The Things to do in Nairobi make Kenya one of the most attractive tourist destinations Africa. Each year millions of tourist visit the country to enjoy the cool beaches and amazing national parks. All tourists and visitors to Kenya will most likely have to pass through the capital Nairobi while visiting any of the national parks or coastal towns. Nairobi is one of the largest, most modern and fasted growing cities in Africa. Over 3.5 million people call Nairobi home and most speak English.
Although most tourists go to Kenya with the intention of visiting the coastal towns, islands and national parks, Nairobi is an attraction of its own. It is no perfect city. At first you may be irritated by the congestion and traffic jam that is typical of largest cities in developing countries but after a day or two you will begin to discover why it is so popular with tourists. The city has it calm and tranquil places. The nightlife is active and the people are very friendly. Nairobi is an excellent place to discover the way of life of the Kenyan people and their different cultures. The city is also an excellent place to study the opportunities and challenges that face major cities in Developing countries.
Climb to the top flow of the KICC building:
This has to be the first place to go because it offers one an aerial view of the entire city and its important structures. The Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC) is the second tallest building in the city. It was built to host events, exhibitions, major conferences and meetings. KICC is located centrally and close to some of the best hotels in the city. By the end of your time there, you would have a new appreciation of the city and its size. From the top of the building, you can also spot the mist covered peaks of Mount Kenya.
The Nairobi Night Life and local beer:
If you love to party and are wondering where to go during the late evenings for a full experience of the Nairobi Nightlife, then do not worry. Nairobi is a city that never sleeps. You will have many options to choose from. To start with, there is the Brew Bistro Westlands for occasional live music and beer. The Alchemist is also cool place for live music, cinema/movies, drinks and playing ping pong. J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen is a trendy bar with great food and beautiful music. You can also checkout K1 Clubhouse, Bao Box and Live at the Elephant for great sounding live music. Other Pubs and clubs with a good reputation are Choices Pub, Gipsy and Nest at Tribe.
The Nairobi Safari Walk:
The Nairobi Safari Walk is built 7 Kilometers away from the main city. This recreational Centre was built to give a taste of what Kenya has to offer in terms of wildlife. The facility was built in an area with incredible scenery. While at the Nairobi Safari Walk, you will spot rare creatures like the Bongo, Albino Zebra and White Rhino. Apart from spotting most of Kenya’s wildlife in a single place, the Guides will share information about wildlife conservation initiatives in the country.
Visit the Railway Museum:
The Railway Museum in Kenya was built to celebrate the great importance of the railway system to the people of Kenya. Kenya has always had a more advanced railway system than all her neighbors. The railway system is relatively well managed and has contributed greatly to the economy of the country and her neighbors. Many goods from Mombasa are transported by rail to Uganda and other countries within East Africa. The museum celebrates the rich history of the rail system in Kenya and showcases old train/ship models, photos of the original construction, railway magazines, drawings and maps. You will find some of the oldest steam engines including a famous carriage/Wagon where captain Charles Ryall was dragged away by a man-eating lion in Tsavo.
Visit the Parliament Building:
Located within the city center, the Parliament building in Nairobi is one of the most impressively built structures. It is an imposing building with an eye-catching architectural design. You can register and get a permit to attend one of the open parliamentary sessions or simply tour the public galleries. Photos are not allowed anywhere within or outside the building. You will need to bring your passport or other identification documents in order to be allowed inside the building.