17 Fun Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

Whether you’re a local or an international tourist, Kenya’s capital has something special that makes everyone want to go back. It’s one of the most fascinating and culturally diverse cities in Kenya boasting tens of fun spots and tourist attraction sites.

Below we look at some of the fun things to do in Nairobi. Some of these you can achieve with a small budget, so no need to break the bank just for a fun-filled weekend or vacation in Kenya’s fun-hub.

Fun Things to Do in Nairobi

NB: There are hundreds of fun things to do in Nairobi, but here we opted to pick just a few of them. Have a look and be bold enough to try out new things.

1. Have Fun With the Giraffes

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Giraffe Manor is one of the most irresistibly fascinating places to have some fun time in Nairobi. You can share meals with the giraffes in an exclusively unique conservation centre with elegant interior, sunny terraces, verdant green gardens, and delightful courtyards.

2. Get Up Close With the Animals

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Nairobi Animal Orphanage provides the perfect spot to get close to wild animals, some of which you can only see in the movies. Operated by the Kenya Wildlife Service, the orphanage operates between 8am and 6pm and costs only Ksh 250. You will walk around the orphanage to get close to different animals, including ostriches, lions, the rare Sokoke cats, serval cats, hyenas, leopards, monkeys, warthogs, buffalos, baboons, guinea fowls, crowned cranes and parrots.

3. Experience Kenyan Heritage

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The Nairobi National Museum is the perfect place to learn more about Kenya’s rich heritage. Apart from the historical stuff visitors get to see and learn from the museum, they are also treated to a variety of dining and shopping facilities as well as a botanical gardens with a serene environment. Located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minute drive from the city, the museum opens at 0830hrs and closes at 1730hrs.

4. See Wildlife at Their Natural Habitat

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Don’t let anyone lie to you that you must travel to Maasai Mara or Tsavo to experience the feeling of seeing wildlife in their natural habitats. At Nairobi National Park you’ve got an opportunity to see eastern black rhino, cheetahs, gazelles, Cape buffalo, Grant’s zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, African leopard, hippos and baboons.

5. How About Camping and Hiking?

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For camping and picnic enthusiasts you have the infamous Ngong Hills Nature Reserve. Although it’s not within the city, it being just 25km makes it an ideal location for anyone who loves hiking, camping and picnics. The place is also great for team building activities, weddings and sightseeing.

6. Experience a Taste of Kenyan History

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For a taste of Kenyan history you can visit the Kenya National Archives located right in the middle of the city. It harbors historical records that will certainly illuminate you on Kenyan matters of the past.

7. Experience the Thrill of Ostrich Riding

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While some may be experiencing the trill of dining close with giraffes, why not make new memories of riding one of fastest and flightless birds, the ostrich? Maasai Ostrich Resort is located in Kitengela, just 45km from Nairobi.

8. Spend a Day with Crocodiles

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Apart from providing amazing indoor and outdoor experience involving African-inspired décor and scenic gardens, Nairobi Mamba Village gifts its visitors with a chance to see about 70 Nile crocodiles, the largest of the crocodile species. The farm has five crocodile pens, an ostrich park, peacock pen and giraffes.

9. Spend Time at Nairobi Arboretum

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Nairobi Arboretum is an ideal spot for picnics, bird-watching, team building, weddings and corporate events. You also get a chance to see different monkeys including Vervet monkeys and Sykes or Blue Monkey. The arboretum has over 100 species of bird species and 300 species of indigenous and exotic tree species.

10. Fun at Nairobi Safari Walk

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This is one of the best recreational facilities within the outskirts of the capital Nairobi. Situated only 7km from the capital, one can get a sample of what wildlife in Kenya has to offer. You can see the Albino Zebra, Bongo and White Rhino.

11. GP Karting With Family

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If you can’t say NO to thrilling adventures, then GP Karting on Lang’ata road would be the perfect fit for you. You get 10-minute sessions of racing through the windy track that can also be floodlit at night.

12. Go Ice skating at Panari Sky Center

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Ice skating is one of the most adrenaline-friendly fun things you can do in Nairobi. The Panari Sky Center is located just a short distance from the Airport and the Panari Hotel is among the best rated hotels in Kenya.

13. Enjoy an Aerial View of Nairobi from K.I.C.C Helipad

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Care less about the journey to the top and more about what you’ll get to experience once you’re at the helipad. You’ll enjoy a picturesque view of the city and its close environs.

14. Interact with the Elephants and Rhinos

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Located in Lang’ata, just a few minutes off the CBD, David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage gives you a rare firsthand opportunity to see the elephants without having to break the bank. Watching them getting fed and playing around will not only make your day but also give you hope that there’s a brighter future for them despite the rampant poaching.

15. A Day at Ngong Racecourse

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Just in case you didn’t know, Ngong Racecourse is the only horse racing course in East Africa. Apart from enjoying watching the horse races, the grounds also offer entertainemet and other events such as Beerfest, Shaggy Dog Show and the Concours d’Elégance.

16. Splash Fun for the Kids

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If you’ve kids then it would be great to visit Splash Water World where they can enjoy some of the finest and thrilling water slides in Nairobi. There are local dishes and beers for adults while their kids enjoy themselves.

17. Attend the Amazing Cinemas

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If you’re movie crazy then you’re not left behind. Nairobi is endowed with some of the best cinemas in East Africa, including IMAX garden City, Westgate Cinema, Imax Kenya Century, Century Cinemax, Nairobi Cinema, Century Cinemax Junction, Prestige Cinemas, Fox Cineplex, Anga Sky Cinema at Panari and Kenya Cinema among others.

These aren’t the only things you can do in Nairobi. You can go shopping in all-Kenyan markets or enjoy the nightlife of Nairobi in some of the best clubs within the city.