Top 10 best places to visit in Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi City, Kenya (The city under the sun)
If you are a first time visitor to Nairobi Kenya or probably making a transit via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and you have an hour or two to spend, here are ten best and wonderful places to visit within Nairobi City, Kenya.
All the places listed here are public places with minimal visiting fee of less than $10. These places are easily accessible within 20 to 45 minutes drive from Nairobi City centre.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is located in the southern part of the city and only 7 km from the city centre. The park boasts of rich ecosystem with Savanna grasslands and forest vegetation, permanent rivers and variety of bird species and other aquatic species.
One unique aspect of Nairobi National Park is that it is one of the few national parks in the world to be located within a city.
At Nairobi National Park, you will enjoy seeing variety of major wildlife that includes Black rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Buffaloes, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species.
Nairobi Safari Walk
Nairobi Safari walk is located in the southern part of the city within Nairobi National Park. The place has creative landscape design with unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation.
It is a must visit for everyone who want to enjoy Nairobi especially first timers. Nairobi Safari Walk is designed with simulated forests, Wetlands and Savanna with different plant and animal species that are thrilling to learn about.
At Nairobi Safari walk, you can learn various ways of how to conserve forest and wildlife resources and that explains why it is a popular destination for both the young and the old.
If you are planning to venture further in the country in pursuit of wildlife seeing, then Nairobi Safari walk will be an eye opener of what you should expect. Here you will have an opportunity to enjoy diverse animal collection including the rare Bongo, white Rhino, albino Zebra, big Cats, Antelopes and Primates.
David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage
David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage is a haven for orphaned Elephants and Rhinos that was established in 1977 by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick in memory of David Sheldrick.
David was a famous Naturalist and founder Warden of Kenya's giant Tsavo East National Park in which he served from 1948 until 1976.
This Orphanage caters for the welfare of orphaned Elephants and Rhinos who are raised in the sanctuary and eventually released back to the wild.
As a visitor, you will enjoy being close to baby Elephants and Rhinos and even learn one or two lessons about catering for animals in captivity. You can even take part in feeding baby Elephants and Rhinos using a giant bottle of formula that has been developed over many decades.
Nairobi Giraffe Centre
At Nairobi Giraffe Centre, you will get up close with the tall giraffes and even get entertained while feeding them over the raised platform.
Nairobi Giraffe Centre is located about 10 km from the city and provides a unique view of being close to wild animals including Warthogs that roam freely among the visitors.
The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity.
The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but it also operates conservation and education programs for Kenyan school children.
Nairobi National Museum
Nairobi National Museum is located within the city and is only 10 minutes drive from Nairobi City centre. The Museum was built in 1929 in the colonial era and is a haven for Kenya's History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art.
The Museum provides to the visitors a chronological journey of Kenyan rich heritage, history and culture besides providing leisure.
Occasionally, the Museum hosts Workshops, Conferences, Cocktails and educational lectures to students. Major attractions include Art gallery, Exhibitions, Botanical gardens, shopping and dining facilities.
Nairobi Snake Park
Another destination that you should not fail to visit while in Nairobi is the Nairobi Snake Park located within the Nairobi National Museum. The park is a popular attraction that provides memorable moments about reptiles. The park was established in 1961 as a research facility on reptiles and breeding of snakes.
The Nairobi Snake Park has fascinating activities such as the octopus exhibition, interactive sessions with harmless reptiles and amphibians, birds’ exhibition and feeding of crocodiles with live fish. Located at a serene environment with a spacious compound, the Nairobi Snake Park is a must visit for everyone.
Nairobi Butterfly Centre
The Nairobi Butterfly Centre is located in the serene Nairobi, Karen area, about 10 km south west of the city. Here, you will enjoy different species of African butterflies from the smallest to the largest with wingspan of up to 17 centimeters.
The Butterfly sanctuary guide provides valuable information about butterflies characteristics, appearances and behaviors. Nairobi Butterfly Centre is the second largest butterfly center after the main British Museum of Natural History.
It provides awareness about butterfly conservation and provides resourceful information to Eco-tourists regarding butterflies.
Nairobi Mamba Village
Nairobi Mamba Village is a sanctuary for crocodiles located 12 km south of Nairobi City. (Mamba is Swahili name for crocodile). The farm also houses Ostrich and is a popular destination for tourists and students. The best time to visit is during crocodiles feeding time. You will be thrilled at how high giant crocs can jump to grab thrown pieces of meat oblivious of the other gaping giant crocodiles.
Nairobi Railway Museum
Another exciting place to visit while in Nairobi is Nairobi Railway Museum which was established in 1971 to preserve and display the relics and records of the railways of East Africa. A visit to the railway Museum will provide resourceful information of how colonialists built the railway.
The Railway Museum display painstakingly efforts of railway building from the town of Mombasa, the man-eater lions of Tsavo that made killing hits on the railway workers and workers' camps during the railway building and the history and heritage of East African railways. At the museum you will have the chance to see the collection of steam locomotives.
A cabin where one of the railways Engineer was killed by the lions is still on display at the Museum. The stuffed and mounted carcasses of the two man-eating lions are now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Maasai Ostrich Farm
The Maasai Ostrich Farm is located about 45 km south of Nairobi City, a 30 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport toward the Maasai lands
The firm has superb environment to enjoy being with Ostrich in their natural habitat with rolling savanna grasslands.
Here, you will not only enjoy a taste of Ostrich meat but you will also get a chance to ride on Ostrich. At the farm, you can also buy Ostrich skin, Ostrich feathers and egg shells.
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