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What to see in Nairobi

Nairobi Attractions

Nairobi is the largest city between Johannesburg and Cairo, and a trip gives visitors insight into the many facets that make up urban Africa. The main reasons people travel to Nairobi are to either launch into one of Kenya's famous wildlife safaris or else travel to the coast. But the city itself offers buzzing markets, some interesting sightseeing and a lively nightlife.

Many visitors to Kenya don't spend too long in Nairobi, partially because of the city's reputation for danger and congestion. This is a shame because Nairobi is ultimately a welcoming and fascinating place with a range of worthwhile things to see and do. A day or two is all you will need to get the highlights package of Nairobi before setting off on your Kenyan adventures.

It's a good idea to hire a taxi driver, based on a recommendation at your hotel. Some of the top attractions are the National Museum, the delightful Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum, and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, not to mention the national park on the city's doorstep. A holiday in Nairobi can be taken virtually any time of year, although the summer months (November to February) are most popular with sunny, warm days.

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen was a notable Kenyan personality who lived and farmed on the outskirts of Nairobi from 1917 to 1931 when she returned to Denmark bankrupt and heartbroken at being…

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Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is home to the great prehistoric finds from the Leakey family, including relics from mankind's earliest ancestors. The most famous fossil is the 1,5…

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Nairobi National Park and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Nairobi National Park is a compact and beautiful area of plains and wild bush, containing a large number of Africa's best-known animals. Large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo…

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The Giraffe Centre

At the Giraffe Centre, visitors can experience the rare pleasure of hand-feeding these graceful and gentle creatures from a platform at eye-level. You can also enjoy its nature…

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