Nairobi has long been acclaimed for being not only a business hub of the larger East Africa region but also has an array of top attractions within its borders and boasting of the fact that it is the only city in the world that has a National Park. COVID-19 as we all acknowledge has come with its fair share of inconveniences forcing governments to restrict the movement of people in a bid to curb the spread. This has left most of us confined in one place for months with lots of looming uncertainty as to when normalcy will resume. As these tough times are on us, we thought of listing a few attractions within Nairobi City showing you the beauty that might have been so obliviously around you. If you have a spare minute as many of us do, visit some or all of them. Who knows, the fresh air could be more therapeutic than you think as you shake off that cabin fever.
The Nairobi National Park.
The Nairobi National Park is one of the top attractions among local and foreign tourists alike. This is because it is the only park within a city in the world. The park is just a short drive away (7km) from the city center. It is hard to believe that the plains a river, picnic site, and luxury hotel are minutes away from the hustle of the city. Spot various animals including rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, hyenas, cheetahs, and giraffes amongst others. Birdlife is in plenty here which you can watch from a campsite or while walking along the trails.
A wonderful place to watch the wild, plants, and birds way from the bustle of the city. Set a date, breathe in the fresh air, and free yourself of your worries associated with the pandemic. To get a customized game drive with pick up and drop off get in touch with Xtrym Adventures or Turnup.travel.
The Karura Forest trails are a household name for a reason. A 15-meter waterfall, well-kept trails, archaeological sites, caves, a pond, marshlands, and trees groves the forest is a natural gem. Looking to unwind, hike, or just bike? The forest is minutes away from the city Centre and has grown in popularity from the onset of the pandemic as Nairobians took to fitness when almost everything was at a standstill. Entry fees are up to Kshs 200 for adults. http://www.friendsofkarura.org/fees-guides/
The Nairobi Arboretum
Originally built to supply firewood to the olden wood-fire steam engines the arboretum has grown to become a top attraction in Nairobi. It has for that reason a wide range of indigenous and softwood trees among other free-growing plants. It is a perfect space for nature walks, well maintained with benches for cozy conversations with nature going wild around you. Whether you are looking to jog or just mediate there is something for everyone. It is located only 3km from the city center along State House road. If you are a nature enthusiast the Arboretum is a must-visit!
Nairobi Safari Walk
The Safari walk is a top attraction in Nairobi as it allows you to watch the wild in their natural element. The elevated boardwalk is a perfect pastime with a family or friends. A step at a time and a keen eye you might spot various animals such as lions, gazelles, baboons, leopards, and cheetahs. The serene environment is perfect for long quiet walks. Nairobi Safari Walk neighbors Nairobi National Park and is managed by KWS.
Oloolua Nature Trail
The Oloolua Nature Trail is just 20km from the City center in the Karen Neighbourhood. Inclusive of a picnic site and campsite, it has a 33m long scenic cave for the adventurous spirit and a 20 ft. gushing waterfall. Bring your family to experience serenity, take a hike or bike. The flourishing indigenous forest beautifully distracts the usual sights of neverending skyscrapers of the city. The water rushing down the waterfall is enough to drown your worries even just for a day. Entry fees are Ksh.200 for children and Ksh.400 for adult residents.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi Orphanage is a rehabilitation center with a variety of exotic wild. Easily accessible in Langata within the Nairobi National Park your family and kids can enjoy a look into the wild up close. It hosts a variety of wild including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, monkeys, and buffalos. Bird lovers are also entertained to a rarity including parrots, guinea fowls, and ostriches. Spare time for a Safari walk and dive into the wealth of information on display. Park fees are around Kshs 250 for adults and Kshs 125 for children.
Kindly note that these other popular attractions listed below are currently NOT open because of COVID-19.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
The Sheldrick Elephant Trust is a rescue center for orphan and injured elephants rehabilitating them back to the wild. Enjoy a day watching the giant mammals reclaiming themselves and interacting freely with their young and keepers. Check the visiting time and arrive early as they open only for an hour to the public between 11:00 am and noon. It is considered a top attraction in Nairobi by most locals. The entry fee is Kshs 500 per person. Please note that they will be back in operation probably after the 6th of July.
Bomas of Kenya
Located just 10km from the city center in Langata the Bomas of Kenya is a top attraction in Nairobi drawing the old and young alike. A visit to the Bomas is an introduction to the diverse cultures of Kenya, displaying traditional villages of several Kenyan tribes you will not only leave entertained but educated. Discover indigenous crafts and dance to the beats of our cultural music. A cultural tour within the city! Set a date today. Fees are Kshs 200 for adults.
The Giraffe Center.
The Giraffe Centre is within 20km commonly 40 minutes from the city center. Established to protect the endangered giraffe. A fascinating experience to learn about the giraffes, feed them, and watch other wildlife like warthogs. You have to experience this at least once in your lifetime. Though temporarily closed keep an ear open when they open and experience it for yourself. https://www.giraffecentre.org/
What are some of the top attractions in Nairobi you have visited during this time in Nairobi while practicing social Distancing that is not listed here? Let me know in the comment section and I will add them to this growing list.