Top 10 things to do in Nairobi
Nairobi the capital city of Kenya is a city of contrasts.It’s a city where you can find Ethiopians, Tanzanians and even the Somali’s all living together in peace and harmony.In fact, Nairobi is one of the cities in the world where you can enjoy the vibrant city life and wildlife safari at the same time.”Jambo” remember this word because from the time you land in Nairobi, till you depart back to your home, you will be greeted everywhere with “JAMBO”.So here are Top 10 things to do in Nairobi.
Top 10 things to do in Nairobi
1.) Kiss a Giraffe
The Giraffe center in Nairobi is a great way to get close to these tall long neck animals.Started way back in 1979 with only one baby Rothschild giraffe, this center now breeds around 700 of them.
Once you enter the center, you get a handful of pellets (giraffe Food ) for feeding the giraffe.This can be done in 2ways one by hand where you keep these pellets on your palm and wait for the giraffe to lick it with its long blue tongue.(yes giraffe has blue tongue) .
The 2nd’s one the messy one, so if you are up for a shambolic kiss (or should I say face lick ) then you keep it between your teeth and let the giraffe take it.
Giraffes take a while a to trust you and touching them is a strict no-no.
I kissed this beautiful giraffe, her name was Stacy and she was 17 years old.
Kissing the giraffe is a must and one of the Top 10 things to do in Nairobi.
The Giraffe center is open from 10 am – 5 pm every day and the entry
1000KSH for an adult or 500KSH for a child (approx. USD10 and USD5 }
2.)Have traditional Kenyan food
Kenyan food if widely influenced by a large number of tribal groups living in the country.It is as diverse and assorted as it’s tribes. I decided to go small restaurant called Hot Dishes.It’s a favorite among the locals and is crowded most of the times.
I had a bit of everything and I shall say Kenyan cuisine is really heterogeneous.
So on the plate is
beans goulash (Kenyan Stew),
Ugali (Cornmeal Staple),
pilau(Rice with Spices ),
Chapati (Indian Flat Bread ),
Irio (Mashed Peas and Potatoes },
githeri (boiled red beans and corn ).
Where : Hot Dishes Ground Floor, Bruce House, Kaunda Street, Nairobi
Kenyatta International Conference Centre KICC is one of the tallest buildings in Nairobi.It’s known for hosting international conferences and events.But a lot of people don’t know is that you can visit the rooftop of this building.Well if you wanna see Nairobi from the top then this is the place to beIt gives you stunning pictures of the city and you can see as far as Nairobi national park.
The KICC Management allows the visitors to visit rooftop every day from 9 am to 6 pm every day.
Charges are 400KSH for foreigner and 200 for a local.
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4.)Ride an Ostrich
45 kilometers from Nairobi is the beautiful Masai ostrich farm.Here you have the opportunity to ride an ostrich.IF CLIMBING UP THESE 8 to 9ft birds doesn’t scare you then their long, Achillobator like Legs would surely do.They run at the speed of 40 – 60 miles per hour and are known as the fastest birds on this planet.Getting so close to an ostrich is an adventure of itself.
Riding an ostrich is one of the top 10 things to do in Nairobi
5.)Nairobi National park
It might be only the national park in Africa which you can visit in government’s bus “the Nairobi CBD” or a taxi.
The park is filled with species like African buffalo, baboon, black rhinoceros, zebra, cheetah, hartebeest, gazelle, hippopotamus, leopard, Masai lion, impala giraffe, ostrich, vulture, jackal, warthog, waterbuck, and wildebeest.It also has more than 300 species of birds.It’s a good day trip and a great way to see wildlife without traveling too far from Nairobi.
Entry fees: its 43USD for adults and 22 for the child.
6.) Drink Tusker beer
The Tusker story
I was a at local bar where my friend greeted me “jambo”
She said” Welcome to Kenya Mr. KaranVeeR”
We ordered the famous Tusker beer which is by far the best selling beer in Kenya.Tusker bottles are known for its elephant head labels and it’s really easy to spot among the other beers.
She then narrated me the Famous “Tusker Story””
In 1922 two brothers from England, George and Charles Hurst, started brewing beer here. But they had no name for it. A year later an elephant killed George on a hunting trip. Charles turned tragedy into macabre inspiration: He named the beer Tusker.
Remember Kenyans drink beer at room temperature, as they believe that ice-cold drinks are unhealthy.
7.)Nairobi Java House
For long Kenya has been a tea-drinking nation but recently things have started changing.
Imagine a country which gives the best coffee to the world doesn’t drink it Funny Right?
But now People are slowly accepting the coffee as part of their daily life.For some who know, Kenya actually produces one of the best coffees in the world.Kenyan coffee is full of citrus and black currant flavors.
My favorite place to sip a cup of coffee is the Java House
This is Kenya’s answer to Starbucks and it has around 36 branches all over Kenya.
This is one of top 10 things to do in Nairobi.
8.)Ride a Matatus
Matatu is Kenya’s famous public transport.Just like Mumbai has local trains and London has the tube, Kenya has the matatu.Matatu is used by 75% of Kenya’s Population and the ride in it is little chaotic but hell yea Crazy.
So what are Matatu?
They are 14 seaters van painted with graffiti art and play the best reggae music.In fact some are also fitted with Free wifi.
Ride in Matatu would generally cost you 1$ but it will leave you with memory worth lifetime.
This is surely one of the top 10 things to do in Nairobi.
The national Archives building is a half museum and half art gallery.It has a huge collection of artifacts, paintings, crafts, tribal weapons, clothes, furniture and ornaments from different African tribes.It also has a reading room with hundreds of books.its a great place for those who want to enrich their knowledge about African culture.
Kenya National Archives is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
Charges are 100KSH for a foreigner and 50 for a local.
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10.Visit Jomo Kenyatta Statue
Jomo Kenyatta was elected Kenya’s first Prime Minister, in 1963, following the country’s independence from Britain. In 1964 he became the first President of the Republic of Kenya.One of the most famous statues of him is right outside the supreme court of Kenya.
“Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.” Famous African Quote