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top tourist sites in Nairobi

top tourist sites in nairobi

Last updated on October 12th, 2023 at 09:40 am

Nairobi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in East and Central Africa. Here is a list of top tourist sites in Nairobi Kenya for you. Nairobi supports all types of tourists, from leisure, tourism, cultural and business tourism to medical tourism. These sites are among the 40 fun places you can visit in Kenya

This popularity is due to the unique tourist attractions in Nairobi.

Nairobi is the only city in the world adjacent to a national park and the only city with a forest within its boundaries.

The contrast between nature and the countryside provides a unique atmosphere that can be found in Nairobi. In my blog, we will focus on tourism, entertainment and culture.

top tourist sites in nairobi

1. Nairobi National Park

Simply called the wildlife capital of the world because of its proximity to Nairobi’s central business district, this 117 km2 park is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Wildlife here includes the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and a wide variety of birds with over 400 recorded species.

The diversity of wild animals roaming the grasslands behind the city towers is a unique view that can only be seen at the Nairobi National Park.

2. Giraffe Manor

Made famous by visitors from all over the world, the historic building set in 140 acres of forest is the Instagram of the world.

This boutique hotel offers you the unique opportunity to pet the gentle Rothschild giraffes as they poke their heads around the dining room during breakfast and dinner.

Rothschild’s giraffe is an endangered species and the hotel’s proceeds go towards its conservation.

3. Giraffe Center

From this list, it is clear that my favorite animal is the giraffe. But you can’t blame me, who doesn’t love a big sweet soul? Located within Langata, this is another facility that is also the focus of Rothschild’s security efforts.

However, unlike Giraffe Manor, the main focus of this foundation is to educate Kenyans about endangered animals. This center has 7 females and 3 Rothschild mice.

Any visitor can meet and feed them.

4. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Best known for its beautiful baby elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the world’s most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation program. Here you have the opportunity to bottle feed the calves and play with them.

They are really beautiful creatures and the experience is unforgettable.

While here, you can help the conservation effort by owning a calf. Funds raised through adoptions have helped save elephants that are often reserved for lions.

5. Nairobi Safari Tour

Nairobi Safari Tours has come up with one of the most exciting, unique and innovative ways to explore nature.

The structure consists of a 2.5km loop that is raised a few meters above the ground.

Through the tour, you can see big cats, rhinos, primates and other different animals.

The journey winds through three major ecosystems: wetlands, savannah and forest.

6. Karura Forest

Karura Forest is a densely populated forest within the city limits. It is a must visit whenever you are in Nairobi.

Three roads pass through forests, swamps, rivers, swamps and wetlands. It’s interesting to see how a forest can survive in a city.

But achieving this is not an easy task, it took years of hard work before Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Prize to achieve it.

Karura Forest is full of history and I recommend you to visit it.

7. The Forest

If you are in Nairobi for a sightseeing tour, you must visit The Forest, located in Kimende, on the outskirts of Nairobi.

The park offers a variety of activities from zip lining and horseback riding, to horseback riding, archery and paintball. Their zipline is one of the longest and highest in Africa.

You fly over the forest of Aberdare, watching elephants and waterfalls below. It’s hard to describe how exciting the experience was.

8. Camp Sagana Rapids

Located 10 kilometers from Nairobi, Camp Rapids was built for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers.

From rafting and level 5 rapids to bungee jumping and ziplining, there are plenty of activities to get your adrenaline pumping.

top tourist sites in Nairobi

9. Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi Museum is Kenya’s flagship museum. It has many different antiques, works of art and historical items. The museum has a temporary exhibition hall that attracts students, tourists and enthusiasts.

The permanent galleries are The Cradle of Humankind Gallery; History of mammals; History of Kenya; Tree life cycle; Numismatic Exhibition and Exhibition of African Asian Heritage.

10. Bomas from Kenya

For cultural tourists interested in learning more about the different local traditions in Kenya, there is no better place to do so than the Bomas of Kenya.

At the Bomas of Kenya, you can find a wide variety of Kenyan traditional songs and music and cultural events every day. The Kenyan Bomas catalog includes more than 50 songs from different countries.

With live dance, string and wind instruments and a variety of music, authentic music and powerful music, the Bomas Harambee Band will take you on a journey through Kenya’s past and present.