The following are the main attractions in Nairobi. Your visit to Nairobi should include a tour to at least one of these attractions. Every attraction site has its specialty and what it is famous for. Thus you can never get bored. In fact, you will be left with fond memories that will make you want to come back again and again.
Best Attractions in Nairobi, Kenya
1. Nairobi National Park
This is the only park in the world that borders a city. This is to say that free-ranging rhinos and lions share a city with people. Because of the park bordering the capital city, Nairobi is dubbed “The World’s only wildlife capital”. Amongst attractions in Nairobi, it was the first wildlife park to be established in Kenya in 1946. Its main gate is situated 10km from city center.
The main wildlife attractions are the lion, black and white rhinos, leopard, buffaloes, cheetah, giraffe, hyena, wildebeest, elands, zebra and 400 bird species.
Other attractions: the Orphanage, Nairobi Safari Walk, Ivory burning site monument and the walking trails at hippo pools.
Best time to visit Nairobi national park is either early in the morning or late afternoon.
2. Nairobi Animal Orphanage
This is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya having been established in 1964. This acts as a refuge and rehabilitation center for injured and abandoned wildlife in Kenya. Wild animals in the Orphanage undergo thorough medical examination and treatment if need be. This is followed by appropriate feeding and rehab program.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is home to wildlife such as buffalo, leopard, lion, hyena, cheetah, serval, monkey, crown crane, parrots, ostrich, warthog, jackal, baboon and guinea fowl.
Attractions in Nairobi, Kenya
3. Bomas of Kenya
Popularly know as Bomas, it exhibits traditional village homesteads of various communities in Kenya. These are interesting and attractive homesteads that truly reflect traditional designs and culture of Kenyan people.
As such, Bomas was established to exhibit, promote and preserve the Kenyan culture. Visitors can gain an insight of Kenyan culture by taking a leisurely guided tour around the homesteads.
Other attractions are the various traditional songs and dances staged daily at the Bomas of Kenya theater. Bomas is located 1km from the main gate of Nairobi national park and 10km from city center.
4. Nairobi Arboretum
This is a green paradise that occupies 30 hectares. Established in 1907, it is situated on the Arboretum Road off State House Road.
Nairobi Arboretum is home to over 350 species of indigenous and exotic plants. Attractions include: Vervet and Sykes monkeys, small wildlife, butterflies and over 100 bird species.
There are beautiful walking and jogging paths. Tree Walks and concerts are held here regular. Talks by Friends of Nairobi Arboretum are also held here.
5. Uhuru Park
This is a green park with an artificial lake at the heart of Nairobi. Uhuru Park is a popular place for Nairobians to relax. During holidays and festive seasons, the park is usually a beehive of activity as residents and visitors to Nairobi flock the park to relax and have fun.
Religious and political rallies are usually held in the park from time to time. In the early 1990s, the late Professor Wangari Mathai (Nobel laureate, 2004) fought President Moi and his government plan to erect a 62 story building at Uhuru Park.
Other Major Attractions in Nairobi, Kenya
6. Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Located within Nairobi national park, this is a rehabilitation and rearing center for orphaned baby elephants. The orphanage was founded in 1977 by Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband – David Leslie William Sheldrick – who was a famous naturalist.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is open to visitors between 11 am and 12 pm daily. During this hour, the baby elephants usually take their mud baths. The entrance to the orphanage is on Nairobi to Kiserian Road, opposite Kenya School of Communication Studies.
7. Giraffe Centre
This is the perfect place to see giraffes and feed them with their hands. Visitors feed giraffes with special hay-pellets which they pick from their hands using their 25-inch tongues.
Giraffe Centre was established as a refuge for endangered Rothschild giraffes that were translocated from western Kenya.
8. Ostrich Farm
This farm is located in Langata. The farm gives visitors the opportunity to watch ostriches, feed them and see how they guard their gigantic eggs.
If you love wildlife, most of the above attractions in Nairobi will definitely be a priority of the places to visit in Nairobi.