5 Top Tourist Attractions in Nairobi

Feeding time at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Feeding time at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (Photo © Andrew Watt)

According to Trip Advisor, the top 5 tourist attractions in Nairobi as of November 2015 are:

  1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

DSWT run the only Elephant Orphanage within the city of Nairobi. It is open to visitors between 11am-12pm, giving you the opportunity to meet some of the largest mammals on Earth, watch feeding time, learn about their lives and how they survive in the wild!

“If you are in Nairobi you just cannot miss David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It is one of the most amazing places I have seen. They do a great job and contact with elephants is just priceless :)”

Poriomaniacy (reviewed on Trip Advisor)

Feeding elephants at the DSWT
Feeding elephants at the DSWT (Photo © Andrew Watt)

2. Giraffe Centre

The Giraffe Centre protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, where you can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You might also spot warthogs snuffling about in the mud.

This is an awesome facility and not particularly expensive. The staff are so proud about the environment within which they work. Very informative and a chance to get really close up to these amazing animals. Definitely worth visiting and beautiful surroundings to match.

Bambino145 (reviewed on Trip Advisor)

Feeding giraffes at the Giraffe Centre
Feeding giraffes at the Giraffe Centre (Photo © Andrew Watt)

3. Nairobi National Park

Nairobi national Park is the only natural park on Earth that borders a capital city, and at 117 sq km is also one of Africa’s smallest. Set on the city’s southern outskirts, the park  has abundant wildlife which, in certain locations, can viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and airliners coming in to land.

“The Nairobi National Park is ideally situated in the CBD, making it easily accessible. The park is well maintained, the roads are part-tarmacked, and part mural.

We had a great day out , managed to see 3 of the big 5, which were the lion, rhinos and buffalos. Zebras, deer, antellopes, baboons and giraffes are plenty in the park.

We managed to make it to the lake, where we saw crocodiles, as well as hippos at the hippo point.”

Anbar G (reviewed on Trip Advisor)

A Giraffe in Nairobi National Park
A Giraffe in Nairobi National Park

4. Karura Forest

Karura Forest is an urban forest in Nairobi, which was gazetted in 1932 and is managed by the Kenya Forest Service in conjunction with the Friends of Karura Forest.

“The ideal place to SAFELY stroll around in the woods, meet wildlife such as monkeys, deer, beautiful butterflies. We walked to the water falls, a very nice experience indeed! Perfect way to ‘let yourself free’ no stress (other than sudden rainfall…), top notch family orientation.”

Stavros C (reviewed on Trip Advisor)

Karura Forest
Karura Forest (Photo © ninara via flickr)

5. Karen Blixen Museum

If you loved the Meryl Streep and Robert Redford classic movie Out of Africa, you’ll love this place. This museum is in fact the farmhouse where author and artist Karen Blixen lived between 1914 and 1931 before she left after a series of personal tragedies. The museum is set in expansive gardens, but the movie itself wasn’t shot here, although there are props from the set inside alongside her actual possessions. Guides are included in the admission fee.

“Out of Africa (the movie) got me to Africa in the first place, so I couldn’t miss the Karen Blixen Farm. Really a pleasure to be there, and to see the real photos of her friends, family and beloved workers. Don’t miss this. It takes only about an hour.”

DMcKK (reviewed on Trip Advisor)

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum (Photo © Andrew Watt)

Is your favourite included on the list or do you have one which didn’t make this top 5?

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