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16 Great Activities In & Around Nairobi, to Enjoy, with your Kids

16 Great Activities In & Around Nairobi, to Enjoy, with your Kids

Exciting, educational & enthralling outdoor activities for you and your kids to enjoy, together, in Nairobi.

 

 

 

 

  1. Visit an Art Gallery – Kenya is full of great local artists for kids to enjoy. Try the Nairobi Gallery, Banana Hill Art Galleries, The GoDown Arts Centre or MattBronze (sculpted Bronze) etc.
    Our advise – If you need help, let us know your interests & location, then we will suggest the best for you.
  2. Go up to the Top of The Kenya International Conference Centre (the K.I.C.C Helipad would be best).. The best place to get a 360 degree view of Nairobi in all its sun-bathed splendour. If the fog’s not too heavy you can see all across the outskirts of the city to the National Park.
    Cost – Entry can cost Kshs 200 – 400 (about USD2 – 4) … may take some negotiating!
    Our advise – go out of rush hours .. to prevent serious traffic.
  3. Have lunch or a picnic in Nairobi National Park – A Perfect Kids Activity. Go on a game drive and see the incredible amount of wildlife in this city bordering park and either have a lovely picnic under an Acacia Tree or lunch at Ololo Lodge, where there’s also a great pool.
    Cost – From however much you would like to spend on a picnic or Kshs3,500 / USD 35 per person for lunch excluding drinks at the charming Ololo Lodge.
    Our advise – go with someone who knows, you’ll see a lot more and the day will be more fun! To enquire about a vehicle and or guide, please don’t hesitate to contact The SAFARI Company.
  4. Go and stay in a beautiful farmhouse in Tigoni dating from the 1940s. With an extensive garden, a pond and 24 acres of rolling fields dropping down to indigenous forest, you can stay in this peaceful, farm-fresh house for a night .. or two! Take walking trails through the indigenous forest with Sykes and Colobus monkeys as well as prolific birdlife. Roam around the grounds with the Jersey cows, swim in the pool or sit on the veranda, breathe in the clean air and take in the view of the Ngong Hills.
    Cost – From Kshs6,000 per room (Kshs3,000 per person if a double) including a full English breakfast, Kshs2,500 for an evening meal.
    Our advise – spend 2 nights, relax, walk, talk and make the most of this yummy home-cooked produce!
  5. Visit Karura Forest – 1,000 ha of wonderful forest was recently resurrected to its former beauty by The Friends of Karura Forest. You can escape Nairobi, with your kids and actively visit the caves, waterfalls, rivers and incredible flora and fauna. A perfect place for trail biking, walking, jogging, family fun days out.
    Cost – Kshs100 for a citizen, Kshs200 for a resident, Kshs600 (about USD6) for a non-resident to enter… plus car & picnic fees.
    Our advise – To go for a picnic, you must pre-book.
  6. Visit Kibera Slum & HELP – We highly recommend the fantastic One Horizon who run a community centre in Kibera catering for the needs of 300 children and their parents. Visit for the day or for the night. It’s not about building a classroom, it’s about connecting, playing and helping.  Kibera is a tough place to live and even harder when you are a child but this centre is a refuge,  centre for learning and a ray of light for very underprivileged children in a much challenged community. Come and be part of what will change your life.
    Cost – From USD200pppd for non residents. Please consult us if you are a resident.
    Our advise – Go!!! A life changing experience for adults & children, for those visiting and those in the centre.
  7. Try African Cuisine – Nyama Choma is the typical Kenyan barbeque, usually consisting of goat meat served with other delicious treats such as ugali (maizemeal) and kachumbari (a sort of salsa). Immerse yourself!
    Our advise – We suggest the following places if you want to try a traditional meal:
            Le Palanka – The ambiance is great, the food is good and the service is good.
            The most authentic is “K’osewe Ronalo Foods”, right in the city center.
            There is also one “Amaica” on Ngongo Road and JKIA.
  8. Enjoy a tour & a delicious lunch on a tea farm – This wonderful farm in Limuru provides a tranquil insight into life on a tea farm, a beautiful guided forest walk and a delicious lunch. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest – home to the Colobus monkey and other wildlife.
    Cost – Kshs3,200 per person (about USD32) all inclusive, children under 12 are half price.
    Our advise – Book first (through us if you like) and then arrive at 11am, from then on your day will consist of a little chat about the history of the farm, the process of making tea, see tea in the field, walk in the indigenous forest, lunch prepared with veg from the garden and puddings with cream from their Channel Island cows.
  9. Feed the giraffes at The Giraffe Centre. Truly an experience of a lifetime for both adults and children and you get to learn about these leggy creatures.
    Cost – Kshs1,000 (about USD10) for a non resident adult and Kshs250 for a resident.
    Our advise – Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday including weekends and public holidays. Go early to miss the crowds…. Plus, go on the nature walk, it’s lovely.
  10. Do a Brown’s Cheese Factory & Farm Tour – In the rolling hills of Limuru, it is well worth your while coming here for a 3-course lunch (100% homegrown ingredients) at the Brown’s farm. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample Kenya’s best cheeses. Cows and chickens are also there for all to enjoy plus milking of cows is possible for kids. Brown’s natural cheeses are made using traditional methods and no colorings, coatings, or additives are used, suitable for vegetarians.
    Cost – Kshs 4,000 (about USD40) per person.
    Our advise – Six person minimum or Kshs 24,000 (USD240) minimum cost. Always call to book.
  11. Go on The Nairobi Safari Walk! A conservation-based recreational facility on Langata road, where you can walk along a raised walkway and get a chance to see some of the rarest animals on the planet. These include the white Rhino, the Bongo and even the Albino Zebra. What this walk offers, is a chance to see most of Kenya’s wildlife within a single setting.
    Cost – USD25 for a non resident adult, Kshs250 for a citizen and Kshs350 for a resident.
    Our advise – don’t go at a weekend or if you do, go early to miss the crowds.
  12. Go and see an art performance, a play, a musical, dance and or another production at The Kenya National Theatre, The Phoenix Players or a host of other places.
    Our advise – ask us where the best performance is on at any one time.
  13. Visit The Nairobi National Museum – Four pillars of Kenya’s national heritage – nature, culture, history and contemporary art. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Kenya and the archaeological origins of man, see the animals and birds of Africa in the galleries, appreciate contemporary Kenyan art, and then go for a stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re brave, visit the snake park and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s favourite reptiles.
    Costs  – Kshs1,200 / USD12 for non residents / Kshs600 for residents / Kshs200 for citizens
    Our advise – The museum is open 365 days a year, from 8:30 to 15:30, go early to miss the crowds.
  14. Visit the Masai Market – it’s bright, cheerful and lively!!!  You can buy a variety of artefacts, ornaments, home décor and clothes from around Kenya, and Africa.
    Our Advise – Remember to bargain .. and these are the days:
            On Tuesdays – Kijabe St Pk next to Nairobi River & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
            On Wednesdays – Capital Centre, Mombasa rd.
            On Thursdays – The Junction Mall & Ngong rd.
            On Fridays – The Village Market, Limuru rd.
            On Saturdays – High court parking, City Centre opp. Re-Insurance Plaza & Prestige Plaza, Ngong rd.
            On Sundays -Yaya Centre, Valley Rd, Hurlingham.
  15. Spend the night on a double decker bus! – Oh yes, it is a converted bus in the quiet leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen. An incredible adventure for a family, go and stay here, take some supper with you (they have most kitchen equipment) and spend a night on this bus. There are 2 queen beds and 2 single beds.
    Costs – About Kshs11,000 / USD110-120 for the whole thing (you can fit 4/5 family members comfortably).
    Our advise – Wrap up warm and go, the kids will love it!
  16. Last but by no means least, adopt a baby Elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Langata – Play with it, feed and get to know it.
    Cost – USD50 per year fostering fee and you can visit at 4.00pm daily.
    Our advise – adopt an elephant so that you can go when there are no crowds and you can feed your elephant, stroke it, put it to bed. Honestly, for adults and children alike, this is up there.

    There is tonnes of other fun to be had in Nairobi, from ice skating to GP Karting, horse racing to rallying, visiting malls to amazing restaurants .. but we have stuck to ‘safari & adventurous’ options.
    For these experiences, for a vehicle, a flight, a guide or simply additional advise on travelling in and around Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda, please contact us.
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