Nairobi is one most vibrant city in East Africa. It’s not just the capital of Kenya; it’s also a major commercial center in Africa.
Nairobi has a lot to offer. It is the only city with a national park and there are various options in terms of shopping and other activities. The night life is also very exciting thanks to western influences coupled with other African influences.
If you ever find yourself in Nairobi, here are five things I recommend you to try out:
View Nairobi From KICC: You can enjoy a view of the city at a glance from top of the KICC building. You can see some spots like Uhuru park and other famous structures in Nairobi. It is opened 7 days a week and the fee for Non-Kenyans is 400KSH (about $4.50).
A Visit to the Masai Market: This is definitely a must do in Nairobi. The Masai market has a lot of traditional Kenyan crafts from bags to shoes, earrings to bracelet and even clothing, you’re sure to get nice quality Kenyan souvenirs for friends and loved ones back home. I particularly like the Masai Earrings and Bags. Be sure to check with your guide to confirm the next location as the market has no permanent location.
Giraffe Feeding: There’s a Giraffe centre in the city where you can be see this beautiful creature one on one and get a chance to feed them. Not to worry, they are gentle and won’t bite off your finger.
Have Some Game Meat: There are a few restaurants that offer game meat in Nairobi with the most famous being Carnivore. You can also try another restaurant called Pampa on Ngong road. It’s an all you can eat Brazilian themed restaurant. They offer up to 18 different types of meat from Crocodile to Camel and the likes. The meat is carried around on a large skewer and you flip a card to green when you want more and red when you’re done. Dessert is Roasted Pineapple coated in Cinnamon and Sugar, a must try for lovers of sweet things.
Safari Walk in Nairobi Park: One of the interesting things about the park is its location; it is just 7km from the city center. At $25 per head, you can have a glimpse of wildlife in Kenya. From Lions to Cheetahs, Zebras to Giraffes and Hippos and so many other animals, this is a good alternative for lovers of wildlife who are on a budget and can’t afford a tour to the Masai Mara. The only thing you miss is the great migration (that’s if you find yourself in Kenya between July and October).
Have you ever been to Nairobi? What would recommend anyone to try out?