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- NairobiMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
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- NairobiMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers
Nairobi is easily one of my favorite African cities. I was initially terrified of the place. It does have a reputation. After living there for a few months, then visiting again often things totally changed. There is a lot of great stuff here. It's a fairly easy place to move around (minus the traffic) and there are several excellent day trips you can take from here.Recommended for:
Having lived in Nairobi for a long time, there are quite alot of accomodation options, from 5 star hotels to budget hotels. You can also get serviced aparts that range at a price of USD $1500 per month. I recommend my travel consultant Mariawa of Xplorato Ventures(www.xplorato.com), contact him using the following email address email@example.com
Sadly, this city is impoverished and its very obvious. Trash lines the streets, hungry children and the homeless roam around looking for their next meal. The city does have its better areas of town for the tourists, but it's a heartbreaking place. I hope that anyone who visits here comes not to indulge in luxuries, but to instead give back to those who are suffering.
- NairobiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3
Nairobi has numerous options to choose from including culture, history, shopping & wildlife experiences.
If you aren't travelling to any of the Parks or reserves then a trip to the Nairobi National Park is recommended, for an opportunity to view some of Kenya's wildlife.
The park is located on the outskirts of the city so travel to it and a day trip is very feasible.
Animals you will get to see are giraffe, zebra, lion, buffalo, elephant and more.
For shopping, visit one of the Masai Markets - a gathering place for various vendors selling curios & artifacts. You can find items such as batik paintings, wooden animals, masks, fabrics, local jewelry, sisal baskets, beaded items & numerous other handmade items. Bargaining is encouraged. Note that the market takes place at different places around the city on given days.
Visits & Excursions:
Karen Blixen Museum. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.
The Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6pm). There is also a restaurant on site recommended for lunch or coffee.
While in that area (known as Karen) you can visit the Giraffe centre to view and feed Giraffes. http://giraffecenter.org/
Visit Kazuri bead factory where handmade ceramic beads of all varieties are made into jewelry - this is a women's initiative program. This is located in part of the Karen Blixen estate. http://www.kazuri.com
For more local history visit the National Museum of Kenya ( the museum isn't very big so the visit may only take an hour). Historical, Cultural and Artistic collections from
East Africa. Open daily from 09:30 – 18:00. Located close to that is the Snake Park.
Nairobi City Tour: Visit and drive through key points in the city such as : Parliament Building , KICC, City HALL, Churches and mosques and parks to get the best views of the city from on top of the hill.
Bomas of Kenya: View dances from different tribes in Kenya, see how they live, village setups and learn about the people and culture of Kenya’s tribes (located in the Karen area).
NAIROBI CITY TOUR
The City of Nairobi has a variety of attractions that can be visited, some of which have been indicated here-below:
• Railway Museum: You can trace the history of the Kenya-Uganda Railway, which is a very significant part of our history, by visiting this museum.
• National Museum: The museum is rich with historical and cultural artifacts. There is also an extensive display of the animal, bird and insect life of the region. The geological displays are also highly instructive, and the pre-historic findings of our predecessors from the region is well illustrated. The museum is also rich with illustrations of the flora documented in the region record of all the wildlife and birdlife to be found in the country. For the lovers of art and sculpture, the museum holds some of the most extensive collections ever to be found under one roof.
• Snake Park: Most of the species of snakes to be found in the region, poisonous as well as non-poisonous are to be found in this park. The park also has crocodiles on display.
• Animal Orphanage: This is Nairobi’s version of the European zoo. Most of the animals to be found here are orphaned animals whose lives were endangered by the deaths of their mothers in the wilds.
• Nairobi National Park: The Park is on the periphery of Nairobi, and is therefore easily accessible for a quick game drive.
• Giraffe Centre: A conservation centre for the rare and endangered Rothschild giraffe.
• Karen Blixen Museum: The museum has been set up in the colonial home of the late Karen Blixen, and was the set for the world-renowned movie, “Out of Africa”.
• Mamba Village: Set on a 20-acre farm in Karen, this attraction is famous for its herd of ostrich and crocodile. A boat ride can be enjoyed on the lake.
• Commonwealth Cemetery: The burial place for the casualties of World War 2.
• Butterfly Farm: A naturalist’s paradise where most recorded species of butterflies in the country can be viewed.
• Kenya National Archives: Home to historical records and pictures, here one can trace the history of literally everything in this country.
• Paradise Lost: This is the site of historic Mau Mau Caves. Other facilities include boat riding on the lake, camel and horse riding, picnic and barbecue sites, and camping facilities. A suitable get away place for the entire family fun.
• City Market: Historical in its own right, the market in the city centre is an ideal place to shop not only for fruits and vegetables but also for art works and curios.
• City Hotels: There is a very wide selection of hotels in the city centre, which one can visit and an educational tour of which can be arranged.
I wanted to share a interesting memory I had when I was very young. I got to visit Nairobi Kenya when I was five years old, and got to go on an african safari tour! Because of my father taking film strip movies of my family, and slides, I was able to remember all the neat surroundings like the wild animals and the interesting people, and the way they lived! I would love to do this again one day!
Just remember to not smoke in public. Smoking is not allowed in public. You end up in bars to smoke. Not a big inconvenience. But the fines for smoking in public is far bigger when robbing a bank. And you could end up doing hard time for just smoking a ciggarette in the wrong place. And watch out for thieves. Not one of my favorite cities, but it has a bit of charm.
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