Things to Do in Nairobi
Nairobi National Park
The city of Nairobi boasts its very own national game park where lion, giraffe, buffalo and many other animals roam free! It is located less than 10 kilometres away from the city centre and is one of the best Nairobi attractions. Don’t miss a safari at Nairobi National Park!
Nairobi Safari Walk
Nairobi Safari Walk, funded by the Kenya Wildlife Service, is a great way to learn about the animals of Kenya and to view the natural variety that Kenya has to offer. It is located at the Nairobi National Park headquarters.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is a shelter for abandoned or injured wild animals. It offers visitor a chance to see wildlife up close and personal and even to pet a cheetah!
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Orphaned baby elephants and rhinos are cared for and offered a chance to survive at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The roly-poly baby elephants are fed with monster milk bottles and run around the compound gingerly.
Open: 11am-12pm daily
Nairobi Giraffe Centre
See these magically cumbersome animals up close and personal. Feed lanky giraffes from a platform and even touch a giraffe tongue!
Nairobi Snake Park
Not only can you see black mambas and puff adders at Nairobi Snake Park, there are also lizards, birds, crocodiles, turtles and fish! It is located at the Nairobi National Museum compound.
Nairobi Mamba Village
Nairobi Mamba Village is a giant resort park featuring activities, a hotel, restaurants, relaxing gardens and a crocodile farm! It’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy Nairobi’s beautiful green scenery and fresh air.
The Maasai Ostrich Resort is located on the outskirts of Nairobi in a town called Kitengela. It offers farm tours, ostrich riding and the chance to taste ostrich meat.
The original Kenyan Parliament building is characterized by its clock steeple in downtown Nairobi. An interesting attraction to visit in Nairobi, it is located in the city centre on Parliament Road.
The Karura Forest Reserve
The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban upland forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This remarkable geographical location and natural resource is one of the largest gazetted forests in the world fully within a city limits. It covers an area of about 1,000 ha (2,500 ac) and today is a a shining example of how country-based corporate social responsibility and individual philanthropy can serve to secure and protect a country’s natural resources.
You can either rent a bike or go on a specific Nairobi bike tour, but either way, Nairobi has great weather for outdoor activities!
McMillan Memorial Library
Built in 1931, the McMillan Memorial Library is the oldest library in Nairobi and houses a great selection of books and classic literature. It is located on Banda Street, next to the Jamia Mosque.
Nairobi Railway Museum
At Nairobi’s railway museum, learn about the history of the East African Railways. It is located next to the Nairobi Railway Station in downtown Nairobi.
Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum is a great museum exhibiting displays on tribal Kenya, early human findings, and the flora and fauna from all over Kenya.
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a village exhibition showing the different cultures and traditional tribal practices of the tribes that make up Kenya. The aim of the centre is to preserve, maintain and educate people about Kenya’s diverse range of tribes. It is located in the Langata area of Nairobi.
Riuki Cultural Centre
The Riuki Culture Centre offers an opportunity to learn more about Kenya’s largest Kikuyu tribe and the other people of Kenya through the demonstration of traditions, customs and a homestead.
Windsor Golf and Country Club
Even if you aren’t into playing golf, the prestigious British Windsor Golf and Country club offers beautiful views of lush lawns and a wonderful place to relax and drink afternoon tea!
Hilton Hotel Nairobi
The hotel is a giant complex in downtown Nairobi. It offers sort of a central meeting point and a great place to start walking around downtown Nairobi.
Stanley Hotel Nairobi
This 5-star hotel in downtown Nairobi hasa lot of history. Built in 1902, the Stanley has hosted Ewart Grogan, Ernest Hemingway and Edward Prince of Wales.
Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
Crescent Island is a private Wildlife Sanctuary on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. The island is a submerged rim of a volcanic crater and here, you can walk among the yellow barked “fever trees” with the possibility of seeing various animals. Visitors can enjoy the wildlife and tranquil environment. Animals you may see are giraffe, zebra, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, waterbuck, eland, and a great many bird species.The huge fish eagle with it’s distinctive cry is common to the area.
Boat trips on the lake are widely available, and is a great way to spend an afternoon or morning.
Sunsets are always stunning, with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end.
Kenya National Archives
The Kenya National Archives in downtown Nairobi offer displays on traditional culture, antique artifacts and Kenyan history. Within the museum is the former throne of Jomo Kenyatta and an interesting collection of African weapons. It is located on Moi Avenue, close to the Ambassador Hotel.
Karen Blixen Museum
Located on the outskirts of Nairobi in the suburb of Karen, the Karen Blixen house became famous because of its owner, who authored the book “Out of Africa” under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. The book was subsequently made into a movie. Blixen’s house is now a Kenya National Museum site.
The mausoleum of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, is adjacent to the Kenyan Parliament building.
August 7th Memorial Park
The August 7th Memorial Park was built in remembrance of the US Embassy bombing that took place on August 7, 1998. It is a small, quiet park located in the middle of the downtown Nairobi hustle and bustle, at the corner of Moi Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue.
Dedan Kimathi was a Mau Kenyan leader who fought against British colonial rule. A statue in remembrance of Kimathi stands in Nairobi, adjacent to the Hilton hotel.
Kiambethu Tea Farm
Kiambethu Tea Farm is located just outside of Nairobi in the town of Limuru. A tour of the farm allows you to see the process of growing tea, as well as enjoying a delicious meal in the tea garden.
Kitengala Glass Studios
Travel down onto the plains, across rutted roads, scrubland and a ravine, and you will be transported into another space and time. Step into the Kitengela Hot Glass workshops to discover art as it’s happening, glassware and tableware and homeware. Sip coffee at a funky, chunky mosaic table that creates one of the outdoor sitting rooms. Surround yourself in a secret garden of sculpture and furniture and living designs that enchant and inspire.
Volunteer with Orphaned Children
New Life Home is an orphanage home for kids who have been abandoned or have nowhere to go. It is an encouraging place to be yourself, hang out with kids who are in need and offer a little love.