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Things to do in Nairobi

Kenya is the home of safari but, in Nairobi's Langata district, the AFEW Giraffe Centre also lets visitors get up close to these lofty creatures, while orphaned rhino and elephant are nursed at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Bomas of Kenya showcases Kenya's rich cultural mosaic with traditional buildings and dancing. Nairobi National Museum is the country's finest museum, featuring many fossils as well as portraying Kenya's natural and ethnic history.

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi. Courtesy of National Museums of Kenya
The Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi. Courtesy of the National Museums of Kenya
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Karen Blixen Museum

Home of famous writer

Set in the leafy suburb of Karen, the Karen Blixen Museum was the residence of the celebrated Danish author of Out of Africa from 1917 to 1931. Furnished in period style, it's an unusually well-preserved example of early colonial architecture.



Cost

KSh800; under 16s KSh400

Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am-6pm

Address

Karen Road, Karen, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 882779

Transport

Taxi

Website

National Museums of Kenya Website

Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi. Courtesy of National Museums of Kenya
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Nairobi National Museum

Kenya's largest museum

Reopened in 2008 following extensive modernisation, the Nairobi National Museum at the Museum Hill houses informative displays on Kenya's ethnic groups, natural history and wealth of hominid fossils. The gardens contain a snake park and several contemporary African sculptures.



Cost

KSh800; under 16s KSh400

Opening Hours

Daily 9.30am-6pm

Address

Museum Hill (off Uhuru Highway), Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 3742131

Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. © Darren Kumasawa - All Rights Reserved, Flickr - kumasawa
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Bomas of Kenya

Traditional architecture and dance

Boma is a Swahili word meaning house, and Bomas of Kenya in Langata includes life-size examples of 11 different traditional construction styles from around the country. Daily dance performances in a covered auditorium also represent Kenya's rich cultural variety.



Cost

KSh600; concessions & children KSh300

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 2.30pm-4pm; Sat, Sun & public holidays 3.30pm-5.15pm

Address

Forest Edge Road, Langata, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 891802

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bomas of Kenya Website

Nairobi National Park, Nairobi. Photo by Hadley Coull
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Nairobi National Park

Suburban safari park

Safari favourites such as lion, rhino, buffalo and hippo roam this untamed tract of savannah in Langata. Despite its suburban location, Nairobi National Park has an unfenced southern boundary, crossed seasonally by migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.



Cost

Park entry: Overseas visitors US$40; children US$20; transport extra

Opening Hours

Daily 6am-7pm

Address

Langata Road, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 602121

Transport

Rental vehicle or guided tour

Website

Kenya Wildlife Service Website

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi. Courtesy of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Elephant and rhino nursery

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, 12km south of central Nairobi, undertakes projects protecting wildlife in Kenya, specifically Tsavo National Park. Visitors can meet and foster orphaned baby elephants and rhinos at the nursery.



Cost

KSh300 minimum donation

Opening Hours

Daily 11am-12pm

Address

KWS Workshop Entrance, Nairobi National Park, Off Magadi Road, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 891996

Transport

Taxi or guided tour

Website

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Website

The Giraffe Centre, Nairobi. Photo by Kurt Hunt
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AFEW Giraffe Centre

Eye level with giraffes

Founded in 1979, the AFEW Giraffe Centre in Langata exists primarily as a breeding centre for western Kenya's endangered Rothschild's giraffes. Visitors can look tame giraffes in the eye from viewing platforms. There's also a nature trail and coffee shop.



Cost

KSh700; children KSh250

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5.30pm

Address

Koitobos Road, Langata, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 890952

Transport

Taxi

Website

AFEW Giraffe Centre Website

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