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20 Unmissable Attractions in Nairobi

Picture of Jean Wandimi
Updated: 6 June 2017
No trip to Kenya is complete without at least stopping in the nation’s capital and spending some time visiting some of Nairobi’s many attractions. From spending time with animals, learning more about Kenyan culture, tasting some local cuisine, and more, here are 20 of the unmissable stops located all throughout Nairobi.

Go to the Top of the KICC Helipad

The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) helipad is one of the best places to see the panoramic view of the city and its environs because it is the tallest building in Nairobi.

Kenyatta International Conference Center
Kenyatta International Conference Center | © Jorge Láscar/Flickr

Learn Kenyan History and Culture in Nairobi’s Museums

Nairobi has a story rich in history and culture. Visit the main museums in the city and learn a thing or two about traditions and history. Some of the museums include the Nairobi National Museum, the Nairobi Railways Museum Nairobi Gallery, and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Nairobi Museum © Meaduva / Flickr
the Nairobi National Museum | © Meaduva / Flickr

Try Delicious Food at Talisman Nairobi

The Talisman is a favorite for many people because of the restaurant’s super-tasty food, organic approach, and serene location. The menu contains Pan Asian and African cuisine that’s sure to excite the palate. A couple of the items to try are the sushi platter and pork belly.

Dinner at Talisman
Dinner at Talisman | © Visiting Kenya/Flickr

Discover the Culture of the Kenyan Tribes at Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya shows the villages of the many Kenyan tribes, and it is a place to learn about the culture of Kenya.

Bomas of Kenya © fetchstix / Flickr
Bomas of Kenya | © fetchstix / Flickr

Giraffe Manor and Giraffe Centre

Feed some giraffes in Giraffe Centre or get some giraffe kisses while having breakfast in Giraffe Manor.

Giraffe © Jake / Flickr
IMG_2904 | © Jake / Flickr

Visit Nairobi National Park

To see some animals against a backdrop of beautiful skyscrapers, go on the Nairobi Safari Walk or have a picnic in Nairobi’s National Park.

Nairobi National Park |© Ninara/ Flickr
Nairobi National Park | © Ninara/ Flickr

Zipline at The Forest

Tap into your innate sense of adventure and go running, hiking, zip lining, and paintballing at The Forest. Other activities include archery, tree planting, nature walks, and biking.

Zip, zip hooray
Zip, zip hooray | © Emily Leung/Flickr

Explore the Ngong Hills Wind Power Station

The hills are in the South West of Nairobi, and it is a great place to hike. Visit the famous Ngong Hills wind farm and soak in some views.

Ngong Hills
Ngong Hills, Nairobi, Kenya | © Ninara/ Flickr

Hike or Cycle at Karura Forest

Karura Forest is a great place to hike or cycle, and the trail leads to a forest, waterfall, and caves.

Karura |© Ninara/ Flickr
Nairobi, Kenya, Karura Forest | © Ninara/ Flickr

See the African Heritage House Exhibition

Alan Donovan designed the African Heritage House, and this exhibition has art, fabric, books, and jewellery that all tell the story of Africa.

African Heritage House – Nairobi
African Heritage House – Nairobi | © twistyfoldy.net/Flickr

Eat some Juicy nyama choma (roasted meat) at Olepolos

Drive from the city center to Olepolos Country Club in Kiserian, Nairobi. Their meat departs from the usual lineup with unexpected dishes including mutura (sausages) and chemsha (stewed meat).

Roasted Meat |© Tookapic / Pexels
Roasted Meat | © Tookapic / Pexels

Try some Ugali and Tilapia at Mama Oliech

Visit a local restaurant for some delicious food. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg had to try the fish—this restaurant in Kilimani serves tilapia and other local dishes such as ugali.

Ugali and cabbage
Ugali and cabbage | © Mark Skipper/Flickr

Taste Kenyan Highland Cheese at Brown’s Cheese

Visit Brown’s Cheese farm in Limuru’s tea country and see how natural cheeses are made. Tastings involve an assortment of homemade jams, bread, and chutneys—and full meals are also available for those wanting more.

Visit the One-of-a-Kind Kazuri Bead Factory

Kazuri Bead Factory in the Karen Blixen Estate started as a small workshop that made small beads. The beads are charming, unique, and reflect Kenya’s culture. Visitors can also learn more about the beads.

Kazuri Beads |© Class V/ Flickr
Beads at Kazuri | © Class V/ Flickr

Thrift shop at Nairobi Flea Markets

Shoppers will never run out of things to buy including bags, jeans, shoes, scarves, and dresses. Visit Nairobi’s flea markets and find something special. There are also flea markets that sell jewellery and décor items like the Maasai Market.

Shop Till You Drop in Nairobi Shopping Malls

There are many shopping malls in the city including the Galleria, Westgate Shopping Mall, Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Garden City Mall, Two Rivers Mall, and The Hub Karen among others.

Escalator in mall |© Pixabay/ Pexels
View of Escalator | © Pixabay/ Pexels

See Beautiful Ostriches at the Maasai Ostrich Resort

This resort was initially a ranch house offering spacious accommodation options, fully-furnished rooms, and great gardens. One of the main attractions, however, is the giant ostrich, a beautiful-flightless bird.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and adopt an elephant. Feed other orphaned elephants, and learn more about conservation.

See Amazing Glassware at Kitengela Glass Art

When visitors arrive at Kitengela, they will see sculptures and ornaments adorning the path that leads to the establishment. Also on view are different-mosaic paths and the artisans who make glass into art and décor. There are also some activities including horse riding, felting, swimming, and mosaic classes.

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Walk on the Scary Bridge of Rolf’s Place

Rolf’s Place is a cliff mansion in the southeast part of the Nairobi National Park. It is a great place that has a suspension bridge where those brave enough to cross can see Mount Kenya, Ngong Hills, and the Karen Area. The nearby restaurant also has good food.