21 May Things to do in Nairobi
During my 10-day road trip in Kenya, I spent 4 nights in Nairobi. Most people only stay in Nairobi for a stopover without actually exploring the city. In fact, it is worth it to spend 3 – 4 days in Nairobi as you can also explore a lot in the surrounding areas. With this post I am going to give you ideas of things to do in Nairobi and an example of how I spent one of my days in Kenya´s capital:
Nairobi National Park
I started off my day at 6 a.m. My friend Kevin, that also runs a tour company in Nairobi, took me to Nairobi National Park, which is the only National Park in the world that is located in a city. Besides that, it is the oldest National Park in Kenya and home to 4 out of the BIG 5. We spent about 3 hours in the park and Kevin managed to find Lions, lots of Buffalo’s and Rhinos. The only animal that hid that day was the Leopard. Apart from that, we saw Giraffes, Zebras and Wildebeest- the park is host to 100 mammal species.
What I found super impressive was having the skyline of a well-developed city in the background while having wild animals in front of your camera. Entrance fee: 43 US$ per adult (non-resident) + vehicle fee.
David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage
Our next stop at the Elephant Orphanage Centre was definitely heart-warming to say the least. This center takes care of baby elephants that are orphaned due to poaching attacks.
All the little guys and girls can be seen every day between 11. a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon). While watching the elephants taking a mud bath and getting bottle fed, one of the keepers explained the different elephants and their stories. If you would like to visit them there is a donation entrance fee of 500 Kenyan Schillings but it´s worth it and for a good cause.
The Giraffe Center was founded in 1979 as a breeding centre to save the species of the Rothschild Giraffe.
It also became well known as an education center for Kenyan school children and nowadays it is a famous tourist attraction too. It’s also super fun getting to feed the giraffes. They stick out their long wet tongue to eat straight out of your hands. Definitely worth a visit. Entrance fee for non-resident adults is approx. 10 US$.
What is a day trip without a taste of the local cuisine? We finished off our day at a local restaurant called “Mangrove Restaurant” in the South B neighborhood where I had some super yummy food.
The Kenyan cuisine is a mixture of different cultures. I tasted Mkate Wa Nyama (Samosa pastry filled with minced meat) and Mishkaki Chicken Kebab. More of my favorite Kenyan dishes and local drinks you can find in this post.
More things to do in Nairobi:
- visit a Maasai Market
- go on a slum tour in Kibera
- visit Karen Blixen Museum
- go for a hike at Ngong Hills
Where to stay in Nairobi:
I stayed with a local but here you can find the best deals of places to stay:
How to get to Nairobi:
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Don´t forget to check out the video of my day trip in Nairobi:
This isn´t everything Kenya has to offer. Here you can find more posts about my Kenya trip.
What are your favorite things to do in Nairobi? Let me know in the comments!
Would you like to read and see more about my Africa trips? Here we go!
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It stands March 2018