Nairobi, the underrated gem of Kenya, is often left out by most tourists who pass through the city en-route to a safari. The capital has a lot to offer and show, and with this blog, you’ll explore the true beauty of this city.
Starting the Day
The Nairobi city walking tour will begin from your hotel in the early morning hours. All central hotels in Nairobi are situated near prime tourist locations, so you won’t be walking long to reach your first destination. The tour begins in the early hours so that you can observe the bustling city while it is calm.
You would then head on to the nearest famous tourist spot from your hotel, where you would begin your tour. Mentioned below are the places you will definitely visit regardless of any city tour that you take.
1. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum
Located right in the heart of Nairobi, this architectural masterpiece is heavily guarded and rarely open to the public. Entering the premises requires prior booking and arrangements. The park honours Kenya’s first president and is the home to Mzee Kenyatta’s body. This site is at its best on August 22 (the president’s death anniversary) as it displays the disciplined honorary marches of the Kenyan army.
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum, Image Source: GpsmyCity.Com
2. Uhuru Park
This lush green park pays homage to Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan Noble Prize winner, who fought to protect the park from the Moi government’s bulldozers. Her funeral had taken place in the park. As you walk through the park, the tour guide will explain the struggles and history behind this park.
Uhuru Park Nairobi, Image Source: WikiMedia.Org
Kenyatta Conference Center
Kenyatta Conference Center, designed to reflect Kenya’s tribal past, is Nairobi’s tallest building. This 28-story building is 105 meters tall and ideal for capturing the best of Kenya. The KICC tower also has a revolving restaurant that shows the panoramic 360 views of the city. Don’t forget to prebook seats.
Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Image Source: WikiMedia.Org
3. August 7th Memorial Park
Located at the site of a former American Embassy, the park is a memorial for the ones we lost on the August 7 bombing. With free Wi-Fi and lush greenery, this park is an excellent place for the locals to relax and take a break from the hectic daily lives. The park comprises a wall that commemorates the lost souls’ names and a beautiful sculpture made from the debris from the blast.
August 7th Memorial Park, Image Source: Google.Com
4. Kenya National Archives
Also called compact Kenya, the National Archives is a must-visit! This spot highlights all the main aspects of Kenyan culture, from food and traditions to art, history, and politics; you can spot a little bit of everything here. It comprises Joseph Murumbi’s, a famous African artist and collector, paintings and artefacts, and a ton of historical stamps, books, and art that best represent Kenya.
Kenya National Archives, Image Source: Tacdn.Com
5. Traditional Kenyan Meal
Finishing off the informative walking tour city tour with a mouthwatering Kenyan meal is just perfect! Simple yet delicious, you’ll get some of the best-tasting food and snacks from the street vendors in Nairobi.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Nairobi and explore the city on your own two feet!
Don’t forget to check out the Five Must Do’s in Kenya while you’re still there!