NAIROBI FOR THE NEWBIE

New in Town? Explore Nairobi


Nairobi is the bustling hub of East Africa and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa and yet still manages to retain the cultural and wildlife that makes The Green City in The Sun so beautiful and charming. Development always comes at a cost to the environment and Nairobi has lost some of the green space we once enjoyed, but it has also managed to maintain much of it and in turn the cultural heritage that attracted adventurers and tourists over a century ago and continues to do so today.

For those living in Nairobi or passing through for a day, whether it is for business or leisure, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting out and about. Other than the vibrant nightlife, there is so much more to see and do in a day, in and around Nairobi.

Rhino in the Nairobi National Park
Rhino in the Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi National Park is the only natural safari park that has a cityscape background, in the world. Opened in 1946 as a safari park, the park has an abundance of wildlife that roams the Athi Plains, with the main gate located just 7 kilometres from the Nairobi CBD. With increasing pressure on Rhino populations around Kenya, The Park has also become a sanctuary for Rhino conservation along with the abundant plains game and elusive predators that roam the park.

A bush breakfast while you watch the sun rise over the Nairobi skyline from The Park is spectacular and an unforgettable experience.

A lioness holds up traffic at dusk in the Nairobi National Park
A lioness holds up traffic at dusk in the Nairobi National Park

Adopt an Elephant at the world famous David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) conservation Orphans Project based on the border of the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi. The DSWT are pioneers in the conservation of elephant and rhino, responding to cases of orphaned elephant and rhino calves as a result of their mothers being killed by poachers, drought or other causes. DSWT Orphans Project takes in these animals and rehabilitates them through the dedicated team of caretakers for the animals, who require 24-hour care. Visit the project daily at 11am or adopt your own elephant, where you contribution goes towards its rehabilitation and you are able to the visit the animal at a time convenient to you.

It’s always nice to follow-up sunrise in the Nairobi National Park with a visit to the Orphan Project, for a morning in a city that you will not get anywhere else.

Browns Cheese is Kenya’s answer to homegrown, responsibly sourced and produced dairy products. Based in the Limuru Highlands above Nairobi, Browns Cheese is a short drive from Nairobi, taking approximately 45 minutes to drive there. The farm is a family run business who own their own herd of dairy cows and also work in hand with other local farmers to source the remainder of their dairy requirements. The cheese products are made using traditional methods and ingredients with no additives. Visit the farm for a tour of their operation and a meal at the restaurant on the farm, but be sure to book well in advance to ensure you are not disappointed, it is a popular dining venue.

The rolling hills of tea around Limuru
The rolling hills of tea around Limuru

Tea remains one of Kenya’s major exports, and the highlands above Nairobi one of the biggest production areas with the rich fertile soils. Limuru and Kiambu are a short drive from Nairobi, approximately 30-45 minutes through beautiful rolling hills of tea and coffee trees manicured to perfection. Kiambethu Farm is a historic and diverse farm with its focus on tea production. Greeted with a tea and informal discussion on tea production upon arrival the farm has a lot more to offer with indigenous forest tours led by a guide from the farm who will explain the flora, fauna and wildlife present on the farm.

Lunch at the farm is made from produce grown on the farm and is truly delectable and to end the day, enjoy an afternoon tea and desserts with views that stretch out across the tea fields and over the Ngong Hills before a short drive home.

Nairobi is a beautiful city and you need to take the initiative to explore and get out and about. These are just some of the numerous activities you can do in a day along with a host that of others like, visiting the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, shopping at Kazuri Beads or taking a slightly longer drive down into the Rift Valley for the day, to Sanctuary Farm and Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha, to name a few.

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