It’s great to be in the airport lounges. You know it’s going to be a long wait for your flight, so you can just relax and not worry about anything. There’s free wifi! And outlets if you need to charge your phone or laptop.

The food is great too-who doesn’t love a good sandwich? It feels like home, but with no guilt because there are no dishes to do when you get back! Plus, they have wine and beer and other drinks which make waiting for even more fun. When I’m at JKIA airport in Nairobi Kenya I always stop by the lounge before my flight because it makes me feel better knowing that I’ll have some time on either end of my flight to get re-energized and relaxed before and after.

Lounges at JKIA Airport – Nairobi, Kenya

These days, many airports have several lounges available. There are often private lounges that can be paid for through membership or day access. These are great because you don’t need to pay extra to get in. They’re cleaner and more spacious than the other lounges which mean they’re not as crowded during busy travel times. There are also budget lounges that allow you to pay a day rate and enjoy all the amenities within it.

The waiting area is one of the busiest places in airports and, whether we like it or not, we all spend too much time there. I think the key thing for successful waiting is preparation: Take out your books or other materials, get through security before the rush and plan for delays. The main thing is: don’t panic…it won’t help!

You can use your lounge time to catch up on work emails and social media or just to relax while reading a book or watching TV. If you want to explore the area outside of the lounge, there’s also a lot you can do. You can get some fresh air, which is great if it’s hot and stuffy and not so great for your allergies! There will usually be wifi available in the lounge which makes catching up on work much easier than trying to find somewhere with free wifi at the airport.

Alternatively, there are also waiting areas where you can grab a snack and some caffeine to keep you going or just watch TV to pass the time. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time when it’s so easy to access your documents and files on your phone!

The next time you travel somewhere, consider what options there are for lounges and which is the best choice for your needs. Some lounges charge a fee, while others are free and you may be limited to one or two visits per day depending on the type of lounge you choose. It’s also important to note that not all lounges will be available in all airports so it’s good to do some research ahead of time and look for the best option.

Kenya Airways Simba Lounge:

Kenya Airways Simba Lounge: Kenya Airways Simba Lounge at JKIA is a state-of-the-art lounge that incorporates an African cultural interior design with contemporary Italian furniture and technology infrastructure such as free Wi-Fi, a soundproof transit passengers resting area, dining lounge, washrooms, and showers. It is located at Terminal 1A (Outside Security) and is open from 5 am to 12 am daily


  • Premium Food
  • Snacks
  • Spirits & Liquor
  • Beer & Wine
  • Wi-Fi
  • Showers
  • Flight Monitors
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • TVs
  • Children’s Area
  • Internet Terminals
  • Printers & Copiers
  • Telephones
  • Smoking Area
  • 18+ Cardholder
  • A private room is also available at an additional fee.

Below are other lounges at Nairobi’s JFK Airport

  • Kenya Airways Msafiri Lounge
  • Swissport Aspire Lounge
  • Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge
  • Kenya Airways Pride Lounge
  • Tradewinds Aviations Mt. Kenya Lounge – Terminal 2
  • Tradewinds Aviation Mara Lounge – Terminal 2

If you have a long layover, you can also check out this list of things to do in Nairobi near JKIA

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