Nairobi

With a thriving cultural scene, world-class watering holes and wild Africa on its doorstep, Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital has plenty to keep visitors busy.

Nairobi National Park
With the city’s skyscrapers as a backdrop, Nairobi National Park is a bizarre ‘safari’ experience, but the animals wander freely around the open plains. There are no elephants, but there are many other species that will tick the boxes.

Nairobi National Museum
For a culture fix, Nairobi National Museum is a great place to learn about Kenya’s rich history, from pre-colonial times to the melting pot of cultures that is modern-day Kenya. There are some great geological and natural history exhibits and a contemporary East African art gallery.

Langata Giraffe Centre
The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s centre works to protect Rothschild giraffe, and at their centre the giraffes can be fed from atop a platform. Spend a night next door at Giraffe Manor.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This elephant orphanage on the edge of Nairobi National Park works to rehabilitate young elephants and rhinos. It is open to visitors for one hour each morning, but for a more intimate experience, sponsor an elephant on the trust’s website before arriving. As well as helping conserve an endangered species, you can take part in the evening feed. 

Kitengela Glass Shop
There are several tourist markets in Nairobi for grabbing last-minute souvenirs, but for something more special, Kitengela Glass Shop has some wonderfully unique designs that are handmade using recycled glass. 

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