See and Do in Nairobi
In the last decade, Nairobi has become one of the top tourist destinations in Africa. Expats who get the opportunity to live in Nairobi will find there is no shortage of things to do in the city and exciting places to explore.
From game drives to hands-on encounters at animal orphanages to fascinating museums and local crafts centres, there is plenty to keep expats occupied in their spare time.
Recommended attractions in Nairobi
David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage
Founded in the 1970s, this orphanage operates a rescue and rehabilitation programme, nursing sick elephants and rhinos back to health. While the orphanage is only open for one hour a day, visitors can see the baby elephants being fed and given a mud bath.
The Giraffe Centre was established in the 1970s by an American couple who famously raised two baby Rothschild giraffes at their home in the Langata area of Nairobi, where the centre remains to this day. Visitors can even feed and interact with the centre's giraffes.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park was established in 1946 and is located just 4 miles (7km) from the city centre, with Nairobi's skyscrapers making for an unusual game park backdrop. Interestingly, the park has a diverse ecosystem for its relatively small size. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalo, giraffes and more than 400 species of birds inhabit the park.
Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum offers lots of information about Kenya's history, culture, palaeontology and art. Once expats have had their fill of the museum, there is also a botanical garden as well as dining and shopping facilities to while away another hour or two.