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Why Visiting Nairobi Should Be Added to Your Bucket List

Picture of Jean Wandimi
Updated: 4 June 2017
Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, always has many unique and interesting places for people of all ages and tastes to visit whether they enjoy the outdoors, museums, shopping, or eating out. Those who have not had the chance to visit Nairobi are missing out, so here are some of the many reasons why you should add Nairobi to your itinerary.

Business and Investments Opportunities

Nairobi was named the most intelligent city in Africa by Intelligent Community Forum. It means that the vibrant city can make it in a “broader economy”. Many factors make Nairobi such a great place to do business to start a company. The internet usage is high, so those starting an online business can expect to have a lot of leads and interaction. The education system is also top-notch, so employers can get a skilled workforce for their companies. There are also many startups already thriving in Kenya. Tech and entrepreneurship hubs facilitate the startup culture and innovation. Investment opportunities in Nairobi are in the infrastructure, manufacturing, and communication sectors.

My little work station
My little work station | © gigijin/Flickr

Such a Stunning City

There are some beautiful places in the city to visit. Check out various locations to see the panoramic views of the city or visit the outdoors and take a drive to some scenic spots like parks.

Nairobi Boasts an Excellent Climate

Nairobi experiences very-favorable weather. The hot months are January and February while the cold months are in June and July. However, during the warm months offer ideal times to go swimming or enjoy the outdoors. The average temperature is 19.0 °C (around 66 °F), and the annual rainfall is approximately 869 mm (34 in). There is a no “best time to visit” because Kenya experiences fair weather year round.

You Will Have Fun and Adventure

There are so many activities visitors can do when in Nairobi including hiking and biking the different trails in Nairobi, attending local plays, or going to see a game. Look up local events and have some fun.

Pretty Trees at the UN
Pretty Trees at the UN | © Linh Do/Flickr

You Will Connect with Nature and See Beautiful Wildlife

Visit the Nairobi National Park and see some wildlife against the backdrop of the city. Tourists can also visit the Giraffe Centre or Giraffe Manor and feed some giraffes, and they can also visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see and feed some orphaned elephants.

Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park | © Ninara/ Flickr

You Will Get to Taste Good Food and Drinks

Teeming with restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops, visitors can choose from a wide range of cuisine including African, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, and seafood. With such a wide range of places to choose from, there are also many restaurant-review sites to help those who are hungry but indecisive.

Carnivore restaurant
Carnivore restaurant | © shankar s./Flickr

You Will Make Some New Friends

Nairobians are genial and welcoming, making visitors feel like they have known each other for years. Meet some locals and learn a thing or two.

You Will Delve Deep into History and Culture

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. Find out how famous streets got their names and how Kenya is a unique country made up of 42 tribes, each with a unique culture and tradition. Learn how everything works in synergy to tell and showcase the culture.

Nairobi National Museum
Nairobi National Museum | © Meaduva / Flickr