Nairobi is known for its nice weather all year-round, nearby nature and wildlife areas, and central location with easy access to Kenya’s top national park attractions. We’re slightly intimidated by the impressive number of stunning nature and safari parks, local markets and cultural venues this city has to offer. Is this World’s most nature and wildlife city? We think so. Below is our guide to 11 of the best things to do in and around Nairobi, Kenya.
1. Visit the Kenya Museum Society
Drawing thousands of people yearly, Kenya Museum Society is the one of the most-visited museums in Kenya. With a rotating display of collections and exhibitions centered on East African heritage and history. Conveniently located in the city center and easily accessible, it is a non-profit organisation established in 1970 to support and promote the National Museums of Kenya. The museum is a wonderful place to be for education purposes and also fun and culture.
2. Explore the Maasai Market
There are quite a few markets in the city, the Maasai Market, is the best flea markets in Nairobi, Kenya. It is one of the easiest markets to access, as it is open several days a week, and held at different locations in the city. Whether you’re looking to pick up some gorgeous local art and craft offerings, locals and tourists have opportunities to buy some of the rich and unique collection of African arts and crafts to beautify their homes, or as gifts to friends and family. Check out their Facebook page, to see the different locations where the market is held everyday.
3. See the lovely building of Jamia Mosque
Situated in in the Central Business District, the Jamia Mosque has so much sight to see featuring its traditional Arabic design. When in Nairobi, do not miss to visit this monumental silver-domed beautiful mosque imposing twin minarets and 3 silver domes, one of the main landmark buildings in Kenya’s capital city.
4. Head to Nairobi National Park
You are a nature and wildlife lover and want to discover some of Africa’s most beautiful sceneries and game park? Kenya’s capital city boasts one thing that many capital cities in the world do not have, a national park within the walls of a nation’s capital. Here, you’ll encounter a unique wildlife where you’ll see black rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and more. Wildlife abounds, here are few things as breath-taking and stunning as experiencing safari in an urban city.
5. Take a trip to Bomas Of Kenya
You want to discover traditional people of Kenya? Looking for an unforgettable tourist experience that will forever stir your soul? Head to Bomas, a collection and display of traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. This tourist village in Langata, the Bomas of Kenya, is a must visit to all visitors to the country.
6. Spend a day at the Uhuru Park
A trip to the Keyan capital wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Uhuru Park, a top Nairobi attraction. The park features an artificial lake and several national monuments, many of these Nairobi landmarks are free to visit. Visit the park on weekend to soak up the skateboarding culture. With its 12.9 hectares, Uhuru Park offer a wealth of recreational activities and lush greens, ideal romantic spots and picnics. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of Nairobi city from top of the park.
7. Enjoy a stroll at Nairobi Safari Walk
Climb aboard Nairobi Safari Walk’s elevated wooden boardwalk, watch wildlife, walk through uninterrupted views of nature and spotting animals, including cheetah, lion, leopard, hippo, zebra and more. This walking safari tour is an incredible discovery of what’s on offer when it comes to Kenya’s iconic Parks and Reserves. Safari-goers will appreciate the game here, including the selection of rescued wild animals.
8. Visit the Giraffe Centre
One of many nature and animal sanctuaries in Kenya, this rescue center and nature park caters to the world’s tallest species, the giraffe. The Giraffe Centre has a welcoming community feel, you’ll see the giraffes up so close, feed them and pose in photos with the animals. It should come as no surprise that is one of the most photographed places in Nairobi. Great spot for a family day out in the capital, if your kids enjoy animals. No prior booking required.
9. Visit the Uhuru Gardens
Uhuru Gardens Memorial Park in Nairobi has something for everyone! This greenery and landmark space is dominated by a striking independence commemorative monument that celebrates the nation’s independence from the British Empire in 12 December 1963. Visitors can enjoy the historical sites, and use the lovely open spaces as a great place to relax over picnic with family or friends.
10. Take a trip to Kenya Railway Museum
For an aesthetic and colorful day of learning in Nairobi, head to the Nairobi Railway Museum. The museum collection includes exhibits from the defunct East African Railways and details of the Railway history in Kenya. Visitors can explore the accessible awesome vintage trains where they can get on and off the beautiful locomotives.
11. Spend a day at Kenya National Archives
Kenya National Archives and Documentation Services is the primary provider and custodian of Kenya’s valuable public records. This is where you will find historical things and great written materials about the Republic of Kenya as they are made accessible to present and future generations. Whenever there’s ongoing reviewing of The Public Archives and Documentation Service Act Cap 19 of the laws of Kenya, the public are invited to read and comment on the reviewed act. You’re sure to have an amazing history and educational trip.
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