If you’re waiting to head out on your safari adventure, or if you just got back, you may be wondering what the other things to do in Nairobi are. After all, just because you’re enjoying the local wildlife and native culture doesn’t mean you have to forgo all modern attractions. Though there are plenty of natural attractions, too. So from famous sights around the city to some of the best eateries to some top parks, below are some of the best attractions to hit up around Nairobi, Kenya.
If you’d like to see some of Africa’s most intriguing contemporary art, look no further than Circle Art Gallery. It’s one of the most thought-provoking things to do in Nairobi. Gaze at pieces of modern art meant to inspire. It features the work of both local and international artists.
The park has dubbed itself “The World’s Wildlife Capital.” It’s just a short way from the central business district of Nairobi, yet boasts wonderful experiences with wildlife up close and personal. One of the most famous elements to the park is that you can see wildlife and traditional African plains with city views right in the background. It’s a great place for some interesting photos. You can also find more information on Nairobi National Park day tours, if you haven’t already booked one.
Boasting an excellent waterfall, this African forest is a great way to get in touch with the natural side of Africa, as well. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a monkey. This site is also located conveniently right in the city.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Nairobi without learning about the local culture, easily one of the best things to do in Nairobi. It was founded by Alan Donovan, a former U.S. State Department relief officer, who traveled all over Africa after resigning his post. He then worked with former Vice President of Kenya Joseph Murumbi to feature artifacts of African art and culture.
This location offers dining in a historic farmhouse and hunting lodge. It also features activities like horseback riding at Karen Riding School and table games, to name a couple activities. Plus, it has a shop featuring African artifacts.
More famously known as The Shifteye Gallery, it has since been rebranded to Shifteye Studios. This art gallery, event space, photo studio and design studio is famous in the area. It also has a variety of exhibitions come to the location. The gallery focuses on supporting the creative talent of local people.
One of the greatest things to do in Nairobi is shop, and this is the place to go for local handmade items. The area also features local art, international shops, a supermarket and places to eat. There’s also some unique art in the area like sculptures. The area also has entertainment and events like book signings.
In case you’re wondering who Karen Blixen is, she was a farm owner in the Nairobi area and a Danish author. The farm later became the suburb of Karen. The movie “Out of Africa” is based on her autobiography. The farmhouse itself is now a historical museum.
For tourists looking to get some exercise and see the natural sights of Africa, this nature trail is a great stop. This is located right in the suburb of Karen. It features a cave and waterfall, as well as giant indigenous trees, and follows the Mbagathi River in places.