Nairobi is a destination filled with a rich tribal culture and history. Being the capitol city of Kenya, it is a city that will capture your attention and imagination. There are exciting places to visit from informative museums to wildlife parks located on its doorstep. Nairobi is the gateway to explore Kenya and will captivate any adventure seeker.
Here are a few things to do and places to visit in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park
The city of Nairobi is the only place in the world where you can find a national park right next door. The Nairobi National Park can be found only 7 kilometres from the city centre. The Park serves a great service by providing protection to the critically endangered Rhino. There is also much more to see in the park from, giraffes, lions, cheetahs to an abundance of bird species.
The Masai market in Nairobi is a great place to buy beautiful souvenirs. The local artists produce creative and original art, curios, clothes, fabrics and much more. You will definitely not be disappointed when you wonder around looking for something unique in this market. Be prepared to do a bit of haggling with the vendors, but you will come away with some serious bargains. Walking amongst the tables and people you can sometimes actually watch the artist at work. You can view such things as women threading beads right in front of you. These local craftsmen and women are there to sell their own craft items and to share their wonderful creations with you.
Located only two hours from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake and forms part of the Great Rift Valley. Here you can find an abundance of plants, hippos and 400 different species of bird life. The lake also attracts animals like giraffes, zebras and waterbuck.
Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre
The Nairobi Giraffe Centre is located on the edges of Nairobi’s National Park. The aim of this centre is to educate the children and everybody about the Rothschild giraffes which are facing extinction. These Giraffes can only be found in the open grasslands of East Africa. All visitors to the park can actually interact and feed the animals, providing plenty of photo opportunities to capture these majestic animals.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The trust was established and has a program in place where baby elephants and rhinos are rehabilitated and introduced back into the wild. The centre located just outside the Nairobi National Park cares for the young abandoned animals and is a place where visitors can see the baby orphans being fed and taking their daily mud bath.
Nairobi National Museum
Spend a few hours at the National museum to view all the information about the area and its history. You will find cultural and history exhibits, a splendid collection of minerals and rocks, bones, fossils and much more.
The Karura Forest
This is an Urban forest located in Nairobi within the city limits. The forest is a great place to escape from the busy and noisy inner city. The forest contains many attractions from a beautiful waterfall, sacred caves and beautiful indigenous trees. The forest sits on a bed of volcanic rock and is home to many indigenous animals such as the cute big-eyed Bush Baby.
The Karen Blixen Museum
This museum tells the story of the colonial era in Kenya, through the eyes of the Danish author –Karen Blixen. Her memoirs tell of the events that took place in the years of 1917 to 1931 and were made famous by the movie, ‘Out of Africa’
Bomas of Kenya
This is an exciting tourist village and live museum that showcases the colourful and diverse tribes of Kenya. Travellers who visit this village can learn more about the culture, music and lifestyle of each tribe. The whole complex is a recreated traditional village where you can also find a theatre where they showcase all the local dances and songs.
As you can read, there is a lot to explore and to do in Nairobi. Find this out during one of the trips we offer below!