Top 10 Things To Do In Nairobi, Kenya

This travel guide lists the top tourist attractions in Nairobi and lets you know why they shouldn't be missed.

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, is the largest municipality in the country with over two million citizens. Nairobi has very little surviving history that dates before the late 1800's. The city was secluded before 1899 when the railroad was constructed, connecting Nairobi to the outside world. However, a person traveling to this part of Africa will be in awe of Nairobi's natural beauty and wildlife. What are ten attractions a person should make an attempt to experience when visiting Nairobi?

African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, or AFEW, harbors a number of the endangered Rothschild's giraffes. These giraffes, known for their deep brown spots with slight lines, can be touched and photograph in their natural habitat. The AFEW also contains a half mile walking area that allows a person to partake in Nairobi's scenery.

Aberdare National Park. The Aberdare National Park is found outside of Nairobi. The park boasts almost 300 miles of Kenya's untouched land. Aberdare National Park is also home to the infamous treetop hotels where people stay while visiting the area or on safari. Besides the rainforest and scenery, visitors to the park can view elephants, lions, leopards and other wildlife as they roam free throughout the area.

Nairobi National Park. The first national park in Kenya was created in Nairobi. This unique, unfenced park is located near the city's center. It allows travelers to view a variety of native wildlife such as gazelles, zebras, cheetahs and avian. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is also located at Nairobi National Park. This animal orphanage cares for abandoned or orphaned animals such as the black rhino and the elephant.

Bomas of Kenya. Just south of Nairobi, a person can experience the native culture by visiting the Bomas. The tribal customs of Kenya are relayed via performances, dancing and singing by a variety of ethnic groups.

Snake Park. A person who is intrigued by reptiles will be fascinated with Nairobi's Snake Park. Visitors can view a variety of snakes, turtles and crocodiles that are only native to Africa through glass covered cages or in various pits.

Limuru. Kenya is a frequent exporter of natural goods such as coffee and tea. Visitors to Limuru will have the opportunity to visit some of the plantations that produce these goods, including the renowned Kiambethu Tea Farm.

Karen Blixen House and Museum. Anyone familiar with the book or movie "Out of Africa" will instantly know the story of Karen Blixen. The author lived in this house in Nairobi between 1914 and 1932. A person visiting the house will not only be intrigued by the museum but the magnificent beauty of its gardens.

National Museum. Kenya's National Museum is also located in Nairobi. Travelers to the museum will be instantly intrigued by the floor. The floor contains footprints depicting man's ancestors through ages. Nairobi's culture is displayed via a number of artifacts from various tribes. A number of fossils can be seen along with a collection of over 900 birds.

Ostrich Park. Nairobi's Ostrich Park is one of the more family friendly parts of the city. The park has a number of ostriches that can be fed and touched. The Ostrich Park also has a number of artists on hand who display their talents via painting or crafts.

Railway Museum. History buffs will appreciate Nairobi's Railway Museum. Kenya's history is depicted from the colonial period to present day in various displays. Train enthusiasts will find the displays of some of Kenya's old steam engines of particular interest.

Nairobi offers travelers the opportunity to partake in the area's cultural and scenic beauty. Whether it's enjoying a safari or delving into the past, Nairobi has something to offer everyone.

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