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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.

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

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Nairobi National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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

    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.Show this on map

    Cost

    KSh800; under 16s KSh400

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-6pm

    Address

    Museum Hill (off Uhuru Highway), Nairobi

    Telephone

    +254 (0) 20 3742131

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    National Museums of Kenya Website

  2. 2. Karen Blixen Museum - Museums and Galleries

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

Attractions

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  1. 3. Nairobi National Park - Attractions

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    Nairobi National Park, Nairobi. Photo by Hadley Coull

    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.Show this on map

    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 Website

  2. 4. Bomas of Kenya - Attractions

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

Special things to do

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  1. 5. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Special Things to do

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 6. AFEW Giraffe Centre - Special Things to do

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    The Giraffe Centre, Nairobi. Photo by Kurt Hunt

    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.Show this on map

    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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