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11 Free and Cheap Date Ideas to Try in Nairobi

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Updated: 2 April 2018
Dating can be an expensive affair. Pretty soon it becomes a financial strain to entertain your love interest and you quickly run out of fresh ideas of what to do when together. Nairobi is full of free and cheap places where your love can blossom without leaving you broke. Read on to see how and where love is brewed in the city under the sun.

Picnic at the arboretum, Nairobi

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You have nature at your beck and call at the arboretum, with its lush greenery and meandering trails that allow you to take long romantic walks. It is a spot created with lovebirds in mind and even when groups are around, it never appears crowded. A great place for reflective conversation!
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Sun - Sat:
6:00 am - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee, No Smoking, Picnic Tables

Atmosphere:

Peaceful, Instagrammable, Quiet

Explore Karura Forest

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This is another scenic picnic spot and what the arboretum lacks in a water body, the Karura forest has in plenty. Walk along the numerous trails and end up by the waterfall listening to bird calls and the sound of rushing water. Just pack your walking shoes, buy snacks and a beverage, and carry kshs 100 ($1) for your entrance fee.
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Sun - Sat:
6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Rentals, No Smoking, Entrance Fee

Visit scary animal parks

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The Safari Walk, animal orphanage, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife sanctuaries are all superb places to visit. Don’t worry, the animals are secure in their enclosures. Consider visiting the crocodiles at the Nairobi Mamba Village during feeding time or the snake park for slithering chills for less than $5. These reptiles will provide you with a perfect excuse to hold on to each other. You can even hold a crocodile egg, a baby crocodile, or eat crocodile.
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Sun - Sat:
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Independent

Stay in and cook

Greengrocer, African, American, $$$
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