Thursday, 1 December 2016

10 things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi gets a terrible reputation generally, particularly in the Western media, with a very negative portrayal of the city presented pretty much constantly. Prior to arriving in Nairobi, I wasn't aware of a huge amount to get up to in the city aside from going on safari from there however after spending a few months here, there's so much to see and do so I thought I'd put together a list of 10 great things to get up to whilst here, in the capital of Kenya...

1. View the city skyline from the KICC rooftop

See the city from a whole new angle and visit the KICC which for just 400 shillings allows you to view Nairobi from up high on the rooftops - you won’t be disappointed. 

2. Eat at Carnivore 
For any meat lovers out there, Carnivore is an absolute must when visiting Nairobi. For around $30, it’s basically an all you can eat meat feast and from chicken legs and sausages to ostrich meatballs and bull testicle, the waiters will keep on bringing out food until you wave the white flag on your table and surrender. Food heaven, and a time your tummy certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

3. Kiss a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre 
It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to be merely yards away from wild giraffes yet at the Giraffe Centre you even have the chance to feed and receive a little smooch of gratitude in return. Your entrance fee also goes towards providing conservation education for school children and the youth of Kenya so it’s an amazing experience for the memory bank whilst also responsibly visiting an attraction - bonus.

4. Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
 On the grounds whereby Karen Blixen lived, and the film based on her autobiography, 'Out of Africa' was shot, this museum takes you on a tour of the house she lived in as well as giving you an in-depth look into her incredibly interesting life.

5. Go for coffee and cake at The Mug
It wouldn’t be a post written by a British person if it didn’t involve hot beverages and coffee and whilst I know there is so much to see and do in Kenya, I simply had to include The Mug because holy moly, the cake at this place is out of this world. Plus, Kenya is famous for it's incredible coffee so really, it would be a crime to visit the country and not have at least 37, I mean really.

6. Shop at the Maasai Market

Haggling your way through the Maasai Market is pretty much a must do if you’re a rather big fan of shopping. From stunning printed trousers, dresses and bags, to wooden crafts, utensils and decorations, there really is something for everyone.

7. Go for a walk in Karura forest

Merely minutes from the city centre, is Karura forest, the perfect place for a peaceful walk on a Sunday afternoon. Depending on how active you feel will determine the route you take however even just an hours hiking will take you to the stunning waterfalls - a perfect place to take a photo or two and even maybe dip your toes in the lake.

8. Spend a day at Hell’s Gate 
As the ultimate inspiration to The Lion King, it will be difficult to spend a day at Hells’ Gate without humming the tune of Hakuna Matata the entire time, From walking and cycling, to swimming and sailing, Hell’s Gate is a day full of adventure…and one that is sure to test the old hamstrings out.

9. Wine and dine at Westlands
If you're a fan of a tipple or two, Westlands is the place for you. From restaurants and cafes to bars and clubs, there is something for everyone's tastes so don't miss out on a visit whilst you're in the city.

10. Look out over the Rift Valley
Stretching from Lebanon in the North to Mozambique in the South, the Rift Valley is a sight to behold, with views of Tanzania even able to be seen on a clear day.

How many have you ticked off the list so far?

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