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DISCOVER NAIROBI

Whether you are visiting Nairobi for business or pleasure there are many activities and experiences that would suit any traveller. Nairobi is filled with fun and interesting activities for anyone to enjoy, from the breath- taking scenery and beautiful abundance of natural attractions, to the glamour and glitz of the modern city lifestyle.

1. NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

• Location: Langata

• Distance: 10km from the CBD

• Duration of visit: Half day depending of interest points.

Situated within the borders of Nairobi, this park covers 117sq, km it has a diversity of environments with characteristics of fauna and flora, stretches of bush country and deep rocky valleys and gorges with long grass. The animals that could be found in this park are black and white rhinoceroses, diverse birdlife, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo, zebra and hippos.

More info: www.kws.org

2. GIRAFFE CENTER

• Location: Karen

• Distance: 13Km from CBD

• Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

The giraffe centre was ostensibly established as a breeding ground for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Information about the Giraffe is provided at the centre and an elevated feeding platform was installed to give visitors the opportunity to hand feed the giraffes.

More Info: www.giraffecentre.org

3. DAPHNE SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

• Location: Karen

• Distance: 13Km from CBD

• Duration: 1 hours depending on points of interest.

Elephant calves orphaned by poachers or natural occurrences are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment and personalized care from highly dedicated staff. The orphanage is open to the public during the calves feeding times where they can interact with calves and watch them being fed while they are informed how each of  the elephant calves came to be at the orphanage. There is also an option for visitors to choose to adopt an elephant where they will be in charge of the elephants care at the orphanage (5pm)

More Info: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

4. KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM

• Location: Karen

• Distance: 10Km from CBD

• Duration: 1 – 2 hours depending on points of interest.

This is the home of former Danish author Karen Blixen made famous by her book and the movie based on the book “Out of Africa” which chronicles her life at the estate.

More Info: www.museums.or.ke


5. ANIMAL ORPHANAGE

• Location: Langata

• Distance: 8Km from CBD

• Duration of visit: 2-3 hrs. depending on interest points

It was established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals, found abandoned or injured in Kenya. In a setting for visitors to walk around and have close up views to a variety of animals such as, lions, crocodiles, cheetah, leopards, wild cats, and wild dogs. Watch out for the group of monkeys and baboons roaming freely around.

More info: www.kws.org


6. MASAI MARKET

• Location: varies throughout the week

• Duration: Within the CBD

• Duration: 1 - 2 hours depending on points of interest.

Here visitors can buy and view different art designs by Kenya’s finest designers. The designs mainly portray Kenya’s cultural diversity. The market also moves around the city visiting different malls and locations selling their products.

Monday No Market
Tuesday Off Kijabe street near Text book centre
West Gate Shopping Mall, Westlands.
Wednesday Capital Center, Mombasa Road
Thursday The Junction Mall, Ngong Road, 3rd Floor parking
Friday Village Market, Limuru Road.
Galleria Shopping Mall, junction of Langata Rd and Magadi Rd
Saturday Law Courts Parking, City Centre.
Adam's Arcade, Ngong Rd
Sunday Law Courts Parking, City Centre.
Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road.
Yaya Centre, Argwings Kodhek Road.
Adam's Arcade, Ngong Rd


7. NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM

• Location: Westland

• Distance: 3Km from CBD

• Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

National Museum of Kenya is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage.  This is for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world, for now and posterity. The Nairobi Museum has an exclusive exhibition for the Birds of East Africa. The main aim is to display to the public the common species encountered most regularly as well as some of the rare, endangered and migratory ones.

More info: www.museums.or.ke

8. MAMBA VILLAGE

• Location: Karen

• Distance: 13Km from CBD

• Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

Mamba Village is famous for its crocodile farm. The pens are home to an estimated 70 Nile crocodiles. Four Masai Ostriches can also be found strutting around their pen with grace. Visitors often come into direct personal contact with them when given the opportunity to feed these gallant birds. The experience is always satisfying and exciting especially for children. Within the village there is also a tented camp available for accommodation to visitors.

More info: www.nairobimamba.com


9. KITENGELA GLASS

• Location: Kitengela

• Distance: 7Km from CBD

• Duration: 3 - 4 hours depending on points of interest

This is a glass blowing factory. The workers create handmade glass bottles from renewed and recycled raw materials, such as scrap windows, glass bottles and other glassy material. The finished products are stylish glass products, made through functional art and inspired design.

More Info: www.kitengelaglass.co.ke

10. NAIROBI SAFARI WALK

• Location: Langata

• Distance: 7Km from CBD

• Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

This is Kenya’s new conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education. It offers you an opportunity to learn what you expect to see across the country. Introductory talks on Kenya’s parks and reserves can be arranged for you by the naturalists. You will have a taste of Kenya’s rich animal collection including the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, and African cats.

More info: www.kws.org

11. BOMAS OF KENYA

• Location: Langata

• Distance: 7Km from CBD

• Duration: 3 - 4 hours depending on points of interest

Bomas of Kenya was established by the government in 1971 as a subsidiary company of Kenya Tourist Development Corporation as a tourist attraction. It also mandated to preserve, maintain and promote rich and diverse cultural values of various tribal groups of Kenya. Displays of different aspects of Kenyan culture are on display such as living styles, arts and craft, music and dance.

More Info: www.bomasofkenya.co.ke


12. KAZURI BEADS

• Location: Karen

• Distance: 10Km from CBD

• Duration: 1 - 2 hours depending on points of interest

Kazuri create hand shaped and painted ceramic jewellery which is made in Kenya by over 300 local women and sold all over the world.

More Info: www.kazuri.com


13. KENYA NATIONAL ARCHIVES

• Location: Along Moi Avenue within the city center

• Duration: 1 -2 hours depending on points of interest

It houses the Murumbi gallery, dedicated to the late Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s second vice-president from May 1965 – August 31, 1966. He and his wife Sheila were avid collectors of African art. Murumbi’s collection has been described as “Africa’s best known collection of priceless heritage and artifacts”. He left behind 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence. The national archives department has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” (those published before 1900) entrusted to them upon the death of Murumbi.

More Info: www.archives.go.ke

14. NAIROBI ARBORETUM

• Location: Kileleshwa

• Distance: 5Km from CBD

• Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

The Nairobi arboretum occupies 30 hectares and holds over 350 different species of trees. It is also home to over 100 migrant and resident birds. The arboretum is one of Nairobi’s few remaining green spaces, with jogging trails, walking paths and picnic lawns.

More Info: www.naturekenya.org

 
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