10 things to see absolutely in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya

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Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is defined by locals as the green city and the safari capital of the world. Among the things to see absolutely in Nairobi are above all national parks and parks dedicated to animals, but those who decide to visit Kenya are looking above all for its wild nature. Obviously, we have also left a little space for culture to satisfy everyone's tastes, including mosques, museums and an important cultural center that will delight you with typical songs and dances.


  1. Nairobi National Park
  2. Giraffe Center
  3. Nairobi Safari Walk
  4. Uhuru Park
  5. Ngong Hills
  6. Snake Park
  7. Karura Forest
  8. Karen Blixen Museum
  9. Jamia Mosque
  10. Bomas of Kenya
  11. Plan your trip: Flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Nairobi National Park

A safari in Nairobi National Park is the first thing to do as soon as you arrive in the city, a must for any visitor. A protected natural area that extends for 117 square km in which none of the great animals of the savannah are missing. Zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, lions, leopards, gazelles and much more to discover!

  • It is 15 km from the center of Nairobi and can be reached by taking the A104 road that leads out of the city, then turn right onto National Park East Gate Road and continue straight to your destination - Get directions
  • 6 pm (CET)
  • 4000 KSh (€ 35,00) to enter with your own car, but it is advisable to purchase a guided tour with a local guide.
  • Nairobi National Park: Guided Tour from Nairobi Nairobi National Park Excursion Nairobi: National Park & ​​Elephant Orphanage Half Day Tour

2 - Giraffe Center

If you like animals you can't miss the center dedicated to giraffes, where you can observe these large animals up close while the staff take care of them. The center also aims to educate visitors about wildlife conservation, so why not pay a visit?

  • It is 17km from downtown Nairobi - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • 1000 KSh (€ 10,00) adults and 500 KSh (€ 5,00) children
  • Nairobi Park, Baby Elephants, Giraffe Center and Bomas Tour

3 - Nairobi Safari Walk

The Nairobi Safari Walk is the alternative to the classic 4x4 safari. A walking safari will take you around the rich vegetation and the most diverse animal species. You will meet large herbivores and large predators, and you will also go to the natural hippo pool.

  • It is 10 km from Nairobi. Exit the city via the A104 road, then turn left to take Langata Road and go straight to your destination - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 2210 KSh (€ 18,00)
  • Nairobi: half day with baby elephants and giraffes

4 - Uhuru Park

Yet another park in Nairobi, but this time it is not a park where you can go on safari, but a park in the city center where you can relax. Here you will not see wild animals and lush vegetation, you will only find green meadows, ponds and paths where it is pleasant to walk and spend a few hours of peace.

  • It is located 500 meters from the center of Nairobi, close to the A104 road, through which it can be reached in 5 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • Always open
  • Free
  • Private 4 hour Nairobi City tour

5 - Ngong Hills

We always remain in the nature theme, but we move from national and city parks to a splendid green hill. Ngong Hills is located in a nature reserve outside the city, precisely west of Nairobi, and offers a splendid view of the city and the National Park from its top! The hike to the hills starts from Ngong city.

  • It is 35km from Nairobi, about an hour and a half - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

6 - Snake Park

For animal lovers and especially reptiles, here is a rather bizarre park and certainly different from the previous ones. Snake Park is the park dedicated to snakes in which you will admire the different species, and you will be enchanted by their particularity and their colors.

  • It is located 2 km from the city center, but can be easily reached on foot in 30 minutes, or in 10 minutes by car or taxi, via the A104 road northbound - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 300 KSh (€ 3,00)

7 - Karura Forest

A modest-sized forest close to the city. Karura Forest is the ideal place for a half-day hike among large trees and waterfalls for lovers of relaxation in the midst of nature.

  • It is 6 km from Nairobi, about 20 minutes by car. Exit the city by taking Murang'a Road heading north which will take you to the forest - Get directions
  • 6 pm (CET)
  • 600 KSh (€ 6,00) adults and 300 KSh (€ 3,00) children

8 - Karen Blixen Museum

From nature to culture, with the museum dedicated to the Danish writer Karen Blixen, who moved to Kenya in the early 900s. The writer fell in love with Africa so much that, when she had to leave it to return to Denmark, she began to dedicate a diary to it, and Africa then dedicated this beautiful museum to her right in her home!

  • It is 18 km from Nairobi, about 30 minutes by car. Reached via Langata Road and then turn right onto Bogani E Road - Get Directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 1200 KSh (€ 12,00)

9 - Jamia Mosque

Let's now turn to religion with this beautiful and majestic mosque in the center of Nairobi. A succession of white domes and golden arches will leave you amazed by such greatness.

  • It is located right in the center of the city, so it can be easily reached on foot and in a few minutes from anywhere in Nairobi - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

10 - Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya is a cultural center just outside Nairobi. If you are passionate about the traditions and cultures of other peoples, a visit here is a must. The center will show you the life, make-up, clothing, songs and dances of the Masai people and you will be enchanted.

  • 12 km from the city, it can be reached in 15 minutes by car, via the Langata Road heading south - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 1000 KSh (€ 10,00) adults and 500 KSh (€ 5,00) children

Plan your trip: Flights, hotels and tours

Tourism in Kenya has developed over the years thanks to its beautiful beaches, but as we have seen Nairobi offers something else so it is the favorite destination for lovers of nature, animals and African culture. Reaching it is not difficult thanks to its international airport and the frequent buses and taxis that connect it to the city. Also moving around Nairobi is very simple, in fact, there is plenty of choice between taxi, tuk-tuk and matatu, a typical local bus. However, it is unsafe to move on foot, especially in the evening and at night.
As for accommodation, there are several guest houses all at a good price, and we highly recommend them because you will be guests of local people and live according to their customs.

  • starting from € 419,67 -
  • Hotel and guest house from € 15,00 per night -
  • Nairobi Park, Baby Elephants, Giraffe Center and Bomas Tour City 4-Hour Private Nairobi Tour Masai Mara: 3-Day Safari

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