5 Places To Visit In Nairobi On A Random Day Out


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What does a random day out in Nairobi look like to you? Is this when you do your shopping, go to brunch or just move around Nairobi with friends? One other great thing you can do is visit these beautiful places in Nairobi.

 

Nairobi Safari Walk

Going for a safari walk is the closest you can get to the wild in the city. The Nairobi Safari Walk is located about 7km from the city center and is easily accessible on tarmac roads. From Nairobi town, you can board a bus going to Lang’ata Road and ask to alight at the Kenya Wildlife Service head office.

At the Nairobi safari walk expect to see:

  • Large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
  • Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage
  • Spacious accommodating picnic sites
  • 150 species of local trees.

Whether you’re a tourist or not, plan and visit Nairobi Safari Walk and you’ll be able to sample the country’s rich animal life including the rare bongo, white rhino and albino zebra as well as big cats, antelopes and primates.

Charges: Citizen Adults – Kshs. 215, Citizen Children – Kshs. 125, Resident Adults – Kshs. 300, Resident Children  – Kshs. 170, Non-Resident Adults – $22, Non-Resident Child –  $13,

 

Image Courtesy: Nairobi Safari Walk

 

 Kitengela Hot Glass

Kitengela Hot Glass is known for Croze creating blown objects, Dalle de Verre, chandeliers, lamps, beads and full interiors from recycled glass. Open 7 days a week, with continuous glassblowing, 8am-4: 30 pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9am-1pm Sunday and Monday.

Visitors can watch the skilled craftsmen create blown glass objects, make beads from recycled glass, craft chandeliers, furniture and panels of light, as well as colour for architectural installations in an eco-friendly space

From Nairobi town board a bus heading to Ongata Rongai, ask to alight at Massai Lodge, take a taxi or call an Uber and ask to be taken to Kitengela hot glass that is on the same route to African Nazarene University.

 

Image Courtesy: Kitengela Hot Glass

 

Karura Forest

The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban upland forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Today Karura forest is a shining example of how country-based corporate social responsibility and individual philanthropy can serve to secure and protect a country’s natural resources.

The forest offers eco-friendly opportunities for Kenyans and visitors to enjoy a leafy green respite from the hustle and bustle of the city to walk, to jog, or simply to sit quietly and experience the serenity of nature in all its diversity. From Nairobi, board matatus going to either Limuru Road or Kiambu Road, ask to alight at Karura forest.

Some of the activities include:

  • Forest walk and drive
  • Cycling
  • Bird watching
  • Butterfly watching
  • Running
  • Picnic

 

Image Courtesy: Karura Forest 

 

Giraffe Centre

The Giraffe Centre is part of a Kenyan nonprofit organisation called African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya). Its main mandate is to educate Kenyan school children and the general public about the environment and conservation. In addition, it also works to breed and rescue endangered giraffes in the wild.

The Giraffe Centre is located in Karen, and is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.

Activities include:

  • Feeding the giraffes
  • Nature walk
  • School visits
  • Conservation education
  • Bird watching

You can get there from Nairobi CBD by boarding a bus heading to Karen and alighting at the Hardy bus stop, from where the Giraffe Centre is a walking distance away.

Charges: Non-Resident Adults – Kshs. 1,500 (approx. $15.00), Non-Resident Child (Age 3yrs-12yrs) – Kshs. 750 (approx. $7.50), Resident Adults – Kshs. 400, Resident Children (Age 3yrs-12yrs) – Kshs. 200, free for children below 3yrs, free for School Groups if booked at least a week in advance

*cash payments are not accepted*

Contacts:  +254-20-8070804, +254-734-890952, +254-723-786165

Remember to carry a valid ID or passport with you. Proceeds from entry fees go towards conservation education work with students and teachers across Kenya.

 

Image Courtesy: Giraffe Centre

 

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a haven for elephant orphans, rhinos and other animals. The Wildlife Trust is located in Nairobi National Park, it is open to the public for one hour every day, excluding 25th December, from 11 am to Noon. Access to the Orphanage is via the KWS Central Workshop Gate Entrance to Nairobi National Park, off Magadi Road in Lang’ata.

Activities include:

  • Witness the orphans enjoying a milk feed and mud bath
  • Watching the elephants play
  •  Learn about the work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants
  •  Listen to the stories of the different orphans
  • An opportunity to adopt any of the orphans

NOTE: Entrance to the Orphanage for the visiting hour requires a minimum contribution of US$7 dollars / 500 Kenya Shillings per person. The entrance fee is paid in cash, no debit card, Mpesa or credit cards.

 

Image Courtesy: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

 

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