Fun things to do in Nairobi. Nairobi gives visitors a chance to see a thriving, bustling urban African city. So, what do you do in Nairobi when you have a spare day between safaris?
Here’s some insider knowledge about the many things to do and see in this fascinating city. Let us show you the places to eat, activities on offer and local markets where you can buy direct from the people who actually make the things you want to buy. Together, we can help you put together some ideas for a day trip so you can enjoy the culture and sights of Nairobi – just like a local!
The Giraffe Centre AFEW (Feed a giraffe by hand)
We feel for any self respecting visitor to Nairobi, the Giraffe Centre is an absolute must! This educational centre allows visitors to see these lovely long legged creatures up close and personal and feed them eyeball to eyeball from tall feeding stations. The centre has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979.The money raised by ticket sales, funds the small education centre which promotes conservation and is visited by children all over Kenya.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Get up close with baby elephants)
Watching baby elephants feeding and playing at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage is something not to be missed. The baby elephants trot along with floppy trunks and flappy ears looking as cute as can be! They chase each other, get stroked by the visitors and get up to all sorts of mischief. They suckle milk from their bottles and generally make fantastic entertainment for an hour everyday.
Found on the edge of the Nairobi National Park in Langata, the Trust was set up by Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her husband David at his death in 1977. It’s played a significant and important role in Kenya’s conservation effort. Orphaned and lost baby elephants are brought here (mainly from Tsavo) and given a special milk to help them survive.
The Karen Blixen Museum & Coffee Garden
If you know the book “Out of Africa” this is somewhere you may want to visit. The Karen Blixen Museum was originally the farm house owned by the Baron Blixen and his wife Karen (who wrote the book and film “Out of Africa” under her pen name, Isak Dinesen)The museum and coffee farm dates back to 1912 and the architecture is typical of late 19th century which includes the spacious rooms, verandas, tile roof and stone construction typical of this period. If you want to see around the museum, the Old Swedo House or just relax in the beautiful restaurant and coffee gardens, this is a great place to visit for some real old colonial charm.
The Maasai Market (Amazing selection of local items to buy )
If you want to do some shopping in Kenya, with reasonable prices and a wonderful selection of arts and crafts, wooden carvings and beadwork, you can’t go wrongat the Maasai Market. Not exclusively sold by the “Maasai” these vibrant, colourful markets sell mainly tourist fare ranging from wooden sculptures, beaded necklaces, batik wall hangings, shoes, soap stone carvings, sisal bags, kikois, textiles and a whole host of other exciting goods.
The Carnivore (Twice voted among the world’s 50 best restaurants)
Fancy nibbling on a bit of crocodile? Or, perhaps ostrich is more to your taste! Whether you’re meat lover or not, this restaurant just has to be on your itinerary while you’re in Nairobi. The Carnivore is just another one of those unique experiences in Kenya that you’re unlikely to get anywhere else in the world!The Carnivore offers a great African eating experience, Twice voted amongst the world’s 50 best restaurants by an expert panel in ‘Restaurant ‘ magazine, the Carnivore is described as ‘amazing’. The Carnivore is part of the Tamarind Group, which was voted – EAST AFRICA’S MOST RESPECTED COMPANY in 2005 & 2006
The Nairobi National Museum (Eclectic mix of natural history exhibits)
Refurbished in 2009, the museum has an eclectic mix of mainly natural history exhibits together with an small art gallery and various temporary exhibits (often photography.Within the museum, there’s a small shop with interesting pan African artifacts, books and so on. The most exciting and popular exhibition areas would probably be the Early Man gallery which has an excellent exhibition of evolution and the fossilised remains of early man unearthed by the Leakey family (and others) in Turkana, Magadi and other areas of Kenya.
The Nairobi National Park (Open grasslands with wild animals on the edge of Nairobi)
How many capital cities do you know that have a Game Park with lion, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and other wild animals wandering around completely freely? Nairobi has just this, and if you have time, the Nairobi National Park is well worth a visit.The Nairobi National Park is surrounded by housing developments, which you can see on the east side of the park. It creates interesting images of rhino grazing happily to a backdrop of urban sprawl.
The Village Market (Complex with cascading waterfalls, shops and entertainments)
The Village Market is a beautifully designed complex with cascading waterfalls, open air restaurants, multi-layered walk ways in which more than 150 retail outlets offer their wares.The organisers of the Village Market claim that it is the largest shopping, recreation and entertainment destination in East Africa. It’s certainly a great place to visit for family entertainments as it has a Crazy Golf course (mini golf), Water slides and pool, a bowling alley, children’s playground and toy cars to drive for the very young.
The Bomas of Kenya (Traditional dancers and a display of Kenyan homesteads)
A visit to the Bomas of Kenya lets you see displays of traditional dancers and a wonderful display of mud huts and traditional Kenyan homesteads.Spread over many acres, it’s an ideal place to bring energetic children as they can freely run in and out of the traditional houses & mud huts, climb up ladders and generally have a wonderfully active time. These traditional houses are set out in clusters according to the region. The homes are grouped with the first wife’s hut, second wife’s hut, granary etc. and you can see where the livestock are kept and the enormous variety between the huts.