Nairobi Travel Guide

Attractions

Nairobi is known as the safari capital of Africa, however the city has still managed to keep up with modernization. Unlike other cities, Nairobi is surrounded by 113km² (70 mi²) of plains, cliffs and forest that makes up the city’s Nairobi National Park. The city is filled with many things to do during the day and the night. Tourists can have their pick from numerous safaris (wildlife, cultural, sport, adventure, scenic and specialist), ecotourism tours, restaurants, culture, shopping and entertainment. While in Nairobi, tourists can also engage in numerous sports from golf, rugby, athletics, polo, horse-racing, cricket and football (soccer).

Nairobi National ParkThis is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Rhino and even birdlife (over 400 species). Here you can also go on the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational centre to make people aware of wildlife and habitat conservation. Also in the park is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanagehis Orphanage takes in elephant calves and rhinos from all over Kenya which were orphaned by poaching.
Giraffe CentreThe Centre breeds the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and has conservation/education programmes for Kenyan children. It also has many warthogs.
Kenyatta International Conference Centre (K.I.C.C)Price: KES400 / KES200 reducedThe best place to get that far ranging view over the sprawling, congested metropolis that is Nairobi. You can go up to the saucer-shaped top of the conference centre's round viewing tower and depending on smog and fog, you might be able to see as far as the slums and the national park.
US Embassy Memorial SiteIn 1998 a blast rocked downtown Nairobi. A truck had exploded next to the US Embassy building, reducing it to rubble and killing 212 people some on staff, most bystanders. On the same day, the US embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, was also subject to a similar terrorist attack. 21 people have been charged with the crime, including Osama Bin Laden. The former embassy site today contains a memorial that can be visited.
Nairobi National MuseumHours: 08:30-17:30Where visitors can learn about Nairobi, its history and culture. The museum celebrated 100 years in 2010.
National Railway Museumvisitors can learn more about the history of Kenyas railways and the Kenya/Uganda railway. It also houses, some of the engines and rolling stock from the countrys colonial period.
Nairobi GalleryP.O.Box 40658-00100Phone: +254 20 216566This is a museum housing only special exhibits, so the featured artwork is always changing.
Karen Blixen MuseumP.O Box 40658-00100Phone: +254 20 8002139is based on the Karen Blixens book "Out of Africa". Her house is now the home of the museum. It is on the outskirts of Nairobi and a taxi or bus can get you to the museum.
Bomas of Kenyaportrays Kenyas culture. Visitors can see exhibits of traditional Kenyan homes, artifacts, dances, music, and song.
Uhuru Gardensbuilt in remembrance of the struggle for independence, which Kenya was granted in 1963. The monument is a 24-m (79 ft) high triumphal column supporting a pair of clasped hands and the dove of peace, high over a statue of freedom fighter raising the flag. The monument is surround by fountains and lush-landscaped gardens.
Westlands by nightVisit the bustling and hip Westlands district, which has turned into the new nightlife centre of Nairobi. Many restaurants and bars line the busy Woodvale Grove and Mpaka Road. A visit to 'Tree house' club is a must if you are looking for a spacious one and crowd outnumbered with expats, rather than the otherwise congested natives dominated ones. Traffic can become hectic, well into the early hours. Security is generally tight and the action spills out from packed clubs into the street.
Jamia MosqueWhile Jamia Mosque is tucked away in between other buildings there are striking views to be glimpsed of its intricate structure from many different angles. Easily the most impressive religious structure in the capital, the interior is off-limits to non believers
Around Nairobi
Ol Donyo Sabuk National ParkCentred around a 2,146m (7,141 ft) mountain, this is mountain forests and plains, with a large population of Buffalo. It also serves as a refuge for Colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, leopard, and a large variety of bird species.
Tana RiverWhite water rafting throughout cataracts, which leads to the 14 falls can be done here. The rafting trip also includes a full BBQ lunch.
14 Fallsa waterfall at Thika

source: Wikivoyage

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