Nairobi is the home to some of the best sightseeing and tourist attractions in the world. Welcoming visitors numbering hundreds of thousands every year, making it a wonderful tourist destination in Africa. This cosmopolitan city is one of the only capitals in the world bordered by a safari park. From Nairobi National Park to Giraffe Centre Nairobi, here are 12 of Nairobi’s top-rated attractions and top things to do throughout the Kenyan capital.
The Maasai Market
Maasai Market, a handicraft fair in Nairobi, Kenya, sees numerous of tourists throughout the year that come to experience this amazing cultural heritage, art scene and outstanding flea market. This is one of city’s well-kept secrets – read all about it here and spend an extraordinary day in this amazing market.
Karen Blixen Museum
This museum is located in a farmhouse once occupied by the Danish author Karen Blixen also known by her pen name Izak Dinesen. The house was purchased by Blixen and her husband Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, in 1917 and she also ran a coffee plantation there. You can’t take a tour of the well-preserved colonial farmhouse, a kitchen in another structure, a coffee drying plant in the woodland and an agricultural college in the vicinity. Furniture that belonged to Karen Blixen and her husband are on display and also books owned by Karen and her lover, Denys Finch Hatton. The exuberant guides bring life to the story of living in colonial Kenya.
Giraffe Centre Nairobi
Located just 40 minutes from the Kenyan capital, Giraffe Centre is of one Kenya’s most visited destinations, thanks to its protected endangered special giraffe and enjoyable activities. At this center, visitors can have a face to face contact with the endangered Rosthschild’s giraffes, found only in East Africa. Due to its closeness to the city, many tourists visiting the capital city often take in a one-day-trip to the conversation, it’s worth it. The center is open daily from 9am to 5:30pm and visitors can decide to spend the night at the Giraffe Manor, where giraffes visit guests regularly at breakfast. Here’s your ultimate need-to-know guide to the Giraffe Centre Nairobi, Kenya.
Kazuri Beads Factory
If you’re interested in local arts and souvenirs, the Kazuri Beads Factory is a great place to explore and help out disadvantaged local women. Kazuri means small and beautiful in Swahili and was chosen by the founder when she established the company with just two Kenyan employees in 1975. The company now has a workforce of over 400 women of mostly single single mothers. Visitors can go on a tour and are shown the process of firing and glazing the beads and take about an hour in total. The factory is usually closed on weekends but the shops remain open. They are open Mondays to Saturdays from 8:30am – 6pm and Sundays from 9am – 4pm.
Nairobi National Park
The Nairobi National Park is one of the best national parks in Africa, and is arguably the only national park in the world that combines wildlife and metropolis. Situated only 7 kilometres away from the centre of Nairobi, makes it possible for tourists to visit at any time while exploring and shopping in the City. The endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, gazelles, ostriches, warthogs, hyenas, giraffes and an extensive variety of birdlife with over 400 species have made the park their home.
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Karen Country Club
One of the best best golf courses around the Kenya’s capital, Karen Country Club has a significant historical meaning and value for the capital Nairobi, and perhaps you will sense it if you stop by for a quick cup of coffee. Highly recommend for families, and also couples, they will enjoy walking the lush green on the premises while gentle breeze caress your skin.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This place was founded by Dame Daphne Sheldrick in 1977 in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick, a former warden at Tsavo East National Park. She has been raising and caring for elephant orphans since the 1950’s, initially when she worked with her late husband at the Tsavo East National Park. This project aims to rectify the catastrophic effects of poaching and habitat loss and has successfully raised over 150 elephants, a majority of which are inevitably released back into the wild. The orphanage is open to the public everyday from 11am to noon when the babies enjoy their daily feeding and mudbath.