Things to do in Nairobi , Kenya

Things to do in Nairobi

Things to do in Nairobi. This is the Giraffe Centre.

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 of the surrounding areas. During this post I am going to give you some inside ideas of things to do in Nairobi and examples of how I spent my days in Nairobi city:

Nairobi National Park

I started off my day at 6 a.m. My friend Kevin, who 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.

Nairobi National Park Entrance fee: 43 US$ per adult (non-resident) + vehicle fee.

This is at Nairobi National Park. In the back you can see the skyline of Nairobi.

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. 

This is at the David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.

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.

This is the David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage Center in Nairobi

Giraffe Center

The Giraffe Center was founded in 1979 as a breeding centre to save the species of the Rothschild Giraffe. 

This is at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi.

It also became well known as an education center for Kenyan school children and nowadays it is a famous tourist attraction. 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.

Giraffe Center Entrance fee for non-resident adults is approx. 10 US$.

Local Cuisine

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.

This is a traditional Kenyan dish called Mkate Wanyama and Mishkaki Chicken Kebab

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 | Kenya:

  • visit a Masai Market
  • go on a slum tour in Kibera
  • visit Karen Blixen Museum
  • go for a hike at Ngong Hills

 

Where to stay in Nairobi | Kenya:

I stayed with a local but here you can find the best deals of places to stay:



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How to get to Nairobi | Kenya:

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Don´t forget to check out the video of my day trip in Nairobi:

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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