Nairobi - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

I'm sure it depends on the disability. There are few sidewalks, but I've noticed that most malls have ramps, elevators, and electric doors, that would make navigating them easier. - Apr 2021

Yes. - Nov 2020

I'd think it would be extremely difficult to get around Nairobi if you were disabled. Heck it's hard enough for me to get around as-is, and I'm pretty darn spry. There are sidewalks here and there, but their quality is well below average, and the roads here are atrocious. There are elevators in most multi-level facilities, and there is handicapped parking in most if not all venues. - Dec 2018

Yes, I would imagine so. - Jun 2018

Yes, there is little accommodation for those with physical challenges. Even for the elderly I would imagine that free movement in Kenya would pose real challenges. For example, a typical car ride through Nairobi would knock the dentures right out of someone's mouth. - Jul 2016

yes - Sep 2015

It would be a challenge, but possible. Most Western-oriented buildings and shopping centers have ramps and elevators, but getting around day to day would require a car to get you right to those places. - Aug 2015

Yes--it's horrible for mobility-impaired. Most sidewalks, where they exist, are broken up and frequently end mid-block. Lots of dirt piles, mud, and deep holes in sidewalks. Mostly there are dirt paths. No really servicable ramps except in major restaurants/hotels. - Jul 2015

No. There are ramps, but they are more like steep hills. They do not cater to disabilities at all. - May 2015

I don't think so. - Dec 2014

Probably. - Jun 2014

You pretty much drive everywhere, so it should not really be a problem. - Jun 2014

Yikes! Nothing is wheelchair accessible and the streets are uneven. There is nary a sidewalk in sight. - Jul 2013

Many. There are no ramps -- or even sidewalks -- to speak of. - Jun 2013

There is no infrastructure at all to accommodate people with disabilities. There are no sidewalks, frequently no elevators. At the airport, there are several bathrooms where you have to climb up 5-6 steps to get into them, with no ramp option. - Dec 2012

Outside of the USG housing and the embassy one would have major difficulties. Some of the newer malls have elevators, but this is a small concession. Safari vans do not have lifts. There are few sidewalks and fewer well-maintained sidewalks. This is Africa. How much more do I need to say? - Aug 2012

Lots. - Dec 2011

The embassy premises are quite accommodating for those with disabilities. The general community (housing, shopping) is not. However, as household help and drivers are very affordable, some families may find it worthwhile to choose Nairobi as a post. Nairobi has more opportunities for therapies, etc., than many countries and would be worth looking into. I know several families with children with disabilities (both young and adult) who have found this to be a good post. - Dec 2011

Few accommodations are made for the disabled. However, household help is easily available and inexpensive. - Sep 2011

Many, no sidewalks, no handicapped parking spots, etc. - Dec 2010

Roads and sidewalks are awful, huge potholes. Appreciation for human life does not seem to rate as high as in the US. - Dec 2009

It is pretty hard to get around, since a lot of the time walkers don't have a sidewalk. - Jul 2009

Tons. Kenya is not easy to deal with normally let alone with a disability. - Jun 2008

It’s better than in some developing countries as there are modern shopping malls with ramps and elevators but day-to-day living might be more challenging. - Feb 2008

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