Nairobi, derived from the Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyrobi’ to mean a place of cool water, is the Capital City of Kenya and one of the many cities one must visit while traveling in Kenya. Nairobi is East Africa’s hub that offers exciting activities and fun places to visit. The following sites will give you insight into Kenya and its beauty.
- Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is considered the World’s Wildlife Capital because Nairobi is the only city in the entire world to have a national park in its environs. It’s also sometimes referred to as Kifaru Ark (Rhinoceros Sanctuary) because it is home to some of the few black rhinos left. You also get to see the Big 5 (lion, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino) within the park. The charges for non-residents are USD 50 per person for adults and 25 USD for children and kshs. 500 for citizen.
2. Nairobi National Museum & Snake Park
This venue offers a one-stop shop for anyone willing to learn about Kenya’s rich cultural heritage. It is a great way to spend 2 hours of your day in Nairobi. It is located at Museum Hill which is approximately a 10-minute drive from the Nairobi city center accessible both by private and public means. Admission to the venue is free but there are charges for entering the museum and the snake park that are charged separately.
For a 360 Bird’s view of Nairobi find your way to the KICC rooftop. The management allows access to the rooftop from 9:00 am till 8.00 pm on weekdays, and till 6.00 pm on weekends. Citizens pay Ksh 150, whilst Residents pay Ksh 200, and Foreigners pay Ksh 400. You can stay there and enjoy the view, take photos and videos as you would need to. It is located within City Square, therefore very easy to find your way to.
4. Carnivore Restaurant
This is an open-air restaurant located within the Langata suburbs where you get to have an all-you-can-eat buffet. Lunch or dinner at Carnivore Restaurant goes for US$ 40 per person..The menu is not for the faint-hearted but rather those looking to indulge in finger-licking “Nyama Choma’. You also get to enjoy riveting entertainment from Safari Cats dancers and acrobats.
5. Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
This is a rescue & rehab center for orphaned elephants, open to the public for viewing mud baths & feedings. Protecting keystone species ensures a plethora of other animals and ecosystems continue to survive and, more importantly, thrive. The most fascinating thing about visiting this place is that you can also get to adopt an elephant. The minimum donation for entry is Ksh 1,500 / US$15 per person 12 years and above, and Ksh 500 / US$5 for those under 12 years of age. This is collected upon entry, in Cash, or via Mpesa, on the day of your visit.
Be it wildlife, trying out new food or meeting new people. There is so much to be explored. Karibu Kenya.