Langata (or Lang'ata) is a suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. If you are planning a trip to see this fascinating African metropolis or need a base to head off on safari, it's the perfect spot to acclimatise yourself to Kenya.
The closest airport to Langata is Wilson Airport, which predominantly serves domestic destinations in Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta International, Nairobi's gateway to the rest of Africa, is around an hour away by car. To get around town, you can either rent a car, take buses or try the local matatus (minibuses) which are the cheapest transport option.
Anyone staying in this part of Kenya will have plenty to do. Langata is home to some great attractions like the Giraffe Centre, where visitors can feed fully grown giraffes. There's Uhuru Gardens to stroll around, as well as the Bomas, a series of reconstructed Kenyan villages that are a great window into the past.
The Giraffe Centre is one of the best attractions in Lang'ata for families. Children learn about conservation and breeding of Rothschild giraffes. Enjoy feeding giraffes from a raised platform, and take pictures with these long-necked mammals.
In addition, pop into the Bomas of Kenya to learn about the 43 tribes of Kenya, their languages and cultural activities. Explore the traditional homesteads of these communities. There is a daily show in the arena too.
Uhuru Gardens Memorial Park houses the statute honouring the Kenyan independence struggle.
Another attraction in Langata is Carnivore Restaurant, which serves mouthwatering meat cooked over an open fire and carved at the table. Get a close look at ostriches and crocodiles at Mamba Village on Lang'ata North Road.
Lang'ata is bordered by both the wealthiest and the poorest suburbs in Nairobi that are Karen and Kibera respectively.