Nairobi was declared Kenya’s capital in 1963 after the country gained independence from Britain. Since then, it has developed into one of the busiest and largest economic and entertainment hubs in Africa and the entire world. It’s home to some of the biggest organizations among them some of the United Nations headquarters.
The city is very popular among revelers and businessmen alike. For the average resident, life in the city might be a little too busy and intimidating but for a person on tour, it’s just the place you want to be.
There are so many things you could do in Nairobi, but with only 48 hours, here are some of the very best you might not want to miss out on. Also, pray that the city’s notoriously bad traffic won’t waste any more of your time, especially during rush hour.
- The Nairobi National Museum
Don’t worry if you only have 48 hours, a trip to the museum will brief you about the country, like a trailer to a movie. The museum, which is situated on Museum Hill, presents the extensive cultural heritage of all 42 tribes in Kenya since independence, bringing together more than 50 years of history in one location.
Along with nature, it also features a lot of contemporary art. There is a botanical garden, a snake park, and a cutting-edge auditorium there as well. There is a lot within the museum that you’d definitely love to see; just go there between 9 am and 5 pm.
- Nairobi National Park
Fun fact: Nairobi is the only capital city with a National Park. You don’t need to leave the city to experience African wildlife at its best. The National Park is located in Langata, right at the heart of the city and roughly four and a half miles from the skyscrapers at the CBD. .
All five of the big five are represented in the park’s wide variety of species. The wardens will give you a thorough tour of the entire park as well as point out numerous endangered wild species that call the park home.
- Giraffe Center
The Giraffe Center is located right on the border of the Nairobi national park. It is a nonprofit organization whose main aim is to protect giraffes and raise awareness among all passing tourists.
Tourists are given the pleasure of feeding the Giraffes at eye level through raised platforms, making it very fun especially for children.
Due to their proximity to one another, you can visit the Giraffe Center right after the National Park.
- Village Market
This location is particularly well-liked by both tourists and residents. You can buy a wide variety of cultural antiquities from the market to keep the city and the country in your memory long after you leave.
There are more than a hundred and fifty shops, which means there is something for everyone. Aside from the shops, the market also has several restaurants that serve exquisite local and international cuisines, a 12-lane bowling alley, a water slide, the maasai market, among others.
This is a fun place to visit, especially with family or friends. It’s located along Limuru road, not far from the city center.
- Paintball Fury
As you enter the Paintball Fury premises, a sign that reads “Only Heroes are Allowed” greets you. This is a location you don’t want to skip if you enjoy playing outdoor activities and want to channel your inner child.
Although there are other outdoor activities available to play, the paintball game is the most popular at this location. The experience comes full with paintball costumes, safety gear, and a sizable playground to make for the most fun.
- KICC Rooftop
There aren’t many spots in Nairobi where you can enjoy an aerial view of the entire city in all its splendor. The Kenyatta International Convention Center is your best option unless you fly a drone over the city (which has tight regulations on the use of camera drones).
The KICC is one of the oldest and tallest skyscrapers in the entire country, and being located at the heart of the city, it offers a stunning view of the entire city and it’s lush surroundings.
The management charges about $2 for nationals and $4 for visitors from outside the country for access to the rooftop, which also features a helipad. On weekdays, it is open from 6 in the morning until 8 at night, and on weekends, it is open until 6 in the evening.
- Safari Walk
The Safari Walk offers you the opportunity to view different wildlife from the safety of a wooden boardwalk. It is home to some endangered species such as the white rhino, the albino zebra, and several plant species.
For only 400 kenyan shillings ( $4 ), it’s almost too cheap for the fun factor it offers. If you love nature, Safari Walk is the place to be, just remember to bring your binoculars
- Ostrich Riding
Yes, you read that right. You can visit the Maasai Ostrich Farm in Kitengela to see for yourself if ostriches really do run as quickly as they are said to. For around 800 Kenyan shillings, or $8, you get a tour around the facility from a personal guide, and a chance to ride an ostrich.
There is a restaurant there as well if you want to stay all day or just want to try the food.
You can visit the first four places in a day, and the next four the next day. 48 hours simply aren’t enough to explore all the magnificence Nairobi has to offer. These are just a few of the best locations you must see, but they’ll make you long to return.
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