Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park is one of the top sights you can’t miss when visiting Nairobi, Kenya. It is located 7km South of Nairobi City and is the only National Park bordering a Capital city in the Whole World.
It is a large grass plain and visitors will be able to spot giraffes, buffalos, black rhinos, lions, leopards, zebras, bird species, and many more. You will be able to see beautiful sceneries including the Nairobi city skyscrapers backdrop. The park is suitable for animal lovers and first-time visitors to Kenya’s capital. To enter the park you need a vehicle. A guided safari tour is the best and the most rewarding way to visit. The best time to visit is during the dry season, (July to September) as it is easier to spot the animals in the park. Avoid the months of April through June, due to heavy rains which can make spotting wildlife difficult.
2. Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is home to the endangered Rothschild giraffe and is located 15 kilometers. It was established in 1979 by Jock Leslie Melville, a Kenyan grandson of Scottish Earl when they captured two baby giraffes to start a breeding program of giraffes. The program’s success resulted in the introduction of breeding of endangered Rothschild Giraffe into the Kenyan National parks. The center is now a major tourist destination in Nairobi.
When visiting you will be able to hand-feed the giraffes or even get a kiss from the giraffes. There are also warthogs roaming along with the giraffes. If interested you can also enjoy a self-guided forestry walk in the nearby Gogo River Bird Sanctuary.
Get at least a 2hrs visit planned so you can have enough time to feed, interact with the giraffes, get lessons about them, walk around then Nature Conservancy, and even visit their Tea House for a snack.
3. Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is located in the Nairobi National Park and was established in 1964, as a treatment and rehabilitation center for wild animals. There are more than 20 different animal and bird species that are rehabilitated back to health after being abandoned and injured.
The orphanage hosts monkeys, baboons, buffalos, warthogs, lions, cheetahs, rare Sokoke cats, jackals, serval cats, hyenas, ostriches, parrots, guinea fowls, and crown cranes.
4. Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery is located adjacent to the Nairobi National Park and was established in 1977 by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best-known Game Wardens David Sheldrick. The Orphanage provides a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants and rhinos.
You will enjoy a heartwarming sight of the elephant and rhino calves being bottle-fed on their milk formula. While you don’t get to feed the elephants, if they get close to you, you can touch and pet them.
Being there, watching the calves play splash mud bath like toddlers, and listening to their story, is quite a movie experience.
5. Nairobi Safari Walk
The Safari Walk is located just outside the Nairobi National Park and features a raised wooden boardwalk that winds through a safari park allowing for better viewing of the animals below.
The Safari Walk showcases a sample of Kenya’s wildlife. You will be able to see the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, big cats, antelopes, pygmy hippo, primates as well as lots of birds. It also has around 150 species of local trees. Other activities include guided walks, talks and lectures, tree identification, and Nursery Techniques.
Its unique design caters to the interest of all types all visitors, families, students, tourists, and lovers.
6 Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum is located 10km from Nairobi at the foot of Ngong’ Hills and is the former home to the Danish author, Karen Blixen famous for her 1937 book ‘Out of Africa’
The Farm gained international fame after the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar-winning film based on the autobiography of Karen Blixen.
The museum now celebrates Karen’s life and work. Much of the original furniture has been preserved, offers a glimpse into a colonial-era home, and is an interesting stop even if you have not read Blixen’s books.
There is also a shop at the museum that offers handicrafts, postcards, posters, the movie ‘Out of Africa’, books, and other Kenyan Souvenirs. The place is also offered for events such as wedding receptions and corporate functions.
7. The Maasai Market
The Maasai Market is an open-air market in Nairobi that moves to different locations within the city on different days as follows:
Tuesday: Kijabe Street opposite the Norfolk Hotel.
Wednesday: Capital Center on Mombasa Road near the airport.
Thursday: The Junction Mall on Ngong Road.
Friday: At the Village Market in Girigiri on Limuru Road.
Saturdays: At the parking lot of the Kenya High court in the City center just behind the Hilton.
Sundays: Yaya Center on Argwings Kodhek Road Hurlingham
The Market offers authentic cultural and traditional souvenirs and African artistic products. Here you can find paintings, drawings, jewelry, clothes, fabrics, sisal bags, wood carvings, beaded necklaces, African wear, soapstone carvings, curios, batik wall hangings, and many more. You can also find affordable meat and chicken here.
It is a place suitable for both locals and tourists.
8. Bomas Of Kenya
The Bomas of Kenya is located near the Nairobi National Park and is about 10km from the city. It was founded in 1971 to promote the diverse cultural values of Kenya’s tribes such as Mijikenda, Luo, Taita, Embu, Maasai, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kalenjin, Luhya, Kisii, Kuria to name just a few.
On the site, you will find replicas of traditional villages that provide insights into each tribe’s societal structure, crafts, music, dancing, and much more.
There is also a large auditorium where there are hosted events mostly traditional performances and dances from the different ethnic groups in Kenya. Here you will meet the internationally recognized Harambee dancers. Other events hosted include theater shows, fashion shows, poetry readings, sports, seminars, and many more.
9. Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)
This is a 28 stories building and Nairobi’s iconic and signature tower located in the heart of Nairobi city and is an internationally acclaimed venue for meetings, conferences, and exhibitions.
It is best known for its distinctive cylindrical shape and hosts a view platform at the top where tourists and visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from. On a good day, you will be able to see the Ngong Hills and Mt. Kenya from its top. You can also enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants inside.
10. The Mamba Village
The Nairobi Mamba Village is the largest crocodile farm in East Africa and is located in the Nairobi Karen Suburb, 13km away from the city. The farm provides a home to about 70 Nile Crocodiles and ostriches which you can get an opportunity to feed. While touring the farm you will get a chance to learn about the crocodiles’ life, behaviors, and more.
The village also offers restaurants where you can enjoy a meal ranging from game meats, such as crocodile, zebra, ostrich, and many other choices.