If this is your first time visiting Nairobi, you should know that you have to fly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. From here it will take you about two hours to get to Nairobi. Below you will find the best places to visit. All offer you contact with nature, low costs and proximity to the center of Nairobi (20 to 45 minutes).
Nairobi national park
This park is located in the south of the city, about 7 km from the center. It offers you the possibility of knowing the rich ecosystem of the savanna, the beauty of its rivers and the variety of birds, mammals and fish. This is one of the few national parks in the world that are located next to a city. In total, you can see some 400 animal species within the Nairobi National Park .
Nairobi Safari Ride
The Nairobi Safari Walk is to the south of the city, along with the National Park. This place has a designed landscape that is unique in creativity and animal species. It is a basic for those who travel to this country for the first time. During the walk you can learn about the different ways in which we seek to conserve the natural environment and natural resources of the area.
Elephant and Rhino Orphanage David Sheldrick
The Orphanage David Sheldrick elephants and rhinos is a paradise for these two animal species. The orphanage was created in 1977 by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick in memory of David Sheldrick, a famous naturalist.
The Orphanage takes care of a large number of elephants and rhinos that have been abandoned or recovered from poachers. As a visitor you can be close to these wonderful animals and learn a little about their care in captivity. You can also feed a rhino or baby elephant using a huge bottle with the formula created especially for these animals.
Nairobi Giraffe Center
If the experience of being around elephants and rhinos leaves you wanting to live with other animals, the Nairobi Giraffe Center is a good option. The Center is located about 10 km from the city and will allow you to see the world from the point of view of these tall animals.
This Center was created by Jock Leslie-Melville when he and his wife adopted a baby giraffe to start a captive giraffe growth program. Another important activity of the Center is the creation of education and conservation programs that are carried out in Kenyan schools.
Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum was built in 1929 in the colonial era and will allow you to discover the history, nature, culture and art of Kenya. The Museum is organized in such a way that the tour is a chronological newspaper of the country with attractive activities.
It is common for the Museum to organize conferences, educational readings and joint works that make it even more attractive.
Do you like learning about local fauna and want to see more than just large mammals? Then the Serpentarium is a mandatory stop. You can find it right next to the Nairobi National Museum. Here you can learn about various types of reptiles and feed a snake.
The activities of the Serpentarium include an octopus exhibition, interactive sessions with dangerous reptiles and amphibians, a bird exhibition and you can also feed a crocodile with live fish.
What you should know about Nairobi
You do not have to worry about the accommodation since there are many options to choose from. Most hotels are of good quality, but it is advisable to search before leaving home. This way when you arrive, you already have a good idea of prices and locations. Don’t forget to review the opinions of previous guests.
When it comes to transportation, the taxi is quite cheap. The only thing to avoid is to leave in a hurry during the busiest hours (from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm).
To maintain security within the city, it is recommended that you only carry the money that you will occupy. It is always best to keep most cards, documentation and money in the hotel safe.