101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya

 

Things to do in Nairobi are organized into these main categories:

  • Animal Attractions in Nairobi
  • Eating in Nairobi
  • Shopping in Nairobi
  • Entertainment
  • Places to Visit
  • Parks and Green Space


Animal Attractions in Nairobi

nairobi national park 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya1. Nairobi National Park

The city of Nairobi boasts it’s very own national game park where lions and buffalo’s roam free! It is located just moments away from the city center and is one of the best Nairobi attractions. Don’t miss a safari at Nairobi National Park!


2. Nairobi Safari Walk

Nairobi Safari Walk, funded by the Kenya Wildlife Service is a great way to learn about the animals of Kenya and to view the various natural environments Kenya has to offer. It is located at the headquarters of Nairobi National Park.

nairobi safari walk 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya3. Nairobi Animal Orphanage

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is a shelter of abandoned or injured wild animals. The Nairobi animal orphanage offers visitor a chance to see wildlife up close and personal and even pet a cheetah!

photo credit Craft*ology


sheldrick elephant nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya4. Visit an Elephant at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Orphaned baby elephants and rhinos are cared for and offered a chance to survive at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The roly polly baby elephants are fed with monster baby bottles and run around the compound gingerly.

Open: 11am-12pm daily, 500 KES donation or more


5. Stand as Tall as a Giraffe at Nairobi Giraffe Centre

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, you can see these magically cumbersome animals up close and personal. Feed lanky giraffes from a platform and even touch a giraffe tongue! A popular activity in Nairobi, Kenya!

Langata Rd Nairobi 00509, Kenya, Tel: +254 20 891658

6. Nairobi Butterfly Centre

The Nairobi Butterfly Centre is a sanctuary for beautiful butterflies from around Africa. Seeing thousands of butterflies is a great Nairobi attraction!

Note: At the time of writing this, the butterfly centre is closed for renovation, check to see if it is open!

nairobi snake park 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya7. Nairobi Snake Park

Not only can you see black mambas and puff adders at Nairobi Snake Park, there are also lizards, birds, crocodiles, turtles and fish! The Nairobi snake park was recently renovated and if you enjoy snakes or reptiles, this Nairobi attraction can’t be missed!

Located at the Nairobi National Museum compound, Museum Hill, Nairobi, Kenya


8. Nairobi Mamba Village

Nairobi Mamba Village is a giant resort park, including activities, a hotel, restaurants, opportunities for relaxing in gardens and a crocodile farm! It’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy Nairobi’s beautiful green scenery and fresh air!

The Nairobi Mamba Village

Lang’ata North Road

P.O Box 74760, Nairobi, Kenya

ostrich farm nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya9. Ride an Ostrich and Eat It at the Maasai Ostich Farm!

Maasai Ostrich Resort is located on the outskirts of Nairobi in a town called Kitengela. For 200 KSH, adults can ride around on an awkward ostrich with spotters.

Afterwards, don’t forget to indulge in a plate of excellent grilled ostrich or a juicy ostrich burger!


Eating in Nairobi


nyama choma nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya10. Eat Kenyan Nyama Choma

Feasting on nyama choma, grilled meat, is the pride and joy and easily one of the best things to do in Nairobi. Chunks of roasted goat sliced on a cutting board before you and accompanied by a pile of salt, some pili pili (chili) and kachumbari (tomatoes and onions) is simply phenomenal!

Eating Kenyan style nyama choma should make the top things to do in Nairobi on anyone’s list!


smart village ethiopian food 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya11. Nairobi Ethiopian Food

Outside of Ethiopia, Nairobi boasts some of the best Ethiopian cuisine in the world. Most Ethiopian restaurants in Nairobi are concentrated around the Yaya Center area.

I would recommend the famous Habesha Restaurant or the heavenly Smart Village restaurant Nairobi.


slush bajias nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya12. Snack on Bajias

Originally bajias are an Indian snack, but they have evolved by African flavored influences to create a sensational treat in Nairobi.

Try the best bajias at either Diamond Plaza or Slush Bajias located at Village Market.


burger hut nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya13. Burger Hut Nairobi

Claimed to be the best burger in East Africa and living up to all expectations, the greasy Double Hut burger from Burger Hut Nairobi in Westlands is pure pleasure!


nairobi carnivore 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya14. Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi

It’s unfortunate that the famous Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi doesn’t serve game meat anymore, however, it still serves a bountiful array of delicious tender roasted meats.

The meats are grilled over coals on a sword and carved directly onto your plate. Eating at the Carnivore has long been one of the most popular things to do in Nairobi.  The next door Simba Saloon Restaurant is also a great!

Photo credit nickfarnhill


15. Kenchic Inn Nairobi

Nairobi’s finest fast food chain is known as Kenchic Inn. They serve some fantastic fried chicken and great chips (French fries) to go with it! There are locations scattered over Nairobi city.

nairobi indian food 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya16. Eat Indian Food

Indians have blended into Nairobi for centuries bringing with them their culinary masterpieces. Along with Kenyan food and Ethiopian food, Nairobi has a wide selection of excellent Indian restaurants. Parklands and Diamond Plaza are fantastic areas to eat Indian at.

For higher end Indian restaurants consider:


nairobi food 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya17. Kenyan Street Food

Local Kenyan food is normally quite starch oriented and filling. Try the local ugali, githeri, sukuma wiki, cabbage, irio, beans, and African chapatis.


18. Grilled Maize

Mature field corn grilled over coals on makeshift grills and then rubbed with chili salt and lime is a filling and appealing Nairobi snack! As far as Nairobi attractions go, eating grilled maize is high up there!

19. Smokey Cart

Cooked by the sun in a farmers choice push carts, and swimming in their own greases, Smokey’s (similar to Nyama Bites) are some of Nairobi’s unhealthiest treats!

tusker beer kenya 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya20. Have a Tusker

One of the more popular things to do in Nairobi is sit down at a bar and enjoy a famous Tusker Kenyan beer!


21. Micro Brewery at Brew Bistro Nairobi

Brew Bistro Nairobi is a recently opened micro brewery located near Nakumatt Junction. It serves a variety of micro brewed ales, stout beers and optional food.

stoney tangawizi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya22. Stoney Tangawizi Soda

If you like spicy and burning (I do), drink a Stoney. Stoney tangawizi is the absolute strongest ginger soda I’ve had anywhere in the world, it sometimes gives the wasabi effect on the nose. I highly believe that Stoney is the most superior soda in the world, making it in the top things to do in Nairobi!


23. Drink Kenyan Coffee

Kenya is famous for coffee, though most of the good stuff is immediately exported. For quality Kenyan coffee, head to the Nairobi Java House chain, with locations all over the city.

24. Drink Kenyan Chai

Kenya is not only famous for coffee, but tea as well. Kenyans like to drink there tea with lots of sugar and lot of milk, calling it chai.

25. Eat a Samosa

There’s no better snack than a Nairobi style samosa. Samosas are meat or vegetable triangles, lightly spiced, placed in a pastry wrapper and deep fried. Find samosas all over Nairobi!

Shopping in Nairobi


26. Utamaduni Arts and Crafts Center Nairobi

Utamaduni Craft Center is “the one stop African market,” selling a vast array of trinkets, souvenirs and tourist items. The prices are fixed, making the shopping less of a hassle but usually a bit more expensive.

27. Art Gallery Watatu

Gallery Watatu is one of the best art galleries in Nairobi showcasing modern African creative artists like George Lilanga and ES Tingatinga.
Location: 1st Floor, Lonrho House
Kaunda Street
P. O. Box 41855
Nairobi, Kenya

28. Kenyatta Market

Filled with an assortment of hair salons and market stalls, Kenyatta Market is a great place to do a little people watching and shopping in Nairobi. There is also a row of some of Nairobi’s best nyama choma grilled meat!

city market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya29. City Market

City Market in downtown Nairobi is mostly filled with African souvenirs, but also includes a local meat and fish market and a flower market.


30. Kazuri Bead Factory

The Nairobi Kazuri Bead factory is home to Kenyan hand made ceramic beads as well as pottery and fine leather bags. It is a great place to look around or purchase a few very high quality authentic Kenyan gifts.

kitengela glass kenya 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya31. Kitengela Glass

Kitengela Glass is located on the outskirts of Nairobi on the edge of Nairobi National Park. It is home to a creative mixture artists who create intricate glass sculptures and abstract glass creations.

Photo credit rachelhamada


32. Banana Hill Artists

Banana Hill is a local Kenyan village located just outside of Nairobi. The small town has a few art galleries and is also a great place to get a better feel for local Kenyan life. Check out the Banana Hill Artists for more information.

city park hawkers nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya33. City Park Hawkers

City Park Hawkers is a huge fresh fruit and vegetable market in the Parklands area of Nairobi. In the back of the market, there are a number of others businesses and a few smoking nyama choma joints that get packed at lunch time hours.

A visit to City Park Hawkers market is one of the greatest things to do in Nairobi!


masaai market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya34. Maasai Market

The epitome of Kenyan curio and souvenir shopping all comes down to Maasai Market. The market is located at different shopping centers around Nairobi on different days of the week. Purchase anything from wood carvings to antiques to pieces of cloth.

For more information of where the Maasai Market is located on different days, take a look at this forum.

Nairobi Maasai Market is so famous that it is definitely included in Nairobi guides as a shopping attraction.


35. Spinner’s Web

The Spinner’s Web showroom in Nairobi is another place to get high quality Kenyan handicrafts and souvenirs. Purchase great home decor and useful pottery at Spinner’s Web.

gikomba market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya36. Gikomba Market

Gikomba Market is one of Nairobi’s largest local style markets where shoppers rummage through bundles of clothing in a chaotic mess that bursts with surging energy. There are extreme deals and great things waiting to be found! If you are searching for clothes or an off the beat Nairobi attractions, Gikomba is one of the most energetic things to do in Nairobi!

Note: Due to it’s crowds and action, it’s best to go with a a few Kenyan friends.

Photo credit man pix

toi market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya37. Toi Market

Toi Market is Nairobi’s largest second hand markets, offering great clothes, music, dvds, salons, and a selection of fresh produce!

Toi Market is located just off Ngong road, not far from Kibera slum.


triangle market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya38. Triangle Market (Blue Dukas)

Triangle market is located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, opposite the roundabout from Sarit Center. The market is stocked full of Kenyan handicrafts and souvenirs with some great bargaining deals!


39. Sarit Center

Sarit Center, known as the “city within a city,” is located in the Westlands area. With tons of stores, a theater, food court, and a huge supermarket, Sarit Center is one of East Africa’s largest shopping malls.

village market nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya40. Village Market

The Village Market is a sprawling shopping center and recreational complex that boasts over 150 stores, a glorious food court, Friday Maasai Market, a bowling alley and a theater.

If you are in the mood for a little Westernized entertainment and setting, visit Nairobi’s Village Market. There are all kinds of things to do and see at Village Market!


41. Yaya Center

Yaya Center is yet another shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that consist’s of over 100 stores and offices. The trendy shopping center has a vast array of stores to suit all your needs.

daimond plaza nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya42. Diamond Plaza

Diamond Plaza is Nairobi’s Indian shopping plaza. Looking for Indian clothes, perfumes, Bollywood films, or some of Nairobi’s cheapest yummy Indian food? Diamond Plaza, known as DP, has you covered!


43. Shop at a Duka

Duka’s are the tiny convenient stores located and each and every corner of Nairobi. Buy something of just have a coke at one of the many dukas littering Nairobi.

44. Biashara Street

Biashara Street, which means business in Kiswahili, is located in downtown Nairobi. The street is lined with fabric stores, making it the best place to shop for cloth in Nairobi.

45. Panari Sky Center

Located out on Mombasa Road, the Panari Sky Center is a sleek modern shopping center and hotel in Nairobi. It houses a number of boutiques, banks, and an entertainment center that includes East Africa’s first ice skating rink!

46. Nakumatt

The Nakumatt chain of mega stores located throughout Nairobi is a grocery and everything else combined super store. From groceries to household item, Nakumatt will have you covered!

47. Uchumi

Uchumi Supermarkets are the only competition for Nakumatt, and they don’t seem to be doing nearly as well. That being said, Uchumi is also a great grocery super center store with locations around Nairobi.

nairobi antiques 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya48. Search for Antiques

As a trading and international hub, Nairobi has it’s share of authentic African antiques coming from all over East and Central Africa. Searching for authentic antiques can be a challenge, but an entertaining and adventurous challenge! For more information on authentic African antiques contact Jones and Key.


bata safari boots 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya49. Bata Safari Boots

Pick up a fresh pair of authentic East African Safari boots at Bata. “Hair on,” is the most recent edition to these timeless classics!


Entertainment in Nairobi


matatu nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya50. Ride a Matatu

Matatu public minibuses in Nairobi are notorious for their hazardous driving skills and their lack of consideration for other motorists. Bass thumping music, tv screens and shouting touts adds to the thrilling matatu culture in Nairobi.

Here is and awesome matatu guide to help you ride a matatu wherever you need to go on your route of things to do in Nairobi!


51. Ice Skating

Believe it or not, Nairobi has it’s very own ice skating rink. The ice rink, located at the Panari Sky Center was built as a Nairobi attractions draw for people from all over East Africa. Don’t worry if you are not too confident of a skater, there are plenty of first timers!

52. Nairobi Nightlife

The nightlife in Nairobi is complex and always changing. Hotspots transfer from place to place depending on the crowd and the scene tends to change rapidly. That being said, there are plenty of places for a night out in Nairobi. Here are some suggestions:

Do some more research on the latest Nairobi night scene to find out where to go.

53. Safari Cat’s Dancers and Acrobats

The Safari Cat’s and Acrobats put on one of the most magnificent shows Nairobi has to offer. The performance is held at the Safari Park Hotel on the outskirts of Nairobi. Check out their website for more information and reservations.

54. Learn to Speak Sheng

Sheng is Nairobi’s very own form of street slang, combining mostly the hippest lingo from Swahili and English. Get ready to start saying things like “sema you guy,” and “is how?” Ati (sheng expression…you’ll soon figure it out).

Check out the very cool sheng dictionary.

kenyatta center nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya55. Top of Kenyatta Conference Center

For a thrilling view of Nairobi’s skyline go to Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). For 400 KSH the guard will lead you to the top of Nairobi’s tallest building for an incredible view!

photo credit olelepish

kenyan football match 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya56. Watch a Football Match

Kenyans are passionate about football, local clubs and the Kenya National team. Try to attend a local football match at a stadium, but if not,  a show down between Manchester United and Arsenal on TV somewhere in Nairobi is always a good time!

photo credit tylerprieb


57. Latest Kenyan Music Scene

Many Africans seem to be born with natural skills in music and rhythm. There are quite a few musical artists from around Nairobi and East Africa that produce their latest tracks of hip hop and reggae in Nairobi. Some accommodate to the bling bling lifestyle and others poetically talk about the realities and hardships of living in Nairobi. Check out Ken Tunes.

nairobi swimming 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya58. Swim in a Muddy Ravine

Nairobi has quite a few muddy ravines where boys strip down naked and skinny dip! One of the more daring things to do in Nairobi!

Note: Not recommended


ngong race course 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya59. Ngong Racecourse

Ngong Racecourse is home to Nairobi’s only horse races and jockey club. The racecourse is operated by the Kenya Jockey Club and is located adjacent to the Ngong Forest near Karen, Nairobi.

photo credit kenyaairways


60. Play a Round of Golf

There are many green golf courses located throughout Nairobi. Shoot a round of golf and escape the clogged traffic streets of Nairobi! For more information on the many golf courses in Kenya see golf today.

61. Go to a Nairobi Style Bash

A Nairobi bash is usually some form of night party with a great atmosphere. Often a big sponsor will put together a bash celebration that features a number of local musical artists and a flow of beverages. When in Nairobi, keep an eye out for a Nairobi bash!

62. Aga Khan Sports and Food

The Aga Khan sport club and facility in Nairobi offers a top quality cricket ground, a sports facility and a great Indian restaurant to wrap it up!

safari sevens kenya 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya63. Nairobi Safari Sevens

The Kenya Safari Sevens is a fast paced rugby tournament that is held in Nairobi annually. The atmosphere buzzes with excitement as fans crowd the bleachers with Tusker to watch Kenya battle against some of the toughest teams in the world. The Safari Sevens is among the most entertaining things to do in Nairobi!

photo credit whiteafrican


nairobi marathon 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya64. Run the Nairobi Marathon

Kenyan’s are famous for their long distance running ability. The annual Nairobi Marathon is a great activity to maximize your exercise and run along side some of the best runners in the world.

photos credit mechathomas


65. Nairobi Casinos

If you are feeling lucky, there are quite a few casions in Nairobi to choose from. Take a look at the list of Nairobi casinos here.

hair cut nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya66. Get a Hair Cut

Sanitary conditions are up for consideration, but Nairobi street side barbers can give you a shave and cut to suit whatever style you can point out in a magazine!


67. Treatment at Spa Cleopatra or Chen-Ally Spa

If pampering is your cup of tea, try Spa Cleopatra. They offer a variety of treatments including massages, skin care treatments and health and beauty treatments. More information about chenAlly Spa.

68. Get Your Shoes Shined

Nairobi’s red dirt and mud comes with nightmares for anyone wearing shoes. Luckily there are scores of shoe shiners throughout Nairobi, ready at a moments notice to get your shoes looking fresh again!

69. Gym / Sauna

As Nairobi becomes more developed and more modern, more and more facilites arise and are offered. Completely nonexistent a few years ago, there are now quite a few options for fitness gyms and heath clubs in Nairobi.

70. Water Park Splash

Splash is Nairobi’s largest water theme park, full of entertaining water slides and shallow pools. On those hot days in Nairobi, Splash is a great place to cool off for the entire family! It is located out by the Carnivore restaurant.

downtown nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya71. Walk Around Downtown Nairobi

These days Nairobi is becoming safer as a walking destination during the daytime hours.

Start at the Hilton Nairobi and stroll around downtown Nairobi, visiting all the interesting sites along the way. If you prefer walking around in a group tour take a look at Nairobi urban tours.


72. Nairobi Mountain Biking

You can either rent a bike of go on a specific Nairobi bike tour, but either way, Nairobi has great weather for outdoor activities!

Places to Visit in Nairobi


73. Nairobi Jamia Mosque

The Jamia Mosque is the largest Islamic Mosque in Nairobi, built under Arab influence with 3 domes and 2 minarets.

Banda Street (Next to McMillan Library)

Website: http://www.islamkenya.com/

74. All Saints Cathedral

Not far from Uhuru Park close to downtown Nairobi, All Saints Cathedral is one of Nairobi’s original Anglican churches. Services are still held on Sundays. Located on Kenyatta Avenue

75. Nairobi Chapel Church

Nairobi Chapel is a huge and lively Christian church in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sunday Services: 10.30 – 12.15 noon, Jamhuri Road, near Nairobi Showground, off Ngong’ Road

hindu temple nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya76. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

Constructed of traditional supplies and carvings shipped from India, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple in Nairobi, is a stunning sight!

Located in Parklands area of Nairobi of Forest Road.


mcmillan library nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya77. McMillan Memorial Library

Built in 1931, McMillan Memorial Library is the oldest library in Nairobi and houses a great selection of books and classic literature.

Banda Street (Next to Jamia Mosque)


railway museum nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya78. Railway Museum – Home of the Lunatic Express

At Nairobi’s railway museum, learn about the history of the East African Railways.

Located next to the Nairobi Railway Station in downtown Nairobi.


79. Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is a great museum exhibiting displays from tribal Kenya, early human findings, and the flora and fauna from all over Kenya.

Located at Museum Hill, P.O. BOX 40658 Nairobi Kenya 00100
Open: 9:30am am to 6:00 pm, Monday – Sunday (including Public Holidays), Adults- 800/-, Below 16 years- 400/

national archives kenya 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya80. Kenya National Archives

The Kenya National Archives is a museum in downtown Nairobi displaying traditional culture, antique artifacts, and Kenyan historical information. Within the museum is the former throne of Jomo Kenyatta and an interesting collection of African weapons.

Located on Moi Ave. in downtown Nairobi, close to Ambassadeur Hotel


karen blixen museum 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya81. Karen Blixen Museum

Located on the outskirts of Nairobi in an area known as Karen, the Karen Blixen house became famous from the movie “Out of Africa.” Now it is open as a Kenya National Museum site.

photo credit maggs12


kenya parliament 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya82. Kenya Parliament

The original Kenya parliament building is characterized by it’s clock steeple in downtown Nairobi. An interesting attraction to visit in Nairobi.

Located in the City Centre of Nairobi on Parliament Rd

photo credit CokeeOrg


83. Kenyatta Mausoleum

The mausoleum of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president is adjacent to the Kenya Parliament building.

nairobi bomb memorial 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya84. August Memorial Park

In remembrance of the US Embassy bombing that took place on the 7th of August, 1998, the August Memorial Park in downtown Nairobi was built. It is a small, quiet park in the midst of the downtown Nairobi hustle and bustle. Look at a map here.

Located at the corner of Moi Ave. and Haile Selassie Ave.


85. Bomas of Kenya

The Bomas of Kenya is village exhibition showing cultures and traditional tribal practices of the tribes that make up Kenya. The aim of the center is to preserve, maintain, and educate people about Kenya’s diverse range of tribes.

Located in Langata area of Nairobi, check the latest rates on their website or give them a call Tel: 891391, 891801/2, 890793/5/8

86. Riuki Cultural Center

The Riuki Culture Center offers an opportunity to learn more about Kenya’s largest Kikuyu tribe through the demonstration of traditions, customs and a homestead. The Riuki Cultural Center is a great place to learn more about the people of Kenya.

kiambethu tea farm 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya87. Kiambethu Tea Farm

Kiambethu Tea Farm is located just outside of Nairobi in the town of Limuru, Kenya. A tour of the Kiambethu Tea Farm provides an opportunity to see the process of growing tea as well as a delicious meal in the tea garden!

photo credit skateyb


88. Windsor Golf and Country Club

Even if you aren’t in to playing golf, the British prestigious Windsor Golf and Country club offers beautiful views of lush lawns and a wonderful place to relax and drink afternoon tea!

kiber slum nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya89. Kibera Slum

Kibera is Nairobi’s biggest and one of the world’s largest slum villages. It is an entire city made from mud and tin. Visiting Kibera and observing life there, is a sober reminder to be thankful for what we have. It is possible to organize safe tours to Kibera and also get involved with volunteer opportunities.

For volunteering, here are a few sources, but I would highly advise you to do more research and ask around once in Nairobi


90. Mathare Slum

Over 500,000 people are crammed into the Mathare Valley of Nairobi, in an extremely poor slum area. There are places for you to visit and opportunities to volunteer with groups. I would advise you to do some research and make some connections once you arrive in Nairobi.

91. Volunteer with Orphaned Children

New Life Home is an orphanage home for kids who have been abandoned or have no where to go. It is an encouraging place to be yourself, hang out with kids who are in need, and offer a little love to the kids.

92. Hilton Hotel Nairobi

The Nairobi Hilton Hotel is a giant complex in central downtown Nairobi, Kenya. The hotel itself offers sort of a central meeting grounds and a great place to start walking around downtown Nairobi.

dedan kimathi monument 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya93. Kimathi Statue

Dedan Kimathi was a Mau Mau Kenyan leader who fought against the rule of the colonial power of Britain. A statue in remembrance of Kimathi stands in Nairobi, Kenya, adjacent to the Nairobi Hilton hotel.


stanley hotel nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya94. Stanley Hotel Nairobi

The Stanley Hotel Nairobi is a 5 star hotel with a lot of history in downtown Nairobi. Built in 1902, the Stanley has hosted Ewart Grogan, Ernest Hemingway and Edward Prince of Wales.

Photo credit monbulktravel


dandora nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya95. Dandora Football Club

In one of poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Nairobi, youth find hope through the sport of football. Dandora Youth Football Club offers a soccer academy and a safe and healthy environment.

Dandora is dangerous, but improvements are being made.


Parks and Green Space


uhuru park nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya96. Uhuru Park

Uhuru Park on the edge of downtown Nairobi is a huge green area where political rallies and other huge public events are held.


97. Uhuru Gardens

Uhuru Gardens is Kenya’s largest memorial park, located in the quiet suburbs of Nairobi. The beautiful lush grounds are an excellent place to spend a day relaxing and having a picnic. For more information visit the Kenya National Museums website.

nairobi arboreteum 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya98. Nairobi Arboretum

Nairobi Arboretum is an area of Nairobi set aside as a forest reserve, displaying the beautiful plant life and scenery of plant life in Kenya. There have been a few recent security concerns, so use your own discretion before going there. The best way to visit is with a local tree walk tour. For more information click here.


99. Paradise Lost Park

Paradise Lost is a private nature reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi and is one of the most popular picnic and leisure areas Nairobi has to offer.  Caves, ancient trees, boating on a late, a waterfall and bird watching are a few of the available activities and Paradise Lost. On the weekends, picnicking at Paradise Lost is one of the more popular attractions in Nairobi! More information available here and here.

ngong hills nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya100. Ngong Hills

The Ngong Hills is a forest reserve or rolling hills located just outside the city center of Nairobi. The forest sanctuary is a great place for outdoor activities like nature hiking, biking and hose riding. For more information of how to get to Ngong Hills check this site out or there are various tour agencies that offer group tours.

Photo credit flowerbeetle


garden nairobi 101 Things To Do in Nairobi, Kenya101. Relax in a Garden

In the suburbs of Nairobi, the yards and landscapes are simply beautiful. An afternoon tea in a lush lawn shaded by a blooming Jacaranda tree is a highlight in Nairobi.


If you made it to the end of this massive list of 101 things to do in Nairobi, Congratulations! Hope this guide gives you a few ideas of what to do in the incredible city of Nairobi, Kenya!

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow, what a very comprehensive post. I never had the idea that Nairobi is one of those big cities that are worth a long stay and a dedicated city guidebook (like Lonely Planet’s City Guides series), but the tons of things to do that you listed here sure makes it like a city worth spending a little bit of time in!

    • zangi says

      when will you be coming to kenya…i come from the slum of mathare,i run a very strong group of youth who try to bring revolution to the slum and Nairobi at large

      thank you

  2. says

    Mark,
    great, detailed post! So many people arrive in Nairobi and immediately take off, glad you share the reasons they should stick around.

    B well, Phil

  3. says

    @Linguist-In-Waiting: Thanks, yes, there are an array of adventurous and fun things to do in Nairobi if you look in the right places. There are all kinds of attractions catering to tourists as well as local activities.

    @Rease: Great! Hope you make it to Nairobi sometimes. Thanks for the comment.

    @Phil: Yup, you are right, yet there is so much to do in Nairobi is you look in the right places. Thanks for the comment.

    @Christy: Cool, hope this can help when you visit Nairobi!

    @Cathy: Thanks a lot Cathy. I think Nairobi is one of the most amazing cities to visit!

    @Jamie: Thanks! Whenever you get there, I hope this list will help you find some things to do and eat!

    @Tran: Yes, a lot of Indian influence in Nairobi, makes it a great mix! Thanks for checking this out!

  4. Andrea says

    Goodness! Have you done all these things? I was just talking to my husband about Kenya the other day and he asked what we could see there. I should show him this list!

  5. says

    A lot of effort has gone into this list. How long did it take you to compile it? What I wouldn’t want to miss is the oystrich ride. That must really be something. BTW: do they bite?

    • Ian Mutwiri says

      Hi Leslie,

      Am a Kenyan living and working in Nairobi – Kenya. Nairobi is a fantastic place to visit. Am a local and would be happy to show you around when you do come.
      Please feel free to ask me anything you need to know about Kenya and even Tanzania. Am an ardent local tourist and have visited nearly every attraction in this country.
      Looking forward to forge a travel friendship with you.

      kind regards,
      Ian Mutwiri.

  6. says

    @Randy: Great, thanks for taking a look at it!

    @Andrea: Yes, within my 8 years of living in Nairobi, I have been able to accomplish this entire list!

    @Inka: It took me a while to compile this list, but I did it very slowly piece by piece for month, from various notes. Yes, ostrich riding is pretty fun, though they don’t let you ride it alone (need to have spotters). The ostrich I rode didn’t bite…but the entire time it looked like it wanted to peck me!

    @Christopher: Thanks Christopher!

    @Leslie: Yes for sure, I think you can sponsor an elephant (somehow) and sort of take care of it, like a real baby!

    @Ben: Cool, I’ll be waiting to check out your monster list!

    @John: Indeed! Thanks for checking it out!

  7. kristin Kay! says

    Brilliant work! Am a proud kenyan…but uve made me more proud! Thanx for taking time to compile all these info! very useful and keep it up. Hoping that you are having an awesome time there!

  8. says

    @Rebecca: Great, you will have a lot of fun!

    @Corrine: Yes, all kinds of things to do in Nairobi…Ethiopian food is one of my favorite pastimes!

    @Kristin: Thanks so much for checking it out and for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the list!

    @Zablon: Hiya, you are correct, sawa I should have definitely included Pilsner!

  9. says

    Question man.. Africa is obviously dangerous. but how dangerous is it to go out and do things on your own? I’ve heard you need to be really careful renting a car and going out on your own, etc

  10. joram says

    markus… i swear this is like the most detailed description i have ever seen. u jamaa i had eve forgotten about Toi market..! good job u guy..!

  11. says

    @WanderingTrader: If you can go / do things with a group or a friend, it’s usually better, but if you are solo, I would still do things on my own. As for renting a car or driving, it’s fine to do – just really research the culture of driving beforehand. There are a lot of variables on streets – things that are different from other places. Things like if you hit a goat – you should probably keep on driving. Overall, depending on what exactly you want to do, renting a vehicle should be fine.

  12. says

    @Joram: Ati jamaa, thanks boss! Ati that Toi Market, u guy, u can buy the proper Nairobi style vibes there!

    @Joshywashington: Oh man, thanks so much for the comment! Let me know when you are coming through!

  13. says

    Wow, what a list. It will take a while before you have really seen all the interesting sides of Nairobi. That Burger hut burger does looks awesome!

  14. says

    Nairobi, Kenya is certainly a great place loaded with unlimited activities. May i suggest another activity just across the border to the west in Uganda. That is the mountain gorillas of Bwindi. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer.

  15. says

    The Nairobi National Park is an exceptional preserved region of savannah stretching by the side of the metropolitan capital Nairobi. Renowned for being the solitary reserve all across the world that borders a capital city, this park is regarded as one of the main attractions in Kenya designed for the tourists as well as the locals.

  16. says

    Wow, lots of things I would have missed if I ever attempted to do such a list like the Banana Hill Artists. I guess I didn’t see enough of Nairobi. I am inspired to make a list of 25 or so things to do at Diani. Goodwork!

  17. says

    Have you tried Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant? For those who don’t live so close to hurlingham, come to westlands. Located behind Safaricom House, along Muguga Green Rd.
    Great Food, Great Ambiance, Great Service.

  18. sammy mobile says

    This is quite comprehensive. I have lived in Nairobi for the last 32 years, but never thought one would have so much to do and see here.Great job. Poa kabisa.

  19. Yi-Ling says

    I’ve just lost my passport in Nairobi and while I’m waiting for it to arrive, I’m gonna take a crack of fulfilling every thing on this list of yours! Do you happen to know how I can replicate that amazing first Ethiopian meal you had, and other ideas for Ethiopian in Nairobi? I’ve already been to Habesha and while it’s good, the injera isn’t quite the same as the ones I had in Addis! (I’m a fellow Ethiopian food addict too!)

    Also, any plans for a list of 101 things to do in Lamu and Mombasa?

    Keep up the great work!

    • says

      Thanks so much for taking a look Richard! I just know so many people who told me there’s not that much to do in Nairobi, so I just wanted to help with some suggestions!

  20. PREXEDES GOMES says

    I HAVE LIVED IN KENYA FOR 20 YEARS AND NOW THAT I AM IN THE MIDDLE EAST I STILL MISS KENYA THE PEOPLE AND THE WILD LIFE AND THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE
    I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VISIT KENYA SINCE I AM WORKING FOR KUWAIT AIRWAYS AND I TELL THE PEOPLE THAT I MEET OF ALL THE EXPERANCES I HAD SINCE I WAS BORN IN KENYA AND HOW THE PEOPLE ARE AND THAT MAKES ME PROUD TO ENCOURAGE VISITORS TO KENYA

  21. Samson says

    This again Mark is wonderful. 101 Things To Do In Nairobi. I live in Kenya but i have visited quite few places from your list. I will make sure that i have visited the others with time. I will try to have my list of Things To Do In Nyeri, for the people who would like to visit Nyeri. Mt. Kenya climbing and Tree Tops.

    • says

      Awesome Samson! A list of things to do in Nyeri would be great. I visited Nyeri a long time ago when I was a kid, but it’s been a long time. Do you have a website that you blog on?

  22. Jenny says

    I’m going to Kenya by myself next summer to volunteer, and I’m so happy I came across your page through google by accident. This is an incredible list! thank you so much for compiling it, definitely printing it out and bringing it with me! I’m so excited for my trip now, can’t wait to experience all 101 things! The food looks SO delicious too! great pictures

    • says

      Awesome to hear this Jenny! Glad that you found my article, and I hope it can really be useful for you when you visit Nairobi. Have a great time volunteering in Kenya!

      • Jenny says

        Since you know so much about Kenya, can you tell me how safe is it to travel in Nairobi by myself? Is there anything I should look out for, like thieves, health issues and such?

        • says

          Hey Jenny,
          Thanks for the comment. As a solo traveler to Kenya, you do need to be cautious about going out at night, and about going to certain areas of town by yourself. That being said, these days during the daylight, things have improved and walking around busy areas of town is normally safe.

          You should always be mindful of pickpockets and don’t wear any sort of flashy clothes to stand out. Always give thieves less incentives to notice you. As far as health is concerned, there is no malaria in Nairobi (due to its high elevation). Don’t drink the tap water, but buy bottled water, or filter your water. Hope this helps a bit, and hope you have an awesome trip to Nairobi!

  23. Nundu says

    This is such a great list of REAL Nairobi things to do! I’m from there and I am going back in just over a week and cannot wait to eat samosas (you can never have just the one!) and flush them down with a cold tusker!

    • says

      Thanks a lot Nundu! I’m dreaming of some Nairobi-style samosas now too – and that cold Tusker to wash them down is a MUST! Thanks for taking a looks at this article!

  24. says

    I have been backpacking in Kenya and know Nairobi from several business trips. What a great and comprehensive list of things to do in Nairobi. Well done.

  25. rex says

    hey you forgot national archives at the city center, hiking on Ngong hills, Uhuru park-Chilling (a park in the middle of the city) and the cinema’s for the most recent movies on big screen,

  26. Jennifer says

    Thank you, impressive ! I am so excited, have just been offered a fabulous job in Nairobi, hope to be there by end July. Am South African, so Africa is in my blood. Have travelled Kenya extensively as a tourist, loved the weather, people, food & hospitality! Hope to make Nairobi my home :)

  27. Chia says

    WOW! THANK U SO MUCH! im a foreigner who currently lives in Kenya! My kids are closing for their summer break and was wondering where i can take them! And this site has been a GREAT help! My kids are gonna have a BLAST! U R AWESOME!

  28. Augustus says

    I was doing some research to help decide whether to take up a job offer in Nairobi and this list has totally swung me. Thanks for the fantastic post!

  29. Naresh says

    Dude , you rock!!

    I am an Indian and currently in search of some professional job in Nairobi.

    So many things going in my mind how it would be if I go there, will I be able to sustain ? or not?

    But, got my answer through your video and a big list above.

    Many thanks for posting such a useful information..

    • says

      You’re very welcome Naresh, thanks for reading this article and for leaving a comment. Hope you have a wonderful time if you move to Nairobi and good luck with the new job!

  30. says

    I have gone to most of the places on the list, however, after getting bored again I decided to check online if there is any other attractions in Nairobi and came across some interesting places I never thought of, well done mate. After an absence of five years, {as I am a visiting diasporan living in Britain}, Nairobi looks serene and amazing with so many new roads, ‘flyovers’ etc, what an improvement driving around this ‘great’ green city. The only few negatives is; getting bogged down in a ‘nightmarish’ traffic jams, especially, in and around the city centre. Avoid Uhuru highway during peak times and also Mombasa Road is actually becoming a ‘parking zone’, the only solution is to introduce some kind of ‘light’ railways or an underground bullet trains to ease traffic congestion. Again that idea might be too unrealistic due to tight budget, but again necessarry if Nairobi wants to compete with Jo’burg etc. Lastly, avoid driving at night anywhere in the city unless necessary, taking a taxi is the safest bet. Expect to be frisked down by security blokes with metal detectors in any public shopping centres i.e. supermarkets, banks, cinemas, restaurants etc, as you know the Kenyan goverment has invaded Somalia to beef up it’s security which in turn has given every jihadist ample target for their twisted ideology, sorry for sounding too persimistic, but it is better you get the full picture while grasping any eventualities.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing Beshe, really appreciate it. Wouldn’t it be great if Nairobi had some sort of underground subway system?!! That would makes things so much easier and more convenient. Nairobi has really changed. I began living there in 1994 and left in 2004 after graduating from high school. Now when I return every time there’s a new shopping center, new roads and so many changes. Let’s hope Nairobi’s security is maintained, because it’s such a great city with great people!

  31. Cynthia says

    Av lived in nairobi the past 1 year..and av enjoyed evry bit of it…its a mind blowing experience…so much to do,learn,endure..and acccept…truly african experience….Karibu NAirobi…#i loved it#..i even got a kenyan name ….Malkia..means princess..

  32. says

    Thank you so much for this! I am going to visit Nairobi this week and was having a hard time finding things to do outside of my volunteer activities. I really appreciate your hard work!

  33. Mureithi says

    Mark, this is an awesome list! I was born & bred in Nairobi and love living there. This is the best and most comprehensive list of fun things to do in Nairobi I’ve come across. Was researching some ideas of cool places to take my wife so thanks for your contribution to my marital bliss! Here’s a couple more… Windsor Hotel, Kentmere Club (Limuru) & the Fairview Hotel are all awesome places for an afternoon cuppa, Kenyatta Market (Kenmart) has awesome nyama choma (better if you order it and let them cook while you wait). In addition to the Arboretuem, the Karura Forest Reserve & the Ololua Nature Trail are the best parks for a walk & picnic in nature.

    Thanks for sharing about the city I love.

    • says

      Hey Mureithi, great to hear you’re from Nairobi and also enjoy the city! I absolutely love Nairobi as well. Thanks for sharing all these other things to do in town. I’ve had the nyama choma at Kenyatta Market, and it’s awesome!

  34. nick says

    HI ,

    Love the website and video.I was going to go to my nephews wedding in November 2013 but sadly won’t make it.I was born in Eastleigh and now live in the UK .Went back in 1993 and I am long overdue a trip back.After watching the video I am homesick and cannot wait to take my family back for a holiday.

  35. czarona says

    Hi Mark!

    Bravo! Nice stuff :-) Next time you are in the hood, Hola at me. I’ll make you mouth watering samosas and mandazi’s too. Yammy! Also include Paradise lost it’s a cool joint too.

  36. Miss Winnie says

    First of all this list is great! job poa boss.
    however i can add this and hopefully it will be fun.-
    1. if you are coming solo or a group you can try the “home stay” from locals so you can keep it very local and your home keeper will show you around and you wont have to feel like a visitor. – i can organize home stay for you!
    2.take a matatu to thika blue post hotel which is a hotel between two water falls. serene environment, green grass ideal for picnic. which gives us the opportunity of taking advantage of our new super highway
    3.blankets and wine festival is a must (every first Sunday of the month,) or ” the Mingle” which gives you a chance to meet and mingle with new people.
    4. Try “mutura” at ozone (valley arcade ) or any other local joint (you will never stop craving)a delicacy only found in kenya.
    5keep your head up for east africa safari rallies or motor shows that hosts in nairobi- this be for car lovers.
    thanks!

  37. mike says

    hae this is great work done and i like it am a Kenyan to have travel also but off all the place Kenya is a place to visit and to be . thank you you also need to visit the outs kites of Nairobi if you go to Kirinyaga county you will fine me mount Kenya Castro where queen Elizabeth sleep when she cam to Kenya also mwea the home of birds also the the GODS bridge so many places also eat the mukimo prepared traditional roasted bananas ,and don’t forget traditional brewed beer (muratina )and eat African sausage (mutura) much welcome all

  38. Sharon says

    Hey Mark, bumped into your website a while ago when I was looking for pics for my class presentation! Great pics, great website! You make me feel homesick! Keep up the great work!

  39. Karen says

    I was born and bred in Nairobi…and this list is awesome! There are places even I haven’t visited. Thank you.

  40. says

    Fantastic video Mark – what I loved most was your complete openness to new experiences and the way you presented our wonderful city.

    Thanks for sharing as It was great to see Nairobi like that.
    Cheers

    Jo

    • says

      Hey Grace, yes, that’s true, and I think this is true for lots of things – when we do something habitually or experience a lot of it, we start to see the annoyances. One reason I love to travel so much is to experience fresh things!

      • Lucy says

        Hallo Mark,

        I was very impressed by your Video about life in Nairobi Kenya.
        You just balanced everything life of poor people and rich people.

        Well-done you that was a job done with a very kind heart.

        We Kenyans love everyone in spite of the difficulties, we try to
        stick together always. The only major problem in Kenya is
        the Gap between the poor and the rich, but we believe one day
        it will happen and all those people living in slums will one day
        own decent homes. The only question is how it will be done?

        If I happen to build an Orphan or elderly home in Kenya it will be named
        after you. Could I call the Home ‘MARKWIENS’ ?

        Do you have an e-book????

        Cheers Mark. I will never forget what you have done for my dear country.

        • says

          Hello Lucy, great to hear from you and thank you so much for your very kind words. I have a real place in my heart for Nairobi, and all of Kenya, after spending many of my growing up years there. Hah, would love to visit your orphanage when it’s running! No ebook about Nairobi yet, perhaps in the future. Thanks again and hope you’re doing well!

  41. n.g.onu says

    Love this! Kenya is such a great country with lots of rich history. Plus its the 47th largest in the world! If you’re traveling to Kenya soon, visit Masai Mara Game Reserve; watch the Wildebeest Migration at Masai Mara (specifically from July to September); Nairobi (need I explain?); and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Center.

    SOURCE: http://www.africa.com/kenya/

  42. Beryl O says

    I’m a Nairobian and I have always dismissed Burger hut…but seeing you eating that delicious burger I must find time in the newr future to eat their burgers :-) Great comprehensive list!

    P.S seeing you eat all that food whetted my appetite.

      • Aisha says

        Hi Mark!

        Great job and great list. My husband and I first saw you on youtube on a zanzibar trip. It was an awsome video and fall inlove with zanzibar. We are now planing to visit kenya, tanzania, zambia and south africa. However, we heard its not safe to take a taxi from Nairobi airport to the city and that sometimes kidnaping accures. Is this true?. So does this mean public transport is safer?. Also am black from Quebec Canada and my husband is white, would this put us in an awkward sitiations. Perhaps the local might think am from there and they might treat me differently or my husband. Sorry my english writing is not very good i speak french.

        Thank you mark.

        • says

          Hello Aisha, thank you very much for watching my video. Glad that you’re planning a trip to Africa. You know, unfortunately these types of things do occur in Nairobi, and yes they are possible. However, at the same time, you hear about all the problems, when there really are a lot more good situations than bad ones. What time does your flight arrive? In the middle of the night would be more risky than daylight. Also, if you plan to stay at a hotel, they might be able to arrange trustworthy transportation for you – you might contact them. As for you as a couple, I think it’s fine, you should have no problems. Hope this helps, and hope you have a great time in Africa.

          • Aisha says

            Hello Mark

            Thank you so much for your insite. By the way my husband and I planning to stop in europe to visit, Paris, Rome, pompei, vienna and istambul via rail. Any advice on what country in Europe to stop so we can use the rail to visit the above countries. And what rail would be easer to travel on these trips. My best quess was the London rail but you seem to know so much and my husband and I are young couple and decided to work and travel together till time comes for us to settle for toddles. hehehe till then we want to travel like you. So any tips will be very much appriciated. Thanks mark. May God keep you safe on all your trips.

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