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How to Spend 1 Day in Nairobi

How to Spend 1 Day in Nairobi

In a country known for wilderness and wildlife, Nairobi is the cosmopolitan heart. With one day in Nairobi you can see key highlights, from museums to colonial-era architecture, then find pockets of wildness just beyond the city. Whether you’re all about animals or interested in local history, use these tips to plan one day in Nairobi. 

 

Morning: Discover Downtown

Follow the morning rush of local workers into the city center, where skyscrapers jostle for space with historic landmarks. It can be overwhelming for anyone who doesn’t live here, so join a guide who can lead the way between key destinations, which include Uhuru Park, the National Parliament, and the Kenya National Archives. For an entirely different look at life in Nairobi, head to the outskirts and visit Kibera Slums—a guide is essential here—where you can see how residents of this impoverished community live and work.

 

Afternoon: Celebrate Conservation

Some rescued elephants and other wildlife find their way to orphanages in Nairobi, where conservationists nurse them back to health. Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre gives you a glimpse of the work that Kenyans are doing to keep wildlife vibrant; lucky visitors get the added bonus of seeing workers bottle-feed baby animals. Some tours of the two conservation destinations add an additional stop at the Karen Blixen Museum, set on the former estate of the Danish author of Out of Africa. With gorgeous view across the Ngong Hills and a preserved 1912 bungalow, it’s a worthwhile destination even if you haven’t read Blixen’s work.

 

Evening: Urban Game Drives—and a Carnivorous Adventure

Just beyond the urban sprawl lies Nairobi National Park, where free-roaming giraffes, lions, and black rhinos live on grassy plains with the city skyline for a backdrop. It’s a year-round game-drive destination that you can slip in between lunch and cocktail hour, and early evening is the perfect time to see the park at its most beautiful. Following the trip, wrap up your day in Nairobi with the flamboyant show at Carnivore Restaurant; book a table in advance for the fixed-price meal, which is served by sword-wielding waiters in costume.  

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Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park

Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park

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Prepaid entrance fees and private transportation make for a foolproof day of Nairobi sightseeing. Visit top Nairobi sites such as Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust—all with the benefit of a personal guide to share information about the local wildlife, history, and culture as you go.
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  • 8 hours
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US$189.75
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Half-Day Nairobi National Park Safari from Nairobi with Pickup

Half-Day Nairobi National Park Safari from Nairobi with Pickup

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Without leaving Nairobi, you can still see plenty of wildlife in just a few hours on this tour to Nairobi National Park. A private vehicle takes you through the park in search of animals like lions, zebras, and giraffes in a wild habitat, and an in-the-know guide shares information and ups your chances of seeing the animals you most want to see.
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  • 7 hours
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US$56.42
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Private One-Way Nairobi Airport Transfer

Private One-Way Nairobi Airport Transfer

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Book a one-way transfer between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and your Nairobi accommodation in the comfort of a private vehicle. Spend less time waiting for a taxi or other transportation with your priority reservation. Depending on the size of your group, you have the option of a sedan, a van, or a bus.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$29.34
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Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage, and Bomas of Kenya Day Tour from Nairobi

Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage, and Bomas of Kenya Day Tour from Nairobi

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Get a taste of Kenyan wildlife and culture on this guided tour from Nairobi. Visit the Giraffe Center and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, one of the most successful elephant rescues in the world, before heading to a traditional bead workshop and a music and dance performance at Bomas of Kenya. A professional guide and private transportation ensure a comfortable and convenient trip.
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  • 10 hours
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US$93.51
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Nairobi Half-Day Tour in a Museum, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

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Nairobi Half-Day Tour in a Museum, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center

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Experience three top Nairobi destinations on a half-day tour of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Manor, and the Karen Blixen Museum that includes door-to-door transport from your hotel or the Nairobi airport. Making the most of limited time in the city, explore wildlife, conservation, and history: visit an elephant orphanage, feed giraffes, and enjoy views of the Ngong Hills from Blixen’s beautifully preserved home.
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  • 6 hours
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Nairobi National Park Private Day Tour

Nairobi National Park Private Day Tour

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Visit Nairobi National Park on a full-day, private tour that features sightseeing, a game drive, and a stop to purchase lunch at The Carnivore Restaurant. Exploring Nairobi alongside a private guide makes it easy cover more ground in a single day, with the flexibility to enjoy each destination at your own pace while combining history, wildlife, and Kenyan cuisine.
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  • 1 day
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US$215.93
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Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience in Nairobi

Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience in Nairobi

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Dine on an exotic feast with an all-you-can-eat dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, where meats such as crocodile, ostrich, lamb, turkey, and pork are grilled on traditional Masai swords. Included pickup and drop-off at Nairobi hotels saves you the hassle of finding a taxi at night—and with a full belly—and the hearty meal is rounded out with a seasonal appetizer, dessert, and coffee.
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  • 4 hours
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US$129.88
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Nairobi Guided Walking Tour - Kenya

Nairobi Guided Walking Tour - Kenya

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Get your bearings in Nairobi on a private walking tour of the city that includes round-trip hotel transfer and a local guide. Learn about local history and culture as you take in landmarks from Uhuru Park to the Kenyatta International Conference Center and August 7th Memorial Park.
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  • 6 hours
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US$103.00
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US$103.00

Kibera Slums Half-Day Tour

Kibera Slums Half-Day Tour

Join a local for a private tour of the Kibera slum area, setting out on foot to learn about life in the Nairobi neighborhood. Exploring with a private guide is a great way to get more out of your time in Kibera—and to ensure your visit is respectful of local culture—as you discover the challenges that locals face and the unique ways they’re working to improve living conditions.
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  • 5 hours
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US$120.00
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