Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city.
Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.
10:00am-11:00am : David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Meet some of Nairobi's most beloved residents at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a rescue and rehabilitation center for orphaned rhinos and elephants. Established in 1977 in honor of naturalist David Sheldrick, the nonprofit organization lies within the city's national park. Get up close to adolescent and baby elephants during bath time, and watch majestic rhinos playfully romping through their natural habitat. With the animals' welfare at its heart, the center only allows public viewing for a limited morning period, so check the website for visitor times.
11:30am-12:00pm : Kenya Expresso Tours Safaris Ltd
Kenya Expresso Tours and Safaris Ltd offers a range of options for every budget. You can take a Nairobi excursion if you're pressed for time (or money), or sign up for a multi-day safari in places like Samburu National Reserve or Tarangire National Park. With budget and luxury safari options available, you'll easily find an experience that fits into your holiday plans. You can also discover Mombasa by night, or join a cultural tour to learn more about the country's tribal communities. Check the website for other things to do, day trips from Nairobi, accommodation options, and other practical details.
12:30pm-5:30pm : Nairobi National Park
See wild giraffes and black rhinos walking across a backdrop of skyscrapers at Nairobi National Park. Situated just 7 km (4 mi) south of the city center, the park is easily one of the country's most accessible nature reserves, yet despite its proximity to humans, it attracts a large and diverse range of wildlife. Tour the plains and see the park's extremely successful rhinoceros sanctuary, as well as hippopotami, Masai giraffes, and several species of big cats. Bring along a picnic and learn about the park's conservation projects on a guided visit.
10:00am-2:00pm : kereita Forest
2:30pm-4:00pm : Giraffe Centre
Come face to face with some of the region's most endangered giraffes at Giraffe Centre. Established in 1983 as part of a long-serving conservation project to protect the East African Rothschild giraffe, this nonprofit organization provides educational programmes for the young people of Kenya. Entrance fees help support the cause, and you'll get to meet, feed, and even touch these towering creatures from a raised observation platform. A forest trail also provides a pleasant walk through the undergrowth (watch out for the warthogs). If you're feeling thirsty, head to the teahouse for some refreshment amid ambient scenery.
4:30pm-5:00pm : GP Karting
Welcome to Nairobi’s hottest entertainment venue – a place to chill with your friends, thrill with your kids, or build unbreakable bonds with your employees and clients! Whether you’re a budding Louis Hamilton or a first-time driver, GP Karting has the experience and technical know-how to put you on the right track. Turn up at our recently resurfaced, baby's bottom-smooth track on Carnivore Road and we’ll provide you with a helmet, racing suit and a full drivers briefing to get you going - fast! Our split-second, computerised timing system allows you to monitor your lap times and see your progress as you master the circuit. Place yourself on our track record list!!! Discover for yourself why GP Karting is the most exciting sports venue in town!
5:30pm-6:00pm : Fundii Centre for the Arts
10:00am-3:00pm : Climbing Tours
3:30pm-6:00pm : Karura Forest
Explore caves and waterfalls in lush urban greenery at Karura Forest, Nairobi's flagship preserve and a getaway from the bustling capital. Spanning 564 hectares (1,394 acres), this scenic forest interlaced with rivers features a bamboo grove and marshlands sheltering colobus monkeys, galagos, bushpigs, porcupines, and dik diks amidst shrubs and croton trees. Explore 50 km (31 mi) of well-maintained nature trails, with views of African olive trees and Uganda greenheart. See caves used by the Mau Mau rebels in their epic independence struggle against the British Empire. There is also a memorial to the 2013 terrorist attack and an old chimney incinerator used to destroy decommissioned banknotes.
10:00am-11:30am : Horseback Riding Tours
12:00pm-1:30pm : Karen Blixen Museum
Famed as the real-life setting of the classic memoir "Out of Africa," Karen Blixen Museum stands frozen in time, a monument to the life and times of the late author. Danish author Karen Blixen lived here from 1913 to 1931, running the property as a vast coffee plantation, from which she took inspiration for her writing upon returning to Denmark. Delve into Blixen's life and times with a guided tour of the house, where many of the rooms feature original decor and props from the book's 1985 movie adaptation.
2:30pm-5:30pm : Nairobi National Museum
Set within lush botanical gardens, Nairobi National Museum presents a rich and varied collection of natural history. Immerse yourself in ethnological and archaeological displays charting the history of Kenya, alongside in-depth ornithological taxidermy collections. Established in 1910, the museum underwent considerable renovation in 2005 to include shopping facilities and a welcoming cafe. Check out the Kenyan art collection and outdoor sculptures scattered across the verdant grounds. Personal guided tours in English are available.
10:00am-1:00pm : Elephant Hill
2:00pm-5:00pm : Ngong Hills
Ngong Hills represent a set of peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Nairobi National Park. This gazette forest reserve spanning 21,000 sq km (8,108 sq mi) makes a popular weekend destination for those wishing to hike, jog, or picnic. With the highest peak standing at 2,460 m (8,070 ft), you can get a panorama of Maasai villages from 1,000 m (3,280 ft). You may see some buffalo there, and you can watch for traditional colonial houses, as this was a popular development area during the British colonial rule.
10:30am-12:00pm : Penny Winter Boutique
1:00pm-6:00pm : Central Island National Park
10:00am-1:00pm : Mugie Ranch
1:30pm-5:30pm : Off-Road Tours