. So, not exactly helpful for interns and consultants.
Do You Have a Community in Nairobi?
If you know a helpful group or online community for people living in Nairobi, share it in the comments below and we might add it to the list.