11 FUN SIGHTS AND THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI KENYA.
A very good friend of mine from high school Jeen runs some great tours under his Nairobi On Foot company based in Nairobi. One of such tours is the Nairobi City Walk which he so graciously offered to take me on. INn all i spent 4 days touring Nairobi. These are the places I highly recommend you give a try.
1.Nairobi Railway museum.
I love trains. I don’t know why I do seeing as up until that moment I’d never been on one before. The Nairobi Museum owned by Kenya Railways was opened in 1971and is the only railway museum in East&Cental Africa. The museum is open daily from 8am to 5pm.The main gallery was under construction but still accessible. It has a fascinating collection of historical maps, photos, artifacts, models and furniture. The outdoor yard has the most incredible collection of steam engines and coaches the most famous of which is the coach S.P Charles was dragged from and killed by the man eating Lions of Tsavo. If you haven’t watched the movie The Ghost &The Darkness please do. Need extra incentive, a young smoking hot Val Kilmer is in it. The museum also houses an auditorium, resource and art centre with some incredible art work for sale.
Fee 600 Kshs.
A park in the middle of the city, there’s a lot going on attracting a sizable crowd daily. From paddle boat rides (the water color didn’t inspire any confidence in me),lunchtime fellowships ,picnics and lots more it’s a busy place. A brisk walk further up some stairs leads to the a pretty decent view of the city. It’s a stop for many tourists. Free entry.
If you’re looking for the best uninterrupted 360 degree view of Nairobi this is it. The view is incredible and the breeze second to none. Fee 200 Ksh.
4.The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Animal Orphanage
Founded in 1977, SWT plays a huge role in Kenya’s conservation efforts. Its most renowned for its orphan project that rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos so they can integrate into the wild when grown. The hour long visit allows you a chance to watch the babies feed and play. The best bit is they come so close you can touch them. Through the orphans project you can foster an elephant for 50$ a year. Sponsors are given access, regular reports and updates monthly.
Fee 500 ksh.
5.Nairobi safari walk.
Initially I thought this was going to be a trek in the grasslands type situation. I was wrong and delighted as it turned out to be a nice relaxing board walk. The safari walk is just like going to the zoo. There’s so much to see here like colobus monkeys, a rhino, leopard, ostriches, lions, pigmy hippos, crocodiles and so much more. If you’re looking for a slow paced relaxing nature filled day this is definitely for you.
6.BOMAS of Kenya
The BOMAS is a company dedicated to preserving, maintaining and promoting the diverse cultures of Kenya. They showcase the 47 different Tribes of Kenya along with 22 traditional villages of various ethnic groups. The traditional dances and acrobatic shows are on Monday to Friday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Weekends and Public holidays 3:30pm to 5:00pm while the village visits are available daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Fee 300ksh residents/E.A community.
Karura Forest is one of the largest urban forests in the world within city limits. It has nearly 200 bird species and 20 mammal species thriving within its depths. I spent about 3 hours of trekking coming across a beautiful 20mtr waterfall and recalling all my history classes on the Mau Mau rebellion after checking out the caves. The forest also has an old quarry lake covered in water lilies, 3 dogs off leash areas, bicycles for hire,3 event areas,4 picnic sites, a tennis court, café and over 50km of trails for walking, jogging and biking.
8.Two Rivers Mall
Being the largest shopping mall in Kenya, I came here for the ‘Eye of Kenya’ Ferris wheel. This mall is huge! It’s like a mini city or something. We went round the ferris wheel a few times getting an awesome vantage point of the city. If you’re afraid of heights, brace yourself.
9.Nairobi National Museum & Snake park
I love museums. I make it a point to go to one in every country I visit. This is one of the best curated museums out there for sure. From the origins of Man to Banking, Politics, Cultural norms, Fisheries, Wildlife exhibitions (Ahmed of Marsabit is incredible), birds… you could learn so much about Kenya from here alone. The place is also home to a snake park. It’s got super lively tortoises, chameleons, cobras, pythons, green mambas, a soft shelled turtle, crocodiles and a whole lot of fish in the aquarium.
Fee 600 ksh for both sections.
10.Ice Skating Panari Hotel
When I saw I could take my wobbly self ice skating at the Panari Hotel best believe I had to go. Available at hourly rates from 11am this is such a fun way to spend some time in Nairobi. I completely freaked out when I first got on the ice but once I got a rhythm going with my trusty plastic dolphin I truly did enjoy myself. My only goal was not to fall and I’m proud to say I never did.
Fee 1000 ksh
I’m saving the best for last here, all I wanted to do while I was here was feed and snog a giraffe and I got to do it all . A sanctuary, the centre is home to 10 giraffes and lots of warthogs. The one I got to kiss is Daisy. In case your weirded out by the concept, don’t be. Giraffe saliva is full of antiseptic that protects it from thorns and what not. The centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Fee 400 kshs.
Thank you so much Jeen for taking the time out to show me your beautiful city. I had the absolute time of my life. If you’re interested in taking such a tour or more Jeen is your man. You can check out is social media, Nairobi On Foot on Instagram.