What is the capital city of Kenya?

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and still the largest city. Nairobi and its surrounding area also forms the Nairobi County. The name “Nairobi” comes from theMaasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”.

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million.  According to the 2009 Census. Nairobi is currently the 12th largest city in Africa, including the population of its suburbs.

Nairobi hosts several United Nations agencies like the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN HABITAT). Other agencies such as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)and United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) have offices in Nairobi.

Nairobi city also hosts internationalbanks and financial institutions,multi-national corporations and international research institutions.

Nairobi – The Capital of Kenya

Nairobi is the only capital city in the world with a national park on its boundaries, making it a prime tourist destination, as well as several other tourist attractions. Nairobi has a diverse and multicultural composition; there are a number of churches, mosques, temples, and gurdwaras within the city. Nairobi is home to several museums, sites, and monuments, plus spectacular five star hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.

Whether you are visiting Nairobi for business or pleasure there are many activities and experiences that would suit any traveler.

Nairobi city is filled with fun and interesting activities for anyone to enjoy, from the breath-taking scenery and beautiful abundance of natural attractions to the glamour and glitz of the modern city lifestyle.

Welcome to the magic that is Nairobi

Nairobi National Park

  • Location: Langata
  • Distance: 10km from the CBD
  • Duration of visit: Half day depending on interest points.

Established in 1948 and covering an area of 117sq, km, it is the only park in close proximity to the city centre. It has diverse environments with characteristics of flora and fauna and deep rocky valleys.

The animals that can be found in this park are black and white rhinoceroses, diverse birdlife, Lions, Leopards, hyena, Cheetah, Buffalo, Zebra and hippos.

Animal Orphanage

  • Location: Langata
  • Distance:10Km from CBD
  • Duration of visit: 2-3 hrs depending on interest points

It was established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals, found abandoned or injured in Kenya. In a setting for visitors to walk around and have close up views to a variety of animals such as, Lions, crocodiles, cheetah, leopards, wild cats, and wild dogs. But watch out for the group of monkeys and baboons roaming freely around.

Nairobi Safari walk

  • Location: Langata
  • Distance: 10Km from CBD
  • Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

This is Kenya’s new conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supreme in tourism and conservation education.

It offers an opportunity to experience what you expect to see across the country. Introductory talks on Kenya’s parks and reserves can be arranged for you by the naturalists. You will have a taste of Kenya’s rich Animal collection including the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, and a collection of cats, antelopes and primates.

Nairobi National Museum

  • Location: Museum Hill
  • Distance: 3Km from CBD
  • Duration: 1hr depending on points of interest

The Museum aims to interpret Kenya’s rich heritage and offers a one stop shop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure. Visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment. There is a wide variety of attraction on display at the museum ranging from cultural and natural exhibits, stuffed birds and mammals, fossils from lake Turkana, exhibits of local arts, impressive collection of rocks and minerals and a collection of pre-historic bones and fossils including one of an elephant.

One can purchase a combination ticket for the adjacent snake park with live specimens of Kenya’s most common reptiles.

Mamba Village

  • Location: Karen
  • Distance: 13Km from CBD
  • Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

Mamba Village is famous for its Crocodile Farm. The pens are home to an estimated 70 Nile crocodiles. Four Maasai Ostriches can also be found strutting around their pen with grace.

Visitors often come into direct personal contact with them when given the opportunity to feed these gallant birds. The experience is always satisfying and exciting especially for children. Within the Village there is also a tented camp available for accommodation.


Giraffe Centre

  • Location: Karen
  • Distance: 15Km from CBD
  • Duration: Half day depending on points of interest

The centre has been ostensibly established as a breeding ground for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Information about the Giraffe is provided and an elevated feeding platform was installed to give visitors the opportunity to hand feed the giraffes.


Daphne Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage

  • Location: Karen
  • Distance: 10Km from CBD
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours depending on points of interest

Elephant calves orphaned by poachers or natural occurrences are brought here from all over the country. They receive and personalized care from highly dedicated staff. The orphanage is open to the public during the calves feeding times where they can interact with calves and watch them being fed while they are informed about how the calves came to be at the orphanage.

There is also an option for visitors to choose to adopt an elephant where they will be in charge of the elephants care at the orphanage.


Nairobi Arboretum

  • Location: Kileleshwa
  • Distance: 3Km from CBD
  • Duration: Half day depending on points of difference

The arboretum occupies 30 hectors and holds over 350 different species of trees. It is home to over 100 migrant and resident birds. The arboretum is one of Nairobi’s few remaining green spaces, with jogging trails, walking paths and picnic lawns.


Bomas of Kenya

  • Location: Langata
  • Distance: 10Km from CBD
  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours depending on points of interest

It was established by the government in 1971 as a subsidiary company of Kenya Tourist Development Corporation as a tourist attraction. Bomas of Kenya is a living museum celebrating the colorful tribes of Kenya. Visitors here can learn about the lifestyle, art, music, crafts, and their culture.

The complex encompasses recreated traditional homesteads or Bomas built in the traditional style, each one reflecting the culture of a major ethnic group. Every afternoon, a team performs traditional dances and songs in the large theater.


Kitengela Glass

  • Location: Kitengela
  • Distance: 7Km from CBD
  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours depending on points of interest

This is a glass blowing factory. The workers create handmade glass bottles from renewed and recycled raw materials, such as scrap windows, glass bottles and other glassy material. The finished products are stylish products, made through functional art and inspired design.


Kazuri beads

  • Location: Karen
  • Distance: 10Km from CBD
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours depending on points of interest

Kazuri creates hand shaped and painted ceramic jewelry which is made in Kenya by over 300 local women and sold all over the world.


Karen Blixen Museum

  • • Location: Karen
    • Distance: 10Km from CBD
    • Duration: 1 – 2 hours depending on points of interest

This is the home of farmer Danish author Karen Blixen made famous by her book and the movie based on the book “out of Africa” which chronicles her life at the estate.


13) Kenya National Archives

• Location: Along Moi Avenue in the city center
• Duration: 1 -2 hours depending on points of interest.

It houses the Murumbi gallery, dedicated to the late Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s second vice-president from May 1965 – August 31, 1966. He and his wife Sheila were avid collectors of African art.Murumbi’s collection has been described as “Africa’s best known collection of priceless heritage and artifacts”. He left behind 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence.

The national archives department has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” (those published before 1900) entrusted to them upon the death of Murumbi.


14) Maasai Market

• Location: varies throughout the week
• Duration: Within the CBD
• Duration: 1 – 2 hours depending on points of interest.

Here visitors can buy and view different art designs by Kenya’s. The designs are mainly to do with Kenya. The market also moves around the city visiting different malls and locations selling
their products.

Monday – No market
Tuesday – Off Kijabe Street near
Text book centre
Wednesday – Capital Center,
Mombasa Road
Thursday – The Junction Mall,
Ngong Road, 3rd Floor parking
Friday – Village Market, Upper
car park
Saturday – Low court parking
CBD, Adams Arcade, Ngong
Sunday – Yaya shopping
Centre, Car park Adams Arcade,
Ngong Road Safari Park Hotel,
Thika Road