Best Things to do in Nairobi for Outdoor travelers

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Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is a beautiful place to visit. It will provide you with the entire city experience with many tourist attractions to learn about the culture, people, and history. Furthermore, Nairobi will also enable you to meet with the locals. In addition to this, Nairobi also has many outdoor adventures. You can enjoy many activities, including visiting wildlife. Here are the best things to do in Nairobi for outdoor travelers.

Nairobi National Park

One of the best attractions in Nairobi is the Nairobi National Park. You can get a taxi ride to the park because it is only 5 miles south of the capital. The park spans over 45 square miles and is located 6,000 feet above sea levels. You can take a walk in the park, go cycling, or even have a picnic. The park also has an array of beautiful plants (cape chestnuts and acacias) and wildlife (zebras, gazelles, lions, giraffes, and black rhinos). Nairobi National Park is perfect for every outdoor traveler, from those on a solo adventure to families that want to spend some time surrounded by nature away from the city’s busy streets.

Karura Forest

The Karura Forest is yet another exciting outdoor expedition in Nairobi. The breathtaking forest is over 2,500 acres. There are three segments of the forest, each with unique and fun activities to explore the great outdoors. You can hire a tour guide if you want to walk through the forest, or you can take a mountain bike tour as well. You will encounter many different animals, including the colobus monkey, fruitbat, bushbuck, African civet, and many other exotic species. Put this on your must-to-do list while planning your trip to Nairobi. It is an outdoor adventure you do not want to miss.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

If you love elephants or have always wanted to experience the thrill of being near one of these majestic creatures, then you must visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. With over 250 rescue elephants, this is the best place to get up close and personal with them. The Wildlife Trust also has baby elephants and rhinos.  The objective of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is to protect and support rescue elephants.

Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills is a great outdoor spot in Nairobi. You can trek the Ngong Hills or go on a bike ride on the trail. Although further away from the city, Ngong Hills is worth the time and drive. It will take you 40 minutes to reach by road. You can also purchase an all-inclusive tour package from the city that offers your hotel pick and drop services in Nairobi.

You can also explore the wind-energy power farms in the hills, view the sports training grounds, and stare at the beautiful Great Rift Valley. Ngong Hills offers plenty of activities, exciting and breathtaking views, and peace with nature.


Nairobi is a city of wonders. It offers excellent outdoor activities, the experience of the ideal city life of locals, and many other unique tourist destinations. What makes Nairobi even more perfect is connected with many of the region’s safaris. You will want to visit Nairobi and go on an adventure you will never forget. It would help to read our Comprehensive Safari Guide for Kenya to learn more about the beautiful wonders this region offers to tourists.


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