TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS / THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI, KENYA
Top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and a gateway for several tourists on a Kenya safari but guess what, Nairobi city is more than being just a city as it has more to offer you while on your Kenya safari ranging from nature tours in the parks, to the local Maasai people for cultural tours, to the museum, galleries and many more as you enjoy the food prepared at your hotels and going shopping in the local markets and malls.
1 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Go on wildlife viewing Safari in Nairobi National Park
Nairobi national park is one of the best destinations to explore in Nairobi city. The park took the Name of the City reason being it is situated in the city itself about 30Minutes drive from the city center. Nairobi national park take you on a wildlife viewing adventure as you watch plenty of park dwellers including giraffe, cheetah, buffalo, lion, elephants, Black and White Rhinos, abundant of birdlife and many more. Nairobi National Park can be explored both on a game drive and on a guided walking safari.
2 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Stay overnight at Nairobi Tented Camp
While on your adventure in Nairobi national park, you may choose to spend an overnight or even 2 at this Tented Camp inside the forest in Nairobi national park. This is a luxury tented camp but cheap and affordable. All Tents are suited with private bathroom with bot hot and cold water and uses solar power for electricity. While at the Camp, you have a golden opportunity of viewing wildlife in the dark as the sun goes down making your adventure more rewarding.
3 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Visit Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage
Sheldrick Orphanage is yet another stunning and breath-taking attractions to visit while on a safari in Nairobi. This offers you a great experience as you watch baby elephants being fed using a bottle. This orphanage was set up in order to protect the baby elephants that lost their parents to poachers and harsh climatic conditions. The orphanage as well harbors orphaned rhinos. Tourists are allowed only 1 hour with in the orphanage as they watch these pretty babies being fed and taken care off. This Sheldrick Orphanage is open for tourists daily for just one starting from 11:00 am to 12:00pm.
4 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Visit the Giraffe Centre
Giraffe Centre as well is found in Nairobi and can be visited on your Kenya safari with a golden opportunity of watching these beautiful animals in their home found in Lang’ata. The Nairobi Giraffe center started in the year 1979 as a program to help in breeding more of these endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes that were at a point of total extinction in the wild. While on a visit to the Giraffe center, you will get an opportunity to fed the Giraffes on a raised platform and as well pet them. The Nairobi Giraffe center is open daily to the public from 9:00 am up to 5:00 pm.
5 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Spend an Overnight at the Giraffe Manor
While on your Nairobi tour at the Giraffe Center, you may opt to spend an overnight at the center within this luxury lodge which is as well at the same location. You have an opportunity of watching the Giraffes as the pull out their long slender necks towards your table as you enjoy your breakfast or coffee at the hotel terrace.
6 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum is such a stunning museum worth a visit while on a Kenya safari in Nairobi. Karen Blixen Museum should be one of the attractions to add on your travel list to explore this beautiful museum that was named after Blixen the Author of an important memoir that triggered the production of the Movie entitled “Out Of Africa”. Karen Blixen Museum is situated in farmhouse a Farmhouse at Ngong Hills a famous place where Blixen and Finch Hatton’s love story was played. While in the Museum, you will spot lots of attractions including the Blixen’s pieces of furniture and many more that make up a stunning decoration of the Museum.
7 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Hike up Ngong Hills
Ngong Hills are such beautiful attractions that are worth a hike while on a Nairobi tour. A hike to these hills is such a rewarding adventure as you experience the wind turbines on the hike along the Ngong Hills hiking Trail. Ngong hills is a set of 7 hills hiked along the same trail. However, each of these hills is taller that the other thus requires a particular level of fitness to hike them. This Ngong hike offers lots of thing to see including the people’s settlements, Nairobi City, thrilling views of the Rift valley, beautiful fauna and flora that reside in Ngong forest also known as the Ngong forest reserve and many more. This can easily be combined with a visit to Karen Blixen Museum.
8 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Visit Nairobi National Museum
Nairobi National museum is such a breath taking attraction to explore in Nairobi while on your Kenya safari. The Museum was built in 1929 on the Museum Hill and it offers an opportunity to have a glance at the Kenya’s national heritage. The Nairobi National Museum exhibits Kenyan history, musical instruments, art and gallery, culture, photographs of ancient tribal life. The outdoor of the Museum enables tourists to explore botanical garden and have a nature trail. The Nairobi National museum is open on a daily basis from 8:30am to 5:30 pm.
9 of top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Visit the Kazuri Bead Factory
For craft lover, take an adventurous tour to the Kazuri Bead Factory while on a Nairobi tour to buy crafts and in turn support the women that make them. Most of these ladies that are employed to make these beads are actually single mothers from Nairobi and other neighboring towns. You may as well request the ladies to have hands on how they make these beautiful bead and then arrange them and make stunning jewelry. Kazuri Bead factory is situated at the former Karen Blixen Estate and is open from Monday to Saturday. Monday to Friday, it opens from 8:00am to 5:00Pm while on Saturday, it opens from 8:00am to 1 pm. You are free to buy crafts, souvenirs and many more.
10 of Top 10 things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya: Go shopping for Souvenirs at the Maasai Market
Masai Market is held at different locations at different days as elaborated below;
- Every Tuesday along Kijabe Street
- Every Wednesday at Capital Centre
- Every Thursday at Nakumatt Junction Shopping Mall
- Every Friday at Village Market
- Every Saturday at High Court parking lot
- Finally every Sunday at Yaya Centre
The above mentioned are the 10 top things/ attractions in Nairobi Kenya. However, there are other more attractions that you could as well explore I Nairobi. These include;
Visit Stedmark recreational garden (Park), Visit the Hub Karen for shopping, visit African Heritage House, explore Nairobi Gallery, take on a Nai Nami City Tour, Visit Fairview Estate coffee farm, explore Karura Forest and many more. In fact Nairobi can keep you busy for as long as you want starting from 1 day to several days Nairobi tour. Let’s plan your next Kenya wildlife tour and Nairobi city tour.