12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Nairobi

Tourist Attractions in Nairobi
Nairobi city backdrop from the Nairobi National Park | © Officialnairobicity

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

A Guide to The Maasai Market, Nairobi's Flea Market
Maasai Market, a flea market in Nairobi, Kenya. © Tamás Füle

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.

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Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi, Kenya | © Jan Videren/Flickr

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.

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Giraffe Centre Nairobi

Giraffe Centre guide Nairobi
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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.

Contact: www.giraffecentre.org 

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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.

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Nairobi National Park

Tourist Attractions in Nairobi
Nairobi city backdrop from the Nairobi National Park | © Officialnairobicity

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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