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Top 10 best places to visit in Nairobi, Kenya

Danson, aka dwachira on Hubpages, is a Kenyan who enjoys sceneries, wild Safaris, people and culture.

Nairobi City, Kenya (The city under the sun)

Top 10 best places to visit in Nairobi, Kenya

Top 10 best places to visit in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

If you are a first time visitor to Nairobi Kenya or probably making a transit via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and you have an hour or two to spend, here are ten best and wonderful places to visit within Nairobi City, Kenya.

All the places listed here are public places with minimal visiting fee of less than $10. These places are easily accessible within 20 to 45 minutes drive from Nairobi City centre.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is located in the southern part of the city and only 7 km from the city centre. The park boasts of rich ecosystem with Savanna grasslands and forest vegetation, permanent rivers and variety of bird species and other aquatic species.

One unique aspect of Nairobi National Park is that it is one of the few national parks in the world to be located within a city.

At Nairobi National Park, you will enjoy seeing variety of major wildlife that includes Black rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Buffaloes, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species.

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Nairobi Safari Walk

Nairobi Safari walk is located in the southern part of the city within Nairobi National Park. The place has creative landscape design with unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation.

It is a must visit for everyone who want to enjoy Nairobi especially first timers. Nairobi Safari Walk is designed with simulated forests, Wetlands and Savanna with different plant and animal species that are thrilling to learn about.

At Nairobi Safari walk, you can learn various ways of how to conserve forest and wildlife resources and that explains why it is a popular destination for both the young and the old.

If you are planning to venture further in the country in pursuit of wildlife seeing, then Nairobi Safari walk will be an eye opener of what you should expect. Here you will have an opportunity to enjoy diverse animal collection including the rare Bongo, white Rhino, albino Zebra, big Cats, Antelopes and Primates.

Nairobi Safari Walk, Kenya

Nairobi Safari Walk, Kenya

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage is a haven for orphaned Elephants and Rhinos that was established in 1977 by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick in memory of David Sheldrick.

David was a famous Naturalist and founder Warden of Kenya's giant Tsavo East National Park in which he served from 1948 until 1976.

This Orphanage caters for the welfare of orphaned Elephants and Rhinos who are raised in the sanctuary and eventually released back to the wild.

As a visitor, you will enjoy being close to baby Elephants and Rhinos and even learn one or two lessons about catering for animals in captivity. You can even take part in feeding baby Elephants and Rhinos using a giant bottle of formula that has been developed over many decades.

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Kenya

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Kenya

Nairobi Giraffe Centre

At Nairobi Giraffe Centre, you will get up close with the tall giraffes and even get entertained while feeding them over the raised platform.

Nairobi Giraffe Centre is located about 10 km from the city and provides a unique view of being close to wild animals including Warthogs that roam freely among the visitors.

The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity.

The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but it also operates conservation and education programs for Kenyan school children.

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Kenya

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Kenya

Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi National Museum is located within the city and is only 10 minutes drive from Nairobi City centre. The Museum was built in 1929 in the colonial era and is a haven for Kenya's History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art.

The Museum provides to the visitors a chronological journey of Kenyan rich heritage, history and culture besides providing leisure.

Occasionally, the Museum hosts Workshops, Conferences, Cocktails and educational lectures to students. Major attractions include Art gallery, Exhibitions, Botanical gardens, shopping and dining facilities.

Nairobi Snake Park, Kenya

Nairobi Snake Park, Kenya

Nairobi Snake Park

Another destination that you should not fail to visit while in Nairobi is the Nairobi Snake Park located within the Nairobi National Museum. The park is a popular attraction that provides memorable moments about reptiles. The park was established in 1961 as a research facility on reptiles and breeding of snakes.

The Nairobi Snake Park has fascinating activities such as the octopus exhibition, interactive sessions with harmless reptiles and amphibians, birds’ exhibition and feeding of crocodiles with live fish. Located at a serene environment with a spacious compound, the Nairobi Snake Park is a must visit for everyone.

Nairobi Snake Park, Kenya

Nairobi Snake Park, Kenya

Nairobi Butterfly Centre, Kenya

Nairobi Butterfly Centre, Kenya

Nairobi Butterfly Centre

The Nairobi Butterfly Centre is located in the serene Nairobi, Karen area, about 10 km south west of the city. Here, you will enjoy different species of African butterflies from the smallest to the largest with wingspan of up to 17 centimeters.

The Butterfly sanctuary guide provides valuable information about butterflies characteristics, appearances and behaviors. Nairobi Butterfly Centre is the second largest butterfly center after the main British Museum of Natural History.

It provides awareness about butterfly conservation and provides resourceful information to Eco-tourists regarding butterflies.

Nairobi Mamba Village

Nairobi Mamba Village is a sanctuary for crocodiles located 12 km south of Nairobi City. (Mamba is Swahili name for crocodile). The farm also houses Ostrich and is a popular destination for tourists and students. The best time to visit is during crocodiles feeding time. You will be thrilled at how high giant crocs can jump to grab thrown pieces of meat oblivious of the other gaping giant crocodiles.

Nairobi Mamba Village, Kenya

Nairobi Mamba Village, Kenya

Nairobi Mamba Village, Kenya

Nairobi Mamba Village, Kenya

Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

Nairobi Railway Museum

Another exciting place to visit while in Nairobi is Nairobi Railway Museum which was established in 1971 to preserve and display the relics and records of the railways of East Africa. A visit to the railway Museum will provide resourceful information of how colonialists built the railway.

The Railway Museum display painstakingly efforts of railway building from the town of Mombasa, the man-eater lions of Tsavo that made killing hits on the railway workers and workers' camps during the railway building and the history and heritage of East African railways. At the museum you will have the chance to see the collection of steam locomotives.

A cabin where one of the railways Engineer was killed by the lions is still on display at the Museum. The stuffed and mounted carcasses of the two man-eating lions are now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

Maasai Ostrich Farm, Kenya

Maasai Ostrich Farm, Kenya

Maasai Ostrich Farm

The Maasai Ostrich Farm is located about 45 km south of Nairobi City, a 30 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport toward the Maasai lands

The firm has superb environment to enjoy being with Ostrich in their natural habitat with rolling savanna grasslands.

Here, you will not only enjoy a taste of Ostrich meat but you will also get a chance to ride on Ostrich. At the farm, you can also buy Ostrich skin, Ostrich feathers and egg shells.

Ostrich egg. Maasai Ostrich Farm, Kenya

Ostrich egg. Maasai Ostrich Farm, Kenya

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Comments

janet on November 02, 2013:

Thank u

Geoffrey Kerosi from Nairobi on April 18, 2013:

Hi dwachira,

Thank you for sharing with us. Great information.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 04, 2013:

Hi Wonders,

Sure, Nairobi has a lot to do and see, thanks for the visit and comment.

Ingren Wonders on April 03, 2013:

I have traveled to a lot places but i think Nairobi has some of the best places to visit in the world as many will see in this article.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 29, 2013:

Hi Smith,

Karibu Nairobi (Welcome to Nairobi) you will have a lot to enjoy in Nairobi and Kenya in general. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Carren Smith on March 29, 2013:

I am planning to visit Nairobi by the end on my study exchange programme and this article is just an opener of what i should expect. Thanks.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 01, 2013:

Hi Ondari,

You said it all, Kenya is a beautiful place. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Ondari S Jephiter from Nairobi, Kenya on March 01, 2013:

How luck I am having been born and raised in Kenya. I have visited some of these places and will visit all. Thank you Wachira

Joe on February 23, 2013:

Nairobi has so many places to visit and it is no wonder it hosts a lot of visitors.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 15, 2013:

Hi Renny,

Nairobi Mamba Village is such an amazing place to be, find time and visit. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Renny on February 15, 2013:

I would like to visit Nairobi Mamba Village and see all these animals. This article is very resourceful about Nairobi, Kenya.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 03, 2013:

Hi Paul,

You are very welcome to Nairobi, there are many beautiful places to visit and i will be grateful to play host. Thanks for the visit here and comment. I really do appreciate the support.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on January 03, 2013:

Hi dwachira,

This is an awesome hub and after reading it and looking at the great pictures of animals, I am determined to visit Nairobi and Kenya sometime in my life. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 18, 2012:

Hi Sunshine625,

Welcome to Nairobi, i bet snake park might be a bit discouraging but it is a nice place to see lovely creatures. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 17, 2012:

Thank you for the virtual tour of Nairobi! The ostrich ride looks fun. The snakes don't. Well done dwachira!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 04, 2012:

Hi shai77,

Agreed, it can turn out to be a dream vacation. Thanks for the visit and comment. I really appreciate the compliment.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 04, 2012:

Hi idigwebsites,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Am glad you enjoyed reading this one.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 03, 2012:

Hi Sherry,

You are welcome to Nairobi, Kenya. It is a nice place to visit and i can assure you it is worthy your plans. Thanks for the visit and comment, i really appreciate the support.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 03, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for visiting and commenting, i do appreciate the correction. I guess i have to get my facts correct. Springs National Park should be a unique one and probably quite popular with visitors of Arkansas. I will check the hub about it. Enjoy your day.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 03, 2012:

This hub is fantastic. I hope I get to see all the wonderful things someday. At least if I do I know where to go. Voted up and shared.

Chen on December 03, 2012:

That would be a dream vacation; so amazing. Your photos are awesome! This hub is not only informative, it is beautiful! Great job, VU & beautiful.

idigwebsites from United States on December 03, 2012:

It's always been a dream to see those wonderful animals before my very own eyes. It's interesting to discovering wildlife parks actually being located within a city! Voted up and interesting and awesome. :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2012:

What a fabulous hub about all the sites one can easily see in Nairobi, Kenya. That walk high above all of the wild animals in the national park would be quite an experience. Liked seeing all of the photos. I must correct you on one thing. You said that Nairobi National Park is the only national park within a city in the world. There is at least one other. Hot Springs National Park is located in the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is quite different from what most people think of national parks...but interesting. I have written a hub about it. All kinds of up votes and sharing this fabulous hub of yours.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 29, 2012:

Hi MomsTreasureChest,

You are welcome to Nairobi and i can assure you won't be disappointed. Thanks for the visit and comment.

MomsTreasureChest on November 29, 2012:

Great hub and terrific photos! It looks like a beautiful place to visit, thanks for all the wonderful information!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on October 19, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

Nairobi will not disappoint you and especially because it offers a wide variety of amazing animals to watch on safari. Being an animal lover you will like it. Thanks for the visit and comment. I do appreciate your support. Enjoy your day.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 19, 2012:

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Africa. Nairobi would be a wonderful place to go. I am a huge animal lover and have always wanted to visit or perhaps even live in Africa. If I ever make it there, this will definitely be a first stop. Voting this up, awesome and sharing!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 29, 2012:

Hi TToombs08,

I would like you to visit Nairobi and see it for yourself, you are very welcome here and obviously there are more places to visit. Thanks for stopping here and commenting. Enjoy your day.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 27, 2012:

Wow, dwachira! This is an even more fascinating and wonderful place than I ever imagined! I hope that I'm lucky enough to get to visit some day. Voted up and sharing.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 20, 2012:

Hi rajan,

Thanks for the visit here and support. You are very welcome to Nairobi, i would like you to visit these places.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 20, 2012:

Hi Kathleen,

Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. Am amazed that you had been here that early and obviously you came when Nairobi was less populated. Things and place to see have changed a lot so when you get time visit Kenya again. Enjoy your day.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on September 20, 2012:

Kenya was one of the most outstanding trips I've ever been on - but it was 20 years ago! Your pictures brought it all back. This trip will ruin zoos for you for the rest of your life! Thanks for the memories.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 20, 2012:

Hi Danson,

A very useful and impressively written hub with fabulous photos. You make me yearn to visit these places.

Bookmarking it, voting it up, useful and awesome. Also sharing it.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 19, 2012:

Hi CrisSp,

Am glad that you have enjoyed the virtual tour of Nairobi in this article. You are very welcome to Nairobi and i can assure you snakes will be taken care of. Thanks for the visit here and comment. I really do appreciate your support here, reading and sharing.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 18, 2012:

Absolutely inviting! I'd love to come see Nairobi and meet the beautiful people and those lovely creatures on the picture except for the snakes. I'm just not a big fan of anything that crawls--creepy. The baby elephants are so cute.

I can imagine lots of excitements out there. This is awesome. Thanks for the wonderful virtual walk of Nairobi.

I'd like to share this, so fellow hubbers could have a peep of fascinating Nairobi.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 18, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy, am not sure though about Rosaline but i will check that just now.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 18, 2012:

hi dwachira..wow thank you..i think Rosaline, one of the hubbers is from Nairobi kenya too.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 18, 2012:

Hi unknown spy,

You will be amazed with even more discoveries if you happen to visit, you are very welcome to Nairobi, Kenya. Thanks for the visit here and commenting.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 17, 2012:

Wow and Wow! that's the places I really wanted to visit in my life. Such a beauty! im always amazed by the beauty of the outside world.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 02, 2012:

Hello Lord De Cross, i tell you the first time i came face to face with these baby elephants i felt re-connected with animal instinct, i view animals with a lot of love, i think everyone should. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 02, 2012:

Amazing world! Your side of the world is what make us believe in a global comunnity. We are already doing it now. Love nature and those animals. Just getting the kick out of those baby elephants waiting for their 15 litros bottles..Hilarious! Thanks Dwachira!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 05, 2012:

@danielabram, Thanks for the visit and comment. I don't think there is anyone who has ever done a ride on a Giraffe, honestly am yet to see that.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 05, 2012:

@internpete, you are very welcome to Kenya. It is a wonderful place to see wild animals in their natural habitat and many more. Thanks for the visit and comment.

danielabram on August 05, 2012:

Question: can you ride a giraffe?

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on August 05, 2012:

Well, if I ever visit Kenya, I will have to stop and see some of these places! My sister actually just got back from a month in Uganda and Kenya and had a very fun time there. Love ll the pictures you included as well!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 03, 2012:

Hi Nell Rose, am glad you enjoyed reading this, you are very welcome to Nairobi, it is a wonderful place to see wild animals. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Nell Rose from England on August 03, 2012:

This was a great hub, loved it! I had seen the Elephant Orphanage on tv and wondered where it was! I loved that program, this was really interesting and such a beautiful place to visit, rated up! cheers nell

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 02, 2012:

Hi dinkan53, thanks for the visit and comment. Am glad you enjoyed reading.

dinkan53 from India on August 02, 2012:

Well written and enjoyed the photographs, such an amazing photos! Voted up and awesome.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 02, 2012:

@Mhatter99, Thanks for the visit and comment

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 02, 2012:

@teaches12345, thanks for the visit, David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage is a great place to visit and enjoy being with baby Elephants and Rhinos.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 02, 2012:

@josh3418, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. Nairobi has wonderful places to visit and am glad you enjoyed reading this.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 01, 2012:

Thank you for this picturesque tour

Dianna Mendez on August 01, 2012:

I would love to see the elephant orphanage. This is would be so touching for me to learn about and to experience. Great share on places to visit in Nairobi. Wouldn't have known this place to have such interesting venues if you had not posted this. Voted up.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 01, 2012:

dwachira,

Awesome tour! I enjoyed all the pictures and the venues! I think I would enjoy the crocodiles @Mamba Village! Have never seen a crocodile, and it would be so interesting! Thanks for being our tour guide dwachira!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

Thanks anusujith for the visit and comment.

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on August 01, 2012:

perfect pictures... That help you very much to demonstrate...

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on August 01, 2012:

perfect pictures... That help you very much to demonstrate...

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

@kashmir56, Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Nairobi and Kenya in general is a wonderful place to see both small and big creatures. Am glad you enjoyed reading.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

@ROBERTHEWETTSR, Hi, am glad to hear that you have been to Nairobi before and that you did enjoy your safari. Actually woodcarving center is another place to visit, probably i should expand this list to cover some more places. Thanks for the visit here and commenting. Enjoy your day.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

@tammyswallow, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are very welcome to Nairobi and i can assure you it will be a snake-free safari.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 01, 2012:

This is all great information for anyone looking to visit Nairobi, Kenya, loved all the very beautiful photos you used .

Well done and vote up and more !!!

Have a great week my friend !

rOBERT hEWETT SR. from Louisville, Kentucky on August 01, 2012:

Thanks for posting this very useful and entertaining Hub. I have been to Nairobi a few times back in the 1970s and visited the National Park . I loved all the animals, but found the Giraffe to be the most photogenic of all of them. To see a group of Giraffe running together in that easy rythmical lope is a sight to remember and capture in photos. Also saw a rare Ringtail monkey in another part of Kenya. Your HUb brought back pleasant memories. One place you might have mentioned is the woodcarving center where you can buy directly from the carver. I have a 15 pound elephant that I bought there after watching the carver finish it over a 4 day period. Robert

Tammy from North Carolina on August 01, 2012:

This is beautiful dwachira. I hope to go on a safari one day. Hopefully it would be a snake free adventure. Nairobi is gorgeous!

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

Thanks Samkoskei for the visit and comment. I hope you got my email. Good day.

Sammy Koskei from Nairobi on August 01, 2012:

It is a great Hub Wachira,it brings out how Kenya scenery is.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

Thanks Gamerelated for the visit and comment. Nairobi and Kenya as a country has wonderful places to visit. I hope you shall visit one day and i won't mind to show you around. Enjoy your day.

Gamerelated from California on August 01, 2012:

Your Hub has some beautiful pictures. Especially, the pictures of snakes. I bet Kenya is a beautiful place to see. I have never been close to that part of the world. I would love to go there one day. Nice Hub, keep up the good work.

Danson Wachira (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 01, 2012:

Thanks GoForTheJuggler for reading and commenting, am glad you enjoyed. Karibu (Welcome) to Nairobi, Kenya.

Joshua Patrick from Texas on August 01, 2012:

It's hard not to love all the amazing wildlife and beautiful country - lots of great info in here. Great hub, dwachira, voted up across and shared!

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