Places to visit in Nairobi

When you travel to Nairobi, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Nairobi, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Nairobi to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Nairobi things to do can include exploring Nairobi attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This is one of the best monuments in entire Kenya, located just next to the Nairobi Law Court. It is a statue of the first president of Kenya.

This is the second best statue in Kenya and a proud symbol of Kenyan resistance. It is located at the junction of Kimathi Street and Mama Ngina Street.

There are several religious organizations in Nairobi, Kenya, which you can explore. Few of them are PCEA Nairobi West Church School, New Testament Church of God, Brethren Fellowship Ministries and Kids Centre.

The Nairobi National Museum was founded in 1920, and established at its present location in 1929. Visitors coming here can get a picture of the history of Nairobi, about the culture the artefacts and how people lived in the old historical days. In the past few days, the museum was undergoing renovation and was re-opened in the year 2008. The enormous stuffed bird collection is a prime attraction of the museum.

It is located about 10km outside Nairobi, at the base of the Ngong Hills.  This was initially a farm house which gained international fame with the release of the Oscar winning movie ‘Out of Africa’.

A tour of this museum helps you in understanding the culture of the city. The museum is open to public every day from 9.30 am to 6pm, including weekends and public holidays.

This museum is located near the Nairobi railway station. It was opened in the year 1971 by East African Railways. It consists of the Main Gallery, the auditorium, the Resource Center, an outdoor collection of locomotives, coaches and wagons. It remains open every day between 8am and 5pm.

Rift Valley is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from the middle-east, down through Africa, reaching as far as Mozambique. The amazing view while approaching Nairobi is really breath taking. Rift valley is enriched with its Savanna, geology and fauna. With a huge variety of landscapes, activities, accommodation and wild life Rift Valley is an excellent part of any safari holiday.

Also famous as the “Nairobi’s people’s Park”, Uhuru Park is situated in the middle of Nairobi, just within the walking perimeter of the City Centre. It is in fact a place to relax amidst the busy life of the city. It lets you recharge yourself and get geared up for the next day.

History is difficult to erase and it affects every individual in a unique way. The presence of a memorial wall, sculptures and pictures makes it a very touching. It is a quiet place in the middle of the city. This is a place worth visiting.

Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village based at the centre at Langata. Here the talented resident performs a 1.5 hours song and dance show showcasing the costumes and dances of at least 15 different tribes of Kenya. All communities of Kenya can be witnessed here and it is an ideal place for any traveller who wants to explore the cultural side of Nairobi.

There are many famous landmarks in Nairobi some of which are African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) Ltd. - Giraffe Centre, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi Gallery and African Heritage House.

Nairobi is the place for adventurous activities. Some of the most thrilling adventures are Kenya Incentive Tours & Safaris - Day Tours, Lion Trails Safaris - Day Tours, Natural World Kenya Safaris, Explorer Kenya - Safari Day Tours.

It is perhaps one of the only wildlife park worldwide that can be easily visited by taxi or bus. Here you will come across cheetahs, lions, leopards, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, gazelles, giraffes and more. The must visit place named David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is situated right inside the park, where you can actually witness the keepers take the orphaned baby elephants and rhinos being taken for their daily mud baths. On the western edge of town, you will come across the Langata Giraffe Center.

It is located around 60 km out of Nairobi. The locals name for this peak is Kilimambogo or "Buffalo Mountain", as a huge population of Mbogo i.e. Buffalos resides in and around the mountain forest and the plains. The park is also a refuge for Colobus monkeys, duiker, leopard, bushbuck and many species of birds.

Contrary to the general idea that coffee is from Java, Italy or even Seattle, the actual birthplace of Coffee is Africa — originally, Ethiopia. For a great cup of original Joe, overlook the strange Indonesian name and head to a branch of the Nairobi Java, one of the best coffee chains on the continent. You must try the nutty Kenyan AA blend, and pick up some beans for your home.

 

Among the famous eat outs at Nairobi, there are some names which are definitely worth a visit. Thus for the meat lovers this city is a delight and has a lot to offer. There are restaurants offering the best of smoked meat that are grilled right at front of the customers on charcoal pits. Usually these restaurants are not romantic dinner destinations and enjoyed most when visited in a group. However, there are other ideal meal destinations for vegetarians.

Kenyan food list is incomplete without mentioning Nyama Choma also known as “barbecued meat” or “roasted meat” in Kiswahili. It is Kenya's unofficial national dish. Goat and beef are the two most common forms of Nyama Choma but fish and chicken can also be considered.

The vegetable lovers can get a real taste of authentic Kenyan dish if they try Sukuma Wiki, which is a nutritious green leafy vegetable. It is cooked with oil and a good quantity of chopped onions, tomatoes and the flavour is enhanced with a touch of mchuzi mix.

One of the hottest spots is the Simba saloon, which also hosts live music on weekday and occasionally on weekends too.

Kengeles night club, Bacchus club Nairobi, Club Afrique are among the most famous pubs that are a must visit.

Nairobi is naturally favourable for brewing beer, because of the dust and frantically hot weather conditions. Unconditionally the city makes amazing beer. The perfect place to brew the most exotic beer is Tusker.

Kazuri beads factory is a fair-trade store that allows local workers to earn a decent living off their crafts by ensuring fair-trade practices through joint ownership and profit sharing. The other flea market includes Maasi Market- a weekly market held on Tuesdays. This is sure to be your one stop destination to find that special gift or souvenir for everyone on your list.

There are many famous departmental stores in Nairobi, the most promising and fascinating of them are TAJ Shopping Mall, Galleria Mall, Nakumatt West Gate.

Village market is one of the renowned street markets of Nairobi.

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