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26 Dec

9 Things to do in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi city the capital of Kenya, Africa’s most developing nation, is the next destination you wouldn’t fail to visit in 2017. This city commonly known as the “City under the Sun” will amaze you due to its distinctive beauty which is sensational and also breathtaking. This city hosts hundreds of tourist’s attraction sites, including a national park – making it the only city with a national park in the whole world!

Must read: Mind blowing experience at the Masai Mara Safari in Kenya, Africa

Below we outline to you some of the things to do when you visit this city. And remember that Nairobi city have lately hosted many United Nations Conferences affirming to you that it’s a very safe capital.

1) Visit Nairobi National Park

Nairobi, Kenya

Have a ‘safari” (travel) drive in Nairobi National Park which is a unique ecosystem and the only protected reserve in the world that adjoins a capital city. The park has a large and diverse wildlife population and guided game drives can be arranged from any hotel. There is also an elevated ‘Safari Walk’ for a bird’s eye view of the park. This is a approximately 20mins drive from Nairobi Central Business District.

2) Kiss A Giraffe

Nairobi National park

Visit the Giraffe Center that has been set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. You can get good information on giraffes here and an elevated feeding platform where you can meet the resident giraffes face to face, leading to a kiss like no other. This is approximately 15mins from Central Business District.

3) Adopt An Elephant

Elephant in Nairobi

The Sheldrick Orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation in Kenya. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who becomes surrogate mothers to the calves. Visitors to the orphanage can adopt an elephant and perhaps get an opportunity for a selfie with the baby elephants.

4) Re-Live The Magic of “Out Of Africa”

Karen Blixen Museum

Built in 1912, the Karen Blixen Museum was home to Danish Author, poet and artist- Karen Blixen. The museum continues to captivate visitors inspired by Karen Blixen’s life story. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’, an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s autobiography of the same title. A tour of the house is an intimate experience. It’s about 21kms from Central Business District.

5) Visit Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi National Museum

A visit to the Nairobi National Museum will take you a journey through Kenya’s history, nature, culture and contemporary art in its entire splendor under one room. Also within the grounds of the Museum are the famous Snake Park, Botanical Gardens and Nature Trail. Visit the Nairobi National Museum and discover Kenya’s rich heritage.

6) Enjoy A Cold Tusker Or Taste The Finest Coffee

Nyama Choma

Going out in Nairobi can be described as simply vibrant. There are plenty of entertainment options in some of the city’s stylish and exciting restaurants, bars and nightclubs where you could dance the night away as you enjoy a cold Tusker and “Nyama Choma” with friends. Alternatively you can enjoy Kenya’s coffee or tea at one of the many chic coffee shops in Nairobi.

7) Enjoy A Round of Golf

Sigona Golf clubs

Nairobi’s golf courses personify the charm of golfing in Kenya. Most courses in Nairobi are just a short hop from the city center. All of Nairobi’s courses enjoy wonderful natural surroundings and a tremendous variety of landscapes, from the subtropical forests of Windsor to the higher plantations and temperate woodlands of Limuru and Sigona Golf clubs.

8) Visit A Maasai Market

Maasai Market

The city hosts several separate open markets at various locations around the city commonly christened the Maasai Market. One is bound to find a wide selection of gifts and other memorabilia to crown your visit, from Kenya’s famous tea and coffee, all purpose fabric wraps to beautiful stone and wood carvings, all inspired by the diverse range of cultures within Kenya’s borders

9) Kazuri Beads

Kazuri Beads

Kazuri Beads was founded by the late Lady Susan Wood back in 1975 to create employment for struggling single mothers, Kazuri now employs 350 local women. The workshop is still located where she started Kazuri 36 years ago in Karen on part of the coffee farm once owned by Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. Karen, named after Karen Blixen, is a beautiful residential area just a few miles outside Nairobi located at the foot of the Ngong Hills between Kenya’s bustling capital and the spectacular Rift Valley.

Many Kazuri styles are named after areas, tribes and other features of the Kenyan landscape; evocative names that resonate with the organic nature of the clay that comes from its earth. So a Kazuri piece is more than an item of jewelry, it’s a piece of Kenya. Kazuri, which means ‘small & beautiful’ in Swahili, is Fair Trade. 

Also read: Kenya wins World Travel Awards (WTA) 2016

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