Nairobi is one of the best places to visit in Africa, and these are our top picks for the best things to do in Nairobi, Kenya! Nairobi is not only a wildlife hotspot; it also has a thriving culture and dining scene.
Best Things to Do in Nairobi
1. Go on Safari in Nairobi National Park
The Entrance Fees is USD 43
Nairobi National park is only 7 kilometers from Nairobi’s bustling city center, and an early morning game drive at this park will give you an opportunity to see four of the Big Five (except for the elephant) against the backdrop of the city’s tall buildings. In fact, this is an excellent starting point for your Nairobi City Tour.
2. Visit the Elephant Orphanage
The Entrance Fees is USD 7
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, also known as the Elephant Orphanage, should be your next stop. Every day from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., this orphanage is open to visitors for one hour. You can spend your time here watching the mischievous baby elephant guzzle milk and frolic in the mud, and if you’re an active adopter, you can book an appointment at 5:00 p.m., when the elephants return to the stockades for the night, to adopt your calf.
3. Visit the Giraffe Center
The Entrance Fees is USD 15
Thereafter, proceed to the Giraffe Centre, which is only a short distance away from the Elephant Orphanage. Visitors are welcome to hand-feed the friendly Rothschild Giraffes on the elevated walkway as they pick food from thier palms. These giraffes will also accept your kiss.
4. Learn the Kenyan History at Nairobi National Museum
The Entrance Fees is USD 12
Take a one-hour lunch break at one of the many restaurants in the Karen area before heading to the Nairobi National Museum, where you’ll learn about Kenya’s rich history through ancient artifacts, sculptures, and materials, as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. The Museum’s art collection is divided into several categories, including human evolution, Kenyan peoples, natural history, and cultural heritage.
5. Visit the Nairobi Snake Park
The Entrance Fees is USD 12
Next to the National Museum is the Snake Park, which will be your stopover. This park has been the leading research center as well as a rescue center for reptiles and amphibians since 1961. Get to Acquaint yourself with various snake species like the black mamba, the Egyptian cobra, and the African rock python, next to lizards, turtles, crocodiles—many of which have been abandoned, confiscated from the illegal collection or found injured.
6. Enjoy a Grand View of Nairobi City on K.I.C.C Helipad
The Entrance Fees is USD 5
As your activities are coming to an end, head over to the rooftop of the KICC to enjoy a 360-degree view of Nairobi, stretching all the way across the city to Nairobi National Park and some of the surrounding green areas. This will be the perfect place to see areas that you’ve had a visit.
7. Shop at Nairobi City Market
No Entrance Fees
Take a visit to Nairobi City Market as well especially If you’re looking for affordable, beautiful, and colorful souvenirs to take home. There are hundreds of stalls that sell wood carvings, drums, spears, shields, soapstone, flowers, Maasai jewelry, and clothing that you can shop around.
8. Dine at Carnivore Restaurant
The full meal, including a soup course, has a set price of USD 40
Finally, end your evening with a visit to the Carnivore restaurant for dinner. Enjoy the rustic rural Kenyan setting with a medieval banquet hall serving the most famous “Nyama Choma” (barbecued meat on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant) at this restaurant. You can as well try ‘’Dawa,” which means “magical potion” in Swahili. This portion is an in-house cocktail that is usually served by a medicine man named Dr. Dawa before dropping off later at the airport or your place of residency.
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