Nairobi- A tour of the city of history and wildlife
10 best places to visit with kids and family in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya is one of the most modernized countries in Eastern Africa,and it is a major tourist attraction due to its vast range of wildlife and also due to the fact that it shares its coastline with the Indian Ocean. The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, has the distinction of having a natural sanctuary within the city and apart from wildlife tours, tourists will find a number of ways to have fun in the city. Nairobi is a wildlife lover’s paradise. A list of all the places where you could visit with your kids is mentioned below.
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: This is one of the most interesting places in the city. This wildlife was established by Dane Sheldrick to honor the memories of her late husband. This sanctuary is dedicated to nursing young elephants that have been abandoned and take care of them. Guests are allowed in the premise for an hour,and they can spend that time to experience the animals being fed by their caretakers. The elephants are allowed to roam outside their enclosure,and the caretakers are present with a jug of milk and other foods to feed them. The tourists can enjoy the view of the jovial elephants having their food and enjoying in the mud and the water pool. Most of the time, they would walk up to the ropes,and the guests can caress them. Kids would definitely enjoy the trip and will be an experience that they would not forget.
- Giraffe Center: Since the city is so rich in wildlife, it would not be surprising to find out another wildlife sanctuary on the list. Like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Giraffe Park is another park where the tourists can get near the animals and see them in their natural habitat. The sanctuary was established in order to protect the Rothschild giraffe and allow them a natural habitat to roam free in. The guests can feed the giraffes,and they can learn about the upbringing of the giraffes from the tours conducted in the park. Tickets can be easily booked and are one of the best places for a family tour. Kids will love seeing the majestic animals roam around and to see them up close.
- Splash Water world: It is a fun paradise for kids and adults alike who like to play in the water and have some fun getting wet. This is one of the best water parks in the city and has a lot of rides,and the pools are designed You will also find a restaurant, the Splash Restaurant, within the park which serves a variety of foods from the local cuisine. For adults, there is Splash Bar, which offers a variety of drinks to enjoy and take in the beautiful scenery. It is the perfect place for a day full of fun and excitement.
- Maasai Market: If you wish to indulge yourself into a bit of shopping or to gather some knowledge about the local crafts in Kenya, then the Maasai market is the perfect place for you. This market can be foundon weekends near the law courts. Tourists will find a wide array of items such as bags, shoes, purses, jewelry, carvings, and much more, all made locally. The prices are negotiable,and you can bargain for a proper price and get the stuffreally The market offers a great opportunity to tell the kids more about Africa and its culture and arts. A stroll through the market would be the best way to spend your afternoon in Nairobi.
- Ice skating: Ice skating in Nairobi is a unique way to have fun in the city. Nairobi has the only ice skating rink in the whole of Central and Eastern Africa. Located near the Panari Hotel, it would take only a drive through the rough roads to reach the ice skating rink. The rink is located on the second floor and is one of the best places for kids to have fun and for a change in scenario. Guests are allowed to skate for an hour and boots are provided inside the premises. If you want to teach your kids how to skate or if you yourself wish to skate, then this place is a must.Nairobi is one of the most exclusive cities, and as a tourist, you cannot miss it.
- Nairobi National Museum: This museum is a favorite for families and kids and provides a glimpse into the history and culture of Kenya. One can find a number of stuffed birds and animals from all over Kenya,and you can get an idea of how Kenya has such a vast range of wildlife. One can also find a number of rare plants and trees found in Kenya, located in the botanical garden. The children would be fascinated by the life-size models of the animals and the amazing exhibits present throughout the museum. Sign up for a family tour with an expert,and you can learn a lot about Kenya and the exhibits would be totally fascinating for the children.
- Nairobi Education Centre: The Nairobi Education Centre is an animal orphanage which houses a wide variety of animals which were found stranded or abandoned and appropriate care and treatment is provided to them. After the animals are recovered and are deemed fit to enter the natural habitat, the center releases them. Guests can buy tickets to get a tour of the center and see a lot of animals being cared by the officials of the center. This center is highly valued by the Kenyans and is located on the outskirts of the city, near to the habitat of the animals. It is one of the most visited places in Kenya and is a major attraction to the locals as well as the tourists.
- Karen Blixen Museum: This is the museum honoring Karen Blixen, the Danish writer whose book ‘Out of Africa’ was acclaimed worldwide. The museum was earlier the home of the writer,and later it was converted to a museum. The museum is maintained strictly according to the way it was when the writer lived here. You will find all artifacts and items used by the writer still in place, like the RCA gramophone which the writer used to play certain Mozart concertos. There is also a library filled with books and other family antiques. If you want to learn more about Kenya and know its stories, then sign up for a tour led by an expert in the history of the house. Through the museum, one can get a glimpse of Kenya and what it was during the earlier times. This is one of the best places to spend a quiet evening full of learning and history.
- Kenya National Archives: It was built for honoring the works of the country’s second vice president, Joseph Murumbi. It is evident that he and his wife had collected a huge number of African art and crafts. The collection by the couple is said to be the best collection of Africa’s priceless artifacts and heritage. He also left behind about fifty thousand rare books. To safeguard the rare collections, the national archive preserves about eight thousand of the rarest books from the collection of Joseph Murumbi. A visit to the archive will definitely enlighten you with the wisdom of the country and the history of the entire continent.
- Nairobi Arboretum: If you prefer a quiet walk surrounded by trees and birds then the Nairobi Arboretum is the perfect place for you. It is one of the last few green spaces in Nairobi with well-planned walking paths and gardens within the premises. There are more than three hundred and fifty different species of trees and a huge number of resident and migratory birds, probably over a hundred varieties of bird altogether. The entire arboretum is spread over thirty hectares and lets you get in touch with nature. This arboretum offers you a place to relax and get away from the traffic and the hustle of the city and walk among the trees. A short walk in the park will surely help you feel happier and more energetic.
Kenya is a wonderful country and one of the most modern in the area. The capital city, Nairobi is a well-established city filled with business centers and premium hotels for the tourists to stay in. The city was established by the British due to the opportunity for hunting in the lush forests,and since then it has grown exponentially. Modern world technologies are starting to get popular here,and that is put the city on the international platform. If you love experiencing wildlife or seeing animals in their real environments, then this city must be on your vacation list. This city is the closest you can get to wildlife and experience the charm of nature.