Nairobi – the capital of Kenya is one of the most intriguing cities in Africa. Modest suburbs are only a stone’s throw from five star accomodation with all the luxuries you could possibly want, and some more.
It is one of those cities though, that you can’t judge upon first glance. There are many sights in Nairobi that you should go and visit; here are just three of our favourites.
Nairobi National Park
The Nairobi National Park is a must visit for travellers who have never seen the likes of lions, zebras and rhinos grazing in the great outdoors.
These animals have been roaming the outskirts of the city long before it started its mass expansion. Yet as the city walls extend, the animals remain and they should definitely be visited.
It is possible to go on organised game drives and safari walks, and now visitors even have the opportunity to spend the night in the park. The National Park is home to a whole host of different animals, definitely worth taking them all in.
David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage
It would not matter whether you were an animal lover or not, this place will make the hardest of hearts melt.
This orphanage cares for orphaned elephants and rhinos that are raised in a protected sanctuary and then eventually go on to be released into the wild.
Visitors get to see these animals up close, while receiving a plethora of information about animals living in the sanctuary and if you want, you can even participate in helping feed them.
There are a million things to do in Nairobi that are animal related, but none of them will be quite as educational or as inspiring as a visit to Kibera.
Kibera is one of the world’s largest slums, home to around a million Kenyans. Unescorted visits are not advised, but there are agencies that run special tours around and some take you to some places you would never imagine traceable in a slum, for example a bead factory, orphanage and even a solar-energy project.
It may not be an example of a pursuit that you initially think of, but taking a few hours to experience this eye opening insight into traditional African culture is something you will never forget.