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Nairobi

KNOCKOUT NAIROBI HOLIDAYS

A vibrant, modern metropolis, Nairobi is a popular starting point for holidays to the Masai Mara or Kenya’s stunning coast. But to simply land and leave would be a mistake, as this city is a brilliant destination in its own right. Nairobi holidays are perfect for couples, families or solo travellers seeking spectacular wildlife experiences among the rich and diverse culture of East Africa.

You’ll find all sorts of things to do on a trip to Nairobi. Browse the crafts of Nairobi’s many markets, or pick up handmade souvenirs from the Kazuri Beads Factory. You can look across the city from the rooftop deck of Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Visit Nairobi National Museum to learn about the transformation of Kenya’s biggest city – from the prehistoric creatures which first walked its lands, to the diverse tribal cultures still alive today. Board a 19th-century carriage at Kenya Railway Museum. Step into the former home of Out Of Africa author, Karen Blixen. And taste local dishes from its thriving restaurant scene, or enjoy the unique experience of a communal karoga cookout.

There’s plenty here for wildlife-lovers, too. You can bike or hike through Karura Forest Reserve – one of the largest urban forests in the world – where monkeys, antelope and butterflies can be found near the forest waterfalls and Lily Lake. And make sure you visit Nairobi National Park. Lions, cheetah, zebra and ostrich roam free here, just a few miles outside the city. You can also see baby giraffes, rhinos and elephants at the park’s sanctuaries. If you’re feeling active, you can also hike the Ngong Hills to take in panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley and Nairobi National Park. You might even spot gazelle and baboons as you’re walking.

Want to extend your Nairobi holiday? Speak to our Travel Specialists about adding on an incredible game drive in the Masai Mara, or some well-deserved downtime on Mombasa’s sugary beaches.

Things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park

Ngong Hills

Best time to visit Nairobi

Things to do in Nairobi

This city has all sorts of exciting attractions. You can uncover the diverse cultures and natural history of Kenya’s capital at the Nairobi National Museum, where you can discover tribal displays, local art, prehistoric bones and fossils, and live reptiles at the connected Snake Park. Wander through the peaceful Botanic Garden, or enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop of the 28-storey Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

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To learn about Kenya’s culture, art, history and politics, immerse yourself in the National Archives in the old Bank of India Building. Rummage for souvenirs at City Market, admire African handicrafts at Maasai Market, or browse soap-stone carvings at the Utamaduni Craft Centre. Or join in a tribal song and dance celebration at Bomas of Kenya. Hungry? Try local treats like kachumbari, mandazi, and locally-brewed beers at a traditional karoga cookout.

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Nairobi National Park

Just four miles from Downtown Nairobi, the natural world is at your fingertips in Kenya’s first national park. Nairobi National Park is the perfect introduction to the county’s world-famous wildlife, whether you’re taking time out from your city break, or whetting your appetite before heading to the Masai Mara.

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Embark on a guided safari to seek out buffalo, gazelle, giraffe, lions, ostrich, warthogs and zebra, as well as elusive cheetahs and black rhinos. You can explore the wetlands – which are home to more than 400 bird species – or go on a thrilling safari walk around Hippo Pools. Get up close with orphaned elephants and rhinos at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and see how these beautiful creatures are rehabilitated for a life in the wild. And make new friends when you feed endangered Rothschild's giraffes at the Giraffe Centre.

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Ngong Hills

Resembling a row of knuckles raised above the ground, Ngong Hills overlooks the Great Rift Valley to the west and Nairobi National Park to the east. From atop these green peaks, you can take in breath-taking views. You’ll be able to spot old colonial English-style half-timber houses, farms, and cultivated gardens.

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Hike along the trails or drive scenic routes across the rolling hills, where troops of baboons roam roadside, while buffalo, gazelles and giraffes graze in the meadows. Discover the former coffee plantation home of Out Of Africa author at the Karen Blixen Museum, and hear stories of the writer’s life and influence from enthusiastic guides. Want a souvenir to take home with you? Buy a reminder of your trip from World Fair Trade-registered Kazuri Beads Factory, which is ethically staffed and run by local women.

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Best time to visit Nairobi

Temperatures hover between 20°C and 30°C throughout the year, mean visiting Nairobi holidays can be enjoyed anytime. But the dry season from July to October is ideal for making the most of the region’s attractions and wildlife viewing. But mild winter temperatures between December and February also make this a great time to visit – you’ll have fewer crowds and great wildlife-watching opportunities in Nairobi’s parks.

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March to May brings the first season of big annual rainfall. Standing waters attract animals for easy roadside viewing, but the heavy rains can make some activities difficult. Kenya’s annual Great Migration of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra begins in July, so travellers flock to Nairobi throughout the summer months. A second, short rainy season occurs between October and November, but the downfalls tend to be short and less frequent than in spring.

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Things to do in Nairobi

Things to do in Nairobi

This city has all sorts of exciting attractions. You can uncover the diverse cultures and natural history of Kenya’s capital at the Nairobi National Museum, where you can discover tribal displays, local art, prehistoric bones and fossils, and live reptiles at the connected Snake Park. Wander through the peaceful Botanic Garden, or enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop of the 28-storey Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

Show More
Show Less

To learn about Kenya’s culture, art, history and politics, immerse yourself in the National Archives in the old Bank of India Building. Rummage for souvenirs at City Market, admire African handicrafts at Maasai Market, or browse soap-stone carvings at the Utamaduni Craft Centre. Or join in a tribal song and dance celebration at Bomas of Kenya. Hungry? Try local treats like kachumbari, mandazi, and locally-brewed beers at a traditional karoga cookout.

Show More
Show Less

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

Just four miles from Downtown Nairobi, the natural world is at your fingertips in Kenya’s first national park. Nairobi National Park is the perfect introduction to the county’s world-famous wildlife, whether you’re taking time out from your city break, or whetting your appetite before heading to the Masai Mara.

Show More
Show Less

Embark on a guided safari to seek out buffalo, gazelle, giraffe, lions, ostrich, warthogs and zebra, as well as elusive cheetahs and black rhinos. You can explore the wetlands – which are home to more than 400 bird species – or go on a thrilling safari walk around Hippo Pools. Get up close with orphaned elephants and rhinos at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and see how these beautiful creatures are rehabilitated for a life in the wild. And make new friends when you feed endangered Rothschild's giraffes at the Giraffe Centre.

Show More
Show Less

Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills

Resembling a row of knuckles raised above the ground, Ngong Hills overlooks the Great Rift Valley to the west and Nairobi National Park to the east. From atop these green peaks, you can take in breath-taking views. You’ll be able to spot old colonial English-style half-timber houses, farms, and cultivated gardens.

Show More
Show Less

Hike along the trails or drive scenic routes across the rolling hills, where troops of baboons roam roadside, while buffalo, gazelles and giraffes graze in the meadows. Discover the former coffee plantation home of Out Of Africa author at the Karen Blixen Museum, and hear stories of the writer’s life and influence from enthusiastic guides. Want a souvenir to take home with you? Buy a reminder of your trip from World Fair Trade-registered Kazuri Beads Factory, which is ethically staffed and run by local women.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Nairobi

Best time to visit Nairobi

Temperatures hover between 20°C and 30°C throughout the year, mean visiting Nairobi holidays can be enjoyed anytime. But the dry season from July to October is ideal for making the most of the region’s attractions and wildlife viewing. But mild winter temperatures between December and February also make this a great time to visit – you’ll have fewer crowds and great wildlife-watching opportunities in Nairobi’s parks.

Show More
Show Less

March to May brings the first season of big annual rainfall. Standing waters attract animals for easy roadside viewing, but the heavy rains can make some activities difficult. Kenya’s annual Great Migration of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra begins in July, so travellers flock to Nairobi throughout the summer months. A second, short rainy season occurs between October and November, but the downfalls tend to be short and less frequent than in spring.

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Show Less

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