Things to do in Nairobi
Keen to check out Nairobi's growing skate scene? Head down to Uhuru Park where the recreational area adjacent to Nairobi’s CBD has become a popular skateboarding spot on weekends. If you’re looking for a nice hike not too far from Nairobi, head to Ngong Hills overlooking the Nairobi National Park game reserve, Nairobi city and the Great Rift Valley. Groups of Maasai villages have sprouted here over 1,000 metres below.
Inquire with a local tour company about visiting a village and witnessing the famous Maasai warrior ‘jumping’ dance. The jumping dance, also known as adumu or aigus, is an unique ceremony to mark the coming of age of young Maasai warriors. The dance a show of strength and manhood and how a Maasai warrior finds a mate - the highest jumper gets the girl.
So, you’ve been out enjoying Nairobi’s nightlife, partied all night and learnt new dance moves from your rhythmically talented Kenyan friends, and now you’re in search of a coffee the morning after? Your best bet is Java House - one of the best coffee chains on the continent, you can’t go past the nutty Kenyan AA blend.
This might sound like a stretch, but don’t leave Nairobi without taking a ride in a matatus (minibus) – especially if you come across a particularly well pimped-out one. Nairobi’s matatus drivers love to pimp their ride, and it’s quite the spectacle and definitely worth the experience. We’re talking huge, blaring sound systems, TV screens and skilfully painted exteriors Banksy himself would take his hat off to. Seriously an African subculture of its own, see if you can hail down the Obama, Michael Jackson or Osama bin Laden themed minibuses. For things to see and experience in Nairobi, here’s our top tips.
Once the charming farmhouse of acclaimed Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her popular novel, ‘Out of Africa’, and the subsequent film, the Karen Blixen Museum is a tribute to her life and times in Africa, and Kenya in particular.
The only protected area in the world in such close proximity to a capital city, Nairobi National Park is a true city safari where you can spy lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, giraffes and many more African wildlife just 7 kilometres from Kenya's capital.
Hang out with the ever-so graceful Rothschild giraffes at Nairobi's Giraffe Centre where you can handfeed these fine creatures from an observation platform, snap some selfies for Instagram and even sneak a kiss!
Whether you agree with slum tourism or not, an opportunity to tour Africa's largest urban slum, Kibera, is a chance to see the real Nairobi and visit an orphanage, schools, places of worship, markets and factories and contribute directly to this multi-tribal community.
With 42 different tribes residing in Kenya, Bomas of Kenya is a great way to explore the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the land. This traditional village and cultural centre in Nairobi has replica homesteads, crafts and cultural displays of dance, music and acrobatics to enjoy.