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What to see in Nairobi

Nairobi Attractions


Nairobi is the largest city between Johannesburg and Cairo, and a trip to the city gives visitors insight into the good, the bad and the ugly of urban Africa. The main reason people travel to Nairobi is to launch onto one of Kenya's famous wildlife safaris or a trip to the coast but the city itself offers buzzing markets, some interesting sightseeing and a lively nightlife. Many visitors to Kenya spend as little time as possible in Nairobi, partially because of the city's reputation for danger and congestion, and 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 is a good idea to hire a taxi driver, based on a recommendation at your hotel, and to allow him to navigate you between the sights. 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. The altitude of the city makes for a moderate climate, and it can be fairly cool in winter, especially at night. The rainiest season is autumn.


Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen was a notable Kenyan personality who lived and farmed on the outskirts of Nairobi from 1917 to 1931 when…

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Nairobi National Museum

This hugely diverse museum contains some world-class attractions among its dusty relics and stuffed animals. The facility…

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Nairobi National Park and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Nairobi National Park was established in 1945 and is Kenya's first national park. Uniquely situated on the capital's…

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The Giraffe Centre

Experience giraffes up close and personal at this wonderful centre dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Rothschild…

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