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1. Wildlife Safari at Nairobi National Park

Wildlife Safari at Nairobi National Park
4.5 /5

8 km
from city center
1 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The National Park is the most famous attraction in Nairobi, which organises a thrilling safari drive for the travellers, taking you through the dense grasslands where you could see the wildlife - lions, cheetah, black rhinos, hippos and giraffes. Come here and get acclimatised with the nature in the purest form.

2. Visit Karen Blixen Museum

Visit Karen Blixen Museum
4.3 /5

14 km
from city center
2 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

A popular spot right on the foothills of Ngong Valleys, Karen Blixen Museum was once a house owned by Danish Author Karen and her Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Just about ten kilometres from the main downtown, the Museum has all the collections symbolizing the remarkable Kenyan history of a different era. The farmhouse became extremely famous with the release of the movie 'Out of Africa' an Oscar winning film based on Karen's life.

3. See the Elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

See the Elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
4.2 /5

11 km
from city center
3 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Elephant Orphanage or David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants in Nairobi National Park off Magadi Road. It houses orphaned baby elephants due to poaching, drought or other human-wildlife conflicts. You can watch them be fed and cleaned in a mud bath. Photography is allowed, and there is a small gift shop to buy souvenirs.

4. National Museum

National Museum
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Established in 1929, Nairobi National Museum is a magnificent collection of the local art masterpieces, culture and palaeontology. The museum stands beside a botanical garden, having many medicinal plants and herbs. There is also a snake house which attracts many visitors.

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5. Feed a Giraffe at Giraffe Centre

Feed a Giraffe at Giraffe Centre
3.8 /5

13 km
from city center
5 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Established in 1970s by Jock Leslie-Melville, this breeding and conservation centre educates about the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Come here and be ready to get up, close and personal with these graceful creatures.

6. Bomas of Kenya Tour

Bomas of Kenya Tour
3.7 /5

8 km
from city center
6 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Bomas meaning residence is a thrilling tour taking you through the significant tribes of Kenya. The native groups staying in their villages gives a fascinating understanding about every tribe's societal structure, music, dance and so much more.

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7. Visit the Railway Museum

Visit the Railway Museum
3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
7 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Built in 1971, the world famous Nairobi Railway Museum is a spectacular landmark promising to protect and showcase the precious antique records of the railways of East Africa. The museum has many galleries displaying the age old collections of local trains.

8. Shop for Souvenirs at Masaai Market

Shop for Souvenirs at Masaai Market
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Widely popular and extremely recommended by every local, Masaai market is a must-visit for handicraft shoppers. From the historic African paintings to amazing handicrafts, this endless market is all the more attractive because of its cheap rates.

9. Kazuri Beads Factory Tour

Kazuri Beads Factory Tour
3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
9 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Kazuri Beads Factory is an artisan workshop in Mbagathi Ridge in Nairobi. The establishment is famous for making ceramic beads, jewellery and pottery. Guided tours include observing the women's work and visiting the different sections of the factory-like the clay processing area, pottery room, storage facilities etc.

10. Enjoy Panoramic View from Kenyatta International Conference Centre

Enjoy Panoramic View from Kenyatta International Conference Centre
3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
10 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The world class Kenyatta International Conference Centre is best known for holding official gatherings, meetings and conferences. Magnificently tall and giving amazing views from its balconies and terrace, the building is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.

11. Hike to Ngong Hills

Hike to Ngong Hills
3.6 /5

24 km
from city center
11 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Located towards the west of the capital is the picturesque Ngong Hills. The speciality of these hills is that they have distinct seven hump-like structure which resembles the Knuckles of a fist and offer astonishing views of Karen and the Great Rift Valley.

12. National Archives

National  Archives
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
12 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

A major landmark in the capital, National Archives was established in an old building. Showcasing the rich Kenyan tribal social culture and also the history, art works and information on politics of the country. The collection of artefacts and paintings, that dominates the majority of the building is truly inspiring and attracts several visitors from different nations.

13. Tour Kibera

Tour Kibera

4 km
from city center
13 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Kibera is Nairobi's largest slum and the second largest slum in the world. Home to about 2,50,000 people, it is divided into several villages such as Kianda, Laini Saba, Mashimoni, Soweto East and Siranga that can be explored via guided or self-guided tours.

14. Bike Around Karura Forest

Bike Around Karura Forest

6 km
from city center
14 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The urban gazetted Karura forest is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and is abundant with natural beauty and resources. It is divided into three parts by Limuru and Kiambu roads. The forest has a natural trail running up to 50 km that facilitates visitors to walk, run, and bike around the forest. One can also rent a trail bike.

15. Picnic at Ruaka Falls

Picnic at Ruaka Falls

10 km
from city center
15 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Located in Nairobi in the Karura forest, the Ruaka Falls is a hidden beauty. This spot portrays nature at its best, the serenity of the scape providing a rather tranquil atmosphere. This waterfall eventually joins the Ruaka river, a tributary of the Nairobi River. The waterfall is amidst lush greenery, and hence, is a great choice for a picnic spot.

16. See the Wildlife at Nairobi Animal Orphanage

See the Wildlife at Nairobi Animal Orphanage
4.0 /5

7 km
from city center
16 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi Animal Orphanage is a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Nairobi National Park. It is the oldest of its kind in Kenya. Hyenas, leopards and scarce Sokoke cats are some wildlife that can be found here. Various birds can also be viewed, including parrots, guinea fowls, crowned cranes and ostriches.

17. See the Memorial at Uhuru Gardens

See the Memorial at Uhuru Gardens
3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
17 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Uhuru Gardens is Kenya's largest urban commemorative and memorial park, located along Langata Road, Nairobi. It was established to celebrate the country’s independence from the British Empire in 1963 and was declared a National Monument in 1966. It houses three historically significant monuments that draw the attention of tourists

18. Oloolua Nature Trail

Oloolua Nature Trail
4.1 /5

15 km
from city center
18 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Oloolua Nature Trail is a 5km natural trail in the tropical Oloolua Forest of the Karen neighbourhood. The trail is popular for jogging, walking, picnicking amidst stunning forest views, and hiking. Many indigenous trees and plants can be found here. A 20-foot waterfall at the forest entrance is the highlight, along with a campsite equipped with bonfire facilities.

19. Stroll Through National Park

Stroll Through National Park
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
19 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Central Park of Nairobi is a public park situated behind Nairobi Serena Hotel and adjacent to the famous Uhuru Park. Nyayo monument, dedicated to Kenya’s second president, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, is a major landmark within the park for tourists and photographers. It is also a popular picnic spot and boasts a children’s playground.

20. Explore Biodiversity at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary

Explore Biodiversity at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary
3.6 /5

13 km
from city center
20 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary is a managed forest on the outskirts of Nairobi in Jamhuri. It is a popular place to explore the flora of Kenya and go for a quick run or walk Bushbucks, civets, porcupines, pythons, green snakes, puddle frogs, and many more animals can be spotted here. Roughly 113 bird species exist within the forest, including African Harrier Hawk and Narina trogons.

21. Shop & Eat at Village Market

Shop & Eat at Village Market
4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
21 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi Village Market is the largest entertainment and shopping outlet in East Africa, located in the Gigiri residential area. It is designed to resemble an African market in the open, with waterfalls, rivers, plants and gardens dotting the complex.

22. Visit Ivory Burning Site and Picnic Area

Visit Ivory Burning Site and Picnic Area
3.5 /5

7 km
from city center
22 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Ivory Burning Site & Picnic Area is a historic landmark located just inside the Nairobi National Park within walking distance from the Nagolomon reservoir. It is a monument established to mark president Daniel Arap Moi’s burning of 11 tonnes of seized ivory in 1989 as an act of solidarity for wildlife conservation. It is also a popular picnic site. Carrying binoculars is recommended for game viewing and bird watching.

23. Lavington Mall

Lavington Mall

6 km
from city center
23 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Lavington Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Nairobi, located along the James Gichuru Road within the Lavington Green shopping area. It is the ideal destination for shopping, dining and other fun activities. It is filled with quaint bakeries and diners, pocket friendly apparel stores and pampering skin and haircare locations.

24. Visit the Stunning Fourteen Falls

Visit the Stunning Fourteen Falls
3.9 /5

45 km
from city center
24 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Fourteen Falls is a spectacular waterfall located just outside the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park in Nairobi. The view of the falls is stunning, especially with the mountain acting as a backdrop. Photography, bird and animal watching, fishing and picnics are popular here. You can also take a boat ride to the other side of the river to get a different perspective on the Falls.

25. Walk Through Nairobi Arboretum

Walk Through Nairobi Arboretum

3 km
from city center
25 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi Arboretum is 30.4 acres of a wooded paradise home to over 350 species of indigenous and exotic plant life and over 100 species of birds. It is located along the State House Road in Kilimani. It has shaded trails for walkways, picnic lawns and jogging trails. Sykes and Vervet monkeys can also be spotted here.

26. Boating & Picnic at Uhuru Park

Boating & Picnic at Uhuru Park
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
26 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Uhuru Park is a 13-hectare residential park located on Uhuru Highway, across from Nairobi InterContinental Hotel. It is equipped with an artificial lake, a fountain and an assembly ground perfect for skateboarding. It also houses the Nyayo monument and offers great views of the city’s skyline. Boating, horse and camel riding, and remote control mobile cars are popular activities here.

27. Birdwatching at Lake Naivasha

Birdwatching at Lake Naivasha
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
27 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake located in Nakuru County, northwest of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley and is named for the sudden storms that arise here. It is popular for boating and spotting exciting wildlife such as hippopotamuses, pelicans and eagles.

28. Day Trip to Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Day Trip to Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
4.0 /5

52 km
from city center
28 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is the place to visit in Kenya to get a glimpse of the eclectic mix of native wildlife. It is located in Machako County. It is the ideal location for camping, trekking and viewing indigenous wildlife. Fourteen Falls is located just outside the park and is a major highlight as the sight of waterfalls gushing down is spectacular.

29. Tana River

Tana River

434 km
from city center
29 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Tana River is the longest river in Kenya, flowing from the Aberdare mountains to the Indian Ocean. Popular attractions along its banks include the Tana River Delta Ramsar Site, George Adamson Bridge, Tana River National Primate Reserve and Arwale National Reserve. It is ideal for picnics, boat rides, and wildlife sightings.

30. Visit Nairobi Gallery

Visit Nairobi Gallery
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
30 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Situated on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi, the Nairobi Gallery is a museum showcasing African art. It is housed within a National Monument established in the early 20th century on the site of the old Provisional Commissioner's office. It is also the site of Point Zero, from which all distances used to be measured in Israel.

31. Jamia Mosque Nairobi

Jamia Mosque Nairobi
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
31 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Jamia Mosque is the most important mosque in Kenya, located between Banda Street and Kigali Street in Nairobi. It dates to the beginning of the 20th century and boasts beautiful Arabic Islamic architecture.

32. Fedha Valley Arcade Shopping Mall

Fedha Valley Arcade Shopping Mall

6 km
from city center
32 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Fedha Arcade, located on Gitanga Road, is one of the most popular shopping malls in Nairobi. It has a selection of everything from food and groceries to clothing items and other accessories. The boulangerie, pastry shops and wine selection at Fedha Valley Arcade Shopping Mall are particularly popular.

33. Shopping at The Hub Karen

Shopping at The Hub Karen
4.2 /5

14 km
from city center
33 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Hub Karen is a massive mall and entertainment centre in the Karen suburb of Nairobi. It has more than 85 stores selling clothing, footwear, accessories, pet products, toys, sports goods, electronics, beauty and skincare products, homeware items, etc. Fun activities like ziplining and airbag jumping are available here too.

34. Two Rivers Mall

Two Rivers Mall

10 km
from city center
34 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Two Rivers Mall is the largest shopping centre in Sub-Saharan Africa, located on Limuru Road in Ruaka, Nairobi. It houses over 20 local and international brands and 200 stores. The dancing fountains here are spectacular, especially when lit up at night. Africa’s tallest Ferris wheel, the Eye of Kenya, is also located here.

35. Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve

221 km
from city center
35 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Samburu National Reserve is one of East Africa’s most famous safari destinations located on the banks of the river Ewaso Ng’iro in Northern Kenya. Road safaris and flying safaris are popular here, along with hot air balloon safaris, game drives, horseback safaris, nature hikes, Maasai village visits, and sunset watching.

36. African Heritage House

African Heritage House

2 km
from city center
36 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

A National Monument and museum, the African Heritage House is situated in front of the Nairobi National Park in Mlolongo. Within the house are artefacts, artworks, jewellery, textiles, traditional pottery, weapons, antiques, ceremonial clothes and more. It is open for tours, lunches or dinners and overnight stays.

37. Westgate Shopping Mall

Westgate Shopping Mall

5 km
from city center
37 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The Westgate Shopping Mall is situated in the Westlands division of Nairobi. It houses over 80 stores, restaurants, an arcade and KidsClub. It also organises pop-up markets such as Alessia’s Toyland, Crafty Rainbow, Liquor Shack and IKOJN.

38. Hells Gate National Park

Hells Gate National Park

73 km
from city center
38 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

Hell’s Gate National Park is located south of Lake Naivasha, northwest of Nairobi. It is excellent for walking, hiking, cycling, rock climbing and motorcycling. Bird watching is also popular here since it houses over 100 bird species. Its breathtaking landscape boasts of two extinct volcanoes, Hobley’s and Olkaria.

39. August 7th Memorial Park

August 7th Memorial Park

0 km
from city center
39 out of 39
things to do in Nairobi

The US Embassy Memorial Garden, also known as August 7th Memorial Park, is the site of the former US Embassy bombed in 1998. It is located between Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues in downtown Nairobi. It is a minimalistic well-kept garden with a remembrance gallery featuring antiquities, testimonials and data from the day of the bombing.

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What are the top hotels in Nairobi?

There are 1063 Hotels in Nairobi which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Nairobi are Diani Springs Apartments Nairobi, Yunises Place, Brookside Westlands, Furnished 2 Bedroom Apartment, Garden view apartment, Rose Apartment. You can see all the hotels in Nairobi here

What are the top sightseeing places in Nairobi?

The top sightseeing places in Nairobi are National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, National Museum, Giraffe Centre, Railway Museum.

How much does a package cost for Nairobi?

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How can I commute within Nairobi?

Rental cars, taxis and matatu (buses) are the means of transport in Nairobi. Cars can be hired from the airport or from rental services. Your hotel might even arrange one for you. Metered taxis are not available, so you have to decide on a price before the trip. Taxis are also expensive, but you can book them for an entire day to take you around. But, locals as well as tourists tend to use Uber to get around. Matatus are mini buses used to travel within the city. However, they are in poor condition, with average drivers. Conductors will lean outside and shout out a price as well as the busê destination. These matatus may soon be banned by the Government.
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