Best Things To Do in Nairobi: Tourist Attractions

Some of the things to do in Nairobi are some of the most unique things that you can do in the world.  Most of the tourist attractions listed below are a bit outside the city core excluding the masai market.  Being the financial hub and largest city in all of Eastern Africa, Nairobi is very unique in that it blends the vast wildlife with the various cultures in the region.  You can get a great taste of nature since most of the tourist attractions include getting up close and personal with animals.

Nairobi National Park

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Entrance of the Nairobi National Park

At the Nairobi National Park you will find all your safari needs for $50 (not including transportation).  If you don’t have the money for a $400 safari then you can see all of The Big 5 (excluding the elephant) at the park.

You can picnic at the park and for those that are adventurous you can even camp there as well.  There are plenty of opportunities to see a variety of animals throughout the park.

Safari Walk

Safari Walk is located at the main entrance of Nairobi National Park and is a great place where you can learn about Kenya’s parks and reserves as well as seeing a variety of animals.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage

The animal orphanage is also at the main entrance of the national park and is a great place to get up close and personal with all kinds of animals.  At the orphanage you will have the opportunity to play with a cheetah.

The Giraffe Center

Located right next to the popular Giraffe Manor (hotel that features giraffes), you can stand on a platform and touch and feed the giraffes.  It’s a great way to get up close and personal with giraffes and take great pictures as well.

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Kibera - One of the largest slums in the world

Africa’s Largest Slum – Kibera

Most people wouldn’t consider this an attraction but Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and one of the top three slums in the entire world.  You can walk around and interact with some of the locals.  Watch out for the flying toilets!

I wouldn’t recommend going to Kibera on your own.  If you are interested there are tours into the slum.


Maasai (Masai) Market

The Maasai Market is the destination where you want to buy all of your tourist souvenirs.  You can find the market in Nairobi on weekends where you will find a massive collection of all kinds of things to buy.  You can find anything from clothes to wooden and brass carvings.

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Inside a Local Matatu

The Matatu Experience

After you ride a Matatu your experience with local transportation will never be the same.  Blaring sound systems and giant flat screen TVs are part of the ride.  At night you will find neon lights both inside and outside the vehicles.  These type of Matatus are typically unique to Kenya.

Friendly tip: Make sure you ask how much the ride is before you get on.