Nairobi is a big and crowded city. Although the city center itself isn’t very touristic and too busy, there’s a lot to do in and around the city. Here’s a list of what to do in Nairobi.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Entrance fee: 5€
Opening times: 11:00 -12:00 only
The elephan orphanage is a must visit in Nairobi. This organization takes care of baby elephants at the orphanage until the age of 4. All of them have been rescued for different reasons, mostly due to humans harming their speacies… Elephants, as well as rhinos, are much in danger in Kenya. It is not a place made for tourists, so it is only open during one hour, which is the feeding time.
The entrance fee is in form of a donation, to help them fund their incredible labor. It’s a great experience, you learn a lot about them, and can see them very close and even touch them. You can also adopt an elephant for 50$ which allows you to go a second time and feed your adopted elephant. Although it’s a bit sad to see that all those elephants lost their mothers, it’s very good to see that this place takes good care of them and makes sure all of them are safely released into their habitats for the rests of their lives.
Tip: After visiting the orphanage, take an uber to the giraffe center. They are close to each other!
Entrance fee: 10€
Opening times: 9:00 – 17:00 daily
The giraffe center hosts 10 Rothschild giraffes. This subespicies were in danger in the 80’s, so Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, a British-American couple, started this center. It started with just two giraffes, Daisy and Marlon. Back then, there were only 130 of these giraffes left. Now a days there’s 300!
At the giraffe center you can feed the giraffes from your own hand. Even from your lips if you dare to get a sticky kiss from a giraffe! You have the chance to touch them and admire them, and assist a short educational talk to learn about their history and the types of giraffes in Kenya.
Crescent island walking safari
Take a boat ride on lake Naivasha to Crescent island, which is actually not an island. This is a very different safari experience. In this park you can walk around the wildlife, since there are no predators. Some of the animals you can see are giraffes, water-bucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras, impalas and hippos. So your life is not in risk, unless you go for a swim with the hippos!
You can see all kind of traditional handcrafts made by masai people. The markets are full of colors, be sure to be tempted to buy scarves, jewelery, decoration, wooden utensils… any kind of souvernirs to take home. It is open every day except for Mondays, but the location is different everyday. Make sure to check on this website or ask a local person.
Nairobi National Museum
Entrance fee: 10€
Opening times: 8:30 – 17:30 daily
This National museum has become more popular due to the recent discovery of the oldest human remains, dated more than 3.5 million years back. Beisdes human fossils, the museum showcases the rich heritage of Kenya, represeinting the culture, nature, history and art of the country. There is also a snake park and a botanical garden tp top it up.
Karen Blixen Museum
Entrance fee: 10€
Openning times: 9:30-18:00 daily
This museum is the former home of the Danish author Karen Blixen. Her most known book is Out of Africa, where she narrates about her time living in Kenya, back then called British East Africa. You can do a guided tour in the interour of the house, as well as the grouds which feature a coffee farm.
Nairobi Safari Walk
Entrance fee: 20€
Opening times: 8:00 – 17:30 daily
This is the only safari you can do in the city. You can visit the park walking along the wooden broadwalk, from where you can spot the wildlife from the different parks of Kenya. Some of the animals you can see are the rare bongo, white rhino and albino zebra as well as big cats, antelopes and primates. And more than 150 speacies of local trees!
If you are already convinced about visiting Nairobi and the rest of the country, check here how to plan a trip to Kenya. We give you the best tips to use your budget wisely and to miss out on anything!