Nairobi City Tours - 27 Top Daytrip Activities and Safaris

Kenya's Capital City in the Sun

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Nairobi City Tours – Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park making Kenya to be the only country in the world to have a national park just 15 minutes’ drive away. This is a large protected area known for breeding the endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras, lions and much more alongside alluring bird species.

Next to Nairobi National Park, is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is often used as a jumping-off point for safari that take tourists to other touristic places in Kenya. We advise you to take one of these day trips from Nairobi and you can find yourself on top of a volcano, at the bottom of the longest rift on earth, on a Big 5 safari or cruising across a lake full of hippos.

For day trips from Nairobi, you can head north-west to the Great Rift Valley, that 7000 kilometres long jagged scar, that can be seen from space. Filled with dormant rugged volcanoes, soda and freshwater lakes and an abundance of wildlife and birds. To the east of Nairobi, is Athi and the wildlife migration corridors that allow all of safaris best to pass between Nairobi National Park and Amboseli.

From Nairobi you can still head to the east for Mount Kenya, the vast Laikipia dedicated wildlife conservancies and of course a drive to the equator. Alternatively, head south towards Tanzania, as the altitude falls from 2000 meters to below sea level, the temperatures rise and you hit the arid lands and soda lakes of Magadi. 

These amazing day trips will take you no longer than a day and will guarantee that you will feel  being so indulged into nature just a few hours away from Nairobi.

48 Hours in Nairobi

Kenya’s capital Nairobi is most known for its popular game drives and safari destinations such as the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru National and the northern rangelands of Laikipia and Mount Kenya.

It’s also a popular layover spot for guests headed elsewhere on the continent. Beyond the already mentioned, Nairobi offers so much to do and see in Kenya’s capital city than giraffes and rhinos frolicking out in the game reserves.

Nairobi as a good number of fancy restaurants, national history museums, excellent shopping centers, and live music establishments. For you to make the most of a weekend in Nairobi, we’ve put together our top spots for you to check out during your visit in Kenya. From the best in fine dining to shopping malls, here’s how you can spend your ultimate 48 hours in Nairobi.

Nairobi City Tours

#1 Nairobi City Guided Walk

Nairobi City Tours
About the Nairobi City Guided Walk

Nairobi city also referred as The Green City in the Sun is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name is derived from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to ‘place of cool waters’, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper had a population of 4,397,073 in the 2019 census.

Nairobi was founded in 1899 by colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda – Kenya Railway. The town quickly grew to replace Mombasa as the capital of Kenya in 1907.  After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya. During Kenya’s colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony’s coffeetea and sisal industry. The city lies in the south central part of Kenya, at an elevation of 1,795 meters.

Nairobi is home of the Kenyan Parliament Buildings and hosts thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 1000 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa’s fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day. It also contains the Nairobi National Park. Nairobi joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2010.

Our Nairobi city walking tour includes an informative walk in the city with our best local guide’s.  Embark on a journey through the diverse neighborhoods of Nairobi’s central business district, where you’ll have the opportunity to discover and visit key attractions.

You will have ample time for close photography, interactions with the locals, get some best bargains and diversified shopping while visiting the stately Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre and the colorful Nairobi city market. You also stand an opportunity to stand on the top of KICC to look at Nairobi skyline can be arranged) also are Visits to Kenya National archives and the Watatu Art Gallery.

Thereafter, a visit to the Snake Park and National Museum: “the Finest Small Museum in Africa” well known for its spell binding exhibits and displays of early man, tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya also a close visit to the botanical garden.

#2 Shopping at the Village Market

The Village Market
About the Village Market

This is Nairobi’s a sprawling shopping, recreation, and entertainment complex that offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors to Kenya. With over 150 retail outlets covering 210,000 square feet of retail space, it is a shopper’s mecca. The complex also includes 20,000 square feet of office space and various recreational and entertainment facilities.

Situated in the Gigiri residential area, about 9 kilometers from Nairobi’s city center on Limuru Road, The Village Market was conceptualized by Iranian brothers Hamed and Mehraz Ehsani in 1992. They aimed to create a unique shopping and recreational destination for the residents of Gigiri, which includes diplomats, expatriates, and tourists living or working in Nairobi’s Diplomatic District and surrounding areas. Construction began in April 1992, and three years later, The Village Market opened its doors to the public.

The design of The Village Market resembles an open-air African market, featuring waterfalls, rivers, plants, and gardens. The ambiance adds to the overall experience, transporting visitors into a vibrant and lively atmosphere. The retail outlets within the complex offer a wide variety of products and services.

Having over 150 shops, shoppers can find local and designer wear, fashion accessories, footwear, and more, catering to various lifestyles and preferences. The anchor tenant of the complex was Nakumatt supermarket, which unfortunately closed and was replaced by A Majid Al Futtaim’s Carrefour chain of stores.

The outdoor Food Court at The Village Market, which offers a diverse range of cuisines, including traditional African fare, will delight food enthusiasts. Additionally, the complex houses several other restaurants that are open daily, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visitors can also avail themselves of beauty, hair, and salon services, including the first M.A.C. store in Kenya and Refinery Grooming, Nairobi’s first new era Male Grooming Company, offering barbershop treatments for all hair types.

The Village Market is designed to be inclusive and convenient for all visitors. It features handicap accessible restrooms, a Baby Room for nursing mothers, and a prayer area reserved for visitors and shoppers. The complex is accessible through five gates and offers ample parking space with over 1,225 on-site parking spots, including reserved handicap parking.

#3 Cheese Tasting at Brown’s Cheese Co.

Brown's Cheese
About Cheese Tasting at Brown’s Cheese Co.

Located in the Limuru Highlands around Tigoni, Browns Cheese offers excellent dining experience alongside amazing countryside that is filled with tea and flower farms. Brown’s natural cheeses are made using traditional methods and ingredients; no colorings, coatings, or additives are used and are suitable for vegetarians and those who are conscious about diet. In brief, the farm runs purely on biodynamic and organic principles.

Launched in 1979, Brown’s Cheese still follows the path David and Sue took years ago – crafting natural cheeses using the utmost care and passion for cheese. They produce seventeen different varieties of cheese using milk from over 3,000 small hold farmers in the area as well as milk from their own small herd.

Brown’s Cheese has earned worldwide recognition, recently winning seven awards at the South Africa Dairy Championships as well as an award at the 2002 Nantwich Cheese show in the U.K.

Delve into the fantastic array of delectable cheeses at the Brown’s Cheese Factory and Farm with Oluokos Signature.

Here, lovers of cheese can sample up to eight varieties, as well as some seasonal cheeses, and can enjoy a guided tour of the farm’s factory to gain insight into the cheese-making process. Afterwards, you can tuck into a mouth-watering three-course lunch made with organically grown ingredients.

After your scrumptious meal, head off to the cheese shop and fill your basket with enticing eats including mascarpone, blue cheese, feta, ricotta, cheese dips and chutneys so you can make your own delicious ploughman’s platter at home

If you are tempted to buy cheeses to take home, please ensure you are aware of the restrictions (if any) of bringing such items into your country. Please, let us know so that we may help you to find more about the farm tour.

#4 Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha
About Lake Naivasha

Journeying down the picturesque Great Rift Valley and one of the easiest day trips from Nairobi. Lake Naivasha is a huge freshwater and the highest in terms of altitude of all lakes in the Rift Valley.  

The lake is famed for its hundreds of hippos that honk along the shoreline and glare blissfully at you from the water. It has a great many birds including African Fish Eagle, Cormorants, Pink Backed Pelicans, Herons, Kingfishers, Fish, Goliath Heron, African Jacana, Great White Egret, White Fronted Bee-eater, the Saddle-billed Stork among others.

Lake Naivasha’s shoreline id dotted with conservancies where buffalos, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, impalas, gazelles, waterbucks, Dik diks, jackals and many more call their home. Taking a boat trip on the lake to get close up with hippos or visit Crescent Island, or Sanctuary Farm.

A quick drive to the Crater Lake Sanctuary, to view the emerald green lake in the center of an extinct volcano intertwined by a a visit to Joy and George Adams former home now Elsamere Conservation Center for English high tea on the lawns of the lake is worth your time. Other option would be to visit Hell’s Gate National Park on foot or on a bike and wonder at it looming cliffs, volcanic plugs and the Njorowa gorge that has streams of cold warm and super-hot springs and the ever-present Mount Longonot in its center.  

#5 Views of Nairobi at KICC

Nairobi Views from the KICC
About the Views of Nairobi at KICC

The Kenyatta International Convention Centre is the 6 the tallest building in Kenya, located in the heart of Nairobi’s CBD.

For a small fee, you can take a lift up to the top of the building for one of the best viewpoints in the city. This is a very popular spot for tourists, as well as couples on dates as it’s also a nice place to watch the sunset in the city and Nairobi’s skyline.

#6 Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park
About Hell's Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park sits at the base of the Longonot volcano and adjacent to Lake Naivasha. Filled with plains animals and the odd errant leopard it is most famous for Njorowa gorge a narrow sandstone gorge that have been sculpted into eerie passageways by millennia of water.

With it looming cliffs that are home to vultures and other birds of prey, Hell’s Gate National Park is Kenya’s only national park where you can walk or ride a mountain and encounter wildlife.

Other attractions within Hells Gate National Park are Fischer’s and Central Tower both popular rock climbing points, and the numerous hot springs in the gorge. 

#7 Kiambethu Tea Farm Excursion

Kiambethu Tea Farm
About Kiambethu Tea Farm Excursion

Located one hour away from Nairobi, Kiambethu Tea Farm is a tranquil haven of bright green tea and nerve-calming walks. Kiambethu is run by a family that has been cultivating tea since the early 1900s.

Arriving at 11am, you’ll be offered a cup of tea or coffee and learn about the tea-making process and history of the farm, before taking a walk through the indigenous forest where you may see the Black and white Colobus monkeys.

Afterward, you’ll have a 3-course buffet lunch prepared with food from the garden, whilst enjoying the incredible views. 

#8. Dedicated Coffee Estate Excursion

Nairobi Coffee Tour
About the Dedicated Coffee Estate Excursion

Kenya is one of the world’s leading tea and coffee producers, and when you happen to be in Nairobi, why not take some time to tour the farms?

There are a couple of different coffee estates not far from the city of  Nairobi. Our choices here being the Fairview Coffee Estate and Karunguru Coffee Estate, both of which are Kenyan-owned.

The Fairview is around 30 minutes from the city CBD, and Karunguru around 45 minutes away.

You can do tours at both estates to learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy some deliciously brewed fresh coffee!

#9. Swara Plains Conservancy

Swara Plains Conservancy
About Swara Plains Conservancy

Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Swara Plains Conservancy offers the second opportunity to view wildlife around Nairobi. Lukenya Hills and Athi Plains are parts of the wildlife corridor that runs from Nairobi National Park through to Amboseli and Tsavo National Park.

It is a great choice for a Kenya safari day trip but the best thing about Swara Plains Conservancy, is that you can go there for mountain biking. The flat and manageable roads offer over 100 kilometers of cycle trails that even your kids can manage.

If you are uncomfortable with the thought of riding past buffalo and lion then you can hire a ranger to cycle with you. Where else in Kenya can you bike ride past giraffe and zebra with views of the Ngong Hills and Kilimanjaro?  

#10. Kazuri Beads

Kazuri Beads
About the Kazuri Beads - For the Social Good

Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and this describes each beautifully handmade ceramic bead which is shaped by hand. This is a social enterprise, employing mostly women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kazuri Beads produce brightly colored, handmade ceramic jewelry, which are sold all over the world. It supports literally hundreds of disadvantaged Kenyan women, by providing employment and healthcare services for them and their families.

Kazuri Beads is a popular place for many guests who have just a few hours to spend seeing the sights of Nairobi. The main showroom and workshop is located close to many attractions and tourist venues in the leafy suburbs of Karen.

The workshop is just a stones-throw away from the Karen Blixen Museum named after Karen Blixen of the award winning film and book ‘Out Of Africa’

A visit to the Kazuri Beads workshop and craft center takes approximately one hour and here you will see the various processes.

A knowledgeable guide will show you around where you will see the whole process from the molding of raw clay through to the glazing, decorating and threading of beads as finished products

#11. Nairobi National Park Excursion

Nairobi National Park
About Nairobi National Park Excursion

Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park was the first national park in Kenya. Located approximately 7 kilometers from the city the park makes you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city.

Endowed with rolling savannah, woodlands, rivers, man-made dams, gorges and valleys, the park is home to Kenya’s Big 4 with exception of the elephant.  

Nairobi’s skyscrapers can be seen from the park and the 117 square kilometers Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.

As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi. Despite its proximity to civilization and relative small size for an African national park, the park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Cheetah, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, lion and plenty of antelopes and gazelles can be seen roaming in this open plains country.

with a section of highland forest as well as stretches of broken bush country, deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. habitat.
The park is also home to over 400 species of bird making it one of the best birds’ hotspot for any birder who is around. 

#12. Mount Longonot National Park

Mount Longonot National Park
About Mount Longonot National Park

The unmistakable Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano in the Rift Valley stands like a sentinel on the Great Rift Valley floor overlooking the volcanic ash plains with views that stretch all the way to Tanzania.

The hike up the volcano is a sure way of accomplishing 8 km but very steep and so it takes approximately 2 hours to reach the top. You will be rewarded with the discovery of a forest within the crater where buffaloes, elands, leopard, bushbucks, zebra, giraffe and gazelles live.

Mount Longonot is close enough to Nairobi to do in a day trip but you can opt to remain behind and enjoy what Lake Naivasha has to offer in terms of accommodation and activities.

#13. Nairobi Giraffe Center

Nairobi Giraffe Center
About Nairobi Giraffe Center – Feeding Experience

To those whose budget doesn’t stretch to afford a stay at Giraffe Manor, do not worry! One of the best places to visit in Nairobi is the Nairobi Giraffe Centre, which is just next door to Giraffe Manor and is part of the same sanctuary.

The Giraffe Centre is a wonderful and refreshing experience undertaken during your visit in Nairobi. The excursion to the Giraffe Centre also known as the African Fund for Endangered gives an up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them.

To date, the center has rescued, hand-reared and released around 500 orphaned giraffes back into the wild since opening in 1979. Some of the beneficiary of this program include; Soysambu Ranch near Lake Elementaita, Kigio Conservancy near Gilgil and Sergoit Ranch in Eldoret. Others were recently translocated to Mwea National Game Reserve and Ruma National Park.

#14. Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
About the Karen Blixen Museum

If you’ve ever read or watched ‘Out of Africa’ you’ll want to visit the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum at ‘the foot of the Ngong Hills’ is the former home of Danish writer and coffee farmer, Karen Blixen.

A visit to the museum, we allow you to learn about Kenya’s colonial past, and get a cup of coffee or some food at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.

Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa,” arrived in Nairobi from her homeland of Denmark in 1914 and settled in what is now the suburb of Karen. She purchased 6000 acres of forested land, using only 600 acres for her coffee farm and preserving most of the native habitat. Karen left Kenya in 1931, and her famous novel was published in 1937. The residents that lived nearby maintained her home until Kenya’s independence when the Danish government donated the home and surrounding lands, and later restored the house that was used for the film “Out of Africa”.

In 1986, the Karen Blixen Museum opened the historic house to the public. Although the property is historically breathtaking, the most memorable part of visiting the museum is the house. Built in 1910, the bungalow-style home features a red tile roof, wood paneling and the original furniture and kitchen.
The museum is open every day for guided tours and special events may be held at the site. Visit the gift shop to find many of Karen’s works, as well as souvenirs, and then you can enjoy a delightful cup of coffee or tea at Tamambo before your leisurely walk through the property’s tranquil gardens and bird sanctuary.

#15. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
About the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

If you fancy seeing the Big 5, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the closest destination. Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an outstanding variety of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzee and a combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across its open plains.

For birdwatchers, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a great Kenya birding destination boasting over 500 bird species. Ol Pejeta Conservancy birds include resident species, migrant species, and endangered species.

#16. Langata Link Shops Visit

Langata Links Shops
About the Langata Link Shops Visit

While in Nairobi, no trip to Kenya is complete without picking up some of the beautiful handicrafts available here. Once of the best places to find these is at Langata Link – a house in the leafy suburb of Karen where every room has been turned into a different shop.

They have everything here from bags made out of colourful Kenyan kanga material to delicate jewelry, rustic khaki luggage and pretty pottery. In the centre of the shop there’s also a lovely café, great for a pit stop after all that tiring spending you’ll be doing.

Among the so many, our favourite Kenyan brands, KangaruiNatural LamuLulu Kitolo Studio, and Ocean Sole. Ocean Sole is a cool social enterprise that recycles old flip-flops that wash up on the beaches of Kenya and make them into cool objects both art and more functional things for use in our daily lives!

#17. Nairobi’s Sheldrick Elephants Orphanage

Nairobi’s Sheldrick Elephants Orphanage
About the Nairobi’s Sheldrick Elephants Orphanage

Nestled on the border of Nairobi National Park is a haven for young orphaned elephants, victims of the illegal ivory trade. Known as the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, this facility rescues and rehabilitates elephants from various regions of Kenya.

Started by the late Dame Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her late husband, David, a legendary ranger at Tsavo National Park. The elephants are cared for and reintroduced into the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Each day at 11 am, the baby elephants eagerly emerge from the acacia forest and gather around a muddy watering hole to be fed by their caretakers. After filling their bellies, the young calves enjoy rolling in the mud, splashing murky water into the air, and engaging in playful interactions with one another. This heartwarming spectacle can be observed for a precious hour from the sidelines, after which the elephants return to the nearby woodlands. The knowledgeable keepers on site are available to educate visitors about the orphanage’s mission and the significance of their conservation efforts.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, established 45 years ago by a family deeply passionate about Kenya and its natural beauty, is dedicated to a variety of initiatives that support the conservation, protection, and preservation of wildlife and their native habitats. Their activities extend across Kenya and encompass anti-poaching measures, environmental preservation, community awareness campaigns, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary care for distressed animals, and rescuing and nurturing orphaned elephants, rhinos, and other species to ensure their eventual successful reintegration into the wild.

#18. Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya
About the Bomas of Kenya

If you’re looking for one of the best places in Nairobi to learn about Kenya’s culture and history, then you need to take a visit to Bomas of Kenya.

The centre was set up to educate people about the different ethnic groups found in Kenya and to help preserve and celebrate the Kenyan culture. Visitors can watch music and dance performances and see the many exhibits.

Bomas of Kenya is a cultural tour of Kenya’s major ethnic groups, such as Mijikenda, Luo, Taita, Embu, Maasai, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kalenjin, Luhya, Kisii, Kuria to name just a few of the native peoples that are represented at the venue. The word “boma” means “homestead”, and here you find replicates of traditional villages that provide interesting insight about each tribe’s societal structure, crafts, music, dancing and much more.

Daily performances include a selection of more than 30 traditional dances of the different ethnic groups in Kenya, and one of the most impressive performances is the Samburu and Masai warriors.

#19. The Nairobi City Tour

Nairobi City Tour
About the Nairobi City Tour

If you’re looking for one of the best places in Nairobi to learn about Kenya’s culture and history, Nairobi is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

The Nairobi city tour covers the modern city center, the colorful Nairobi city market, parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Convention Centre; the landmark of Nairobi (KICC), the Nairobi Railway Station Museum, the Nairobi Snake Park and the renowned National Museum where there are spell binding displays of the early man tribal regalia and the flora and fauna of Kenya.

Situated ate the National Museums of Kenya grounds, the Nairobi Snake Park is one of the attractions is popular with visitors. On display are cobras, puff adders, mambas and the large African-Rock python).

Several species of crocodile found in Africa, the American Alligator, Freshwater Terrapins and tortoises are also on display aquariums holding coral fish from the East African lakes and rivers are a main feature of the park.

Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes’ drive away from the Nairobi city centre. It is the flagship museum housing some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning.

#20. Lake Magadi Excursion

Lake Magadi
About Lake Magadi

It can be freezing in Nairobi but it’s not difficult to find a different environment that warm just outside Nairobi. The day trip from Nairobi to Magadi takes under two hours and the journey is an incredible exploration through Masai countryside. Spot remote villages, mud huts, Masai people bedecked in jewels.

Magadi is famous for its soda lake, pinkly coloured with algae that attracts Lesser Flamingoes. In hot times the lake dries up and a layer of salt crusts the earth, its blinding brilliance is a photographers dream.

Springs, too hot to bath in, feed the lake but you can try dipping you toes in the water which heats to 86 degrees. Despite its volcanic source the hot water is home to a particularly enduring species of fish that can live in extremely high temperatures.

The land surrounding the lake is desert like and populated with hyena, zebra, gazelles, and giraffe. Further away from the lake the River Ewaso Ngiro supplies water to the Masai and their cattle and the huge trees provides shade for leopards and birds.

#21. Kitengela Hot Glass

Kitengela Hot Glass
About Kitengela Hot Glass

Kitengela Hot Glass is a 40-minute day trip from Nairobi. Kitengela crafts glass that is in demand all over the world. You can buy Kitengela glass online, or in one of their shops in Nairobi, but nothing beats a trip out to Kitengela itself.

Kitengela is a psychedelic bombardment of the senses that starts when you see a car ploughed into the earth and apparently ripped in two by lightning. A series of artworks and frankly bizarre instalments that are dropped seemingly at random in a countryside filled with camels, cows and pigs.

Kitengela glass looks over Nairobi National Park and it is entirely possible to game view from there but the fun is in witnessing the glass blowing and marveling at the art and architecture. There is an onsite shop and a place where you can buy imperfect glass for a fraction of the price.

#22. Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita
About Lake Elementaita

Further into the Great Rift Valley, is another Lake Elementaita, a drive that takes approximately 2 and a half hours so you may prefer to travel here for the day.  

This soda lake is sandwiched between the Mau Escarpment and the Aberdares. At the bst times of the year, the lake is home to 28% of the world’s flamingo population. The vast flocks and the powder pink of the algae that the flamingos feed on give the lake a picturesque blush that is rivalled only by Magadi.

Unlike Magadi, Lake Elementaita is in the highlands and the weather is temperate year-round. The shores of Elementaita are filled with game and the best place to view animals and get down to the lake is in Soysambu Conservancy. The conservancy has eland, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, reedbuck, steenbok, warthog, and klipspringer. A stopover at the Sunbird Lodge along the lakeshore offers the best view of Elementaita’s sleeping warrior mountain.

#23. The Champagne Ridge

The Champagne Ridge
About the Champagne Ridge

Overlooking the Great Rift Valley’s most incredible views, Champagne Ridge is inhabited by local farmers who enjoy the odd luxury lifestyle. With underdeveloped land that allow dik dik, giraffe, zebra, hyena, impala, gazelle and even the leopard to have some freedom, the ridge says it all.

From here, the spectacular views sweeps across the Great Rift Valley and encompasses two volcanoes and a smorgasbord of patchy fields, silvery lakes and in the far distance Tanzania. Take a picnic, find an empty spot and spend the day admiring the views or book a house on ‘the ridge’ and make a weekend of it. 

#24. Nairobi Museum

Nairobi Museum
About the Nairobi Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is situated around 10 minutes away from the city center, located on Museum Hill. Established in 1910 and officially opened in 1929, it has held the prominent position of being Kenya’s foremost museum. Initially known as the Coryndon Museum, it underwent a name change following Kenya’s independence in 1963.

This expansive museum houses an extensive collection that encompasses natural history, cultural artifacts, and contemporary art. In 2005, the museum underwent significant renovation and expansion, resulting in a world-class venue that effectively showcases the diverse ethnology, history, and rich heritage of Kenya. Of note is the gallery dedicated to Kenyan Ethnic Communities, which boasts numerous pieces by the acclaimed artist Joy Adamson.

In addition to its captivating permanent exhibitions, the museum offers a dynamic calendar of events, including temporary installations, seminars, and workshops open to the public. Adjacent to the museum, you’ll find enchanting botanical gardens adorned with a variety of locally crafted statues, providing a delightful complement to your visit. Furthermore, there’s a wing within the museum complex that houses shops, a restaurant, and cafe facilities, enhancing the overall visitor experience.

The Nairobi Snake Park is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations – since 1961 the park has been a leading animal attraction as well as research centre for reptiles and snake breeding. The centre now also acts as a rescue centre for all kinds of reptiles and amphibians. In 2008, the park underwent a major refurbishment and extension, and now features an impressive range of exhibits, talks and interactive displays with harmless animals. Some of the most popular attractions at the park are the crocodile feeding sessions and octopus exhibit. There are now audio-visual exhibits included at the park to ensure that you leave knowing a whole lot more about these often feared and misunderstood African animals.

#25. The Carnivore Restaurant

Carnivore Restaurant
About the Carnivore Restaurant

Twice voted amongst the worlds 50 best restaurants by UK based Restaurant magazine, Carnivore is described as amazing This open air meat specialty restaurant has strikingly different food service and atmosphere to any other restaurant in Kenya. The Carnivore since its inception has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe including numerous celebrities.

Set in Nairobi’s attractive tropical gardens, with excellent service and the outstanding African décor, the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya is considered ‘Africa?s Greatest Dining Experience and we best recommend it for dinner or lunch in Nairobi before, during or after your luxury safari in Kenya.

Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of exotic meat, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Daily, various types of meat including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved with pleasure at your table. These are served with delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement the fixed price feast that also includes soup, of the day with a wide selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee.

It’s perfectly located only a few Kilometers from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and Less than five kilometers from the city centre making it an excellent stopover for many travellers within the city and also on transit.

The Carnivore is also home of the Simba Saloon, a delicious a la carte restaurant by day and Nairobi’s most popular nightclub by night. The informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks and the pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting African ambiance.

While Carnivore Restaurant is popular for all kinds of meat, it has a special place for vegetarians and they’re well catered for.

#26. The Railway Museum

The Railways Museum
About the Railway Museum

Located adjacent to the Nairobi Rail Station in Kenya, the Railway Museum offers a captivating journey through the golden age of rail travel in Africa. As you step into the museum, you are transported back in time to the era of the East African Railways, which is now defunct. The museum showcases a remarkable collection of steam and diesel locomotives that date from the late 19th century to before World War II.

Immerse yourself in the history of rail transportation as you explore the displays of various passenger cars, trucks, and rolling stock. These meticulously preserved artifacts provide a fascinating glimpse into the past, evoking the sense of adventure that accompanied travel during those times. The Railway Museum offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the artisanship and engineering marvels of these vintage locomotives and their associated equipment.

In addition to the locomotives and rolling stock, the museum also offers insights into the remarkable story of the railway’s construction. Learn about the incredible challenges faced by the laborers, who persevered through extreme conditions and encounters with man-eating lions that posed a threat to the construction camps. Through informative exhibits and displays, the museum sheds light on the extraordinary human endeavor behind the laying of the railway.

Since its opening in 1971, the Railway Museum has been maintained by Kenya Railways, ensuring the preservation and presentation of Kenya’s rich railway heritage. To enhance the visitor experience, a miniature railway has recently been added, providing an interactive and engaging way to learn about the railway’s history.

#27. The Crater Lake Sanctuary

The Crater Lake Sanctuary
About the Crater Lake Sanctuary

Surrounding a beautiful volcanic crater lake fringed with acacias, the Crater Lake Sanctuary has many trails, including one for hikers along the steep but diminutive crater rim. The jade-green crater lake is held in high regard by the local Maasai, who believe its alkaline waters help soothe ailing cattle.

There are over 260 bird species recorded here making it an impressive bird watching destination. On the other hand; , Masai Giraffes, Common zebra, Eeland, Impala, Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Warthogs and other plains wildlife are also regular residents on the more-open plains surrounding the crater.

Hyenas, servals, caracals and aardvarks, the African Spring Hare and Side-striped Jackals can be seen. If you happen to be staying here for the night the sanctuary has some of the best possibilities for spotting the Leopard and the Bat-eared Fox though extremely elusive – the night drives on offer are your best bet. Crater Lake Sanctuary has excellent walking safari options. Ensure that you have a knowledgable walking safari guide and remember that buffaloes lurk in the woods.

If you are coming here for birding, Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is a Kenya birding safari destination. Your checklist won’t miss the Greater and Lesser flamingos, Little Grebes, Cape Teal Ruff, Great White Pelican, Whiskered Tern, Marabou Stork among others.

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary has its hidden tented safari camp above the jade-green lake which offers the travelers the hidden gem of the sanctuary that is the various animal species and the bird species.

The sanctuary is a perfect stopover en-route to the Masai Mara Reserve or Lake Nakuru National Park as well as the enchanting Lake Naivasha itself.  

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