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Inspiration: What does Nairobi have to offer for travellers?

13 January, 2022 |
Lifestyle

After making money online or from any other investments, we need a break. For most people, that is travelling to new places or visiting new areas within your town.
You may be doing it for the first time or in a repeat process.
Maybe you are planning to visit Kenya for the first time and you need inspirations to motivate you to make that visa application.
Whichever the case.
Your money has also been taken into consideration, the suggested places won’t break your budget, regardless of whether you are a local or international tourist.
Below are some of the things you can do in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, the city in the sun, a place of cold waters. East Africa’s favorite for investors.

Visit Karura Forest

There is so much you can do in Karura forest. Other than enjoying nature, you can engage in activities such as running, walking, or bike riding. You will also get an opportunity to learn about the different types of plants, native to Kenya. Most of the plants are labelled with their scientific names, so this will be quite easy for you if you are a botanist.
If you love unaltered natural beauty, then Karura forest is welcome to you. When visiting a natural habitat or a picnic site, adhere to the principal “Leave nothing behind but footprints, take nothing away but memories.”

You can do these activities in Nairobi’s Karura forest:
  • Walking
  • Jogging (5-, 10- and 15km trails are marked along forests paths)
  • Tree-Planting
  • Just Sitting
  • Bird-watching
  • Dog-walking (on-leash, except in designated sign-posted areas)
  • Gathering in designated areas for any number of events: Educational tours, Concerts, Weddings, Team-Building,
  • Exhibitions, Dog-training, Sport & Fitness…
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain-biking
  • Tennis (at the KFEET Centre grounds)

Go visit the giraffes at Giraffe Manor

If you wan to have some fun in Nairobi, then the Giraffe Manor should be in your Wishlist. These conservation center is so unique with elegant interiors, well-designed terraces and courtyards. Its aesthetics are so appealing along with an opportunity to share meals with the giraffes. Have you ever done that? Then do it.

Get up close with animals at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage

Have you ever got close to wild animals? The Nairobi Animal Orphanage provides that lifetime opportunity. You can visit the plac between 8am and 6pm, with a few around sh25o if you are Kenyan. By walking around the orphanage, you will see animals such as serval cats, hyenas, leopards, monkeys, ostriches, lions, the rare Sokoke cats, warthogs, buffalos, baboons, guinea fowls, crowned cranes, parrots, and many others.

Experience the Kenyan heritage and history

Your best places here are the Nairobi Museum and the Kenya National Archives.
The Kenya National Archives records Kenya’s past. You will certainly be informed on Kenyan matters of the past.
The Nairobi National Museum is located just 10 minutes from the city and opens at 8.30am to 5.30pm. There are botanical gardens and an awe-inspiring environment.

See wildlife in their natural habitat

The single and only park in a city is the Nairobi National Park. That is worthy experiencing right? You do not need a visit to Maasai Mara to see wildlife in their natural habitats as you can do that within the city. The animals you will most likely see are the eastern black rhino, cheetahs, gazelles, Cape buffalo, Grant’s zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, African leopard, hippos and baboons.

Go camping and hiking

You can hike in Karura forest or the Ngong Hills Nature Reserve. You can go for teambuilding and sightseeing.

Get thrilled with ostrich riding

You probably have never had a thought of riding on a bird. With the the fastest and flightless birds, the ostrich, you can have it all at the Maasai Ostrich Resort, Kitengela (45km from Nairobi). This is located in Kajiado County.

Spend some time with the crocodiles at Nairobi Mamba Village

The place has the best indoor and outdoor experiences in Nairobi. Enjoy African-inspired décor and scenic gardens, where you will also get to see about 70 Nile crocodiles, which are arguably the largest crocodile species.
You will also see ostriches, peacock, and giraffes.

Relax at the Nairobi Arboretum

The Nairobi Arboretum is good for picnics, bird-watching, team building, weddings and corporate events.
There are also monkey species to see, such as the Vervet monkeys and Sykes or Blue Monkey.
What’s more? There are over 100 species of bird and over 300 species of indigenous and exotic tree species, zoologists and botanists are you there?

Have some fun walking at Nairobi Safari Walk

This is one of the best recreational facilities within the outskirts of the capital Nairobi. It is just 7km from the capital. Here you will see the Albino Zebra, Bongo and White Rhino.

GP Karting on Lang’ata road

Do you love thrilling adventures, GP Karting on Lang’ata road could be the place you have not visited yet. Race at 10 minutes sessions on the windy track, which is also available at night with a floodlight.

Ice skating at Panari Sky Center

The Panari Sky Center is located just a short distance from the Airport and the Panari Hotel is among the best rated hotels in Kenya.

Enjoy Nairobi aerially from the K.I.C.C Helipad

From the KICC’s top, you will definitely enjoy a picturesque view of the city and its close environs.

Interact with the elephants and rhinos at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage

Also located in Lang’ata, the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage  you will watch elephants and rhinos being fed. You can spend your day here if you like.

A Day at Ngong Racecourse

Ngong Racecourse is the only horse racing course in East Africa. You can come here and relax your soul and mind watching the horse races.

Attend the Amazing Cinemas

If you love watching movies, then Nairobi got you. The best cinemas in East Africa are located here: IMAX Garden City, Westgate Cinema, Imax Kenya Century, Century Cinemax, Nairobi Cinema, Century Cinemax Junction, Prestige Cinemas, Fox Cineplex, Anga Sky Cinema at Panari and Kenya Cinema among others.

Enjoy the night life

If you love dancing and music, there are so many night clubs and resorts that offer just that. They are way too many to be listed here.

Conclusion

If you did not see anything that is worthy your effort, please know that these are not the only things you can do in Nairobi. There are loads of destinations, restaurants, hotels, activities, walks, or view-taking opportunities. Visit Nairobi and enjoy doing things you already like doing or try completely new adventures.

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