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How to Spend 3 Days in Nairobi

How to Spend 3 Days in Nairobi

With three days in Nairobi, you can sample urban style and encounter traditional cultures, with time left over for a day trip to one of Kenya’s headlining national parks. Get an early start and you can be spotting lions, hiking through the bush, and snapping photos of giraffes by lunchtime. Here’s how to spend three days in Nairobi.

 

Day 1: Cityscape Safari and Conservation

Even in Kenya’s biggest city, wildlife isn’t far away, so spend your first morning on a safari through Nairobi National Park. With the added bonus of cool air and good light for photography, you’ll see the animals—cheetahs, rhinos, and lions live here—when they’re most active. If you’re not ready for an early morning wake-up, opt for an early evening safari instead.

 

Following your safari, head back to the city—this would be a good time for some of Kenya’s locally grown coffee or tea—to see conservation work within city limits. Watch animal caretakers bottle-feed baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and visit the nearby Giraffe Centre. Since the two destinations are in the same area, choosing a tour that features both is convenient and time saving.

 

Day 2: Local Culture and Cuisine

Start the day with a cultural encounter at Bomas of Kenya, which brings together people from the country’s diverse communities in the grasslands, mountains, and coast. It’s an opportunity to get a first-hand look at traditional life, with re-created village houses, dance shows, musical performances, and demonstrations of traditional crafts.

 

Alternatively, join a tour that’s focused on cultures closer to Nairobi, whether you’re learning about women-focused community development, visiting an impoverished neighborhood, or learning about the lives of Nairobi’s street children. In the evening, book ahead to experience a night of classic Nairobi entertainment: a dinner show with Kenyan dancers or a table at Carnivore Restaurant, where a meat-lovers’ feast is served at the tip of a sword.

Day 3: Safari Experience

Spend your last day exploring one of the country’s remarkable game reserves. For views of hippos and more than 400 bird species, including flamingos, head to Lake Nakuru National Park, in the Great Rift Valley. For endangered black rhinos, head to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Africa’s “Big Five” wildlife gather around watering holes.

 

Other options include joining a ranger for a cycling or walking safari of Hell’s Gate National Park, which is home to everything from African buffalo to gazelle, or trekking to the summit of Mt. Longonot, a forested volcano with sweeping views across the Great Rift Valley.

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Full-Day Lake Nakuru National Park Private Tour from Nairobi

Full-Day Lake Nakuru National Park Private Tour from Nairobi

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The flamingoes that gather at Lake Nakuru National Park are considered one of Africa’s greatest natural sights, but the area’s wildlife and scenery go far beyond the bright pink birds. This 11.5-hour, private guided tour from Nairobi offers ample time to explore the park, spot animals on morning and afternoon game drives, and see birds and hippos from a boat on Lake Naivasha.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$153.85
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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi

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Spend an afternoon with some of Africa's most iconic animals on this day tour from Nairobi that gives access to giant elephants and towering giraffes. Tour the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphaned Trust and learn about conservation efforts being made to protect these massive mammals. Then stop at the Giraffe Center, where you'll find Rothschild giraffes wandering the grounds. This memorable experience includes a tour of the Kazuri beads women factory
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$95.00
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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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$52.00
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Day Tour at Nairobi National Park elephant orphanage, giraffe cent karen museum

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Day Tour at Nairobi National Park elephant orphanage, giraffe cent karen museum

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Nairobi is home to dozens of incredible sites and this full-day tour showcases some of the best of this East African city. Follow your expert guide and small group into the stunning landscapes of Nairobi National Park, where you have the chance to see some of the nation's most iconic animals in the wild. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then stop at the Karen Bixen Museum, to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of Kenya's diverse people. The tour ends with a visit to the Giraffe Center, where you have a chance to learn about the endangered Rothschild giraffe and see how major conservation efforts are being made to protect this graceful animal.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

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Ride a bike and hike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to the wildlife reserve and Lake Naivasha that includes entrance fees, bikes, and round trip-transport from Nairobi. This customizable tour offers the rare chance to see wildlife outside of a safari vehicle while exploring a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley.
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  • 9 hours
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$128.21
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Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi

Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi

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Hike your way up Mt. Longonot on a private day trip from Nairobi, and admire the national park’s volcanic terrain of bubbling geysers and soaring rift valley cliffs. After your climb to the crater’s rim, you’ll relax with a lakeside lunch, then hop on a boat for a cruise around Lake Naivasha, looking for hippos and eagles as you go. The full climb and descent takes up to four hours, and a good general standard of fitness is needed.
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  • 11 hours
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Nairobi National Park,Elephant Orphanage,Giraffe Centre,Karen Blixxen GuidedTour

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Nairobi National Park,Elephant Orphanage,Giraffe Centre,Karen Blixxen GuidedTour

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Enjoy several adventures in one on this full-day tour of Nairobi that spotlights the city's wildlife and rich cultural heritage. First, visit Nairobi National Park, a unique wildlife refuge located just minutes from the central business district. Then tour an elephant orphanage and a giraffe center to learn about local conservation efforts. After lunch, tour the Karen Blixen Museum (better known as the Out of Africa house) and Bomas of Kenya, a tourist village that replicates traditional Kenyan tribal culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Cultural Tour to Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi

Half-Day Cultural Tour to Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi

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Discover Kenya's rich cultural diversity on this tour from Nairobi to Bomas of Kenya, a village that was constructed to represent elements of each of Kenya's 42 ethnic groups. Tour the village with a guide before enjoying traditional performances in dance, music, and storytelling to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Kenyan life.
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  • 5 hours
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NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children

NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children

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Get to know a Nairobi beyond its history during this private walking tour with former street children. Follow your guides through the city streets and learn about their upbringing on the streets and how they transformed their lives with the Nai Nami project for underprivileged youths. Learn about life on the street, ask questions, and develop personal connections with the locals during this storytelling tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day Tour from Nairobi

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day Tour from Nairobi

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Visit East Africa’s largest black rhino reserve on a full-day tour from Nairobi to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Watch for wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives through a park that’s home to the world’s three remaining northern white rhino, and enjoy front-row views of a watering hole at a safari lodge. This full-day Ol Pejeta wildlife tour includes pickup and drop-off in Nairobi, game drives, and entrance fees at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
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  • 1 day
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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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Guided Tour To Kibera Slum

Guided Tour To Kibera Slum

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Take a walking tour of Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. Drive to Kibera with a local guide, then explore the neighborhood on foot. Visit a local orphanage that doubles as a school, learn how locals turn animal bones into beads, and visit with a local family to learn more about everyday life in the area. The tour is a sobering, yet realistic look into the lives of these humble and friendly people.
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  • 5 hours
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$44.88
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