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Things to do in Nairobi in a Day

Where is Nairobi?

Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The city takes its name from a water hole known to the Maasai people (an Eastern Nilotic language) as Enkare Nairobi, which translates to "Cool Water", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. 
The city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun; city is built on an interesting mix of rainforest and savannah grasslands sloping southwards with several rivers running through. The built environment may now have covered up most of the original vegetation of the city, yet the valleys and hills can still be seen.
Nairobi also grew due to administration and tourism businesses mostly big game hunting.

Excursions to keep you entertained in Nairobi?

There are tons of things to do in Nairobi, from exploring the capital city of Nairobi to going on safaris, beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. You know jaunts to break the monotony!

Classic Full Day Nairobi City Tour: Duration of this trip is approximately 9 hours. Travellers visiting Nairobi for the first time have two main areas where they can base themselves for prime sightseeing opportunities; to feel the pulse of this vibrant city and have easy access to its restaurants, shops, and museums, the city centre makes a great base. Those who prefer a more peaceful experience in the countryside should consider staying in the affluent suburb of Karen, home to some of Nairobi's most luxurious hotels as well as the Karen Blixen Museum.


Urban Safari in Nairobi National Park: Duration of this trip is approximately 8 hours. This iconic park is the only national park within the limits of a capital city. It’s home to a diverse array of wildlife including lions, leopards, buffaloes, zebra, antelopes, giraffe and over 400 species of birds. Once inside the park, it really does feel like you have left the city far behind. Sunset over the Ngong Hills and vast vistas stretching down over acacia dotted plains are evocative of the true spirit of Africa. Although fenced on three sides, the 117 square kilometre park is open to the south and teeming with wildlife.


Visit of Masai Market: Duration of this trip is approximately 4 hours. Masai market, named after the Masai, one of the most popular tribes in Kenya, is the place to shop if you’re looking for affordable, beautiful and colorful souvenirs. It’s an open air market with a wide variety of items to shop including African pots and pans, African paintings, African materials, curios, jewelry, shoes, bags, clothes, utensils, you name it. It’s therefore, no wonder that this is the one place all tourists flock for shopping when in Nairobi. Enhance your bargaining skills as you wander from stall to stall and get excited as you find the most wonderful souvenirs to take home with you. 

Nairobi Downtown with Nai Nami: Duration of this trip is approximately 5 hours. The Nai Nami (Nairobi with me) tour is a 3-hours storytelling walking experience guided by reformed young men who were, at one stage in their lives, street children. Your guides will take you on a personal tour to their former home; the bustling streets of Nairobi where you will meet the locals and enjoy authentic local African cuisine.


Excursion to Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru: Duration of this trip is approximately 6 hours. Run by the same family for five generations, Kiambethu Farm boasts a tranquil setting, just a short drive from the heart of Nairobi. A visit here allows you to learn about the country's tea plantations, its production process and demonstrating how tea is maintained as one of Kenya’s big exports. An added bonus is a chance to tour the colonial-era farmhouse and nearby indigenous forest -home to Colobus monkey.

Zip-Lining Kereita Adventure at Forest: Duration of this trip is approximately 10 hours. The Forest, located inside the heart of Aberdares National Park is a home to the adventure Junkies. Zip-line is one of the activities that is highly sort out for this. They provide other affordable range of activities that will cater to your spirit of adventure, such as zip-lining, archery, mountain biking, nature walks, paint balling, fly fishing, team building, tree planting, horse riding, foot golf and camping. It’s all about revitalizing your body and soul through active learning and direct experiences in a safe and friendly environment. So, grab your friend, bring the family or rejuvenate with your colleagues.

Mount Longonot Hike & Flower Farm Visit: Duration of this trip is approximately 12 hours. Endless, stunning expanses. Exhilarating hike. Unmatched memories. Although most people visit Kenya just for the safaris, it’s a shame to miss out on some other truly incredible things the country has to offer. Mount Longonot is located about 2 hours northwest of Nairobi and is the perfect choice for a day trip hike. A dormant volcano that erupted last in the 1860s, Mount Longonot is now one of the best hikes Kenya has to offer. Longonot comes from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot which means “Mountain of Many Spurs”. Multiple craters, full and robust forestry, and unmatched views of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha make the steep incline up the mountain more than worth it!


Tour of African Heritage House: Duration of this trip is approximately 8 hours. A personal project of American Alan Donovan, co-founder of the African Heritage Pan African Galleries, who designed the house based on traditional mud house construction techniques used throughout Africa. The African Heritage House is available for tours, events and meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinners can be enjoyed on the rooftop or by the refreshing pool. Visitors can stay overnight in the luxurious rooms filled with African art and furnishings. It’s a showpiece of African culture and heritage and holds an invaluable collection of African art. The house is ideal for just about anyone, whether on vacation, on a work break or even an architecture student who would love to know more about African architecture.


Cheese Tasting & Tour of Brown’s Cheese: Duration of this trip is approximately 8 hours. Being just half an hour from Nairobi, this family run farm has been in operation for over 40 years. Here, lovers of cheese can sample up to eight varieties, as well as some seasonal cheeses, and can enjoy a tour of the farm’s factory to gain insight into the cheese making process. Afterwards, you can tuck into a mouth-watering three course lunch made with home grown ingredients. It offers a variety of activities that include cheese tastings, a farm visit, a delicious lunch and even a chance to milk the cows.

All in all, if you love fun and adventure, Nairobi is a melting pot with an endless array of activities and destinations that promise undiluted amusement. Safari destination that offers incredible natural beauty, soul stirring cultural encounters, sensational game viewing and, of course the thrills and spills.