Nairobi Travel Guide

Above all, adventure tops the list of things to do in Nairobi. The city has been nicknamed the “Safari Capital of the World” and appropriately so. Whether you visit the Nairobi National Park, just seven miles outside the city’s center, pet the big-eared charges at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or book a private safari trip, there’s no missing out on the abundance of wildlife in the area. And for those looking to break a sweat, there’s always the exceedingly close Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano, which features eight distinct walking paths and is home to a number of Kenyan tribes.

For those who enjoyed Out of Africa and the Academy Award-winning film that followed, be sure to visit the Karen Blixen Museum and its accompanying farm. Afterward, grab an afternoon cup of coffee as Kenya is one of the bean capitals of the world and is home to the very best cafés in the world like the Nairobi Java House. Plus, how will you know what to do in Nairobi without your daily caffeine fix?

And for those wanting to connect with the city’s history and looking for things to do in Nairobi buy admission to the Nairobi National Museum or the African Heritage House for a glimpse at African masks, textiles, crafts and the country’s many anthropological fines (this is the Cradle of Civilization after all). No matter your preferences for what to do in Nairobi, you’re sure to return home with a fresh view of everyday life in the African city.

An array of works by East African artists, curated by Carol Lees, whose commitment to promoting local art is impressive.

Jeweler Gemini Desai designs necklaces and other treasures with ancient trade beads, both precious and fun, from around the world.