When those who have a stake in the matter speak about Nairobi's Maasai Market, they tend to paint it in a spectacularly colorful and vibrant light - full of friendly salespeople hawking indigenous wares and curios that can be haggled down and acquired at incredibly discounted prices. This may indeed be the case, but it's far from the whole story. Should you decide to venture into this mobile marketplace (it's held at different locations throughout the week), be prepared for an onslaught of attention, a high pressure sales atmosphere and a collection of goods that begins to look more and more familiar the more you travel around the country.
Now if the tone here sounds a bit on the critical side, don't let us be misunderstood; there are certainly some unique buys out there, and the experience of perusing Maasai Market's bustling stalls can be incredibly rewarding on a variety of levels. Just be sure you know what you're in for. As long as you've come prepped to exercise all the bargaining skills you possess, you may just find this one of the most interesting and enjoyable quasi-cultural experiences Nairobi has to offer.
Note:Wednesday's Capital Centre market location is displayed on the map. See our link for exact info on the market's other daily whereabouts.