‘Enkare Nyrobi’ is a Maasai phrase meaning “the place of cool waters.” This is the origin of the term Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. This is in reference to the Nairobi River that winds through Nairobi and its environs. It is the smallest and most populous county in Kenya, an exciting concrete jungle with unparalleled beauty.
Nairobi is the Safari Capital of Africa and was initially a swampland. It gives one an excellent wilderness experience not equaled anywhere else in the world. It is a hub for mixed tribes birthing a unique culture and mothering the slang lingua ‘sheng’ that many will struggle to grasp. It combines words and phrases from the 42 local tribes. In addition to hosting the second largest slum in Africa, the ‘Green City in the Sun’ is surrounded by expanding villas and suburbs.
1. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program. It was founded in 1977 and has no entrance charges. Instead, you give a one-off donation of Kshs.500 and you can adopt the baby elephants for christening, baptism, graduations, or birthdays. It is located along Magadi Road, at the KWS Workshop Entrance of the Nairobi National Park. The wildlife trust provides a safe haven for orphaned elephants and rhino’s; taking care of them and giving them milk in the nursery. When they attain 2 or 3 years, reintegration is done at the David Shedrick’s Wildlife Trust’s Reintegration Centers in Tsavo East National Park.
Feeding time for the elephants is between, (11AM and Noon).
2. The Giraffe Center
Ever kissed a giraffe? Those tall, graceful creatures can offer you the photo-moment of your lifetime. They will turn you into a pictorial sensation with just a kiss. Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) Kenya, Giraffe Center is home to the Rothschild Giraffe and is located along Duma Road. All proceeds go to conservation work and there is a nature trail to Gogo River, a bird sanctuary at no extra cost and you might be lucky enough to see warthogs snuffling in mud.
Carry proof of identity when visiting and schools visit for free, but one must book in advance.
|Adults||Kshs. 250||$ 10|
|Children||Kshs. 50||$ 5|
Giraffe Center is open daily, (9:00am-5:00pm).
3. The GP Karting Events Center
Located along Carnivore Road off Langata Road, this racing circuit in Nairobi is for adrenaline busters. They provide one with a helmet, a racing suit and give full driver’s briefing. One does not need an official driver’s license to do this. There is a sports bar in the vicinity and over the weekends, they hold Grand Prix Karting for those who enjoy watching professionals. The beauty of it is, even kids can enjoy riding the karts. There is also Saturday night racing for one to unwind. The specialized motorcar is an open-air controlled racing circuit open to all.
|13-16 years old||Kshs. 1100|
GP Karting is open Tue – Sun/holidays (9:00am-6:00pm)
Saturday, (9:00am-11:00pm), it is the racing night.
4. The Nairobi National Museum
Established in 1960, it is set on Museum Hill along Kipande Road. The Nairobi National Museum is a rich heritage base for education and leisure. It also hosts a shopping hub, dining zones and the beautiful serene botanical gardens. It is the place to visit if you want to understand nature, culture, history, the Kenyan modernization process and contemporary art. It is the place for us who love the smell of vintage.
Charges: the combined ticket covers the Snake Park and the Museum visit and is cheaper than a single ticket to either.
|Children 16 years and below||Kshs. 150||Kshs. 300||Kshs. 1000|
|Adult||Kshs. 300||Kshs. 600||Kshs. 1500|
The Nairobi National Museum is open daily, (8:30am-5:30pm).
5. The K.I.C.C. Rooftop
28 floors high, KICC was designed by Karl Henrick Nostvick. The rooftop also acts as a helipad giving you the most panoramic views of Nairobi City and its environs. The city skyline is picturesque, and a birds eye view. Sunsets from this point are simply breathtaking; a view worth every single dime. It can be quite windy in the evening so remember to cover up. Plus carry some shawls and a picnic package for the total experience. The lifts get you to the 27th floor and you take some winding stairs to the top.
|Children||Pupils – Kshs. 50
Students – Kshs. 100
|Kshs. 100||International student with ID – Kshs. 300
Kid – Kshs. 200
|Adults||Kshs. 200||Kshs. 300(ID needed)||Kshs. 500|
Visiting hours are Mon-Fri (7:00am – 6:00pm), Sat-Sun (8:00am-5:00pm)
6. The Nairobi Railway Museum
Opened in 1971, it was initially called the East African Railways. It is located within the city adjacent to the Nairobi Railway Station. This is the place to learn the historical growth of Kenya. It has a main gallery that harbors a collection of smaller items, the resource center hosting a library and a photographic section and the outdoors that has the locomotives, coaches, wagons. There is also an art gallery and a studio. It is found off Haile Selassie Avenue behind Kenya Technical University.
If you adore history, here you will get plenty of narrations about crisscrossing Kenya for the imperialists and you will be served with a mental picture of how colonization spread into larger East Africa for those of us who adore history. The guides also tell of the ‘man eating lions’ of Tsavo.
Every second Saturday of the month, there is always one steam locomotive that runs from Nairobi to Naivasha on a tourist excursion; it is an experience for children to behold and memories to treasure for a lifetime.
|Citizens||Residents||Non – Residents|
|Children||Kshs. 100||$ 2||$ 8|
|Adult||Kshs.200||$ 3||$ 10|
The Nairobi Railway Museum is open daily and on holidays (8:00am-5:00pm).
7. The Bomas of Kenya
Do you love learning about different cultures and a nations way of life? Then tag along to the Bomas of Kenya. From cultural dances, acrobatic shows and the grand visit to the traditional villages of most Kenyan tribes, this is bound to be a truly authentic experience. You will get to dance to the ‘Jambo Bwana…’ lyric and more such like music, in addition to crafts, living styles and dressing styles of the days of old.
It is the place to learn the rich cultural diversity of the Kenyan people. It is found off Langata Road in the vicinity of Galleria Mall.
|Children||Kid -Kshs. 50
Student – Kshs. 100
|Adults||Kshs. 200||Kshs. 300||Kshs. 1000|
The Bomas of Kenya is open for:
Cultural dances and acrobatic shows:
Mon-Fri (2:30pm – 4:00pm), Weekends and Holidays (3:30pm – 5:15pm).
Traditional villages. Daily (10:00am – 6:00pm).
8. The Nairobi National Park
Established in 1946 and located right along Langata Road, the Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s remarkable wildlife beyond city limits. It is a host to acacia bushland and plains and if you do an early morning game drive, you spot lions, leopards, rhinos, and the majestic giraffe.
It is the one and only park within a city in the whole world and is home to zebras, jackals, gazelles, elands, wildebeest, over 400 bird species have been recorded and a major rhino sanctuary. There is also the historic ivory burning site, walking trails at the hippo pools and a camping site.
Charges: Payment is strictly via M-Pesa or Debit/Credit Cards.
|Citizens||Residents||Non – Residents|
|Children||Kshs. 215||Kshs. 515||$ 22|
|Adults||Kshs. 430||Kshs. 1030||$ 43|
The Park is also home to the Nature Walk and the Animal Orphanage.
9. The Nairobi Safari Walk
Whether you are an early morning person or you love the sunsets and late afternoons, the Safari Walk gives you a chance to see wild animals, enjoy picnics and sundowners in the park with breathtaking scenic views. It is comprised of elevated wooden walkways in the park winding along different natural habitat. It gives you a chance to appreciate Kenya’s splendid flora and fauna. From this end you may get to see the Impala, Gnu, Gazelle, Bongo, Hyena, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Warthog and the Buffalo. There are different charges for the Safari Walk.
It is open daily, (8:30am – 3:30pm).
10. The Animal Orphanage
The orphanage is a rehabilitation center for exotic wild animals and birds inside the main gate of the park. Here you will see Baboons, Leopards, Antelopes, Warthogs, Cheetahs, Crested Cranes, Sokoke Cats, the proud Ostrich and Lions. These animals are either orphaned, injured, or abandoned but are later released into the wild. It is the most spectacular close up views one can get.
The animal orphanage opens daily, (8:30am-5:30pm).
And that’s that. Some of the coolest and ideal places to visit with family and friends. Make some time and get to enjoy the rich culture and diversity; in this beautiful country, Kenya, the cradle of mankind.
Below are the links to their respective websites.